6th December 2011
Department for Education refutes “Clause 28″ claims for free schools and academies 48
9:47 AM — The wording of a clause in the model funding agreement for UK free schools and academies has prompted a controversial comparison with infamous Section 28 legislation. However, the clause is in funding agreements from the start of the scheme in 2001.
2nd December 2011
Russian minister’s call for national version of St Petersburg’s anti-gay law was “only about paedophilia” 11
4:21 PM — Dmitry Kozak's press secretary says his comments only applied to the section on paedophilia, not LGBT issues. The bill has been criticised for legislating against the LGBT community alongside paedophiles.
28th November 2011
India celebrates second annual Pride events since decriminalisation 3
9:39 AM — Two of India's largest cities held Pride events this weekend, with organisers saying it was a chance to "rejoice that we are here and will always be here".
25th November 2011
New Delhi prepares for fourth annual Pride event 15
2:22 PM — Indian capital city prepares for the third parade since homosexuality was decriminalised in 2009.
24th November 2011
UK Government criticises proposed anti-gay Russian law 14
11:03 AM — In a statement, released on Wednesday, an FCO spokesperson said: “The message of this law, that homosexuality is unacceptable, let alone in any way similar to a crime like paedophilia, is wrong".
Mugabe calls UK’s human rights aid policy “satanic” 101
10:25 AM — Zimbabwean President calls the idea of diverting aid away from the government unless they enshrine human rights, including gay rights, a "diabolic suggestion" and a "stupid offer".
22nd November 2011
Peruvian mayor concerned tap water “will turn town gay” 36
3:30 PM — The mayor of a small town on the coast of Peru is worried that drawing water with high strontium content could lead to "reduced male hormones" and homosexuality.
11th November 2011
Malaysian states consider new penalties for gays 49
4:03 PM — Minister for one state said some people "protect human rights, even up to the point they want to allow lesbian activities and homosexuality."
4th November 2011
Comment: Cameron should apologise for anti-gay laws 146
3:03 PM — Peter Tatchell calls for a "gesture of contrition" from the Prime Minister to apologise for the anti-gay laws Britain imposed on foreign countries in the past.
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
Ghana’s president will “never support” legalising homosexuality 208
10:26 AM — Government official says gay rights will destroy the "moral fibre of society" as human rights representatives urge UK leaders to ensure support is given to most vulnerable.
1st November 2011
Commonwealth nations react to “ex-colonial” British aid threat 186
10:37 AM — Countries with poorest gay rights records react warily as government plans to redirect aid and call for Commonwealth to examine citizens' fundamental rights.
21st October 2011
Nigeria seeks to strengthen anti-gay laws 59
4:06 PM — Lawmakers in Nigeria hope to pass a bill which strengthens laws against homosexuality. The legislation seeks to criminalise same-sex marriage. Its sponsor, Senator Domingo Obende, claimed that gay marriage is "spreading" and must be stopped.
20th October 2011
London MEP says North Cyprus president promised to repeal anti-gay laws 16
2:55 PM — A Conservative MEP for London says North Cyprus president Derviş Eroğlu promised her he would repeal laws against homosexuality. Marina Yannakoudakis was visiting Nicolosia as part of her role on an EU group for relationships with the Turkish Cypriot community.
New Jersey governor calls teacher’s anti-gay remarks ‘disturbing’ 22
1:55 PM — New Jersey governor Chris Christie has weighed in on the case of a teacher suspended for making homophobic remarks on Facebook. Viki Knox, who works in Union High School in the Union Township school district, made the comments last week.
19th October 2011
Former Botswana president calls for legalisation of homosexuality 30
4:53 PM — Festus Mogae, the former president of Botswana, has said that homosexuality should be decriminalised to help tackle HIV rates. Speaking to the BBC's Africa Network, Mr Mogae said that while he does not "understand" homosexuality, gays and lesbians should not be arrested.
Australian foreign minister to call on Commonwealth to repeal anti-gay laws 35
1:28 PM — Australia's foreign minister, Kevin Rudd, will urge Commonwealth countries to decriminalise homosexuality. Heads of Commonwealth countries are to meet in Perth next week for the annual heads of government meeting (CHOGM).
18th October 2011
Call for New Jersey teacher to be sacked for anti-gay Facebook comments 52
5:44 PM — Gay rights groups are calling for the sacking of a New Jersey teacher who wrote on Facebook that homosexuality is "perverted" and "breeds like cancer". Viki Knox, who works in Union High School in the Union Township school district, made the comments last week.
Commonwealth country leaders ‘to be asked to decriminalise gay sex’ 48
11:42 AM — Leaders of Commonwealth countries will be asked to decriminalise homosexuality to help to stop the spread of HIV, an Australian official has said.
Zimbabwe refuses to give prisoners condoms because homosexuality is illegal 41
10:16 AM — Prisoners in Zimbabwe are being denied condoms despite high rates of HIV - because homosexuality is illegal. The Prison Service said last week that condoms could "encourage" illegal gay sex among the 13,000-strong prison population.