9th October 2014
Morocco: UK tourism interest for Marrakesh plummets a ‘rare’ 46% after arrest of gay Briton 21
10:52 AM — Hotel searches for Marrakesh in Morocco have reportedly fallen by 46% just one week after the news broke that Ray Cole, a gay British man, was arrested for 'homosexual acts' in the city.
7th October 2014
Moroccan Embassy: Tourists who have ‘unnatural’ gay sex risk jail 148
7:13 PM — The Moroccan Government has defended its tough stance against homosexuality - as gay British man Ray Cole is released from prison pending an appeal.
Jamaica: Poll finds 91% support anti-gay buggery law 11
12:37 PM — A recent poll in Jamaican media has reported that only 5% of Jamaicans say the country's buggery law should be repealed.
6th October 2014
Israeli Health Minister: ‘No scientific evidence’ supporting gay conversion therapies 4
11:18 AM — Israeli Health Minister Yael German was warned that "there is no scientific evidence" supporting gay conversion therapies, and that such practices "may also cause harm to the individual."
3rd October 2014
Kenya: Private girls school suspends 11 students for ‘lesbianism’ 8
2:56 PM — A private girls school in Kenya has suspended 11 students "on allegations of lesbianism."
Ugandan President Museveni expresses fears of economic impact over anti-gay laws 13
11:05 AM — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has expressed second thoughts over proposed anti-gay legislation, saying 'the possibility of trade boycott' could harshly impact the nation's economic growth.
2nd October 2014
Northern Ireland: Judge to decide if Edwin Poots showed religious bias in gay blood ban 7
2:59 PM — A High Court judge is to decide whether former Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots showed religious bias after repeatedly refusing to end the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood.
Russia: Film screening about gay teens accused of violating ‘gay propaganda’ laws 4
11:58 AM — Anti-gay activists in Russia have accused the screening of a documentary about gay teens at film festival of violating the country's notorious law "against gay propaganda among minors."
British metal band Judas Priest told not to make gay references during Russian gig 7
8:52 AM — Legendary British metal band Judas Priest, and its out frontman have spoken out about being told not to make any references to gay rights during a gig in St Petersburg.
1st October 2014
Russia scraps US exchange scheme after teen placed with gay family 25
5:11 PM — Russia has scrapped a long-running high school exchange scheme with the US, after a Russian teen was placed with a gay couple.
Italy: Survey finds 71% do not approve of gay parenting 5
3:58 PM — A recent survey in Italy has revealed that only 29% favour allowing same-sex couples to have children.
Russia: Queerfest organisers say police ‘threatened’ venues to shut down 1
10:31 AM — Organisers of Queerfest, an LGBT festival in St Petersburg which was attacked with a harmful gas last week, have criticised police for deliberately pressuring venues to shut down ahead of hosting events.
30th September 2014
Azerbaijan: Local news coverage of gay engagement forces couple to flee country
4:44 PM — A gay couple who were forced to go into hiding after local news outlets reported their engagement have now fled the country.
25th September 2014
Foreign Office urges LGBT holidaymakers to think about pro-LGBT destinations 22
3:51 PM — The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is encouraging LGBT couples to research and choose their overseas honeymoon destinations carefully.
Russia’s Constitutional Court upholds gay ‘propaganda’ law 26
12:37 PM — A Russian federal law banning gay “propaganda” has been upheld by the country’s highest court.
International Olympic Committee adds anti-discrimination clause to host city contract 10
10:08 AM — Following an international controversy surrounding the Sochi Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has added an anti-discrimination clause to its host city contract.
21st September 2014
t.A.T.u’s management ‘saddened’ by reaction to singer’s homophobic rant 11
1:00 PM — The management of Russian band t.A.T.u have said they are "saddened" by the reaction to a homophobic rant from former singer Julia Volkova.
20th September 2014
Russia: QueerFest culture festival ‘sprayed with gas’ by homophobic thugs 3
5:37 PM — Anti-gay activists have attacked an LGBT culture festival in St Petersburg, spraying participants with a harmful gas.
19th September 2014
Rufus Wainwright protests Russia’s gay propaganda law at Moscow concert 2
4:30 PM — Singer Rufus Wainwright has rallied against Russia's anti-gay law at a Moscow concert.
Russia: t.A.T.u singer contradicts former bandmate, says everyone should be free to love 3
3:54 PM — Former t.A.T.u singer Lena Katina has reaffirmed her support for gay rights, after her ex-bandmate said she "wouldn't accept" a gay son.