23rd December 2011
Malaysia urged to repeal anti-gay law and abandon politician’s trial 22
10:29 AM — The Malaysian government has been urged to revoke its laws criminalising homosexuality and abandon the criminal trial of its former deputy Prime Minister, which is believed to be nearing a verdict.
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.
13th December 2011
250,000 sign petition against St Petersburg “gay propaganda” law 7
3:18 PM — Nearly a quarter of a million people have signed a petition calling on world leaders to hold Russia to account for a draft law in St Petersburg which threatens to silence its gay community. The draft law would punish the promotion of LGBT lifestyles in public alongside paedophilia in Russia's second largest city.
2nd December 2011
Russian deputy Prime Minister: A national “gay propaganda” law should be considered 30
1:04 PM — The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has said he is in favour of St Petersburg's pending "gay propaganda" law, and wants it considered at a national level. Kozak said the bill would punish "disgusting activity".
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".
14th November 2011
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.
10th November 2011
Ugandan activist receives RFK Human Rights Award 7
10:54 AM — Frank Mugisha is the second Ugandan gay rights activist to be honoured internationally in two months.
14th October 2011
‘Inspirational’ Ugandan lesbian campaigner wins human rights award 8
1:54 PM — Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, the Ugandan gay rights campaigner, has been honoured with a prestigious human rights award. The activist, who has risked death to speak up for other LGBT people, received the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in Geneva on Wednesday.
3rd October 2011
Obama attacks Republican booing of gay soldier 26
10:23 AM — Barack Obama has criticised Republican presidential candidates for staying silent when a gay soldier was booed at an Orlando debate. Stephen Hill, who is stationed in Iraq and spoke via a videolink, was booed for asking whether the candidates would reinstate the ban on openly gay troops.
6th September 2011
Lesbian congresswoman Tammy Baldwin hopes to become first out gay senator 21
5:00 PM — US congresswoman Tammy Baldwin has entered the race to win retiring Wisconsin senator Herb Kohl’s seat in 2012. If she is successful, she will become the first openly LGBT senator.
Human rights group claims Iran hanged three men for gay sex 111
2:31 PM — A human rights group has claimed that three Iranian men have been hanged for having gay sex. Iran Human Rights, which says it covers news from the country's official news sources, said state-run Iranian news agency ISNA reported the hangings.
25th June 2011
Updated: Russian police arrest 14 gay rights campaigners in St Petersburg 25
1:16 PM — Russian police have arrested and charged up to 14 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) activists who were attempting to hold a demonstration in St Petersburg.
8th February 2011
Seven-year-old donates to LA gay centre because he thinks inequality is unfair 40
12:55 AM — A seven-year-old has donated $140 to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) because he doesn't think it's right for gay people not to be treated equally. The child, called Malcolm, was given $140 by his parents to donate to the charity of his choice. He chose to split the money between the gay centre and the HRC.
1st February 2011
Six trans women killed in Honduras in two months 7
5:57 PM — LGBT campaigners are calling on Honduran authorities to fully investigate the murders of six transgender women in just 60 days. According to Human Rights Watch, the first death was on November 29th and the latest took place on January 17th.
Video: George Bush’s wife and daughter support gay marriage 12
3:18 PM — Former US president George Bush's daughter has joined his wife in declaring her support for marriage equality. Laura Bush announced last year that she supports same-sex marriage and believes abortion should remain legal.
Governor of Illinois signs gay civil-unions into law 9
2:36 AM — The Governor of Illinois has signed the state's same sex civil-union legislation into law. The move comes after a state senate vote to recognise same sex unions.
31st January 2011
UK gay marriage challenge goes to European Court 27
1:54 PM — A challenge against the UK's bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships will be filed at the European Court of Human Rights this week.
20th January 2011
Elton gig raises $3 million for California gay marriage 14
3:06 PM — Elton John raised $3 million for the campaign to bring gay marriage back to California last night. The new father played a private concert in the Hollywood Hills, which benefited the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
6th January 2011
Turkish LGBT group shut down by court 35
2:36 PM — Another Turkish LGBT organisation has been ordered to close. A criminal court in Bursa, north-west Turkey, ruled that the Rainbow Association must shut down after claims its members had engaged in prostitution. The group denies the allegations.