17th February 2012
St Petersburg lawmaker dismisses ‘fake’ mothers’ plea over anti-gay law 51
12:51 PM — A letter sent by the mothers of gay children to St Petersburg lawmakers asking them to reconsider their 'gay propaganda' law has been dismissed as a fake by a senior official who reportedly said "no one cares about offending the gay community".
New Jersey Assembly approves gay marriage but veto may follow 19
10:28 AM — The New Jersey Assembly passed a bill lifting the ban on gay marriages yesterday, but the bill looks likely to be vetoed by the state governor.
Equality chief: Religious are not above the law 125
10:11 AM — The chair of the UK's Equality and Human Rights Commission has said religions must defer to the public laws of the state. Trevor Phillips said the religious should leave their views "at the door of the temple" and be governed by public law when providing public services.
16th February 2012
Police appeal over anti-gay Birmingham train abuse 63
5:26 PM — British Transport Police are appealing for information after a rail passenger shouted homophobic abuse at a another man in a Birmingham train station.
Chris Colfer and Kevin Bacon join Proposition 8 play 10
2:56 PM — Actors Kevin Bacon, Chris Colfer and John C Reilly join a swelling number of celebrities signing up to star in Dustin Lance Black's Proposition 8 play next month.
European Parliament denounces Russian ‘gay propaganda’ laws 23
11:47 AM — The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the upcoming presidential election in Russia today clearly denouncing the regional laws which ban 'gay propaganda' around minors.
Christian hoteliers’ business ‘down by two thirds’ 237
11:25 AM — The Christian hoteliers who discriminated against a gay couple in refusing them a room have said occupancy had fallen from 75% to 25% since the case started.
Builder fined for taunting man with cement penises 48
10:29 AM — A builder has been fined after subjecting a Bristol man to homophobic abuse and leaving cement penises on a wall outside his house.
India: Supreme Court hears arguments for anti-gay law 22
9:58 AM — A challenge of the decision to decriminalise homosexuality in India has begun at the country's Supreme Court this week.
15th February 2012
French MP: Gays must be narcissists 24
12:40 PM — Christian Vanneste's views on homosexuality and gay history have been called "nauseating" and led to a demand for him to be ejected from his party.
14th February 2012
Stonewall publishes draft marriage equality bill 58
5:39 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has published a draft marriage bill which it says contains the provisions necessary to extend equal marriage rights to same-sex couples.
Ugandan gay rights workshop ‘raided’ 18
4:26 PM — Amnesty International has called on Uganda to end its "outrageous harassment" of activists after a cabinet minister reportedly raided a workshop being held by gay and trans rights advocates.
Comment: Our Valentine’s wish, equal love for gay and straight 6
3:31 PM — Our Valentine's Day wish is for 'Equal Love'. We seek love equality. All couples who love each other should be treated equally and without discrimination. This means an end to the twin legal bans on same-sex civil marriages and opposite-sex civil partnerships.
Hate crime conviction rate rises in England and Wales
2:21 PM — The Crown Prosecution Service's latest report on hate crime figures shows that the rate of successful prosecutions for hate crimes in England and Wales rose in 2011 along with the total number of incidents referred to it.
Gay marriage events mark Valentine’s Day around the world 2
1:03 PM — Valentine's Day is being marked around the world with a series of rallies and campaigns backing equal marriage rights and personal freedoms for gays.
UK study: 61% of Christians back equal rights for gay couples 142
12:10 PM — Results of a poll released today say 61% of UK Christians back fully equal rights for gay couples. Three quarters of Christians thought religion should not have a special influence on public life.
Gaydar’s £300,000 fraudster must repay £2 this month 9
10:58 AM — A man who was jailed after trawling Gaydar to steal from gay men must immediately repay only £2 of the £300,000 he acquired and forfeit any future windfalls when he leaves prison.
13th February 2012
Malta: Lesbian assault victims ‘to be charged with breaching peace’ 16
3:19 PM — The lesbian victims of an assault which led the prime minister to promise new hate crime laws now face charges themselves, reports say.
Man who ‘did not remember’ anti-gay attack sentenced 11
2:11 PM — A man who repeatedly pushed a gay couple to the ground as they tried to make their way home in Cumbria told a court he had no recollection of the attack.
South Africa: Four in court over gay club owner’s death
12:05 PM — Four men are due to appear in Cape Town Magistrate's Court today following after the owner of a gay nightclub was found dead.