21st April 2012
Australia: Parliamentary Speaker denies allegations of sexually harassing a male employee 12
4:09 PM — The Speaker of Australia's House of Representatives, Rt Hon Peter Slipper, has denied that he sexually harassed a male staff member and misused parliamentary public-funds known as Cabcharges.
Canada: Gay porn interrupts local television news 23
2:29 PM — A newscast on a local television station in Hamilton, Ontario was interrupted yesterday by three minutes of hardcore gay pornography, which has drawn equal amounts of humour and outrage across social networks.
An influential US rabbi ‘comes out’ as an LGBT ally 8
1:48 PM — Rabbi Shmuli Yanklowitz, who was chosen by Newsweek as one of the most influential rabbis in the United States, has declared that he is "coming out of the closet," not as a gay man, but as a "proud ally with those of LGBT orientation."
Senior Anglican Clergy: “Church should rejoice” over equal marriage 182
12:59 PM — A group of leading clergymen of the Anglican Church have, in a letter to the Times, said that equal marriage is a cause to celebrate, and that the Church of England has "nothing to fear" on account of extending marriage to same-sex couples.
20th April 2012
Walt Disney Studios’ gay chief steps down 3
11:14 PM — The head of Walt Disney Studio, Rich Ross, has resigned as chairman of the film-making company, just a month after the film John Carter became one of the company's biggest flops.
Video: Parents and friends of gay Mormons release ‘It gets better’ video 35
10:45 PM — Following the popularity and widespread reporting of the 'It Gets Better' video made by Mormon students at Brigham Young University, several parents and friends of gay mormons have joined forces to add another video to the project.
Northern Ireland: Homophobic killer’s appeal refused 11
10:06 PM — A man who was jailed for the homophobic murder of a gay man in Northern Ireland has been denied the chance to appeal the judgment.
19th April 2012
Israel’s Masorti Movement will ordain gay men and lesbians as rabbis 15
11:19 PM — The Masorti Movement of Judaism in Israel will ordain gay and lesbian students as Conservative rabbis in Israel from the next academic year, it has been confirmed.
Marriage equality ‘not a priority’ for US voters 74
10:36 PM — Equal marriage is not top among the concerns of voters for the 2012 presidential elections in the United States, a new survey has found.
Jessie J denies biographer’s claim that she is a lesbian 34
9:56 PM — The pop singer Jessie J has denied the claims of an unofficial biography that she is a lesbian, and that bisexuality was simply a more appealing public identity to assume, saying it's all 'untrue'.
‘Out’ magazine lays off its entire editorial team 8
9:36 PM — The US-based gay lifestyle 'Out,' will lay off its entire editorial staff with one month's severance as of tomorrow, Capital New York reports.
Catholic priests applauded by parishes for not backing anti-equality referendum 49
12:27 AM — At least six Catholic parishes in Washington have opted out of the petition drive for Referendum 74, which calls for a public vote with the intention to ban equal marriage.
18th April 2012
Matthew Mitcham happy to be seen as an LGBT icon 12
11:30 PM — The Australian Olympic champion, Matthew Mitcham, has said that he's happy to be seen as an icon for the LGBT community, and did not mind the attention that would be drawn to his personal life as a result.
Video: Tony Abbott’s dinner interrupted by equal marriage activists 16
11:02 PM — The Australian opposition leader, Tony Abbott, who is against equal marriage in the country, has been the target of a small group of equal marriage activists during dinner with a journalist at a restaurant.
Tennessee: ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill advances through the House 43
10:35 PM — Republicans who dominate the Tennessee Legislature have moved one step closer towards passing a bill that would interdict elementary and middle school teachers from discussing homosexuality and gender identity.
17th April 2012
Gay teen from Iowa commits suicide 94
11:19 PM — A gay teenager from Iowa has taken his own life after his family and friends say that he received death threats on his mobile phone from his classmates, who also made him the subject of a hate group on Facebook.
Taiwan: Almost one in five gay people have attempted suicide 12
10:28 PM — A large-scale survey of gay men and lesbians in Taiwan has suggested that almost one in five have attempted to take their own lives, leading to calls from advocacy groups for the government to educate students about homosexuality and introduce laws to protect the rights of LGBT students.
Air Force Sergeant, discharged under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, reinstated 4
9:52 PM — In a case that is likely to have repercussions for gay veterans discharged under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, an Air Force Staff Sergeant, dismissed under the policy, will be reinstated to active duty at his former rank next month.
Canada: Prominent gay activist killed in apparent hate crime 60
9:26 PM — A prominent gay rights activist and journalist in Halifax was beaten to death outside a popular gay bar, Canadian media organisations report, in what seems to be a homophobic hate crime.
16th April 2012
‘Startlingly homophobic’ Daily Mail column removed 78
11:20 PM — An article on Mail Online by Alexander Boot, described as being 'startlingly homophobic,' has been removed from the website without any explanation following a Facebook campaign.