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  • 14th November 2011

    London campaigners to stage kiss-in over Nigeria’s anti-gay draft law 70

    The kiss-in will take place at Nigeria House in London

    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

    The city of St Petersburg was the imperial capital of Russia

    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

    The Pyrénées-Orientales department shares a border with Spain

    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

    The bill has passed to the Senate, but its future is unclear

    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

    Whitmer made an impassioned speech about the anti-bullying law

    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

    Mr Axgil founded one of the world's oldest gay rights groups in 1948

    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

    Married gay troops are treated as unmarried under the law

    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

    Gay sex remains illegal in North Cyprus

    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

    Stonewall is looking for new trustees

    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

    New Zealand Labour says it will push for gay couples to be allowed to adopt

    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

    The government is considering changing the Public Order Act

    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

    California will require schools to teach about gay history

    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

    Spain's first gay retirement village is to be built

    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

    Military chaplains will have the option of holding gay weddings

    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

    Ms Belforti says God does not want her to serve gay couples

    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

    Log Cabin Republicans claimed the law could be revived

    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.

  • 22nd September 2011

    Lady Gaga says she will meet Barack Obama over anti-gay bullying 37

    Lady Gaga said she would meet the president

    9:46 AM — Lady Gaga says she plans to meet President Obama to discuss homophobic bullying after one of her young fans killed himself. Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, from Buffalo, New York, killed himself om Sunday after posting an online tribute to the singer.

  • 21st September 2011

    Marines begin recruitment drive at gay community centre 8

    Marines began targeting LGB people for recruitment yesterday

    2:12 PM — Marine recruiters pitched up at an Oklahoma gay community centre to find openly lesbian, gay or bisexual recruits. The 18-year-old law banning openly gay troops was finally repealed yesterday and Marine recruiters set up a stall at the Dennis R Neill Equality Center in Tulsa.

  • 20th September 2011

    Obama praises end of military gay ban 15

    President Obama welcomed the repeal

    5:39 PM — President Obama has hailed the end of the ban on openly gay troops. The 1993 law was repealed today and the president said: "As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love."

  • US military gay ban ends today 23

    Gay and lesbian troops can now be open about themselves

    10:10 AM — The ban on openly gay and lesbian US troops ends today after nearly two decades. The law, known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military if they kept their sexual orientation a secret.

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