10th May 2011
New York governor begins tour to highlight gay marriage 2
5:29 PM — Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, has kicked off a state tour to highlight his legislative agenda for 2011. Marriage equality is one of the priorities, along with a property tax and ethics reform.
US Navy wants to allow gay marriages on bases 10
10:32 AM — The US Navy is planning to allow chaplains to conduct gay marriages on its bases once the ban on openly gay soldiers is lifted this summer. The move would allow chaplains to perform the ceremonies in states which allow the practice.
9th May 2011
Girl, 13, is latest victim of South African ‘corrective rape’ 45
4:39 PM — A 13-year-old girl in South Africa has reportedly become the latest victim of the 'corrective rape' epidemic. The girl, who was attacked on Thursday in Pretoria, was said to be open about being a lesbian and it is believed she was targeted for this reason.
Gay activists’ petition against Ugandan ‘kill gays’ bill 30
12:55 PM — Gay rights campaigners hope to collect enough signatures to ask Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni to refuse to sign an anti-homosexuality bill. The legislation, in its current form, calls for harsher punishments for homosexuality. For "aggravated" case, such as those involving disabled people, those with HIV or minors, it calls for the death penalty.
6th May 2011
MP claims Foreign Office is ‘playing avoidance game’ over Bradley Manning 26
5:52 PM — Foreign secretary William Hague is playing an "avoidance game" over a gay US soldier accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, an MP has claimed.
Gay friend of Boy George speaks out after attack 51
3:41 PM — A gay friend of Boy George has spoken out after he was attacked in central London. Philip Sallon, the socialite and event organiser, was badly injured in the April 2nd attack in Piccadilly.
Second student in Tyler Clementi suicide case to appear in court
2:19 PM — The second student implicated in a gay US teenager's suicide is to make her first court appearance today. Molly Wei, 19, was charged with invasion of privacy after allegedly watching a secret recording of Tyler Clementi having sex with another man.
Brazil’s Supreme Court approves civil unions for gay couples 51
10:37 AM — Brazil's Supreme Court has voted overwhelmingly to give gay couples the right to civil unions. The panel backed the measure 10-0, with one abstention.
5th May 2011
Police appeal over anti-gay attack in Woking 14
5:51 PM — Police are appealing for more information about a homophobic attack in Woking last month. A gay male couple were attacked in the incident, which took place on Monday April 18th at around 11.20pm.
Government ‘still not collecting data on gay asylum claims’ 6
4:17 PM — The UK government has admitted that it is still not collecting data on the number of people who claim asylum or are refused on the basis of their sexual orientation. Ministers promised last year that they would protect gay asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution.
Chelsea Clinton urges straight people to back gay marriage 25
1:53 PM — Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former president Bill Clinton, has spoken out in support of gay marriage. Speaking at a New York benefit for charity Friendfactor, she said that straight people should join the fight for equal rights.
Man charged over Australian army Facebook ‘gay hate’ page 10
12:27 PM — A former member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been charged in connection with a Facebook page which allegedly outed gay soldiers.
Man acquitted of assault over reaction to gay bar ‘bottom touch’ 145
11:03 AM — A straight Derry man has been acquitted of assault after brushing off a man who touched his bottom in a gay bar. A judge said that Christopher Brendan Thompson had been "establishing his straight credentials" when he pushed his face into the face of the man who touched him.
4th May 2011
South Africa government plans ‘task team’ to tackle homophobic hate crime 7
4:01 PM — The South African government has announced the formation of a task team to tackle anti-gay hate crimes. Government spokesman Tlali Tlali said that the decision was taken yesterday, a week after a lesbian was raped and murdered in in Kwa-Thema township.
Hundreds join Rhode Island gay marriage rally 1
2:47 PM — Hundreds of people joined a rally outside the Rhode Island statehouse yesterday to call for gay marriage. Last week, the House Speaker of the US state said he would throw his support behind civil unions instead because there was no chance of legalising gay marriage soon.
New York governor promises ‘urgency’ on gay marriage 6
1:30 PM — Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, says he's optimistic that gay marriage will soon be legal in the state. He said yesterday: “I know it’s failed before, but I think this is a different day. I’ll bring more urgency in the next few weeks.“
Shrien Dewani ‘told gay escort he wanted a way out of marriage’
10:48 AM — Shrien Dewani allegedly told a gay escort that he wanted a "way out" of his marriage months before his wife was murdered on honeymoon. Anni Dewani, 29, was shot dead in Cape Town, South Africa, in November and local police believe her husband arranged for her to be killed by hitmen.
3rd May 2011
Video: Gay couple’s 61-year wait to marry 14
6:03 PM — Haven't they waited long enough? New York residents Richard Adrian Dorr and John Mace have been together for 61 years but still cannot get married.
Law firm loses clients over refusal to defend anti-gay marriage law 29
5:12 PM — A US law firm has lost two high-profile clients over its refusal to defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. King & Spalding was seemingly lobbied by gay rights campaigners not to defend the law but has now lost the National Rifle Association and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as clients.
Death of gay New York man ‘not a hate crime’
3:36 PM — The killing of a New York state gay bar owner was not motivated by homophobia, police said today. Clinton ‘Billy’ Lewis, who owned Club Chili and helped organise Pride events in Elmira, was shot dead early on Sunday morning at his home.