31st December 2012
President Obama gives Chuck Hagel his backing — despite gay rights row 12
2:14 PM — Despite facing renewed criticism for his previous anti-gay remarks, Chuck Hagel, who is tipped to become the next US defence secretary, has President Obama’s support.
13th December 2012
Peter Tatchell hails House of Lords’ decision to pass insults law amendment 12
2:27 PM — Peter Tatchell has welcomed the House of Lords’ decision to pass an amendment to remove the word "insulting" from Section 5 of the Public Order Act – which in the past has been used by lawyers to prosecute homophobic religious preachers and gay rights activists alike.
18th October 2012
Northern Ireland gay adoption ban ruled unlawful 12
12:07 PM — The ban preventing gay couples in civil partnerships and unmarried straight couples from adopting children in Northern Ireland has been deemed unlawful, a High Court judge has ruled.
11th October 2012
Peter Tatchell blasts the jailing of Barry Thew as ‘excessive’ 110
8:39 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised the 4-month sentence handed down to Barry Threw, who has been jailed for wearing an offensive t-shirt in the aftermath of the deaths of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.
9th October 2012
Comment: “It was an amazing push for marriage equality” 6
1:43 PM — Despite last week’s equal marriage defeat in the Northern Ireland Assembly, in a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Spedding says there are reasons to be optimistic when it comes to securing LGBT equality in Northern Ireland.
8th October 2012
UK: Lord Carey criticised for anti-equal marriage ‘Nazi’ remarks 59
7:57 PM — Gay rights campaigners have criticised the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey for making another outspoken attack on equal marriage.
3rd October 2012
Russian court backs St Petersburg’s anti-gay law 15
2:32 PM — Russia’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s second largest city of St Petersburg can continue to enforce its homophobic censorship law.
2nd October 2012
Ukraine gives initial approval to anti-gay law 11
4:45 PM — Human rights campaigners have criticised Ukraine after the country’s parliament passed a draft LGBT censorship law.
1st October 2012
California bans teenage gay ‘cure’ therapy 19
5:55 PM — Campaigners and medical professionals have welcomed California Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to ban teenagers from accessing discredited treatments that seek to reject an LGBT identity.
22nd November 2011
Sentencing postponed in lesbian murder case 1
5:00 PM — Zoliswa Nkonyana,19, was stabbed and stoned to death near Cape Town during February 2006.
7th November 2011
Lifetime blood donation ban for gay men lifted today 114
9:22 AM — Ban on men who have ever had sex with men donating blood is lifted today, but 12-month deferral period remains.
14th October 2011
Elton John speaks out for new gay rights group 18
1:22 PM — Elton John has penned an article in support of new gay rights group Kaleidoscope. Writing for the Huffington Post with Johann Hari, John called the non-profit group "remarkable" and called for readers to support it.
13th October 2011
US politician Sally Kern ‘fears for life’ after saying homosexuality killed has more Americans than terrorists 163
10:47 AM — Oklahoma Republican Sally Kern says she fears gay rights campaigners may kill her over her homophobic views. The politician, who claims that homosexuality has killed more people in the US than terrorism, said she has felt "physical fear" when gay people send her angry emails.
10th October 2011
700,000 celebrate Rio de Janeiro Pride 8
2:55 PM — An estimated 700,000 people joined Brazil's Rio de Janeiro Pride on Sunday. Revellers with rainbow flags and fancy dress costumes congregated at Copacabana beach to call for stronger laws against homophobia.
Four convicted of Cape Town lesbian’s murder 2
2:08 PM — Four men have been found guilty of murdering a lesbian in Cape Town, South Africa. Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19, was stoned and stabbed to death after a night out in Khayelitsha on February 4th 2006.
6th October 2011
Gay rights activists report another murder in Johannesburg 8
4:40 PM — Gay rights campaigners in South Africa say a fifth gay murder in Johannesburg suggests there may be a homophobic killer at large. In the last year, there have been four cases in which gay men were found dead in similar circumstances - bound and strangled in their homes with no sign of a break-in.
3rd October 2011
Six suspected anti-gay extremists arrested in Belgrade 23
12:05 PM — Serbian police have arrested six suspected anti-gay extremists in connection with attempts to disrupt a Pride march. The march, which was to be held yesterday in Belgrade, was cancelled by police over fears of mass violence.
30th September 2011
Court dismisses gay military ban ruling 17
10:31 AM — A US federal court has dismissed a ruling which struck down the ban on openly gay troops as unconstitutional. The law was formally repealed last week but some gay rights campaigners said it could be revived in future if further action is not taken.
23rd September 2011
East London celebrates Pride after a rocky year 26
11:26 AM — East London Pride is to be held tomorrow. The event comes after a tumultuous year for the local gay community.
22nd September 2011
Pope faces hostility from gay groups in Germany 38
3:30 PM — Pope Benedict's first official visit to his homeland of Germany is expected to meet strong opposition today from up to 20,000 people, including gay rights campaigners, feminists, atheists and church abuse survivors.