15th December 2011
Filipino gays perform updated Christmas carols for Catholic Bishops 11
9:55 AM — A group of rights campaigners in the Philippines has lobbied the country's Catholic Bishops Conference with an unusual round of carol-singing, including Jingle Bells rewritten with a human rights theme.
6th December 2011
60,000 petition Nigerian President not to sign anti-gay law 56
10:19 AM — Activists have delivered a copy of a 60,000-strong global petition addressed to the Nigerian President, urging him not to sign in new laws that target gays. At the end of last month, the Nigerian Senate voted through a bill criminalising gay relationships, with prison sentences of up to 14 years.
2nd December 2011
Russian minister’s call for national version of St Petersburg’s anti-gay law was “only about paedophilia” 11
4:21 PM — Dmitry Kozak's press secretary says his comments only applied to the section on paedophilia, not LGBT issues. The bill has been criticised for legislating against the LGBT community alongside paedophiles.
Russian deputy Prime Minister: A national “gay propaganda” law should be considered 30
1:04 PM — The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has said he is in favour of St Petersburg's pending "gay propaganda" law, and wants it considered at a national level. Kozak said the bill would punish "disgusting activity".
30th November 2011
Nigerian Senate votes to punish gay marriage with 14 years in prison 150
9:46 AM — The Nigerian Senate has voted through a bill criminalising gay marriage, with prison sentences of up to 14 years for those couples who try to enter into an unofficial union and ten years for witnesses. The law already punishes acts of homosexuality with 14 years’ imprisonment or, in regions under Shari’a law, with a sentence of death by stoning.
24th November 2011
UK Government criticises proposed anti-gay Russian law 14
11:03 AM — In a statement, released on Wednesday, an FCO spokesperson said: “The message of this law, that homosexuality is unacceptable, let alone in any way similar to a crime like paedophilia, is wrong".
23rd November 2011
Outcry prompts St Petersburg legislature to reconsider “gay propaganda” law 20
12:04 PM — Law which passed its first reading with near unanimity this week will be reconsidered after international condemnation.
18th November 2011
Interview: Alice Nkom and Jonathan Cooper on the future of criminalisation 9
12:56 PM — Alice Nkom talks about defending people charged with homosexual offences, as the newly-launched Human Dignity Trust aims to help lawyers overturn those laws.
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.
London campaigners to stage kiss-in over Nigeria’s anti-gay draft law 70
12:19 PM — Organisers say the protests hopes to "kiss homophobia, biphobia and transphobia goodbye" after Nigerian government considers criminal sanctions for those holding unofficial gay weddings.
11th November 2011
Judiciary Committee passes DOMA repeal bill into Senate 22
10:10 AM — Bill is passed to Congress' upper house, but pundits doubt it will be tabled by the Senate's leader.
7th November 2011
Hip-hop group barred from New Zealand festival for ‘homophobic’ lyrics 13
2:01 PM — Eleven-strong LA rap collective will not appear at council-owned property but may still appear at separate, independent concert.
3rd November 2011
Campaigners confident Respect for Marriage Act will progress through US Senate 8
3:30 PM — The Act would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and looks set to pass the first stage of consideration in the Senate
1st November 2011
Commonwealth nations react to “ex-colonial” British aid threat 186
10:37 AM — Countries with poorest gay rights records react warily as government plans to redirect aid and call for Commonwealth to examine citizens' fundamental rights.
25th October 2011
Queensland to vote on gay civil unions 7
2:26 PM — The Australian state of Queensland is set to legalise civil unions. Premier Anna Bligh is to allow her MPs a free vote on the matter and has said she expects an "overwhelming" majority to vote in favour.
21st October 2011
Nigeria seeks to strengthen anti-gay laws 59
4:06 PM — Lawmakers in Nigeria hope to pass a bill which strengthens laws against homosexuality. The legislation seeks to criminalise same-sex marriage. Its sponsor, Senator Domingo Obende, claimed that gay marriage is "spreading" and must be stopped.
13th September 2011
North Carolina House approves referendum on gay marriage ban 10
10:33 AM — North Carolina's House of Representatives have approved a measure for a voter referendum on a gay marriage ban. Although the US state does not currently recognise gay marriage, Republicans are seeking a constitutional ban on the practice, which would prevent courts from ruling for marriage equality.
7th September 2011
Ugandan ‘family’ campaign calls for progress on anti-gay bill 79
3:40 PM — A 'family' campaign in Uganda is urging lawmakers to pass the anti-homosexuality bill. The Family Life Network and Uganda Coalition for Moral Values says the government should do the "right" thing, rather than bow to international pressure.
11th February 2011
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.
9th February 2011
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.