1st May 2012
Russia: Police arrest gay rights activists in St Petersburg 35
8:53 PM — Russian police force have arrested seventeen gay rights activists during a May Day rally in St Petersburg, which recently passed a law that banned what it called 'homosexual propaganda.'
30th April 2012
UK issues global LGBT rights report, where US lags behind 28
11:45 PM — The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued its annual Human Rights and Democracy report today, where a separate section outlines the state of LGBT rights around the world, and the government's own commitment to it. The corresponding report from the US State Department, however, is three months overdue, and for the third time in a row.
25th April 2012
Hillary Clinton: In Asia and Africa gay rights is a ‘totally foreign concept’ 30
11:32 AM — Echoing her landmark speech to the United Nations, to an audience at Syracuse University, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said that many foreign leaders in Africa and Asia consider gay rights and indeed womens' rights to be a "totally foreign concept."
23rd April 2012
Sheffield: Call for public art tribute to early gay activist Edward Carpenter 12
2:28 PM — A new community group has been set up in Sheffield to campaign for a permanent public tribute to Edward Carpenter.
12th April 2012
Obama refuses to sign an anti-discrimination bill for LGBT employees 30
11:09 PM — In a move that is likely to disappoint gay rights activists and liberal supporters alike, President Obama has decided not to sign an executive order that would ban discrimination by employers with federal contracts against LGBT employees.
11th April 2012
Leader of Wildrose Party in Canada says she is pro-gay, pro-choice 16
9:54 PM — Danielle Smith, leader of the Wildrose Party in Canada, has moved to quash rumours surrounding her social beliefs by confirming that she is in favour of marriage equality, and is pro-choice on abortion rights.
7th April 2012
Video: Mormon students make “It Gets Better” video 30
8:53 PM — Twenty-two students at the Brigham Young University in US, owned and run by the Mormon church, have made a video for the It Gets Better project, where they talk about reconciling faith and sexuality.
6th April 2012
Study: Majority of US Latinos accepting of gay people 24
10:34 PM — A study released yesterday by the Pew Hispanic Center has found that 59 per cent of US Latinos think that society should be accepting of homosexuality, while this figure climbs nine per cent higher with second generation Hispanics.
27th March 2012
Indian Supreme Court reserves verdict on anti-gay petitions 1
9:53 PM — The Supreme Court of India has reserved a verdict concerning a batch of appeals that challenged the Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising gay sex between consenting adults.
Fixation with gay rights can “fragment” society, Rowan Williams says 117
9:25 PM — Addressing a group of teenagers during a visit to the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has claimed that a fixation with gay rights, race and feminism threatens to “fragment” the British society.
23rd March 2012
Madonna may be arrested in St Petersburg 41
9:06 PM — The author of the St Petersburg anti-gay bill has said that he would want Madonna charged under that law, should she speak out against it during her forthcoming concert in the city.
Stonewall unveils Facebook Timeline of key gay events since 1989 4
1:40 PM — Stonewall had relaunched its Facebook page utilising the new timeline facility to record key moments for the gay community's struggle for equality since its foundation in 1989.
22nd March 2012
Madonna pledges to defy St Petersburg anti-gay law 43
7:19 PM — With only two days to go before the St Petersburg anti-gay law comes into effect, Madonna has vowed to defy the law during her Russian tour later this year.
19th March 2012
Peter Tatchell named Secularist of the Year 19
11:45 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was named the Secularist of the Year 2012 by the National Secular Society this weekend.
15th March 2012
Tunisian gay magazine hacked 19
12:07 PM — Yesterday, homophobic hackers attacked Tunisia’s main LGBT title, Gay Day Magazine, taking over its email, Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Zimbabwe senator asks for ‘sex gadgets’ to stop prisoners turning gay 71
11:45 AM — A Zimbabwean senator has suggested giving prisoners sex toys to curb gay impulses while they are behind bars.
1st March 2012
Former diplomat contests Tunisian leader on gay rights 26
11:29 AM — Farhat Othaman questions spiritual leader Rashid Ghannouchi over new Tunisia's commitment to human and LGBT rights
27th February 2012
Elton John praises ‘Jesus-like’ Peter Tatchell’s reaction to attacks 38
11:23 AM — In an interview for next month's Attitude magazine, Elton John says human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has behaved "like Jesus Christ" in the face of anti-gay attacks and entrenched homophobia, "never reacting with hate".
17th February 2012
Liberian senator tables ‘gay death penalty’ bill 64
1:58 PM — The former first lady of Liberia has reportedly tabled a bill which could make homosexuality in the country punishable by death in her new capacity as a senator.
14th February 2012
Ugandan gay rights workshop ‘raided’ 18
4:26 PM — Amnesty International has called on Uganda to end its "outrageous harassment" of activists after a cabinet minister reportedly raided a workshop being held by gay and trans rights advocates.