30th November 2011
Russia reacts to overseas “interference” on St Petersburg “gay propaganda” law 29
2:00 PM — A senior official in the Russian government has said he is "perplexed" by the US statement condemning a proposed law which could severely hinder freedom of expression for LGBT people in St Petersburg. Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said the US State Department's comments were "incorrect".
Nigerian Senate votes to punish gay marriage with 14 years in prison 150
9:46 AM — The Nigerian Senate has voted through a bill criminalising gay marriage, with prison sentences of up to 14 years for those couples who try to enter into an unofficial union and ten years for witnesses. The law already punishes acts of homosexuality with 14 years’ imprisonment or, in regions under Shari’a law, with a sentence of death by stoning.
24th November 2011
3 gay men in Cameroon jailed for 5 years 28
11:25 AM — The sentences are believed to be the toughest prescribed by the country’s law. Gay rights groups in Cameroon have reacted in horror at the judgement.
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".
23rd November 2011
Outcry prompts St Petersburg legislature to reconsider “gay propaganda” law 20
12:04 PM — Law which passed its first reading with near unanimity this week will be reconsidered after international condemnation.
21st November 2011
Updated: St Petersburg passes first “gay propaganda” law reading 42
2:24 PM — Gay rights campaigner says Russia's second largest city has issued a ban on pro-gay materials "anywhere where kids could be present".
Gay soldier shares reaction to boos at Republican presidential debate 12
12:59 PM — The soldier claims he wasn't trying to score political points with the Don't Ask Don't Tell question, and says it was as much for his husband of four and half months, Joshua Snyder.
17th November 2011
Californian Supreme Court rules opponents can appeal court decision to allow gay marriage 35
11:48 PM — The on-off battle for gay marriage in California has taken yet another turn. The state's supreme court has ruled that anti-gay marriage group, ProtectMarriage can defend the ban on gay marriage in court.
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.