16th April 2012
Canada: Wildrose Party candidate under fire for homophobic comments 14
10:58 PM — The leader of Alberta's Wildrose Party, Danielle Smith, is under pressure to sack one of her candidates, after one of his blogs from last year was discovered, where he said homosexuals are deemed to spend an eternity in hell.
Northern Ireland: Ban on gay men donating blood ‘brings shame’ 21
10:17 PM — The current ban on gay men being blood donors is bringing shame to Northern Ireland, student union officials at the annual NUS-USI conference are set to claim. The conference, organised by the National Union of Students and the Union of Students in Ireland, began today in County Fermanagh.
Lesbian PCSO jailed for passing secrets to other gay friends 19
10:00 PM — A lesbian police community support officer (PCSO) in Wales has been imprisoned for ten months, for passing on confidential information to other gay people in her area, the Daily Telegraph reports.
15th April 2012
Video: “Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron (CCOKC)” 42
5:06 PM — A group of former child stars have made a spoof video, called "Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron," or CCOKC, where they attack Kirk Cameron for the anti-gay comments he made during an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN.
Paul Iacono comes out as gay 17
4:27 PM — The star of MTV's now defunct show "The Hard Times of RJ Berger," Paul Iacono, has come out as gay.
Gay rights activists angry at Obama’s refusal to sign anti-discrimination order 30
3:40 PM — LGBT activists have reacted angrily to President Obama's decision not to sign an executive order that would have outlawed workplace discrimination on the grounds of sexuality and gender identity.
St. Andrews: LGBT students protest during sermon by anti-gay Cardinal O’Brien 81
2:46 PM — In addition to a silent protest that greeted Cardinal Keith O'Brien at the University of St Andrews today, some members of the university's LGBT group staged a walk-out as soon as the Cardinal began his sermon.
Lord Carey: Christians ‘vilified’ and ‘driven underground’ by British Courts 112
1:54 PM — In a written submission to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has said that Christians are being "vilified" by British courts and "driven underground."
13th April 2012
US gay hate-crime law leads to its first indictments 12
10:50 PM — In the first set of indictments that follows from a federal hate crime law which protects against attacks motivated by sexual orientation, two women from Kentucky have pleaded guilty to helping in the kidnap and assault of a gay man.
Library of Congress employee sacked after “liking” pro-gay Facebook page 19
10:17 PM — A gay auditor at the US Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, has sad that his pressing the "Like" button on a Facebook page that promoted gay adoption led to workplace harassment, discrimination, and eventually his sacking.
Russia rejects gay rights in G8 statement 48
9:22 PM — Russia has formally distanced itself from endorsing LGBT rights, even going so far as refusing to recognise such rights, in a joint statement released by G8 foreign ministers.
Bachmann clinic continues ‘pray the gay away’ treatment 22
12:00 AM — Despite repeated denials from Marcus Bachmann that his clinic does not practise religious 'conversion therapy' for homosexuals, another gay rights activist has caught one of the clinic's counsellors attempting to "pray the gay away."
12th April 2012
Obama refuses to sign an anti-discrimination bill for LGBT employees 30
11:09 PM — In a move that is likely to disappoint gay rights activists and liberal supporters alike, President Obama has decided not to sign an executive order that would ban discrimination by employers with federal contracts against LGBT employees.
Australia: Equal marriage likened to incest 55
10:38 PM — A Christian opponent of marriage equality in Australia has compared homosexuality to incest, and said that people with same-sex attraction can be "cured."
11th April 2012
Study: Coming out is good for your health, if your parents are supportive 31
10:42 PM — Coming out as gay, lesbian or bisexual to one's parents, especially supportive ones, can significantly improve their mental health, while reducing their propensities for substance abuse, a study by researchers at Boston University has found.
Leader of Wildrose Party in Canada says she is pro-gay, pro-choice 16
9:54 PM — Danielle Smith, leader of the Wildrose Party in Canada, has moved to quash rumours surrounding her social beliefs by confirming that she is in favour of marriage equality, and is pro-choice on abortion rights.
Liberian President backtracks on anti-gay comments 22
9:15 PM — The President of Liberia, Nobel-laureate Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has vowed to veto any legislation that would criminalise homosexual behaviour in the country, despite having defended the law during a joint interview with Tony Blair.
Anti-gay group endorses Mitt Romney for President 19
8:32 PM — The National Organisation for Marriage (NOM), an anti-gay group which opposes equal marriage across the US, has officially endorsed Mitt Romney for President this morning.
10th April 2012
Federal lawsuit against Nevada seeking marriage equality 6
11:37 PM — A gay rights group has filed a federal lawsuit today against the governor of Nevada, Republican Brian Sandoval, in a bid to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in the state.
Maine: New anti-gay group campaigns against equal marriage 9
11:05 PM — Two outspoken opponents of equal marriage have started a new political action committee (PAC) in Maine, with the explicit and exclusive aim of campaigning against efforts to bring marriage equality to the state through a referendum this November.