28th November 2011
Video: Australian marriage equality short becomes overnight hit 43
12:07 PM — A pro-marriage equality video by Australian action group GetUp has become a Youtube sensation since its release before the weekend, racking up 1.6 million views over four days.
25th November 2011
Opponents’ poll finds equal marriage a “low priority” issue in Australia 21
11:58 AM — The Ambrose Centre, which opposes marriage equality, found 49% of people supported gay marriage, compared with 40% against, but that it was only thought to be "very important" by 27% of the population.
Arguments against religious civil partnership rules released by House of Lords 75
11:11 AM — Select Committee has released an ecclesiastical lawyer's argument that broadest equality laws could mean some churches will be forbidden from holding marriages until they agree to hold civil partnerships, despite specific new laws meant to prevent this.
24th November 2011
Right-wing Polish group registers logo depicting “no” symbol over gay sex graphic 17
4:54 PM — The decision by a court to allow registration of the logo is being opposed by Robert Biedron, the first openly gay MP in Poland's history, who took office this month.
Comment: Tom Brake MP on securing and defending religious civil partnerships 34
2:39 PM — Tom Brake MP, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Home Affairs, Justice and Equality, talks about protecting new rules on civil partnerships on their passage through Parliament.
US professor: Pro-gay Israeli stance “conceals Palestinian human rights violations” 89
11:41 AM — "Pinkwashing", according to the professor, has emerged as "a deliberate strategy to conceal the continuing violations of Palestinians’ human rights behind an image of modernity." The idea was described as "ludicrous and offensive".
Mugabe calls UK’s human rights aid policy “satanic” 101
10:25 AM — Zimbabwean President calls the idea of diverting aid away from the government unless they enshrine human rights, including gay rights, a "diabolic suggestion" and a "stupid offer".
Trans woman will be first to stand for Scottish council elections 12
10:01 AM — Carol Mapley, the Labour Party's National Transgender Officer in Scotland, will be the first trans person to contest an elected seat in the country.
22nd November 2011
Video: Gay kiss interrupts Al-Jazeera report on Spain’s centre-right victory 19
2:56 PM — Amid concerns about the future of gay marriage in Spain, a couple manoeuvres into view on a report on the election and engages in a passionate embrace.
Minister confirms UK will redirect aid, not cut it, for human rights violations 73
12:48 PM — Andrew Mitchell says aid money will redirected away from governments who fail to recognise human rights, but will still be used to support those countries' citizens.
21st November 2011
Public competition to design anti-homophobia Charter for Action logo 13
5:02 PM — The governmental campaign to tackle homophobia in sport is seeking designs from the public to show "inclusion and respect". Ben Cohen will draw up a shortlist ahead of a public vote next year.
Malta’s ruling party signals recognition for gay couples 12
4:10 PM — Some form of recognition for Maltese gay couples has now been promoted by both parties sitting in the country's Parliament.
Tory peers “planning to oppose” rules for civil partnerships on religious premises 144
12:27 PM — New rules allowing religious establishments to hold civil partnerships are reportedly criticised for not giving enough protection to those which do not want to hold ceremonies.
18th November 2011
Conference highlights tax, pension and migration issues for gay couples in the EU 19
1:54 PM — European conference highlights lack of international recognition for gay and lesbian marriages and partnerships
17th November 2011
Michael Lucas: Beware of the risk of homophobia arising from the Arab Spring 174
11:12 PM — Gay entertainment mogul Michael Lucas warns of the risks of homophobic Islamist governments forming after the Arab Spring. After decades in power, a brutal dictator in a Muslim country is dramatically deposed by a massive popular uprising. Sound familiar? Of course: that's what happened in Egypt and Libya this year, as part of what's known as the Arab Spring. But it's also what happened in Iran in 1979 -- and that should make us pause for a moment.
Marcus Bachmann “demands clinic cancellation fees” from gay rights group 24
11:46 AM — Presidential candidate's husband has pursued Truth Wins Out for $150 of cancellation fees after its undercover report on him, the organisation claims.
16th November 2011
US lawmaker defends “special place in hell” comments on marriage ban vote 22
5:01 PM — State representative Jennifer Weiss admitted she was "pretty fired up" about Republicans who, she said, supported recognition of gay relationships but also supported a public vote on whether to ban them in the constitution.
Czech MP “puts porn on display” at city hall in bid to evict gay sauna 72
12:36 PM — Kateřina Klasnová believes Sauna Babylonia is offering more illicit services than it admits, and used a novel way of getting the city authority's attention.
15th November 2011
Lithuanian lesbians send handwritten postcards to every MP 8
12:08 PM — The Lithuanian Gay League say the country's female LBT community is poorly represented nationally.
14th November 2011
Australian PM will allow ministers a “conscience vote” on gay marriage 63
3:14 PM — Julia Gillard will allow her party members to vote according to their own "values and beliefs" on whether to introduce gay marriage.