22nd June 2012
New anti-homophobia award named in honour of Alan Turing 16
3:43 PM — Ahead of the centenary of his birth, the Lesbian and Gay Foundation has unveiled a new award in its Homo Heroes series dedicated to gay computer genius and Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing.
19th June 2012
Video: White House unveils Pride month video challenge finalists
5:14 PM — The White House Office of Public Engagement has unveiled six finalists for its LGBT Pride Month Video Challenge to honour local community leaders in the US.
Concern over ‘pernicious’ Freedom of Information requests on LGBT issues 15
4:04 PM — Concern is growing that some national newspapers are abusing Freedom of Information laws to trawl for stories that they then skew to depict LGBT issues in a sensational and negative fashion.
Bulgaria: Church asked to repudiate priest’s call to ‘throw stones’ at Pride 29
3:16 PM — Pride organisers in the Bulgarian capital have clashed with the Orthodox Church over what event organisers see as tacit support for violence against marchers.
18th June 2012
Comment: Opposing gay state marriages while accepting straight ones is repugnant, and it does faiths no good 64
6:15 PM — Jane Fae asks, if our Churches already sanction straight civil marriages, how can they legitimately get so het up about gay ones?
16th June 2012
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.
Home Office Minister Nick Herbert: Churches should be allowed to marry gay couples 39
10:53 AM — Nick Herbert the Minister for Policing at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice has said that churches that wish to solemnise marriages of gay couples should be allowed to do so. He said the Church of England's current position has made him feel “distant” from his own faith.
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.
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.
Ontario approves trans discrimination protections 5
9:31 AM — Lawmakers in the Canadian province of Ontario voted to protect people from discrimination on the grounds of gender identity this week.
14th June 2012
English Defence League plans march in Bristol on same day as LGBT pride 88
10:55 PM — The anti-Islamic English Defence League (EDL) will hold a march in Bristol on the same day as the city will hold its gay pride parade, it has been announced.
Scotland: Glasgow kirk splits from Church of Scotland over gay clergy 47
10:28 PM — A church in Glasgow has become the first kirk to split from the Church of Scotland over its decision to appoint openly gay members of the clergy.
Apple adds gay couples to emoji icons for iPhones and iPads in iOS6 18
7:12 PM — Apple has continued to associate itself with LGBT people with the introduction of same-sex couple related icons or emojis for the next version of its iPhone and iPad operating system, iOS 6.
Out4Marriage: Ban on religious same-sex marriages may breach human rights laws 14
4:17 PM — In its official submission to the Government's consultation on introduce equal civil marriage for same sex couples, Out4Marriage has called on the Government to allow religious institutions to solomise ceremonies should they wish to do so, arguing that a ban would be in breach of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The organisation also called for same spouses of someone receiving an honour to be given a courtesy title.
Feature: Camping through the Falklands, hidden history of the war’s gay seafarers 58
3:29 PM — On the thirtieth anniversary of the end of the Falklands War, Jo Stanley writes on the experiences of gay men at work on the merchant ships of the Pacific in 1982.
Updated: Occupy London protesters could ‘vaporise’ gay cruising on Hampstead Heath 132
11:42 AM — A group of anti-capitalist Occupy London protesters took up residence on Hampstead Heath this week and defended the camp, saying it would improve the area by driving out the men who meet there for sex.
Exclusive: Home Office website makes equal marriage consultation appear to have closed 24 hours early 29
12:43 AM — The Home Office webpage that used to introduce visitors to the Government's proposals to introduce same sex marriage has been 'archived' and placed into the National Archive during the consultation period and more than 24 hours earlier than had been planned.
13th June 2012
Israel military accused of publishing a ‘misleading’ pro-gay photo 13
11:10 PM — A photograph uploaded by Israel's military on to its Facebook page, to celebrate its pro-gay stance, has been accused of being doctored by a local newspaper.
Leaders of Ethiopia call for anti-gay measures 33
9:06 PM — Ethiopian government officials, religious leaders and civil representatives have declared their opposition to LGBT rights and condemned homosexuality as a western epidemic during an anti-gay conference