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2012

  • 19th January 2012

    Gay marriage rifts appear in several US states 11

    Debates over same-sex marriage are heating up in New Jersey, North Carolina and Minnesota

    2:32 PM — Politicians and campaigners in Minnesota, New Jersey and North Carolina on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are gearing up for battle ahead of legislative sessions later this month.

  • State-funded Jewish school denies teaching students how to ‘cure gays’ 148

    The school denies its discussion of homosexuality promoted a 'gay cure' group

    2:05 PM — A Jewish faith school in London has said claims it suggested a 'gay cure' group to students are "false". Students allege that a sixth-form discussion on homosexuality at JFS ended with a slide displaying the logo of a 'gay cure' group and portrayed it as something they should explore if they thought they might be gay.

  • Pickets planned at ‘gay leper’ conference 39

    Pickets are planned for tomorrow (Photo: Flickr user stigeredoo)

    1:20 PM — Picketers are planning to target a religious 'ex-gay' conference in Northern Ireland - but organisers of 'The Lepers Among Us' insist they did not mean to cause offence.

  • Seventy mayors to press Obama on gay marriage 19

    Both sides are gearing up for the ongoing debate on marriage equality

    11:03 AM — A number of large-city mayors in the US have formed a coalition with the hope to achieve same-sex marriage equality.

  • Jury to deliberate on anti-gay leaflets

    The men face seven years in prison and an unlimited fine if convicted (Photo: James Cridland)

    10:15 AM — A jury is set to start its deliberations today in the trial of five men accused of distributing leaflets which would stir up hatred against gays, the first under the newly-created offence. In the seven days of the trial which have elapsed, the defendants have admitted creating and distributing the leaflets, but deny they were "threatening" and say they had no intention to stir up hatred.

  • Pride London’s chair to retire 6

    Paul Birrell has been involved in Pride for 18 years

    9:43 AM — The chair of Pride London, the largest Pride event in the UK, has announced he will stand down from the board after 18 years of involvement in the event. After being registered as a charity in 2004, Pride London appointed Birrell Chair of the Board in 2005.

  • 18th January 2012

    ‘Life tariff’ upheld for killer of four gay men 19

    The ECHR building, Strasbourg, where the ruling was made

    4:56 PM — A man convicted of killing four gay men lost an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights yesterday to overturn the sentence which will see him die in jail.

  • Cuba may legalise same-sex civil unions this year 21

    Civil unions are "on the agenda" this year.

    3:16 PM — Cuba’s first daughter, Mariela Castro, said the country’s lawmakers will consider legalising same-sex civil unions this year.

  • Amsterdam’s chief rabbi suspended over gay cure declaration 129

    Amsterdam is a famously liberal city (Photo: Flickr user Moyan Brenn)

    3:02 PM — Aryeh Ralbag, the chief rabbi of Amsterdam, has been suspended from his today after he signed a document alleging homosexuality could be “modified and healed".

  • Jeff Goldblum to play one of Glee’s gay dads 13

    Jeff Goldblum will sing a duet with Brian Stokes Mitchell (Photo: Christopher Harte)

    1:37 PM — Jeff Goldblum is to pair up with Brian Stokes Mitchell to play Rachel Berry’s parents on popular TV series Glee. The Jurassic Park actor and Broadway star Stokes will sing a duet together during their debut in a special Valentines Day episode called ‘Heart.’

  • LA to require condoms at porn shoots 89

    Gay and straight performers will need to wear condoms in LA

    1:20 PM — The Los Angeles City Council voted yesterday to introduce a rule that condoms must be worn during pornographic video shoots in the city. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest AIDS organisation in the world, had been fighting a battle in Los Angeles for the new regulation.

  • German FA head: Gay players should have ‘courage’ to come out 24

    Germany does not have any out gay professional footballers

    12:43 PM — The head of the German Football Association has again urged gay professional football players to come out. Theo Zwanziger spoke during a discussion on Tuesday at the Sportschule Hennef, which was centered on sexuality within professional sports.

  • University records 5% gay applicants 3

    Elmhurst is a liberal arts college (Photo: Flickr user Discover DuPage)

    12:23 PM — A university in the US state of Illinois has said 5% of student hopefuls voluntarily noted they were gay, bi or trans on admission forms. Elmhurst College, based outside Chicago was the first university in the country to ask prospective students the question.

  • Gareth Thomas in ‘£7m shandy takeover’ 15

    Thomas' business partner described an "instant passion for the brand"

    11:54 AM — Gay rugby icon Gareth Thomas has reportedly taken over a Welsh drinks company along a former team-mate after deliberations about his career. The manufacturer says the drink is taking the club world "by storm".

  • US bishops: Protect straight couples’ sacrifices with marriage 85

    The Archbishop of Seattle is opposed (Photo: Flickr user dherra_96)

    10:44 AM — Four Catholic bishops have said Washington state's "special" marriage laws should remain unchanged to protect the "unique sacrifices" of straight couples who have children.

  • Hugh Jackman backs marriage equality 3

    Hugh Jackman has been married for fifteen years (Photo: Surrealistic Scenes)

    10:06 AM — Hugh Jackman is among a number of Australian celebrities to have pledged their support to marriage equality proposals this week.

  • Obituary: Janey Buchan (1926-2012) 3

    Janey Buchan (1926 - 2012)

    9:43 AM — John Hein remembers the former MEP, civil rights campaigner and patron of the arts Janey Buchan, who has died aged 85.

  • 17th January 2012

    Video: Gay documentary plea goes viral 11

    Second Class Citizens

    4:36 PM — A video of key moments in the US' gay rights movement has become a viral hit. The montage of clips is a plea by film-maker Ryan James Yezak for funding to make a documentary on discrimination in America.

  • Fundraising evening to follow Peter Tatchell Day 4

    Some of Peter Tatchell's memorable placards will feature on the walls

    4:00 PM — Gay club night QueerlyOut will be celebrating the 60th birthday of gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell with a fundraiser on the 26 January. Door proceeds will be donated to the Peter Tatchell Foundation to continue the valuable work that Peter does, without a salary.

  • Leaflet defendant has ‘no problem with gays’

    The men face seven years in prison and an unlimited fine if convicted

    3:36 PM — One of five men charged after distributing anti-gay leaflets has said in Crown Court that he has no problem with gays. Kabir Ahmed, 28, said that the leaflets contained historical facts and quoted the Koran, and were non-threatening.

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