17th February 2011
Californian Supreme Court to hear Prop 8 case, delaying decision on gay marriage until 2012 8
2:56 AM — The legal saga over gay marriage in California looks set to drag on for another year. Last night, the Californian Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the backer of Proposition 8, the 2008 voter initiative that banned gay and lesbian marriages has the right to appeal a lower court decision that the ban was unconstitutional.
Hawaii Senate votes for gay civil unions, governor to sign bill 2
12:56 AM — Politicians in the state of Hawaii have passed bill legalising civil unions for same-sex couples late last night, with the Senate voting 18-5 in favour. The bill has been passed to Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie to sign into law, he has already signaled that he supports the measure.
16th February 2011
Government is ‘painfully slow’ on gay marriage says Stonewall’s Ben Summerskill 33
11:58 PM — Responding to news that ministers will hold a consultation on giving gay couples the right to civil marriage, chief executive Ben Summerskill it would have to start now for changes to be implemented by in this parliament. Stonewall only added gay marriage to its campaigning objectives last October, eight months after the Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg declared his support for a change in the law.
15th February 2011
Budapest Pride banned by police over ‘traffic concerns’ 5
4:10 PM — This year's Budapest Pride festival has been banned by police, ostensibly because it will cause too much traffic disruption. Gay rights campaigners in the Hungarian capital claimed that the decision was politically motivated and are planning to challenge it in court.
US gay campaigners hold Valentine’s marriage rallies
11:58 AM — Gay rights campaigners across the US held a series of Valentine's Day rallies and demonstrations yesterday to call for marriage equality. Gay couples in cities such as Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago requested marriage licences, while others staged civil disobedience actions.
13th February 2011
British government reportedly set to introduce full gay marriage equality 84
9:54 PM — The government is expected to announce full marriage equality for gays and lesbians under reforms to marriage laws to be announced later this week. The reported move will end the final major legal discrimination against gays and lesbians in Britain.
11th February 2011
US gay newspaper staff quit over ‘censorship’ 9
4:32 PM — The editor and a reporter at a US gay newspaper have quit, claiming that they were asked to kill an unflattering story on an advertiser.
9th February 2011
Terrence Higgins Trust’s Lisa Power awarded MBE 1
3:53 PM — Lisa Power, the policy director of Terrence Higgins Trust, has collected her MBE from Buckingham Palace.
Lesbian RAF corporals to represent Manchester Pride 4
3:34 PM — A lesbian couple who both serve as corporals in the RAF have been appointed as representatives for Manchester Pride.
8th February 2011
Gay footballer collects MBE from Buckingham Palace 9
2:13 PM — Aslie Pitter, who helped found one of the UK's first gay football teams, Stonewall FC, has collected his MBE from Buckingham Palace. The 51-year-old, who is the team's reserve manager, was awarded the accolade in the New Year honours list.
Seven-year-old donates to LA gay centre because he thinks inequality is unfair 40
12:55 AM — A seven-year-old has donated $140 to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) because he doesn't think it's right for gay people not to be treated equally. The child, called Malcolm, was given $140 by his parents to donate to the charity of his choice. He chose to split the money between the gay centre and the HRC.
4th February 2011
Brighton Pride to charge entry and cap numbers 38
4:49 PM — Brighton Pride 2011 will charge entry and limit visitor numbers for the first time. Organisers of the festival said they had to make significant changes after complaints about safety and litter at last year's event.
US transgender survey finds ‘discrimination and ridicule at every turn’ 12
11:47 AM — A large-scale study of trans people in America says that almost every part of social and legal convention ridicules, abuses and discriminates against transgender people.
2nd February 2011
Carlisle men fined for shouting abuse at trans women 8
2:22 PM — Two men from Carlisle have been fined for shouting abuse at two transgender women in the street. Carlisle magistrates' court heard that Wayne Blair and Stephen Currie, both 22, had threatened Simone Armstrong and Kim Oakland and yelled anti-gay abuse at them.
1st February 2011
Governor of Illinois signs gay civil-unions into law 9
2:36 AM — The Governor of Illinois has signed the state's same sex civil-union legislation into law. The move comes after a state senate vote to recognise same sex unions.
31st January 2011
Gay charity London Friend begins emergency appeal to buy building 5
3:33 PM — London Friend, the city's oldest gay charity, has launched an emergency appeal to buy its current premises. The LGBT counselling service was founded 40 years ago and has six months to raise the funds to buy its Caledonian Road building.
30th January 2011
Ugandan lesbian’s asylum appeal rejected because she didn’t read gay magazines 75
1:54 AM — A lesbian asylum seeker who was granted a last-minute reprieve from deportation to Uganda was denied the right to remain in the UK because she didn't own magazines or other literature relating to her sexuality, it has been revealed.
28th January 2011
London anti-hate crime charity opens drop-in service 2
4:10 PM — London charity Galop is offering a new drop-in service for LGBT people affected by hate crime, discrimination and domestic abuse. The service will also offer LGBT people the chance to talk to a sexual abuse caseworker in confidence about incidents, whether recent or from childhood.
21st January 2011
Comment: Daily Mail ‘neo-Nazi’ gay cartoon incites hatred based on sexuality 81
1:27 AM — PinkNews.co.uk reader Nick Lowe argues that the publication by the Daily Mail of a cartoon which depicts a gay couple checking in to a Christian run hotel as 'neo-Nazis' incites hatred of homosexuals.
19th January 2011
Report finds huge levels of discrimination against gay and trans people in Utah 19
9:20 PM — A report by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) has found significant homophobia and discrimination in the state of Utah, home to the Mormon Church. The study of 939 LGBT Utahans found that sixty seven per cent of transgendered and forty four percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual Utahans say they have either been sacked or have been denied a job or promotion as a result of their LGBT status.