15th July 2014
US: Retired United Methodist minister sets himself on fire to protest against racism, homophobia 17
2:54 PM — Family and colleagues of a retired United Methodist minister who set himself on fire to protest against racism and homophobia have spoken about his life-long fight for equal rights.
28th May 2014
Author, poet and activist Maya Angelou dies aged 86 8
3:06 PM — Famed American author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has died, aged 86.
13th May 2014
Northern Ireland: Local candidate says she would ‘recriminalise homosexuality’ 100
5:13 PM — A Northern Irish independent local council candidate who has already voiced strong opposition to gay rights has said she would like to "recriminalise homosexuality."
25th February 2014
Video: What life could be like if Russia abolished it’s anti-gay laws 13
2:44 PM — Campaigners have produced a video showing what life could be like if Russia abolished its laws governing gay ‘propaganda’.
8th September 2013
US: ‘Sensational and inspirational’ funeral held for gay rights pioneer José Julio Sarria 4
2:19 PM — The funeral for Jusé Julio Sarria, who, before Harvey Milk, was the first openly gay person to run for the US public office in 1961, took place in San Francisco on Friday.
25th August 2013
Video: Gay and lesbian people included in Martin Luther King’s ‘unfinished dream’ at 50th Anniversary 4
3:45 PM — Thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and pledging that his vision also included equality for gay and lesbian people.
1st August 2013
Russian sports minister: Gay athletes ‘must respect Russian law’ 25
12:02 PM — A Russian sports minister has said that gay athletes are welcome to participate in Russia's 2014 Winter Olympic Games, but must also obey the controversial law banning "gay propaganda".
8th July 2013
US: Campaigners call to boycott upcoming film ‘Ender’s Game’ over anti-gay controversy 17
12:30 PM — An online campaign is urging people to boycott the upcoming release of "Ender's Game," a film based on the work of a notoriously anti-gay novelist, who last year described same-sex attraction as a “reproductive dysfunction”.
4th July 2013
US: Civil rights groups aim for New Mexico Supreme Court to legalise equal marriage 1
3:11 PM — A campaign to have the Supreme Court in the US state of New Mexico, legalise equal marriage has been started by several civil rights groups.
5th May 2013
Northern Ireland Alliance Party leader: ‘Straight majority shouldn’t decide what counts as anti-gay discrimination’ 8
11:27 AM — The leader of Northern Ireland's Alliance Party, David Ford, has spoken of his support for same-sex marriage, warning that it is dangerous for a majority to tell a minority what is and isn't discrimination.
23rd March 2013
US: Kentucky Governor vetoes bill protecting right to act based on religious belief following lobbies by LGBT rights groups 34
10:25 AM — The Governor of Kentucky has vetoed a bill proposing legal protection be given to people acting on religious motivations, which activists warned was "a clear and present danger to the gay and lesbian community".
18th March 2013
US: Poll by anti-gay Christian group shows widespread support for gay rights 10
1:55 PM — A new poll by an anti-LGBT rights Christian campaign group has found that a clear majority of Americans, particularly younger people, support gay rights.
25th September 2012
Video: Madonna praises Obama on gay rights and then calls him a ‘Muslim’ 27
5:33 PM — Madonna has declared her support for President Barack Obama but surprisingly appeared to be confused by his religion.
21st June 2012
Southern Baptists opposed to viewing equal marriage as a civil rights issue 26
3:47 PM — The US Southern Baptist Convention has adopted a resolution at its annual conference criticising marriage equality advocates who have adopted the 'rhetoric of the civil rights movement' and drawn comparisons between discrimination against gay couples and racism.
15th April 2011
Rev Jesse Jackson denies harassing gay employee 13
4:23 PM — Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has denied claims he harassed and ridiculed a gay employee. Tommy Bennett, who worked for Rev Jackson's civil rights group Rainbow PUSH from 2007-2009, alleges that his co-workers discriminated against him because he is gay.
24th June 2010
Woman attempted to sue church for performing same-sex ceremony. 11
6:11 PM — In a CNN report on how the issue of same-sex marriage has impacted upon the Christian Church in America, Soledad O'Brien spoke to a woman who set out to sue her Washington DC church for performing a same-sex ceremony.