16th February 2011
California court to decide whether opponents can challenge gay marriage ruling 1
4:08 PM — The California Supreme Court is to meet today to decide whether supporters of the state's gay marriage ban have the legal standing to defend it.
Clerics furious at Londonderry gay sauna 47
2:35 PM — Protestant ministers in Londonderry are furious over a newly-opened gay sauna in the city. The Cage, on John Street, opened last week, although it does not yet have planning permission.
East Yorkshire man hurt in anti-gay street attack 51
11:18 AM — An East Yorkshire man suffered a "vicious" beating by youths who hurled anti-gay abuse at him before attacking him, police say. The victim, 45, was set upon in Southgate, Market Weighton, at around 10.30pm on Sunday night.
Virginia House panel says no to gay employment protections 4
11:13 AM — A bill to ban discrimination against gay people in state employment has been killed by a Virgina House panel. Currently, Virgina gives no legal protection lesbians and gays employed by the state, although it does offer employees protection from discrimination on the basis of race, gender and a number of other characteristics.
15th February 2011
Budapest Pride banned by police over ‘traffic concerns’ 5
4:10 PM — This year's Budapest Pride festival has been banned by police, ostensibly because it will cause too much traffic disruption. Gay rights campaigners in the Hungarian capital claimed that the decision was politically motivated and are planning to challenge it in court.
Man stabbed in unprovoked anti-gay attack in north London 84
2:34 PM — A man was stabbed in Camden on Monday by a knifeman who asked if he was gay, police have said. The 36-year-old, who had spent the evening in the Black Cap pub, was walking by Camden Lock Bridge with two friends at around 2.15am.
Gay men should be pardoned for historic sex crimes, Peter Tatchell says 7
1:28 PM — Gay men who were branded criminals for sex acts which are now legal should be pardoned, a gay rights campaigner says. Peter Tatchell estimates that between 50,000 and 100,000 gay men were convicted of "victimless offences" between 1885 and 2003 and has urged the government to "right this historic wrong".
US gay campaigners hold Valentine’s marriage rallies
11:58 AM — Gay rights campaigners across the US held a series of Valentine's Day rallies and demonstrations yesterday to call for marriage equality. Gay couples in cities such as Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago requested marriage licences, while others staged civil disobedience actions.
Gay waiter wins £21,500 over harassment 8
10:43 AM — A gay waiter at one of London's Michelin-starred restaurants has won £21,500 after colleagues subjected him to anti-gay taunts.
Two men deny inciting anti-gay hatred
10:18 AM — Two Derby men have denied inciting hatred by distributing leaflets which allegedly called for gays to be killed. Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27, appeared at Southern Derbyshire magistrates' court yesterday to plead not guilty to the charge.
14th February 2011
Arizona appeals in court to stop paying insurance benefits to gay partners 4
8:31 PM — Attorneys for the state of Arizona will ask a federal appeals court for permission to cease providing insurance benefits to partners of gay employees.
Campaigners welcome gay marriage equality plans 22
2:42 PM — Gay rights campaigners have welcomed plans to allow religious civil partnerships and gay marriages. Yesterday, the Sunday Times reported that Liberal Democrat equality minister Lynne Featherstone will announce a proposal to end the ban on same-sex marriage at the same time as the government announces the timetable for civil partnerships to be held in religious buildings.
Sacked Christian doctor says he may sue Home Office 27
11:03 AM — A Christian doctor sacked as a drugs advisor by the government says he may sue if the Home Office does not apologise to him. Dr Hans-Christian Raabe was fired from the advisory panel because he failed to mention controversial past work in interviews, the Home Office said earlier this month.
13th February 2011
British government reportedly set to introduce full gay marriage equality 84
9:54 PM — The government is expected to announce full marriage equality for gays and lesbians under reforms to marriage laws to be announced later this week. The reported move will end the final major legal discrimination against gays and lesbians in Britain.
11th February 2011
Home Office says gay sex convictions will be deleted 15
6:07 PM — The Home Office has responded to claims by campaigners that promises to wipe historic gay sex convictions will not actually lead to them being deleted. Critics said today that the provisions in the Protection of Freedom Bill would only "disregard" the previously-illegal acts, rather than deleting them.
Gay sex criminal records will NOT be ‘deleted’, campaigners say 29
2:20 PM — Gay men convicted of historic consensual sex offences will not be able to "delete" them from their records, campaigners say.
UK government to announce law to expunge gay sex crimes from criminal records 25
12:41 AM — The government is to finally announce the full details of the Protection of Freedoms Bill, which among other issues, will expunge convictions for now legal consensual gay sex from criminal records.
10th February 2011
Figures show 28% rise in London anti-gay hate attacks 72
5:36 PM — A month after a teenage girl was jailed for the manslaughter of a gay man, new figures have shown a rise in reported anti-gay hate attacks in London.
9th February 2011
Man attacked gay Labour councillor with hammer after sex 53
5:17 PM — A gay councillor had to be treated in hospital after a man he met for sex attacked him with a hammer. Neil Wilson, a Labour member of Newham council, invited Marian Calin to his Plaistow home in January last year after meeting him at Wanstead Flats.
Hawaii’s civil unions bill makes progress 6
2:42 PM — Hawaii is moving closer towards civil unions for gay couples. A bill was approved by a legislative committee yesterday and will now go to the House soon for a full vote.