16th May 2011
Teenager jailed for seven years over anti-gay attack 94
10:44 AM — A Leicestershire teenager has been jailed for seven years for his part in a vicious attack on a gay man. Adam Ayres, 18, tricked the gay man into meeting him in a car park and ambushed him last March.
Violence breaks out between Christians and gays in Australian city 215
10:40 AM — Police had to intervene when a clash broke out at a gay rights rally in Adelaide, Australia, this weekend. The rally was held to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).
13th May 2011
Mexican gay rights campaigner murdered 32
5:46 PM — A Pride organiser in Mexico was attacked and killed last week in what may have been a homophobic attack. Quetzalcoatl Leija Herrer was killed while walking home from a night out in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero State, on May 4th.
Ugandan parliament adjourns without vote on anti-gay bill 50
3:16 PM — Uganda's parliament adjourned today without voting on a gay execution bill. The anti-homosexuality bill was expected to be debated today but Speaker Edward Ssekandi Kiwanuk said there is no time to take up the bill in this session.
Teen arrested over anti-gay stickers may be charged with inciting hatred
2:26 PM — Prosecutors are considering whether to charge a teenager arrested over homophobic stickers in London's East End with inciting anti-gay hatred. If Mohammed Hasnath is charged with the offence, it will only be the second time the law has been used.
Man jailed for conning gay prostitutes – again 113
11:50 AM — A man jailed for conning male prostitutes has been handed another prison sentence for the same offence. Michael Goldsmith, 40, of Menai Bridge, Wales, was caught out when he tried to con an earlier victim again.
US condemns ‘odious’ Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill 72
10:58 AM — The US State Department has strongly condemned Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill. Addressing journalists yesterday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said: "No amendments, no changes, would justify the passage of this odious bill."
12th May 2011
Minnesota Senate approves referendum on gay marriage ban 5
4:05 PM — The Minnesota Senate has given the go-ahead to a 2012 voter referendum on whether the state should have a constitutional ban on gay marriage. The bill, introduced by Republican senator Warren Limmer, passed by 30-27 votes. One Democrat senator, Leory Stumpf, joined Republicans in voting for it.
Delaware governor signs civil unions into law 8
3:12 PM — The governor of the US state of Delaware has signed a civil unions bill into law. As he signed the bill yesterday, Governor Jack Markell told gay couples in a 500-strong audience: "Your family is now equal under the law."
US House panel attempts to delay lifting of military gay ban 18
2:00 PM — A US House panel has approved a defence bill which contains a clause to delay the lifting of the ban on openly gay soldiers. The House Armed Services Committee voted 33-27 to approve an amendment requiring the chiefs of all four military services to certify that the change won't hurt military readiness, AP reports.
Uganda to debate gay execution bill tomorrow 48
10:49 AM — Uganda's parliament will debate the anti-homosexuality bill tomorrow (Friday). There was confusion yesterday over the status of the bill, which was apparently removed and then replaced on the day's order paper.
11th May 2011
Man charged over East End anti-gay stickers
5:25 PM — An 18-year-old man has been charged with a public order offence over homophobic stickers found plastered around London's East End. Mohammed Hasnath, 18, of Leamouth, Tower Hamlets, was arrested last month at his home.
Updated: Confusion over Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill 23
4:48 PM — Update: 17.30 GMT. Associated Press reports that officials have indicated that the bill will now be debated on Friday in an extra session.
Two drag queens attacked in Liverpool’s gay quarter 44
3:17 PM — Two drag queens have been attacked in separate incidents in Liverpool's gay quarter. Last Friday, drag queen and DJ Lady Shaun was punched in the face in the early hours of Friday morning. She was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken jaw. Several weeks earlier, another performer was attacked.
Peter Tatchell claims WikiLeaks soldier Bradley Manning is a ‘gay hero’ 16
12:28 PM — Bradley Manning, the US soldier held for allegedly leaking secret government files, is a "gay hero", rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has claimed. Mr Tatchell said that if Mr Manning had leaked the documents to WikiLeaks, he should be praised as a human rights defender.
US Navy backtracks over gay weddings on bases 13
10:57 AM — The US Navy has reversed its plans to conduct gay weddings on bases, saying that officers need more time to look at the legal issues. The change was due to take place this summer.
10th May 2011
Foreign secretary William Hague says Britain is lobbying Uganda over anti-gay bill 57
6:39 PM — Foreign secretary William Hague says that the UK is continuing to urge Uganda not to pass a bill that could see gay people executed. The bill may be discussed further tomorrow.
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.