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  • 21st September 2011

    Tasmanian parliament backs gay marriage 17

    Tasmania's decision puts pressure on federal Labor

    10:22 AM — The Tasmanian parliament's House of Assembly has backed gay marriage, putting pressure on the federal Labor government to follow suit. This is the first time a house in any Australian parliament has voted in favour of marriage equality. Tasmania only voted to legalise homosexuality in 1997.

  • 14th September 2011

    In photos: Launch of Kaleidoscope at Speaker’s House 1

    11:11 AM — A selection of images from the launch of Kaleidoscope, the new trust to support legislative and cultural changes in attitudes to homosexuality abroad.

  • 13th September 2011

    Gay Iranians come out on Facebook 24

    Homosexuality is illegal in Iran

    4:27 PM — A Facebook group has been set up for gay Iranians to come out and discuss their personal stories. Iran has the death penalty for homosexuality and there is no gay rights movement operating openly within the country.

  • 7th September 2011

    Ugandan ‘family’ campaign calls for progress on anti-gay bill 79

    Ugandan 'family' groups want the anti-gay bill back

    3:40 PM — A 'family' campaign in Uganda is urging lawmakers to pass the anti-homosexuality bill. The Family Life Network and Uganda Coalition for Moral Values says the government should do the "right" thing, rather than bow to international pressure.

  • 16th May 2011

    Christian doctor wants drug advisor job back 175

    Dr Hans-Christian Raabe wants his job back

    4:55 PM — A Christian doctor who was sacked from his job as a government drugs advisor is launching a legal bid to get his job back. Hans-Christian Raabe was fired from the advisory panel in February because of papers he had written on homosexuality.

  • 14th April 2011

    Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe calls Britain ‘gay filth’ 47

    Robert Mugabe attacked Britain for accepting homosexuality

    5:49 PM — Homophobic Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe called Britain's tolerance of gay rights "unnatural" and "filth" at the funeral of his deputy intelligence chief today. The African leader, speaking at the funeral of Menard Muzariri, hit out at continued European sanctions on his country.

  • 13th April 2011

    Indian minister says declining female birth rate means ‘we’ll all become gay’ 67

    Farooq Abdullah said everyone would be gay when women are eliminated

    3:37 PM — An Indian minister says he is concerned that the whole population will become gay if gender balance trends continue. Farooq Abdullah, the minister for new and renewable energy, was commenting on new Census figures which show that the ratio of female children to male children is the lowest since India gained independence.

  • 8th December 2010

    Lithuania to vote on fining people who ‘promote’ homosexuality 24

    Lithuanian MPs will vote on a law to ban the "promotion" of homosexuality

    1:50 PM — The Lithuanian parliament will vote next week on legislation to impose heavy fines on those who "promote" homosexuality. Amnesty International said the law, if passed, would essentially ban Pride marches, gay rights campaigning and LGBT health services.

  • 3rd December 2010

    Gay groups’ anger at ‘homophobic’ World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar 24

    Russia and Qatar will hold the 2018 and 2022 World Cups

    2:47 PM — Gay groups have said they are "deeply concerned" by FIFA's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and can be punished with lashes and jail, while the Russian capital of Moscow has banned gay Pride marches for years.

  • 2nd December 2010

    Kenyan prime minister denies saying gays should be arrested 3

    Kenya criminalises homosexuality

    1:37 PM — The prime minister of Kenya claims he never said that gays and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga was recorded discussing homosexuality at a rally last Sunday but says he was misquoted.

  • 29th November 2010

    Kenyan prime minister says gays should be arrested 26

    Kenya criminalises homosexuality

    1:06 PM — The prime minister of Kenya says that gay men and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga made the remarks at a rally on Sunday in the Nairobi slum of Kibera.

  • 18th November 2010

    UN deletes gay reference from anti-execution measures 17

    The resolution condemns unjustified executions (Photo: Bryan Davidson)

    4:54 PM — A United Nations panel has deleted a reference to gays and lesbians in a resolution condemning unjustified executions. The motion was introduced by Morocco and Mali and the vast majority of countries in support were African or Arabic.

  • 9th November 2010

    Saudi man receives lashes and prison sentence for gay video 17

    Saudi Arabia has strict laws against homosexuality

    6:53 PM — A 27-year-old Saudi man has been punished with 500 lashes and five years in prison after appearing in a gay video. The short film was allegedly made inside a prison, although the Prison Administration denies this.

  • 28th October 2010

    Ugandan MP says anti-gay bill ‘will be law soon’ 27

    David Bahati said he was confident the bill would become law

    5:43 PM — David Bahati, the Ugandan MP who tabled a bill calling for gays to be jailed or executed, says he is confident his bill will soon become law.

  • 21st October 2010

    Rolling Stone condemns anti-gay Ugandan newspaper 16

    The Ugandan Rolling Stone newspaper called for gays to be killed

    1:48 PM — US magazine Rolling Stone has condemned the Ugandan newspaper of the same name for calling for gays to be executed. The US title said it had demanded that the African publication cease using its name.

  • 23rd February 2010

    Ed Balls denies ‘watering down’ sex education for faith schools 46

    Ed Balls said he was not 'watering down' sex education laws for faith schools

    12:06 PM — Schools secretary Ed Balls has denied watering down sex education laws for faith schools. Last Friday, the government was accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment to the Children, Schools and Families Bill allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character".

  • 18th February 2010

    Ugandan pastor shows his church gay porn 30

    Martin Ssempa showed his church gay porn

    6:00 PM — Homophobic Ugandan preacher Martin Ssempa has been accused of being "twisted" for showing his congregation gay porn to persuade them to support an anti-homosexuality bill.

  • 17th February 2010

    Anti-gay cure group to protest outside Christian convention 53

    A similar protest in April (Photo: Nicolas Chinardet)

    6:38 PM — Gay campaigners are to protest outside a gay cure conference in Northern Ireland this weekend. Christian group Core Issues is holding a conference with the Rev Mario Bergner, who claims to have been turned away from homosexuality by God.

  • 16th February 2010

    ‘I support gay marriage’ says Nick Clegg as he answers PinkNews reader questions 32

    Nick Clegg answers your questions

    7:17 PM — Last month, we invited PinkNews.co.uk readers to submit their questions to Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. The overwhelming subject mentioned was gay marriage, showing how important an issue this is for our readers. Other popular questions were on homophobic violence, faith schools and LGBT asylum seekers.

  • Another man arrested in Malawi 5

    Another man has been arrested in Malawi

    5:21 PM — Another man has been arrested on homosexuality charges in Malawi. Police spokesman Dave Chingwalu said a 60-year-old man was arrested on Monday and charged with sodomy.

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