21st August 2012
‘Gay Hate Day’ taking place in Cameroon today 54
12:15 PM — African human rights campaigners and leaders are uniting to denounce a 'Gay Hate Day' taking place today in Cameroon.
New Zealand’s Minister of Justice comes out in support of marriage equality and other LGBT rights 20
11:02 AM — The New Zealand Minister of Justice, who previously voted against the country's civil union legislation, has now come out in favour of marriage equality, same-sex couples adopting and legal recognition of gender identity for trans people.
Head of Taiwan’s Centre for Disease Control says marriage equality will help prevent spread of STDs 23
10:23 AM — The deputy director-general of Taiwan's Centres for Disease Control (CDC) is the first first senior official in the country to publicly come out in support of marriage equality.
20th August 2012
United Church of Canada elects first openly gay moderator in historic vote 18
4:32 PM — The United Church of Canada elected its first openly gay moderator this week.
Poll suggests churchgoers less likely to vote Tory in light of PM’s support for marriage equality 34
2:23 PM — A new poll suggests that many churchgoers in the UK are increasingly unlikely to vote Tory owing to David Cameron's promise to legalise marriage equality prior to the next election.
Millionaire’s will says gay son must marry a woman or lose inheritance 36
1:11 PM — A Manhattan Criminal Court Judge is trying to overturn his father's will because it states says he must marry the mother of his child - despite the fact she acted as a surrogate for him and his husband.
Shetland youth politicians promote marriage equality in schools 9
12:16 PM — Youth politicians in the Shetland Isles are actively promoting the Love Equally campaign alongside the rest of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
Ulster councillor withdraws ‘gay disease’ remark 38
11:32 AM — An Ulster Unionist councillor has taken back a series of comments he made in which he compared homosexuality variously to a “disease” and a "disability" during a debate on marriage equality.
Warner Bros shelves Alan Turing biopic 39
11:00 AM — Warner Bros. have abandoned pre-production on a new Alan Turing biopic.
Australian Greens concerned over too-early vote on marriage equality bill 11
10:09 AM — The Australian Green Party have voiced their concerns over the government attempting to bring an early vote on the marriage equality bill in an attempt to clear it off the political agenda.
17th August 2012
Guatemalan trans woman says she was raped in mens’ wing of Danish asylum seekers camp 66
4:40 PM — A young Guatemalan trans woman who sought asylum in Denmark says that on her arrival she was placed in the men's wing of an asylum seeker's camp and gang raped by several men who forced their way into her room.
California watchdog approves $49,000 fine for anti-marriage equality group 7
3:02 PM — A campaign watchdog agency in California yesterday approved a $49,000 fine against the campaign committee for Proposition 8.
Update: each member of LGBT-supporting feminist punk band Pussy Riot sentenced to two years in prison 86
1:21 PM — Three members of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot have been found guilty and convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, over a their protest in a Moscow cathedral during which they performed an anti-Putin "punk prayer".
Seattle lawyers issue complaint against anti-marriage equality groups 11
12:40 PM — A Seattle law firm has filed a complaint against two anti-gay marriage groups for not declaring the source of their funding.
Appeal against century-long ban on gay pride in Moscow is refused 29
11:54 AM — Nikolay Alexeyev, founder of Moscow Gay Pride, has had his appeal against the century-long ban on the parade rejected by Moscow City Court.
Gunman responsible for Family Research Council shooting is charged 33
10:26 AM — The gunman who opened fire at the offices of The Family Research Council (FRC) in Washington DC yesterday, whose full name is Floyd Lee Corkins II, has been charged with assault with intent to kill and interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition.
16th August 2012
Slovakian opposition party proposes legislation for registered same-sex couples 3
4:08 PM — The opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party of Slovakia have announced plans to submit a bill to next month's parliamentary session that would partially make the registered partnerships of LGBT couples equal with those of married heterosexual couples.
American politician makes history by becoming Florida’s first out gay legislator 2
3:17 PM — David Richardson has become the first openly gay legislator of Florida. The 55-year-old forensic accountant said he was comfortable having made Florida history on election night.
Public debate about marriage equality to be held among Pacific communities in New Zealand 17
11:32 AM — Pacific leaders in Auckland, New Zealand say it is necessary for their communities to hold a public debate on the country's marriage equality bill to quell fears that it will cause conflict with Pacific churches and undermine "traditional values".
Nepalese LGBT rights group condemn ‘brazen thuggery’ of ‘biased and malicious’ TV programme 15
10:58 AM — The Blue Diamond Society (BDS), Nepal’s leading LGBT rights organisation, have issued a statement condemning "a biased and maliciious" news report about their activities, which was screened on a national television station this week.