17th June 2011
Brian Paddick says he may run for London mayor 37
10:25 AM — Brian Paddick has said he may stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the 2012 London mayoral race. The former most senior out gay police officer in Britain, he was the party's candidate in the 2008 race but came third with ten per cent of the vote.
16th June 2011
New Jersey lawmaker wants push for gay marriage 4
5:26 PM — A New Jersey politician says he hopes the state will return to a push for gay marriage as New York teeters on the brink of legalisation. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, who is gay, said: "They’re talking about it in New York. Why aren’t we talking about it in New Jersey?"
Comment: What life is really like for gay Syrians 28
5:01 PM — Sami Hamwi, the Syria editor of GayMiddleEast.com, offers a glimpse of what LGBT life is really like in the country.
Scottish MPs complain over invitation to anti-gay speaker 114
3:59 PM — Two MSPs have complained over an speaking invitation given to the president of the Mormon-owned US university. Green MSP Patrick Harvie, who is gay, and Independent MSP Margo MacDonald said Cecil Samuelson, president of Brigham Young University, should not have been invited to address Holyrood.
Tory councillor censured for gay ‘queens’ remark 36
12:07 PM — A Conservative councillor from Brentwood has been censured for using the word "queen" about gay people during a council debate last January. During a discussion on plans to promote the rights of gay people and domestic violence victims, Keith Parker was accused of saying: "The scream team will be conversing with the the queen team."
New York Assembly passes gay marriage bill 26
10:30 AM — The New York Assembly has approved a gay marriage bill, setting the stage for a crucial Senate vote on Friday. The Democrat-controlled Assembly passed the bill by 80-63 votes yesterday.
15th June 2011
New York ‘close to legalising gay marriage’ 26
12:07 PM — New York is reportedly on the brink of marriage equality after another Republican senator said yesterday he would support the move. Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the legislation in both houses yesterday.
Federal court upholds gay judge’s ruling on California gay marriage ban 42
11:21 AM — A US federal court has upheld a ruling by a gay judge that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. This is the latest round in a long legal battle over the issue.
14th June 2011
French parliament rejects gay marriage bill 62
6:10 PM — The French parliament has rejected a bill designed to give gay couples the right to marry. Today, lawmakers voted by 293 votes to 222 to block the bill, which was not expected to pass.
US defence secretary says progress on gay ban could come this month 14
3:10 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates says he sees no bar to repealing the military gay ban and could endorse the change at the end of this month. Speaking to Associated Press, Mr Gates said he will back progress if the chiefs of the military recommend moving forward at the end of this month.
13th June 2011
First photos of shot pro-gay congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords 16
4:26 PM — The first images have been released of US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in the head by a gunman in January. The politician, who has stood up for gay rights, was shown smiling in the images with no obvious sign of her injury, aside from her new short hairstyle.
8th June 2011
Three out of four Australians believe gay marriage will soon be a reality 18
12:07 PM — Three out of four Australians believe same-sex marriage will be made legal in their country, a poll showed Wednesday, prompting gay activists to renew their fight to be able to marry.
Republican congresswoman Vicky Hartzler compares gay marriage to incest and paedophilia 194
10:57 AM — A secret recording has emerged on YouTube in which Missouri congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is seen comparing gay marriage to incest, paedophilia and allowing three-year-olds to drive.
7th June 2011
‘Gay girl in Damascus’ blogger feared kidnapped 12
5:15 PM — Relatives of Amina Abdallah, author of the "Gay Girl in Damascus" blog, say she has been abducted.
Trans prisoner files lawsuit after botched self-castration attempt 21
4:29 PM — A trans inmate in a Virginia prison has filed a federal lawsuit months after a botched attempt at self-castration, claiming the state failed her because of its refusal to provide a sex-change operation.
Pope preaches against ‘secularisation’ and gay marriage to Croatian Roman Catholics 158
3:20 PM — Pope Benedict warned Roman Catholics in Croatia on Sunday of the "disintegrating" traditional family in Europe and blaming "secularisation", among other issues.
Unitarian minister in Kentucky refuses to sign marriage licences until gay couples are given marriage equality 64
12:52 PM — A Unitarian minister in Kentucky has pledged that she will not sign any more marriage licences until the state makes same-sex marriages legal.
Natalie Portman joins gay marriage equality campaign 7
12:20 PM — Natalie Portman and her fiancé, Benjamin Millepied, have joined Freedom to Marry’s "I Do" campaign, which was launched in March and urges President Barack Obama to support full gay marriage equality.
Amnesty fights for Cameroonian man jailed for three years on charges of being gay 35
10:22 AM — Thousands of Amnesty International supporters are appealing to the authorities in Cameroon for the immediate release of a man jailed for charges of "homosexuality and attempted homosexuality".
6th June 2011
Israeli Knesset Speaker angers orthodox Jews over involvement in Gay Pride Month 61
6:02 PM — Reuven Rivlin the Speaker (presiding officer) of the Knesset - the Israeli parliament - has angered conservative Jewish Knesset Members (MKs) over his plans to meet with leaders of the gay community in Israel in honor of Gay Pride Month.