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.
14th October 2011
New Jersey teacher accused of anti-gay Facebook comments 114
10:24 AM — A teacher in New Jersey, US, has been criticised for allegedly saying homosexuality is "perverted" and "breeds like cancer" on her Facebook page. Viki Knox, who works in Union High School in the Union Township school district, reportedly advises a student prayer group.
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
Government to cut aid to anti-gay countries 156
10:28 AM — The government will cut aid to poor countries which persecute gay people, international development secretary Andrew Mitchell has warned. Aid 'fines' may be imposed on countries such as Uganda and Ghana for hardline anti-gay laws, it was reported.
3rd October 2011
Spain to open first gay retirement home 91
5:04 PM — Work will begin on Spain's first gay and lesbian retirement home in the coming weeks. The December 26th Foundation in Madrid is named after the 1979 date when General Franco's anti-gay law was repealed.
21st September 2011
Tasmanian parliament backs gay marriage 17
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.