14th November 2013
David Cameron urged to raise LGBT rights at Commonwealth summit 4
6:16 PM — David Cameron has been told to raise the issue of LGBT rights at the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which begins on Friday in Sri Lanka.
13th November 2013
London: Activists stage protest outside Commonwealth HQ against ‘Commonwealth homophobia’ 3
5:56 PM — Campaigners have staged a protest outside the Commonwealth’s Secretariat building in central London against the presence of anti-gay laws in 80% of Commonwealth countries.
11th November 2013
Shadow Foreign Secretary: Sri Lanka is ‘heading in the wrong direction’ on LGBT rights
12:01 PM — Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has criticised Sri Lanka’s record on LGBT rights ahead of a Commonwealth summit.
Kaleidoscope Trust: Commonwealth leaders are ‘turning a blind eye to homophobia’ 7
10:57 AM — A report by the Kaleidoscope Trust has accused Commonwealth leaders of turning a blind eye to widespread human rights abuses of LGBT citizens along with refusing to discuss the issue.
3rd October 2013
Gambia leaves the Commonwealth, days after President told UN that gays want to end human existence 43
9:09 AM — The President of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has said that his country will leave the Commonwealth just days after he told the United Nations General Assembly that gays and those who promote homosexuality want to end human existence.
26th September 2013
Pennsylvania: Gay couples challenge anti-equal marriage law in court 1
11:02 AM — 21 same-sex couples are calling on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania to declare their marriages valid and the Pennsylvania Marriage Law unconstitutional.
23rd September 2013
Former Commonwealth Head of Human Rights condemns Sri Lanka over gay harassment 7
1:53 PM — The former head of Human Rights at the Commonwealth, Dr Purna Sen, has condemned the Sri Lankan Government over the harassment of activists campaigning for LGBT rights.
17th September 2013
Malaysia: Human Rights Watch calls for an end to sodomy law 1
2:02 PM — The global human rights group Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian government repeal the country's anti-sodomy laws, after the government decided to appeal the aquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges.
16th August 2013
The Queen: Monarch of 11 countries where being gay can land you in prison 107
1:35 PM — While the anti-gay laws in Russia have garnered a lot of International attention in recent weeks, it is still legal to be gay in the country. However, in other parts of the world, where The Queen is Head of State, gay people can be jailed for same-sex activity.
15th April 2013
Former Commonwealth human rights head becomes Kaleidoscope Trust chair
5:31 PM — LGBT charity the Kaleidoscope Trust has elected a former Commonwealth human rights senior official as its new chair.
15th March 2013
Peers in House of Lords urge decriminalisation of homosexuality across the Commonwealth 16
3:36 PM — Peers in the House of Lords have called on the British government to push for all Commonwealth countries to decriminalise homosexuality following criticism for the Commonwealth charter's "vague" anti-discrimination clause.
11th March 2013
Justice for Gay Africans: ‘Queen’s Commonwealth charter is silent on sexuality’ 27
7:21 PM — Justice for Gay Africans says the new Commonwealth Charter – due to be signed by the Queen shortly – lacks teeth when it comes to protecting LGBT rights throughout the Commonwealth.
10th March 2013
The Queen to publicly address anti-gay discrimination for the first time 172
12:43 AM — In the first time the Queen has voiced support for gay rights in her 61-year reign, she is set to sign a new charter which aims to tackle homophobic discrimination.
7th November 2012
Ugandan anti-gay speaker chairs London human rights conference 36
8:12 PM — Conservative MP Margot James has urged for the world’s politicians to promote gay rights at a Westminster conference that was chaired by Uganda’s anti-gay Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
28th June 2012
Pride London to host conference on LGBT rights around the Commonwealth 8
10:17 AM — Pride London, as hosts of WorldPride 2012, will hold a conference focussing on the importance of global decriminalisation of homosexuality in the capital next week.
9th May 2012
Speaker of the House of Commons to push for gay rights in the Commonwealth 15
1:13 AM — John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, is expected to champion the rights of LGBT people in the Commonwealth in a speech next week, the Independent reports.
20th March 2012
John Bercow praises gay equality progress during Queen’s reign 29
2:03 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons has used a speech at Westminster to highlight how the fight for equality has progressed in the UK during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II as she marked her Diamond Jubilee year in Parliament.
14th March 2012
Call to recommend gay and trans protections in new Commonwealth Charter 7
2:28 PM — Individuals and organisations are being called on to suggest specific gay, transgender and intersex protections in a new consultation on the draft Commonwealth Charter.
19th October 2011
Australian foreign minister to call on Commonwealth to repeal anti-gay laws 35
1:28 PM — Australia's foreign minister, Kevin Rudd, will urge Commonwealth countries to decriminalise homosexuality. Heads of Commonwealth countries are to meet in Perth next week for the annual heads of government meeting (CHOGM).
1st September 2011
Call for Commonwealth meeting to discuss gay rights 22
4:54 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for next month's Commonwealth heads of government meeting to discuss gay rights. Forty of the 54 Commonwealth member states retain a ban on homosexuality.