3rd May 2012
Benedict Cumberbatch ‘flattered’ by gay fan-fiction 26
10:10 PM — The star of BBC's Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch, has admitted in an interview with MTV News that he is aware of some of the racier fan-fiction out there, and that he finds some of it quite flattering.
Missouri Republican Lawmaker comes out, denounces ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill 17
9:35 PM — A Republican legislator in the US state of Missouri has held a press conference where he first came out as gay, and then proceeded to denounce the infamous 'Don't Say Gay' bill.
Goldman Sachs lost clients due to pro-gay campaign, says CEO 59
8:50 PM — Taking a stance in favour of equal marriage cost Goldman Sachs at least one client, the chief executive Lloyd Blankfein has said.
1st May 2012
India’s largest transgender festival begins 4
10:43 PM — Koovagam, the largest transgender festival in India, and in Asia, has opened in the eponymous village near the south Indian town of Villupuram, roughly 160 km southwest of Chennai.
Tennessee’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill to be dropped 11
9:50 PM — The so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill, which would have interdicted elementary and middle school teachers from discussion of homosexuality and gender identity, looks set to be dropped without a vote, after a key Republican sponsor announced that he simply would not bring it up, local media organisations report.
Romney’s openly gay spokesperson resigns due to anti-gay backlash 44
9:23 PM — Richard Grenell, the openly gay man who was appointed as foreign policy spokesperson by Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, has resigned from his position, due to fierce opposition from anti-gay conservatives, the Washington Post reports.
Russia: Police arrest gay rights activists in St Petersburg 35
8:53 PM — Russian police force have arrested seventeen gay rights activists during a May Day rally in St Petersburg, which recently passed a law that banned what it called 'homosexual propaganda.'
Nicaragua enthrones Miss Gay 2012 10
12:04 AM — A beauty contest in Nicaragua has crowned a 22-year-old designer as Miss Gay 2012, a competition to choose "the queen of the transvestites."
30th April 2012
UK issues global LGBT rights report, where US lags behind 28
11:45 PM — The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued its annual Human Rights and Democracy report today, where a separate section outlines the state of LGBT rights around the world, and the government's own commitment to it. The corresponding report from the US State Department, however, is three months overdue, and for the third time in a row.
New Hampshire Episcopalians may elect a second gay bishop 4
10:46 PM — One of the three priests nominated to succeed Bishop Gene Robinson at his Diocese of New Hampshire is an openly gay man and married to his partner, Boston Globe reports.
Scotland: Pro-equality and anti-equality faith groups both step up campaign 27
9:54 PM — A broad alliance of faith groups has released an open letter, sent to all Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs), demanding the right to conduct marriages for same-sex couples, while an anti-equality group has said it will send a leaflet to every house in Glasgow, campaigning against marriage equality, ahead of Thursday's council election.
29th April 2012
Video: President Obama and Jimmy Kimmel make gay-friendly jokes at reception 12
7:13 PM — During the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner yesterday, President Obama said that if his first term saw the repeal of the infamous 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, the second term would introduce a policy called 'It's Raining Men.'
Mail on Sunday: Tory Chief Whip says equal marriage proposals will ‘not come to a vote’ 136
6:05 PM — The Tory Chief Whip, Patrick McLoughlin, has privately assured anxious Tory backbenchers that the current proposals for equal marriage will "not come to a vote," and that they will be "kicked into the long grass," the Mail on Sunday reports. However, a spokesperson for David Cameron said the Prime Minister said he and the Government remain committed to change the law.
Northern Ireland: Priest who ‘inadvertently’ projected gay porn to shocked parents to leave diocese 51
5:02 PM — The Catholic priest who 'inadvertently' displayed pornographic images of men to a group of parents at a primary school in Northern Ireland is to leave the area.
Video: US Catholic school disinvites alumnus over his homosexuality 20
4:38 PM — A Catholic school in Michigan, US, has withdrawn the invitation it issued to one of its alumni to be the keynote speaker at his brother's graduation, after authorities there discovered he was gay and engaged to his partner.
28th April 2012
Utah: Gay teenager commits suicide 52
8:47 PM — A 17-year old from Mountain Green, Utah, has killed himself due to homophobic bullying, local media organisations report.
Ricky Martin to host Obama fundraiser 5
6:55 PM — The pop singer Ricky Martin, who came out as gay two years ago, has said that he will host a fundraising event for US President Barack Obama over his support for LGBT rights.
Video: Christian students walk out as Dan Savage attacks the Bible 180
6:20 PM — Several high school students walked out of a lecture by Dan Savage, the gay rights campaigner, after he linked certain passages in the Bible, which he called him "bulls**t," and homophobic bullying.
Ray-Ban campaign features gay couple 18
5:42 PM — The eyewear designer, Ray-Ban, has introduced an advertisement that features a gay couple holding hands as part of their 75th anniversary campaign.
Vatican Archbishop calls for alliance with Muslims and Jews against equal marriage 143
5:13 PM — Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Apostolic Nuncio, has called for the formation of an alliance between Catholics and other faiths, including other Christian denominations, to fight against the current government proposals to bring forth equality in marriage.