25th June 2014
US: Republican Representative claims paedophilia is a ‘sexual orientation’ 10
12:11 PM — A debate on charter schools in Raleigh, North Carolina, was marred Tuesday after a Republican Representative suggested that an amendment to prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation might be used to protect paedophiles.
17th February 2012
Blogger’s son, 7, ‘comes out’ 88
2:50 PM — A blogger has described the moment her 7-year-old son came out to her but accepted she is not sure whether he will turn into a gay adult.
11th January 2012
Gay man “terrorised” by leaflets, court told
10:45 AM — Gay men have appeared in court in Derby to tell of their experience receiving homophobic leaflets which questioned whether gays should be executed. One said he felt "terrorised" when the leaflets were pushed through his letterbox and thought he was the victim of a hate campaign.
9th January 2012
Five men on trial today for “gay death penalty” leaflets
2:14 PM — The trial of five men accused of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation begins today. The defendants are accused of breaking new laws by handing out leaflets calling for gays to be executed.
21st December 2011
Lesbian couple sues Hawaii B&B which turned them away for being gay 19
12:37 PM — A gay couple from the US are suing a hotel for discrimination, saying the owner denied them a room because of their sexuality. The case bears several similarities to the ongoing dispute in the UK regarding two Christian private hotel owners who refused a gay couple a room because they were unmarried.
16th December 2011
UN publishes first global report and recommendations to tackle gay rights abuses 12
9:29 AM — The UN's Human Rights Council has published for the first time a document detailing rights abuses against LGBT people around the world, through violence and through discriminatory laws, and a set of recommendations all countries should adopt.
15th December 2011
Filipino gays perform updated Christmas carols for Catholic Bishops 11
9:55 AM — A group of rights campaigners in the Philippines has lobbied the country's Catholic Bishops Conference with an unusual round of carol-singing, including Jingle Bells rewritten with a human rights theme.
14th December 2011
Parents of gay US suicide teenager launch charitable foundation in his name 6
2:09 PM — The parents of a gay teenager who killed himself last year have launched an anti-bullying foundation named in his honour.
13th December 2011
Newly-crowned Mr Gay Namibia was “mugged for prize money” 17
1:47 PM — The holder of the Mr Gay Namibia title says he was mugged outside his home in the African state by attackers demanding the prize money he had won. The assailants escaped with N$200, about £15.
2nd December 2011
Church of Scotland will follow “will of God” to oppose gay marriage 137
9:53 AM — The Church of Scotland has made its official response to the Scottish government's consultation, standing in opposition to equal marriage rights for gay couples, saying it has "a responsibility to shape public opinion in accordance with what it understands to be the will of God."
18th November 2011
Conference highlights tax, pension and migration issues for gay couples in the EU 19
1:54 PM — European conference highlights lack of international recognition for gay and lesbian marriages and partnerships
9th November 2011
QC argues Christian hotel owners are “entitled to outdated beliefs” 174
3:48 PM — Arguments are put forward in appeal of private hotel owners who denied "unmarried" gay couple a shared room.
7th November 2011
Lifetime blood donation ban for gay men lifted today 114
9:22 AM — Ban on men who have ever had sex with men donating blood is lifted today, but 12-month deferral period remains.
3rd November 2011
Over a third of Ireland’s older LGBT people fear rejection in society 6
12:17 PM — Study commissioners say report highlights progress of last 20 years, but also problems facing today's older population.
24th October 2011
Zimbabwe prime minister says gay rights are ‘human rights’ 107
4:20 PM — Zimbabwe's prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai has done a U-turn on gay rights and says he now wants them protected under the new constitution. Speaking to BBC News, he said gay rights were a "human right" that should be respected by Zimbabweans.
17th October 2011
Cliff Richard backs gay marriage 76
2:41 PM — Cliff Richard has come out in support of gay marriage. The 71-year-old singer, who is one of Britain's best-known Christians, says he sees no reason why gay people should not have marriage equality.
Gay man jailed for homophobic attack 23
11:11 AM — A gay man has been jailed for breaking another gay man's jaw in two places in a homophobic attack. Maidstone crown court heard that Robert Jackson's attack was motivated by homophobia, despite being gay himself.
12th October 2011
Gay rights campaigner Frank Kameny dies aged 86 25
10:14 AM — Frank Kameny, the US gay rights campaigner, has died aged 86. The activist, who was sacked from his government job as an astronomer in 1957 for being gay, was one of the leading lights of the US gay rights movement.
10th October 2011
Two gay Republican contenders in San Diego mayoral race 14
4:16 PM — Two of the contenders in San Diego's mayoral race are openly gay Republicans. District attorney Bonnie Dumanis, 59, and city councilman Carl DeMaio, 36, are open about their sexual orientation but the fact has barely featured in the race.
6th October 2011
Evan Rachel Wood: ‘My bisexuality is real’ 29
7:00 PM — Evan Rachel Wood says her bisexuality is "for real". The True Blood actress, who has dealt firmly with suggestions that her orientation is a phase, told GQ she had been attracted to men and women since she could remember.