25th June 2012
Nobel Laureates, including Desmond Tutu, call for global LGBT equality 37
10:25 PM — Four Nobel Prize winners, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have released a joint statement decrying violence against LGBT people, and calling on people around the world to support gay rights.
Last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust dies 26
9:36 PM — The last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust has passed away in Berlin, just days before he was due to celebrate his 89th birthday, the Jerusalem Post reports.
21st June 2012
Republicans won’t reintroduce ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ if elected, one lawmaker says 22
11:09 PM — The Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee announced today that the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) was a settled issue, which neither a Romney presidency nor a Republican-majority Senate would reverse.
Washington state looks set to back equal marriage in referendum 13
10:39 PM — In a sign that Washington may be one of the first states to buck the trend on equal marriage referenda, a new poll suggests that voters in the state might approve the measure during the presidential elections this November.
Illinois: State refuses to defend ban on equal marriage 6
10:14 PM — Twenty-five gay couples in Illinois who filed a lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which outlaws a string of federal benefits for same-sex partners, were told today that the state would no longer defend it.
19th June 2012
Gay rights activists decry Dharun Ravi’s early release from jail 21
10:37 PM — Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student who was sentenced to 30 days for spying on his gay roommate, who later killed himself, has been released from prison ten days early -- a move that has prompted sharp criticism from local gay rights activists.
Uganda: Police interrupt training workshop for gay rights activists 16
10:09 PM — Police officers in Uganda raided a gay rights training session in Kampala yesterday, alleging that the assembly was illegal.
18th June 2012
Australia: Equal marriage headed for a defeat in the Parliament 31
11:06 PM — Gay rights activists in Australia and pro-equality politicians are bracing themselves for a parliamentary defeat on equal marriage, even as a public consultation on the matter finds record support for the measure.
Northern Ireland: Police officers disciplined over inadequate response to homophobic crimes 22
10:17 PM — Eight police officers at a station in County Down, Northern Ireland, have been disciplined after a gay couple complained about inadequate response to reports of homophobic crimes.
All same-sex unions are against Jewish Law, Chief Rabbi’s consultation response says 67
9:21 PM — In its official response to the government consultation on equal marriage, the office of the Chief Rabbi has submitted that Jewish Law prohibited the practice of homosexuality, and therefore same-sex unions.
17th June 2012
Northern Ireland: Health minister retains ban on gay people donating blood, faces growing criticism 120
8:49 PM — The health minister of Northern Ireland has decided to retain the current ban on gay people donating blood, citing two works of research which he claims strengthened his position.
Party whip withdrawn from Lord Maginnis over homophobic remarks 30
7:39 PM — The leader of Ulster Unionist Party has withdrawn the party whip from Lord Maginnis over his homophobic remarks.
Poll: Record 64 percent support for equal marriage in Scotland 72
9:00 AM — A new survey of Scottish people suggests that almost two in three support equal marriage, with only one in four expressing opposition, PinkNews.co.uk can reveal.
16th June 2012
General Mills opposes ban on equal marriage, angers anti-equality groups 17
10:43 PM — The international food giant, General Mills, has publicly declared it opposes a proposed constitutional amendment to ban equal marriage in Minnesota, and has consequently angered anti-equality groups in the state.
Video: President Obama’s speech for LGBT Pride Reception 9
10:11 PM — During a reception to mark LGBT pride month, President Obama tells gay and trans supporters that he will have a 'friend' and 'fellow advocate' in him as long as he remains at the White House.
April Ashley awarded an MBE for services to trans rights 21
9:48 PM — Actress and human rights campaigner, April Ashley, who was the first Briton to be openly identified as having undergone a gender realignment surgery, has been awarded an MBE for services to transgender equality.
15th June 2012
New York: Fifth grade student’s pro-equality speech censored 30
11:41 PM — A fifth-grade student in New York who wanted to deliver a speech for marriage equality had his opportunity censored, but later reinstated due to immediate backlash, US media organisations say.
Singer Cheryl Cole supports equal marriage 16
10:50 PM — The British singer Cheryl Cole has added her support to the growing chorus of voices that have called for the introduction of marriage equality in the UK.
Video: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton marks LGBT pride month 3
10:22 PM — In another step demonstrating the Obama administration's self-professed commitment to gay and trans rights, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released a video to mark LGBT pride month.
Google marks LGBT pride through a rainbow curtain underneath search-bars 5
9:28 PM — The search giant Google is marking LGBT pride this year by displaying its search results with a rainbow-patterned curtain underneath its search bars.