6th July 2012
Feature: Decriminalising homosexuality in Belize 9
11:34 AM — PinkNews.co.uk speaks to Caleb Orozco, the executive president of the United Belize Advocacy Movement about the bid to overturn the law in Belize which criminalises homosexuality.
5th July 2012
Texas: Police release sketch of suspect in fatal shooting of lesbian couple 3
7:09 PM — Police in Portland, Texas, have released a sketch of a suspect wanted for the shooting of a teenage lesbian couple in a park last month. Mollie Olgin, 19, was shot dead while her girlfriend, Mary Christine Chapa, 18, remains in hospital after being shot in the head.
Foreign Office human rights minister praises ‘Illegal to be you’ video campaign 7
5:17 PM — Jeremy Browne, the Foreign Office minister for human rights has praised a new viral video imagining a world in personal traits like hair colour or height were criminalised in the same way as homosexuality.
4th July 2012
Connecticut student ‘faked anti-gay harassment’ 5
6:10 PM — A lesbian student at Central Connecticut State University is facing police charges of faking claims of anti-gay harassment. Police discovered that Alexandra Pennell, 19, had been sending herself homophobic notes to get attention and sympathy from other students.
Zimbabwe: Gay rights group to be charged with insulting Mugabe 58
10:09 AM — Police in Zimbabwe have summoned the director of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe group and intend to charge the organisation with insulting the president, Robert Mugabe.
South Africa and Brazil demand UN action on gay rights 17
9:18 AM — United Nations ambassadors for South Africa and Brazil have demanded more action and discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity as part as universal human rights standards, and to combat hate crimes.
3rd July 2012
Suffolk: Man fined after threatening transgender neighbour 17
12:03 PM — A building worker in Ipswich has been convicted of what is believed to be the first offence officially motivated by transphobia in Suffolk.
Mexico City: Gay journalist found dead in elevator shaft 19
10:06 AM — Armando Montano, an openly gay apprentice journalist working as a summer intern for the Associated Press in Mexico City, was found dead early Saturday. He was 22 years old.
2nd July 2012
Amateur footballer banned from matches after threatening gay referee 11
10:54 AM — An amateur footballer has been banned from watching or playing in regulated games for the next three years after verbally abusing a gay referee.
29th June 2012
Worcester: Police appeal after anti-gay takeaway assault 15
1:22 PM — Police in Worcester investigating a homophobic assault have released CCTV images of three men they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.
28th June 2012
IDAHO founder begins hunger strike for UN resolution on decriminalising homosexuality 13
11:38 AM — The founder of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia has launched a hunger strike this week calling on the new French president to honour a promise to introduce a UN resolution on the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
26th June 2012
Man charged with murder of South African trans gay activist as anti-gay violence continues 6
7:13 PM — A suspect in brutal murder of South African gay man Thapelo Makuthle has been charged. Activists say that anti-LGBT related crime and violence is on the rise. A suspect in the brutal murder of Thapelo Makuthle is reported to have been charged. The suspect, named Sizwe Tajini, resides with his father in the village of Seoding, the same of the victim, near Kuruman, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Texas: Teenage lesbian couple shot in possible hate crime 10
12:11 PM — Two teenage girls in the US state of Texas have been shot in a possible hate crime, with one being fatally wounded.
21st June 2012
Brazil: Bar warned for discriminating against lesbian couple 1
7:01 PM — A bar in the city of Teresina, Brazil was issued with an administrative warning for having discriminated against a lesbian couple.
Malta: Gender identity and sexual orientation included in hate crime laws 10
12:53 PM — The Maltese parliament has extended its hate crime laws for the first time to protect citizens on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
19th June 2012
Home Office will be asked to heed warning on ‘outdated’ police resources on HIV 5
6:05 PM — The Home Office is to be asked to ensure police resources on HIV accurately reflect current knowledge of the virus and its routes of transmission.
18th June 2012
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.
Report: Police training on HIV ‘outdated and stigmatising’ 18
11:38 AM — A National AIDS Trust review of how police approach HIV suggests many constabularies in the UK have procedures based on unfounded concerns regarding transmission, which can fuel 'scaremongering' and 'mistreatment' for people living with the virus, the charity said.
15th June 2012
Dubai: Scottish man jailed for public gay sex to be released 23
11:15 AM — A Scottish man jailed for having gay sex in a public place in Dubai is to be released after his sentence was heavily reduced on appeal.
14th June 2012
Kenya: Lesbian ‘held hostage by family’ commits suicide, reports say 6
1:10 PM — According to unconfirmed reports a lesbian who was being held hostage by her parents committed suicide in desperation last night in Kenya.