17th November 2011
Michael Lucas: Beware of the risk of homophobia arising from the Arab Spring 174
11:12 PM — Gay entertainment mogul Michael Lucas warns of the risks of homophobic Islamist governments forming after the Arab Spring. After decades in power, a brutal dictator in a Muslim country is dramatically deposed by a massive popular uprising. Sound familiar? Of course: that's what happened in Egypt and Libya this year, as part of what's known as the Arab Spring. But it's also what happened in Iran in 1979 -- and that should make us pause for a moment.
Gay and human rights champion Peter Tatchell awarded honorary doctorate 39
12:53 AM — London's South Bank University has awarded an honorary doctorate of laws to the human and gay rights campaigner and regular PinkNews.co.uk columnist Peter Tatchell.
15th November 2011
Catholic Charities group abandons battle against Illinois’ equal treatment law 26
4:27 PM — Religious organisations claim their prolonged challenge of the law requiring equal treatment for gay couples will mean they cannot afford to continue operating.
Lithuanian lesbians send handwritten postcards to every MP 8
12:08 PM — The Lithuanian Gay League say the country's female LBT community is poorly represented nationally.
14th November 2011
London campaigners to stage kiss-in over Nigeria’s anti-gay draft law 70
12:19 PM — Organisers say the protests hopes to "kiss homophobia, biphobia and transphobia goodbye" after Nigerian government considers criminal sanctions for those holding unofficial gay weddings.
St Petersburg lawmakers consider fines for “gay propaganda” 34
11:40 AM — Fines for distributing material to minors could range from £20 to £1,000 in the Russian city, which would be the third local authority to introduce such laws this year.
French mayor performs “militant gay marriage ceremony” 17
9:45 AM — The ceremony, before the 2012 presidential election, is the second held by a town's mayor to attract national attention, with some dismissing it as "provocative".
11th November 2011
Judiciary Committee passes DOMA repeal bill into Senate 22
10:10 AM — Bill is passed to Congress' upper house, but pundits doubt it will be tabled by the Senate's leader.
7th November 2011
Video: Michigan state senator slams anti-bullying law 38
4:11 PM — Gretchen Whitmer described it as the "saddest and sickest irony" that the law is named after a student who committed suicide.
1st November 2011
Comment: A tribute to Axel Axgil, 1915-2011 15
11:40 AM — Peter Tatchell remembers how Danish gay rights pioneer led him to uncover history of experiments on gay concentration camp prisoners.
27th October 2011
Gay and lesbian troops sue US federal government 15
4:28 PM — A group of married gay and lesbian troops are suing the US federal government for denying them the recognition, benefits and family support granted to heterosexual service members. The lawsuit was filed today in Boston and says the federal government, through the Defence of Marriage Act, violates their constitutional rights.
19th October 2011
Three Northern Cyprus men arrested for gay sex 44
10:38 AM — Three men in Northern Cyprus have been arrested for sexual "acts against nature". The men were arrested in a private home in north Nicosia last Thursday and have already spent five days in custody.
17th October 2011
Stonewall seeks new trustees 7
3:16 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall is seeking new trustees. The current chair and deputy chair, David Isaac and Liz Grant, will complete their terms next year and the organisation is seeking to replace them, as well as appointing a number of other trustees.
14th October 2011
New Zealand Labour will allow gay couples to adopt 21
7:21 PM — New Zealand's Labour Party says it will push for gay couples to be allowed to adopt. It will modernise the law "to ensure the widest pool of suitable adults is lawfully available to provide care to children in need".
Government consults on removing ‘insulting’ speech from public order laws 217
11:52 AM — The Home Office is looking at the possibility of removing the offence of causing "insult' from the Public Order Act. The law has been used to arrest Christian street preachers who deliver anti-gay sermons, such as Cumbrian preacher Dale McAlpine.
13th October 2011
Effort to force referendum on California gay history law fails 17
1:22 PM — Gay rights opponents have failed in an attempt to repeal California law on gay history teaching in schools. They did not manage to collect the 505,000 signatures needed to suspend the law and put the issue on the ballot.
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.
30th September 2011
Pentagon says military chaplains can hold gay weddings 16
4:01 PM — The Pentagon has ruled that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriage ceremonies on or off military bases. The change comes ten days after the formal repeal of the ban on openly gay troops.
New York Christian clerk may go to court over gay marriages 71
2:33 PM — A town clerk in New York may go to court over her refusal to sign marriage licences for gay couples. Rose Marie Belforti, the town clerk for Ledyard, says God does not want her to condone same-sex relationships.
Court dismisses gay military ban ruling 17
10:31 AM — A US federal court has dismissed a ruling which struck down the ban on openly gay troops as unconstitutional. The law was formally repealed last week but some gay rights campaigners said it could be revived in future if further action is not taken.