20th October 2011
London MEP says North Cyprus president promised to repeal anti-gay laws 16
2:55 PM — A Conservative MEP for London says North Cyprus president Derviş Eroğlu promised her he would repeal laws against homosexuality. Marina Yannakoudakis was visiting Nicolosia as part of her role on an EU group for relationships with the Turkish Cypriot community.
New Jersey governor calls teacher’s anti-gay remarks ‘disturbing’ 22
1:55 PM — New Jersey governor Chris Christie has weighed in on the case of a teacher suspended for making homophobic remarks on Facebook. Viki Knox, who works in Union High School in the Union Township school district, made the comments last week.
Gay couple subjected to anti-gay abuse on London train 136
10:36 AM — A gay couple were subjected to a torrent of offensive anti-gay abuse on a London Overground train earlier this month. The incident happened just before 6pm on the 17:38 Hampstead Heath to Stratford service on Saturday October 1st.
19th October 2011
Gay couple’s home targeted in homophobic attack 27
5:03 PM — Police are appealing for witnesses after a gay couple's Oxfordshire home was targeted by youths with an air gun. The couple, aged 45 and 39, were at their home in Chestnut Close at around 9pm last Wednesday when they heard a bang at the back of their home.
Former Botswana president calls for legalisation of homosexuality 30
4:53 PM — Festus Mogae, the former president of Botswana, has said that homosexuality should be decriminalised to help tackle HIV rates. Speaking to the BBC's Africa Network, Mr Mogae said that while he does not "understand" homosexuality, gays and lesbians should not be arrested.
Three Northern Cyprus men arrested for gay sex 44
10:38 AM — Three men in Northern Cyprus have been arrested for sexual "acts against nature". The men were arrested in a private home in north Nicosia last Thursday and have already spent five days in custody.
18th October 2011
Commonwealth country leaders ‘to be asked to decriminalise gay sex’ 48
11:42 AM — Leaders of Commonwealth countries will be asked to decriminalise homosexuality to help to stop the spread of HIV, an Australian official has said.
Zimbabwe refuses to give prisoners condoms because homosexuality is illegal 41
10:16 AM — Prisoners in Zimbabwe are being denied condoms despite high rates of HIV - because homosexuality is illegal. The Prison Service said last week that condoms could "encourage" illegal gay sex among the 13,000-strong prison population.
17th October 2011
Poland’s first transgender MP will fight for equal rights 9
2:43 PM — Anna Grodzka, Poland's first transgender MP, says she will seek equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The 57-year-old, who was elected an MP for Krakow last week, said she would make the Catholic country more accepting.
US Republican lawsuit: ‘Gays don’t need heightened legal protections’ 22
1:27 PM — A lawsuit filed by US Republicans says that gay people do not need the same level of legal protection accorded to other minorities because they are "not politically powerless".
Gay man jailed for homophobic attack 23
11:11 AM — A gay man has been jailed for breaking another gay man's jaw in two places in a homophobic attack. Maidstone crown court heard that Robert Jackson's attack was motivated by homophobia, despite being gay himself.
14th October 2011
North Wales police to display rainbow flag in stations 41
4:43 PM — North Wales police are to display rainbow flag stickers in stations to encourage gay people to report homophobic crime. Diversity leaders at the force believe the stickers will reassure gay people that they will be treated sensitively and respectfully.
Government consults on removing ‘insulting’ speech from public order laws 217
11:52 AM — The Home Office is looking at the possibility of removing the offence of causing "insult' from the Public Order Act. The law has been used to arrest Christian street preachers who deliver anti-gay sermons, such as Cumbrian preacher Dale McAlpine.
13th October 2011
US Supreme Court refuses to hear gay parents’ appeal 23
4:22 PM — The US Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of a gay couple who wanted both their names on the birth certificate of a boy they adopted. Oren Adar and Mickey Smith, of New Orleans, adopted the Louisiana-born boy in 2006 in New York.
Effort to force referendum on California gay history law fails 17
1:22 PM — Gay rights opponents have failed in an attempt to repeal California law on gay history teaching in schools. They did not manage to collect the 505,000 signatures needed to suspend the law and put the issue on the ballot.
12th October 2011
Comment: Let faiths celebrate gay marriages 65
3:51 PM — Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, the co-chair of Rabbinic Conference of Liberal Judaism, says the government must include religious ceremonies in the forthcoming gay marriage consultation.
11th October 2011
Johannesburg police dismiss ‘gay serial killer’ reports 14
3:44 PM — Police in Johannesburg, South Africa, say there is no evidence a serial killer is targeting gay men. According to the Star newspaper, there have been six killings of gay men over the last 18 months which bear similarities.
California removes surgery requirement for transgender birth certificates 29
3:12 PM — California's governor Jerry Brown has signed a law to make it easier for transgender people to get a revised birth certificate Previously, transgender people had to provide proof of surgery to obtain a birth certificate in the appropriate gender.
Home HIV tests ‘should be legalised’ 48
1:29 PM — Almost two-thirds of people would consider using HIV home testing kits if they were legally available and regulated in the UK, a survey has found.
Scottish faith groups want gay marriage referendum 36
1:21 PM — Two Scottish faith groups are calling for a referendum on gay marriage. Dundee-based Solas and the Free Church say voters should be allowed to choose whether Scotland allows gay couples to wed.