10th May 2012
Chile passes hate crime bill in the wake of gay man’s killing 13
9:40 PM — In the wake of a national outcry over the homophobic killing of a young man, the Chilean Congress has approved an anti-discrimination bill that outlaws discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, gender, and/or sexual orientation.
4th May 2012
Kenya: Government watchdog backs repeal of laws against homosexuality and prostitution 8
1:03 PM — The Kenya National Human Rights Commission has published a report calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality and prostitution in the east African state.
Nikolai Alekseev first to be convicted of ‘gay propaganda’ in St Petersburg 27
9:58 AM — Gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alekseev has become the first man to be convicted under St Petersburg's recent 'gay propaganda' laws.
3rd May 2012
Belgium: Gay man’s death may be first to be classed as homophobic 16
4:49 PM — The death of Belgian man whose body was found this week may be the first to be treated as a homophobic killing under Belgium's new laws.
1st May 2012
Law to wipe gay sex convictions given royal assent 60
4:55 PM — The Protection of Freedoms Act, which will enable men to wipe the records of thousands of convictions for consensual gay sex under now-repealed laws, has received Royal Assent today.
Convicted murderer ‘killed neighbour after second gay advance’
12:27 PM — A convicted murderer has told a court he killed his neighbour, claiming he became 'very, very angry' after the man made a sexual advance.
26th April 2012
Iran believed to have executed a ‘gangster’ for engaging in gay sexual activities 27
4:51 PM — A young man described as a 'gangster' who is known only by the initials CH M was hanged publicly in Marwdasht, Fars Province, Iran, for allegedly engaging in 'sodomy' with another man.
Shadow foreign minister for human rights speaks out against Ugandan anti-gay bill 14
12:50 PM — The Shadow Foreign Minister for Human Rights, Kerry McCarthy MP, has spoken out against the ongoing persecution of gay, bi and transgender people in Uganda.
Man jailed for assaulting gay man and biting police officer 23
11:32 AM — A Nottinghamshire man has been jailed after taking part in a homophobic assault and biting a police officer.
25th April 2012
India: Man arrested for allegedly murdering friend who ‘forced him into a gay relationship’ 7
12:25 PM — Police in New Delhi have arrested a 20-year-old man, identified only as Wasim, who is accused of murdering a friend who he claimed continually forced him into a homosexual relationship.
24th April 2012
Straight Russian man cleared of ‘gay propaganda’ charge in St Petersburg 5
10:47 AM — A judge in St Petersburg has cleared the first man to be charged under the newly-created offence of promoting homosexuality around minors but convicted him of disobeying police orders.
20th April 2012
Northern Ireland: Homophobic killer’s appeal refused 11
10:06 PM — A man who was jailed for the homophobic murder of a gay man in Northern Ireland has been denied the chance to appeal the judgment.
18th April 2012
Comment: The gay community, the police and the question of trust 73
3:13 PM — Stuart Ross writes that police services need to continue rebuilding confidence with the LGBT communities, and communities need to challenge police by reporting hate crime.
Canada: Man to be charged today over murder of gay rights activist
2:03 PM — A man is due to be charged with second-degree murder today following the death of a popular gay rights activist.
17th April 2012
Canada: Prominent gay activist killed in apparent hate crime 60
9:26 PM — A prominent gay rights activist and journalist in Halifax was beaten to death outside a popular gay bar, Canadian media organisations report, in what seems to be a homophobic hate crime.
Dubai: Scottish man jailed for public gay sex was ‘only kissing and cuddling’ 55
3:52 PM — A Scottish man jailed in Dubai for having gay sex behind a petrol station one night claims has said there was 'no sex involved'.
16th April 2012
Lesbian PCSO jailed for passing secrets to other gay friends 19
10:00 PM — A lesbian police community support officer (PCSO) in Wales has been imprisoned for ten months, for passing on confidential information to other gay people in her area, the Daily Telegraph reports.
St Petersburg: First hearings for men arrested under anti-gay law postponed 5
3:41 PM — The trial of two men who are the first to be prosecuted under St Petersburg's new law banning the promotion of homosexuality among minors has reportedly been adjourned due to missing documents.
13th April 2012
US gay hate-crime law leads to its first indictments 12
10:50 PM — In the first set of indictments that follows from a federal hate crime law which protects against attacks motivated by sexual orientation, two women from Kentucky have pleaded guilty to helping in the kidnap and assault of a gay man.
Northern Ireland: Inquiry into Catholic priest’s gay porn display hindered by laptop theft 76
10:16 AM — An investigation into how a Catholic priest managed to project pornographic gay images to a room of primary school parents instead of a presentation on Holy Communion has been hindered by the theft of the laptop from his home.