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  • 28th May 2011

    Updated: Dan Choi and other gay rights activists arrested during Moscow Pride violence 198

    Police drag away a gay rights activist

    2:33 PM — Moscow police have arrested and detained a number of prominent gay rights activists including the openly gay US solider Dan Choi as homophobic violence broke out during the banned Moscow Pride march near to the Kremlin.

  • 27th May 2011

    Moscow Pride marchers fear neo-Nazi attacks 36

    Campaigners fear attacks from neo-Nazi thugs (Photo: Chad Meacham)

    4:45 PM — Marchers in tomorrow's Moscow Pride fear they may be targeted by neo-Nazi thugs. The march was banned by city authorities on the grounds of potential public disorder but a small group of gay rights activists say they will take to the streets anyway.

  • Moscow police will break up banned gay Pride march 107

    Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell being arrested at a previous Moscow Pride

    1:29 PM — Moscow's police force says it will break up an unauthorised gay Pride march to be held tomorrow. Gay rights campaigners were denied permission to hold the event for the sixth year running but said they would hold it anyway.

  • 26th May 2011

    Ian McKellen supports Moscow Gay Pride 27

    Ian McKellen commended 'brave' marchers (Photo: Stefan Servos)

    2:58 PM — Veteran actor Ian McKellen has given his support to Saturday's Moscow Pride march. City authorities have banned the march but gay rights activists say they will hold it regardless.

  • 25th May 2011

    Moscow Pride to go ahead despite ban 102

    Activists have held illegal marches for six years (Photo: Chad Meacham)

    1:36 PM — Gay rights campaigners say they will hold Moscow Pride regardless of a ban. Activists applied to hold the event in Bolotnaya Ploshchad city park on Saturday but Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s administration turned down the request, citing a risk of public disorder.

  • 17th May 2011

    Peter Tatchell: The Commonwealth is a bastion of homophobia 108

    Peter Tatchell says the Commonwealth is refusing to act on homophobia

    4:02 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the Commonwealth is a "bastion of global homophobia" and has failed to condemn abuses of LGBT people.

  • 16th May 2011

    Concerns over Eurovision 2012 host Azerbaijan’s gay rights record 84

    Germany hosted this year's event

    3:43 PM — After winning Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest, Azerbaijan has won the right to host next year's competition. However, broadcasters, fans and human rights groups are concerned that the country's record on gay rights makes it deeply unsuitable to hold the contest.

  • 11th May 2011

    Peter Tatchell claims WikiLeaks soldier Bradley Manning is a ‘gay hero’ 16

    Bradley Manning has been called a "gay hero"

    12:28 PM — Bradley Manning, the US soldier held for allegedly leaking secret government files, is a "gay hero", rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has claimed. Mr Tatchell said that if Mr Manning had leaked the documents to WikiLeaks, he should be praised as a human rights defender.

  • 25th April 2011

    Giant card and demonstration call on Prince William and Kate Middleton to support gay marriage 89

    Peter Tatchell and supporters of the Equal Love Campaign (photo credit: Peter Tatchell Foundation)

    6:45 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and the Equal Love campaign have presented Prince William and Kate Middleton a wedding card that calls for their support for gay marriage. The giant card, which was handed into Buckingham Palace by scores of supporters read: "We wish you a happy life together. You can get married, gay people can't."

  • 21st April 2011

    Gay marriage rally at Buckingham Palace 119

    Kate and William are being asked to support marriage equality (Photo: Mario Testino 2010)

    1:10 PM — Gay rights campaigners are to hold a rally outside Buckingham Palace on Monday to call for the right to marry. The midday event, organised by Peter Tatchell, will see activists attempt to deliver a wedding card to Kate Middleton and Prince William to ask them to support marriage equality.

  • 19th April 2011

    Prince William and Kate Middleton urged to support gay marriage 164

    William and Kate 'should support gay marriage' (Copyright 2010 Mario Testino)

    5:28 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell wants Prince William and fiancée Kate Middleton to support gay marriage. The pair, who are to wed next Friday, "have the option to get married", Mr Tatchell said.

  • 13th April 2011

    Peter Tatchell: Ten-year gay blood ban is unjustified 40

    Gay and bisexual men are barred for life from donating blood

    2:34 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says that replacing the blanket ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood with a ten-year ban is unjustified and most can safely become donors.

  • 13th February 2011

    British government reportedly set to introduce full gay marriage equality 84

    Rev Sharon Ferguson and Franka Strietzel are among the couples challenging the ban on gay marriage (Photo: Chris Houston)

    9:54 PM — The government is expected to announce full marriage equality for gays and lesbians under reforms to marriage laws to be announced later this week. The reported move will end the final major legal discrimination against gays and lesbians in Britain.

  • 28th January 2011

    French court says no to gay marriage 30

    France allows gay couples to have civil unions

    1:24 PM — France's constitutional court upheld the ban on gay marriage today after a challenge from a lesbian couple. Corinne Cestino and Sophie Hasslauer, who have lived together for 15 years and have four children, asked for the right to marry but were turned down by the Constitutional Council.

  • 14th January 2011

    Hotel chain asked to cancel conference with ‘anti-gay hate preachers’ 111

    Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick is to speak at the conference

    4:47 PM — The hotel chain Ibis has been urged to cancel a Muslim conference in London which includes speakers who have called for gays to be killed. Gay campaigners said that events would be cancelled if speakers had called for the death of Muslims.

  • 8th December 2010

    Battle for UK gay marriage equality continues 27

    Stephanie Munro and Andrew O’Neill were denied a civil partnership (Photo: Brett Lock)

    5:25 PM — The fight for marriage equality in the UK continued today when a straight couple were barred from a civil partnership in north London.

  • 6th December 2010

    Gay football group to boycott 2022 Qatar World Cup 10

    The GFSN said gay fans would be unable to visit Qatar for the World Cup

    5:42 PM — The Gay Football Supporters' Network says it will boycott all activities related to the 2022 World Cup because host country Qatar is homophobic.

  • Straight couple don’t want ‘patriarchal’ marriage 14

    The couple say they do not want to marry

    5:41 PM — A straight couple will be next to challenge the UK's ban on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships. Andrew O'Neill, a comedian, and Stephanie Munro, an administration manager, say that marriage is patriarchal and they do not want to be part of an institution which bars gays and lesbians.

  • 3rd December 2010

    Gay groups’ anger at ‘homophobic’ World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar 24

    Russia and Qatar will hold the 2018 and 2022 World Cups

    2:47 PM — Gay groups have said they are "deeply concerned" by FIFA's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and can be punished with lashes and jail, while the Russian capital of Moscow has banned gay Pride marches for years.

  • 2nd December 2010

    Another gay couple barred from marriage in Greenwich 8

    Gay couples cannot currently marry in the UK

    2:36 PM — A second gay couple have been barred from applying to marry in Greenwich, south-east London. David Watters and Richard Hull's rejection follows the Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel being denied a marriage at Woolwich registry office last month.

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