22nd June 2014
Dominican Cardinal: Gay US ambassador should ‘take his pride elsewhere’ 48
4:56 PM — A Catholic cardinal in the Dominican Republic has attacked the country's openly gay US ambassador, telling him to "take his pride elsewhere".
18th May 2014
US: Obama nominates gay man as ambassador to Vietnam 6
12:52 PM — Barack Obama has nominated a gay diplomat to be the US ambassador to Vietnam, the first appointment of a gay US ambassador in Asia.
2nd August 2013
US Senator Edward Markey: I am very concerned for LGBT athletes attending the Winter Olympics in Russia 9
12:22 PM — US Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey has condemned the Russian Government for presiding over “hateful” legislation.
31st December 2012
Taiwanese diplomat: I am not gay or in a relationship with Taiwan’s president 6
9:58 AM — Taiwanese legislators have grilled their new diplomat to the United States over his perceived sexual orientation and rumours of a relationship with Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou.
22nd December 2012
Possible US Defence Secretary nominee: Comments about gays “do not reflect my views” 17
1:45 AM — A former US Senator, and Barack Obama's likely choice for Defence Secretary, apologised on Friday for "insensitive" remarks he made about an openly gay nominee for an ambassadorship.
26th July 2011
Taiwan denies gay foreign diplomats immunity for their spouses 6
2:43 PM — The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed yesterday that same-sex spouses of diplomats posted to the country are not entitled to full diplomatic immunity and other privileges in Taiwan currently enjoyed by their straight counterparts.
30th March 2011
UK appoints out gay ambassador to Cambodia 17
10:16 AM — The UK has appointed an openly gay man as ambassador to Cambodia. Mark Gooding, who is in a civil partnership with education specialist Dr Christopher McCormick, will take up his new post in September.
12th January 2010
China’s first gay pageant to be held this week 3
11:41 AM — Eight contestants will fight to the chance to be crowned Mr Gay China when the country's first gay pageant gets underway this week. China only decriminalised homosexuality in 1997 and it was seen as a mental illness until 2001.