28th March 2012
Union for Progressive Judaism supports gay couples marrying in Australia 18
10:19 AM — The Australian Union for Progressive Judaism has made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill.
US government demands fast-track of gay rights case 14
9:40 AM — This week, the US government requested that a federal appeals court hasten its review of a San Francisco gay rights case and consider harsher scrutiny for discriminatory laws around sexual orientation, including a standard that could legalise same-sex marriage.
27th March 2012
Secret documents reveal anti-gay marriage group planned to divide gay and black voters 48
4:36 PM — Confidential documents made public in a court in the state of Maine today revealed the leading opponents of same-sex marriage planned to defeat campaigns by "fanning the hostility" between black and gay voters and by casting President Obama as a radical enemy of marriage.
Uruguayan man given landmark residence permit to live with husband in Italy 23
12:52 PM — Authorities in northern Italy on Monday issued a residence permit to a Uruguayan man whose application was initially rejected because his marriage to an Italian man - which took place in Spain - is not recognised by the country's laws.
Obituary: New York photographer and actor Cris Alexander 8
11:26 AM — New York photographer and actor Cris Alexander has died, aged 92. Alexander came to New York City aged 18 in 1938 hoping to make it as an actor. Ultimately, he became a successful photographer, taking portraits of movie stars, the New York City Ballet and for Andy Warhol's Interview magazine.
Birmingham lavishes £10k on bling rhino sculpture for gay village 37
9:43 AM — Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council has contributed the sum of £10,000 towards a huge, rhinestone-encrusted sculpture of a rhinoceros which is planned to mark entry to the city's gay village.
Alaskan anti-discrimination ordinance could be passed in April 18
9:07 AM — An ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT people in Anchorage, Alaska, could be passed on an upcoming municipal ballot in April.
26th March 2012
Ken Livingstone defends former Iranian TV job and homophobic Muslim preacher 62
5:38 PM — In a radio interview, London Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone defended his relationship with homophobic and anti-semitic Muslim cleric and his former presenting job with Iran’s state broadcaster, Press TV, claiming it was an attempt to "engage" with the country and reduce the threat of military action.
Californian Pop band The Morning Benders change their name through fear of offending gay fans 21
4:59 PM — Californian power-pop band The Morning Benders have changed their name to the somewhat blander Pop ETC. after belatedly discovering that ‘bender’ is a UK slang term used to describe gay men.
Jewish Chronicle column suggests marriage equality will lead to incestous marriages 55
3:59 PM — Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks' refusal to comment on government plans to introduce marriage equality for gay couples has brought forth a range of strong opinions - both pro and anti - from members of the Jewish community and Rabbis.
Gay adoption law is rejected in Slovenian referendum 13
2:51 PM — A national referendum in Slovenia has rejected a new family law that included a clause to allow same-sex couples to adopt children under certain circumstances.
Gay Taiwanese couple make bid to be registered as same-sex household in landmark hearing 5
1:35 PM — A Taiwanese gay couple who have been together for six years are to apply to the Taipei High Administrative Court in a bid to be registered as such under the country's Department of Household Legislation.
Conscripts to Turkish army must ‘prove’ they’re gay for exemption from military service 44
1:03 PM — Young gay Turkish men are being forced to "prove" their sexual orientation to avoid compulsory military service.
Mickey Rourke pulls out of Gareth Thomas biopic 30
12:07 PM — Mickey Rourke has pulled out of his role as gay Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas in a new biopic after suffering problems during his stunt training for the film.
Gay couples celebrate ‘illegal mass wedding’ in Ohio over the weekend 16
11:47 AM — More than 200 gay and lesbian couples gathered at the Galleria downtown Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday to engage in what they called the “biggest illegal mass wedding ever held.”
Video: French footballers’ ‘kiss’ goes viral and sparks new discussion about homophobia on the pitch 29
11:19 AM — A video clip of two French international footballers apparently kissing in front of a packed stadium has gone viral and entranced the French media. After scoring a goal in a friendly match against Germany, Olivier Giroud appeared to grab his teammate Mathieu Debuchy's face and kiss him on the lips.
8th June 2011
Tensions rise again over the Kirk’s position on gay ministers 19
4:14 PM — Tensions are brewing once again at the Presbyterian General Assembly over the Church of Scotland's stance on accepting gay ministers.
London hospitals to offer routine HIV tests to A&E patients 40
1:06 PM — Two hospitals in London are to offer routine HIV tests to Accident and Emergency (A&E) patients, making them the first in the UK to do so and aiming to save lives by reducing the number of cases of undiagnosed HIV.
Three out of four Australians believe gay marriage will soon be a reality 18
12:07 PM — Three out of four Australians believe same-sex marriage will be made legal in their country, a poll showed Wednesday, prompting gay activists to renew their fight to be able to marry.
Protestant pastor vows to fight against gay sauna in Londonderry 82
11:36 AM — A Protestant fundamentalist pastor has said that he will take his protest against a gay sauna onto the streets of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, after it was given full planning permission this week.