9th April 2013
Ugandan asylum seeker freed from Bedfordshire detention centre
11:52 AM — A Ugandan female asylum seeker, who campaigners claim was raped by her father, has been freed from a detention centre in Bedfordshire.
5th April 2013
UK: Judges accused of asking lesbian asylum seekers ‘inappropriate’ questions such as ‘Have you read Oscar Wilde?’ 11
5:25 PM — New research shows LGBT asylum seekers are regularly being asked “inappropriate and insensitive” questions by judges.
3rd April 2013
UK: Government think tank gives cautious response to Border Agency reforms
5:22 PM — The Institute for Government has commented on the decision to scrap the UK Borders Agency – which handles claims made by asylum seekers fleeing homophobic persecution.
29th March 2013
Ugandan asylum seeker has Heathrow deportation flight cancelled 9
10:16 AM — The deportation flight of a female asylum seeker to Uganda has been cancelled with just hours to spare against Friday’s deadline.
28th March 2013
UK Border Agency accused of trying to deport Ugandan female rape victim 3
3:52 PM — Human rights campaigners have once again accused the UK Border Agency (UKBA) of trying to deport a vulnerable female asylum seeker to Uganda.
27th March 2013
Lib Dems’ LGBT group urges for better training of Home Office LGBT asylum caseworkers
10:59 AM — In the wake of the government’s decision to abolish the UK Border Agency, the Lib Dems’ LGBT group says LGBT asylum cases need to be handled better by officials.
26th March 2013
Theresa May announces scrapping of ‘defensive’ and ‘secretive’ UK Border Agency 10
3:57 PM — A government agency that has repeatedly been accused of deporting LGBT asylum seekers is to be scrapped and split in two, Theresa May has confirmed.
13th March 2013
UK: Protest planned outside Home Office following death of lesbian Ugandan asylum seeker 53
1:15 PM — Campaigners are blaming the UK Border Agency for deporting an asylum seeker who has reportedly died in Uganda after she claimed she was at risk of homophobic persecution.
6th March 2013
UK: 22 cases of LGBT people made to enter into forced marriages in 2012 8
10:55 AM — Figures from the government’s Forced Marriage Unit show there were 22 cases of forced marriage involving victims who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender last year.
22nd January 2013
Nepal introduces gender neutral citizenship documents 2
5:58 PM — An official says Nepal's government will begin issuing gender neutral citizenship documents.
17th January 2013
Yvette Cooper warns against ‘unfair’ police DNA targeting of gay men 15
6:43 PM — Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says she is concerned by allegations of gay men being forced to give DNA samples to police officers.
9th January 2013
Student activist forced to justify sexuality in asylum case 14
1:06 AM — A member of the NUS Black Students’ Campaign Committee is to be brought before a hearing on his asylum in the UK, and has been asked to "prove" his sexuality.
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.
14th November 2012
UKBA delays gay asylum hearing for Senegal man
5:03 PM — An appeal hearing against the UK Border Agency’s decision to deport an asylum seeker, who claims he is at risk of homophobic persecution in his home country of Senegal, has been delayed.
5th October 2012
UK: Gay man fights deportation to Nigeria 19
11:25 AM — Campaigners are fighting to stop the deportation of a gay man to Nigeria.
1st October 2012
UK: Ban on night time civil partnerships lifted 23
12:43 PM — Gay couples will now be given greater freedom of choice as outdated time restrictions on civil partnership ceremonies are removed by the government.
26th September 2012
UK: Muslim anti-gay cleric Abu Hamza launches new appeal 49
1:48 PM — Abu Hamza has launched a last minute High Court appeal to avoid extradition to the US on terror charges.
25th September 2012
UK: Muslim anti-gay cleric Abu Hamza’s US extradition approved 38
11:30 AM — Abu Hamza had previously said AIDS had been sent as a curse on gay people and he also claimed that transgender people were cursed too.
4th September 2012
Lynne Featherstone moved from equalities role in UK Government reshuffle 48
7:26 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone is to leave her post as the government’s equalities minister. It has been reported that she will move to a new role at the Department for International Development, while the Home Office will loose responsibility for the equalities agenda in government.
2nd September 2012
Historic gay sex convictions will be able to be deleted from October 14
8:51 PM — From October, men with historic convictions for having consensual gay sex will be able to apply to have the convictions removed from official databases.