16th December 2011
UN publishes first global report and recommendations to tackle gay rights abuses 12
9:29 AM — The UN's Human Rights Council has published for the first time a document detailing rights abuses against LGBT people around the world, through violence and through discriminatory laws, and a set of recommendations all countries should adopt.
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.
14th December 2011
Study finds 50 per cent of gay people in Malta overestimate discrimination laws 10
3:49 PM — A study in Malta has shown that while 60 per cent of respondents experience discrimination in the workplace, half are unaware this is the only area where they are protected.
9th December 2011
Comment: Why does the equality minister oppose marriage equality? by Peter Tatchell 26
3:22 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell claims that the Liberal Democrat equality minister, Lynne Featherstone, does not support equality because she hasn't backed religious gay marriages or straight civil partnerships.
2nd December 2011
140,000 Australians sign equal marriage petition amid “unstoppable momentum” 22
2:17 PM — The petition was presented to Prime Minister Julia Gillard's annual party conference, which she opened saying she hoped for a "fair dinkum" event, adding: "We came here for debate".
30th November 2011
Russia reacts to overseas “interference” on St Petersburg “gay propaganda” law 29
2:00 PM — A senior official in the Russian government has said he is "perplexed" by the US statement condemning a proposed law which could severely hinder freedom of expression for LGBT people in St Petersburg. Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said the US State Department's comments were "incorrect".
US study: 1 in 20 LA dentists refuses to treat anyone with HIV 11
11:38 AM — A Williams Institute study has found that 5% of dentists they polled refuse services to people living with HIV/AIDS, but said this rate is comparatively good for the US healthcare industry.
25th November 2011
Arguments against religious civil partnership rules released by House of Lords 75
11:11 AM — Select Committee has released an ecclesiastical lawyer's argument that broadest equality laws could mean some churches will be forbidden from holding marriages until they agree to hold civil partnerships, despite specific new laws meant to prevent this.
4th November 2011
US Catholics retract article that said homosexuality could be “explained by the devil” 45
11:00 AM — Religious publishers apologised for "failing to spot theological error" before the article was posted to their website.
3rd November 2011
Malaysian police cancel gay arts festival 10
11:46 AM — Annual Seksualiti Merdeka festival drew condemnation from the government and aroused threats of protest.
1st November 2011
Cambridge councillor talks of being UK’s “most influential” trans person 17
4:44 PM — Cambridge's second elected trans official talks about her experiences of transphobia, homophobia and misogyny.
26th October 2011
Commonwealth Secretary General backs gay rights 24
3:44 PM — The Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma, spoke out for gay rights yesterday in his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth People's Forum.
10th October 2011
South Australian premier Mike Rann calls for gay marriage 16
4:57 PM — South Australia's outgoing premier Mike Rann has called for full marriage equality. Speaking in Adelaide yesterday at the end of the Festival of Ideas, Mr Rann said that the status quo was "discrimination" and that civil unions are a "halfway house".
Catholic archbishop urges Scottish parishes to oppose gay marriage 72
11:45 AM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, has written to all Scottish parishes to urge them to oppose plans to give gay couples the right to marry. He said that churches would "actively campaign" to block marriage rights for gay people and warned that the move would create "larger divisions" in society.
6th October 2011
Australian transgender men win legal recognition 4
9:50 AM — Two transgender men in Australia have won the right to be legally recognised as men without undergoing sex reassignment surgery. The pair, who have not been named, have had their breasts removed and some hormone therapy, although they still have some female sexual organs.
4th October 2011
US study says gay men are less likely to be offered job interviews 34
2:14 PM — An American study says that openly gay men are less likely to be called back for job interviews - particularly in the South and Midwest. The research found that CVs which indicate an applicant is gay are 40 per cent less likely to be granted an interview than those which do not.
30th September 2011
Comment: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell about HIV status 408
1:06 PM — Michael Lucas, the gay porn producer, offers a new solution to cutting HIV rates and stigma around the condition.
23rd September 2011
Ten Italian MPs accused of being ‘gay hypocrites’ 34
5:46 PM — Ten Italian MPs have been accused of being "gay hypocrites". A US-based blog named the politicians, who include right-wing MPs and members of Silvio Berlusconi's ruling party, and said they were secretly gay.
20th September 2011
Lesbian couple accuse Thomson of honeymoon discrimination 104
1:39 PM — A lesbian couple claim that one of Britain's largest travel companies discriminated against them on their honeymoon. Gemma Harman, 24, and Tamsin Harper, 36, from Brighouse, Yorkshire, flew to the Dominican Republican with Thomson following their civil partnership earlier this year.
19th September 2011
Peter Tatchell: The equal marriage consultation is not good enough 68
1:49 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the consultation on marriage equality is not good enough - and not even necessary.