14th December 2011
Australian lesbians turn down bishop’s offer after school refuses their child 28
12:36 PM — A couple in Australia whose child was rejected from a Catholic school because of their sexuality have been offered a place after intervention by the diocese's bishop, but they have turned down the offer.
North Cyprus leader: Proposal to repeal anti-gay laws “has been submitted” 10
10:39 AM — A Conservative MEP who lobbied the leader of Northern Cyprus to repeal the self-declared state's anti-gay laws said yesterday he had written to her confirming that the proposal had been drafted.
Ghana’s education ministry “optimistic” it can stop homosexuality 96
9:45 AM — A spokesman for Ghana's Education Ministry has told the Accra Mail he is confident a programme in which teachers warn students of the "adverse consequences" of being gay will make it "a thing of the past".
House of Lords urged to reject challenge to civil partnership rules tomorrow 70
9:05 AM — Religious leaders have written an open letter to the House of Lords calling on them to reject the challenge facing the regulations for religious civil partnerships tomorrow.
13th December 2011
250,000 sign petition against St Petersburg “gay propaganda” law 7
3:18 PM — Nearly a quarter of a million people have signed a petition calling on world leaders to hold Russia to account for a draft law in St Petersburg which threatens to silence its gay community. The draft law would punish the promotion of LGBT lifestyles in public alongside paedophilia in Russia's second largest city.
Newly-crowned Mr Gay Namibia was “mugged for prize money” 17
1:47 PM — The holder of the Mr Gay Namibia title says he was mugged outside his home in the African state by attackers demanding the prize money he had won. The assailants escaped with N$200, about £15.
Sister of former Australian PM leaves Labor over marriage equality “nonsense” 64
12:38 PM — The sister of Australia's former Prime Minister and current Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has officially left the party over what she termed the "utter nonsense" of gay marriage. Loree Rudd said: "I couldn't work for a party that had endorsed homosexuals marrying."
Police pay compensation after calling teenage photographer “stupid” and “gay” 110
11:24 AM — A teenager has received an apology and £4,000 in compensation after Metropolitan Police officers stopped him photographing a military parade, saying it was "dangerous", "stupid" and "gay". Jules Mattsson was 15 when he attended the parade in Romford, north east London in June 2010.
8th December 2011
Malawi says it will review anti-gay laws in light of “public opinion” 35
4:41 PM — The Malawian Justice Minister has included the country's anti-gay laws in a list of legislation he wants reviewed, saying the rules may not reflect "public opinion".
Partner of Turkish gay man shot in ‘honour killing’ to address London audience tomorrow 50
2:54 PM — İbrahim Can, the partner of Ahmet Yildiz, a gay man shot dead in a reported "honour killing" in the Turkish city of Istanbul, will speak about his experience at London's SOAS tomorrow.
Government launches first-ever action plan to advance transgender equality 68
11:46 AM — Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said the government plans to work "with schools, businesses and communities so that together, we can drive change and help consign transphobia to the past.”
Video: Rick Perry condemns gays in military while children “cannot celebrate Christmas” 121
11:06 AM — A presidential campaign advert released this week by Rick Perry depicts him saying there is "something wrong with our country" when gays can serve in the military, but children cannot "celebrate Christmas or pray in school".
Australia lifts ban on certificates for gay couples marrying abroad 12
10:25 AM — The Australian government has lifted a ban which hindered the ability of gay couples to marry overseas. Julia Gillard's ministers have reversed a policy which meant gay couples were not able to receive a certificate confirming their eligibility to marry.
Nominate your LGBT voices for our 2011 list of the most influential Twitter users 6
10:04 AM — Whose voice has the most authority on Twitter when it comes to LGBT life? PinkNews.co.uk has teamed up with PeerIndex to draw up a list, and we need your nominations: simply tweet your nominees' usernames and the hashtag #pinkpeople2011.
7th December 2011
Scottish Episcopal Church “bound by canons” to oppose gay marriage 62
4:26 PM — The Church's General Synod has said it is currently bound by the canons which define marriage as being between a man and a woman, but said it has not yet had time to run a "full debate" on the issue of gay marriage internally.
The Proof of Love wins Green Carnation gay book prize 4
3:25 PM — The winner of the 2011 Green Carnation Prize, announced today, is Catherine Hall's The Proof of Love.
Hillary Clinton: Being gay is not ‘a western invention, but a human reality’ 112
11:42 AM — Hillary Clinton has delivered a groundbreaking speech to a United Nations summit in Geneva following the US' declaration that its agencies will challenge the criminalisation of gay acts and identity overseas.
Rick Santorum: “Equal” education about gay life “a hit to family and faith” in US 62
11:04 AM — US presidential candidate Rick Santorum told a group on his campaign trail in Iowa that gay marriage would damage "family and faith" by forcing schools to teach children about gay and straight relationships equally.
Obama pledges aid and asylum support for overseas gay rights 14
9:46 AM — New instructions issued by the Obama administration call for US government agencies to consider gay rights when deciding aid and asylum cases. It is the first US government strategy dedicated to combating rights abuses against gay people abroad.
Elio Di Rupo, Europe’s second openly gay government leader sworn in 27
9:28 AM — Elio Di Rupo has been named the new, openly gay, Prime Minister of Belgium, after the country went a year and a half without a government. He will become the second openly gay head of government in Europe.