31st May 2012
California senate approves ban on ‘gay cure’ therapy for minors 10
11:09 AM — The Californian state senate last night approved a bill to ban the use of so-called conversion therapies on minors which attempt to alter their sexual orientation.
30th May 2012
Scottish footballer Derek Riordan in court over ‘homophobic’ pub incident 10
6:05 PM — Scottish Premier League footballer Derek Riordan has appeared in court today in Edinburgh charged with assault in an incident in which he allegedly used homophobic and sexually explicit language against bar staff.
29th May 2012
Second homophobic assault reported in Worcester in two weeks 12
6:17 PM — A second homophobic assault has been recorded in the county town of Worcestershire in less than a fortnight.
Friend tells court he thought Anders Breivik ‘may have been gay’ 33
3:28 PM — A friend of the Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik told a court today he believed the killer may have been gay after he began expressing feminine traits and moved in with his mother, cutting himself off socially.
Ukraine: President petitioned on draft anti-gay law 29
2:21 PM — 43,000 people have so far signed a petition to the president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, over a draft amendment to the country's morality laws.
European Parliament condemns consideration of anti-gay laws 32
10:47 AM — The European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning anti-gay laws in Europe last week, specifically calling on Russia, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania as well as Ukraine to address existing and draft legislation and 'demonstrate, and ensure respect for, the principle of non-discrimination'.
18th May 2012
Chris Bryant: Tory MP’s response to equal marriage enquiry ‘as cruel as it was offensive’ 129
11:52 AM — A Conservative MP's response to an enquiry about equal marriage has been called 'cruel and offensive' in its treatment of couples who are unable to have children by gay Labour MP Chris Bryant and 'truly shocking' by a constituent.
Woman jailed for train attack on 16-year-old lesbian 70
10:08 AM — A 20-year-old woman has been jailed after she launched a physical attack on a young lesbian who had kissed her partner on a train.
17th May 2012
Comment: David Cameron has to press ahead on marriage equality, and so do we 22
1:39 PM — The consequences of abandoning marriage equality plans in the face of opposition by would-be theocrats would be disastrous for the Tories, for LGBT people and for democracy, Adrian Tippetts argues.
16th May 2012
Denmark: Ex-minister equates gays with ‘killer snails’ to oppose equal marriage rights 64
12:13 PM — A former Danish government minister as equated gays with the hermaphrodite 'killer snails' plaguing the country in an argument against gay marriage rights.
UAE: Two men jailed for alleged public gay ‘fondling’ highlight privacy issues 29
10:31 AM — Two men were sentence for jail terms and deportation from the UAE following a complaint from a member of the public.
15th May 2012
Video: UN high commissioner speaks out on human rights for LGBT people ahead of IDAHO 10
2:52 PM — The UN's human rights office has released a video of High Commissioner Navi Pillay speaking on the human rights of LGBT people around the world ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia on Thursday 17 May.
Portsmouth police crack down on homophobic abuse from passing cars 41
2:04 PM — Police in Portsmouth have launched a new operation to target homophobic abuse following reports of anti-gay message directed at people outside gay and gay-friendly venues in the city centre.
14th May 2012
LGBT Iranians to speak in London as four men sentenced to death 3
4:22 PM — An event launching a report on the way the internet affects LGBT life in Iran will be hosted in London this week, days after it was announced that the country was to execute four men on sodomy charges.
11th May 2012
Man who put up ‘gay free zone’ posters in London sentenced over al-Qaida material 65
6:13 PM — Mohammed Hasnath, the man fined for putting up stickers in east London declaring it a 'gay free zone' has been jailed for possessing material from terrorist group al-Qaida.
10th May 2012
Argentina approves gender identity law 37
10:30 AM — Having become the first country in South America to allow gay couples to marry, Argentina has passed a bill giving transgender citizens the right to have their gender recognised in law.
9th May 2012
Video: Half a million watch bereaved gay man’s tribute to partner and plea for equality 60
11:13 AM — A film by a gay man whose partner died before they could legally marry and his plea for marriage equality on the anniversary of the accident which took his life has been viewed half a million times in three days.
8th May 2012
François Hollande’s presidential win brings French marriage equality closer 50
12:53 PM — The new President-elect of France, François Hollande, the country's first Socialist president in nearly two decades, is expected to push equal marriage and adoption rights for gay couples in the European country.
3rd May 2012
Ireland ‘missed opportunity to protect LGBT employees’ in Seanad vote 17
12:15 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network in Ireland has expressed disappointment at the defeat of the Employment Equality (Amendment) Bill 2012 in the Seanad yesterday.
1st May 2012
Law to wipe gay sex convictions given royal assent 60
4:55 PM — The Protection of Freedoms Act, which will enable men to wipe the records of thousands of convictions for consensual gay sex under now-repealed laws, has received Royal Assent today.