30th December 2011
Best big companies for gay staff in the US revealed 8
1:43 PM — The Human Rights Campaign has released its annual rankings of US companies by the support they give to LGBT employees, and revealed that nearly a quarter of the 850 companies surveyed scored full marks.
28th December 2011
Poll claims only 4% of Lithuanians support same-sex civil unions 18
12:55 PM — A poll by Lithuanian market research company RIAT claims only 4% of the country supports the introduction of civil partnerships for gay couples. The Baltic News Agency poll says 70% of the population is in favour of some form of legal recognition for relationships outside marriage, but not for gays.
23rd December 2011
Tesco “fully committed” to gay staff, and “practical benefits rather than events” 121
5:38 PM — Retail giant Tesco has said it is "fully committed" to supporting its gay staff after concerns were raised following an announcement that it would explore alternatives to funding future Pride events.
Exclusive: Tesco set to drop future Pride funding days into Christian boycott 331
1:29 PM — Supermarket giant Tesco does not plan to sponsor Pride London again after next year, PinkNews.co.uk can confirm, only days after the Christian Institute called for shoppers to boycott the retailer.
22nd December 2011
Gay Republicans say Newt Gingrich’s “vote Obama” comment was “mischaracterised” 33
10:42 AM — Newt Gingrich's suggestion that a gay Iowan voter support US President Barack Obama in next year's elections if he values marriage equality above other issues has been "mischaracterised" according to gay Republican groups.
20th December 2011
Prison staff “refused to display” Stonewall posters for young offenders 93
10:37 AM — Prison staff at the Feltham Young Offenders Institute in London refused official recommendations to display positive images of gay and bisexual relationships to inmates, according to a report released today.
16th December 2011
Labour MEPs pledge support for Equal Love campaign in Europe 44
11:49 AM — All Labour's representatives at the European Parliament have signed their support for the Equal Love campaign, which aims to allow equal access for gay and straight couples to civil partnerships and marriage.
15th December 2011
Students lobby MSPs as accuracy of marriage opponents’ petition is questioned 11
12:34 PM — Students from around Scotland have delivered letters to their MSPs today in support of extending marriage rights, while others are questioning how their signatures appeared on the opponents' petition.
9th December 2011
Comment: Why does the equality minister oppose marriage equality? by Peter Tatchell 26
3:22 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell claims that the Liberal Democrat equality minister, Lynne Featherstone, does not support equality because she hasn't backed religious gay marriages or straight civil partnerships.
8th December 2011
Government launches first-ever action plan to advance transgender equality 68
11:46 AM — Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said the government plans to work "with schools, businesses and communities so that together, we can drive change and help consign transphobia to the past.”
7th December 2011
New “rainbow coalition” to back marriage equality in Scotland 23
10:11 AM — Amnesty International, the Scottish NUS and the Equality Network are among groups forming a coalition this morning to back the proposal for same-sex marriage.
Obama pledges aid and asylum support for overseas gay rights 14
9:46 AM — New instructions issued by the Obama administration call for US government agencies to consider gay rights when deciding aid and asylum cases. It is the first US government strategy dedicated to combating rights abuses against gay people abroad.
6th December 2011
Call for views on gay marriage before Scottish consultation closes 10
11:55 AM — The Equality Network is calling for equal marriage supporters to have their say in the government's public consultation on extending marriage rights to gay couples before Friday's deadline.
1st December 2011
Rugby stars don red boxers in order to ‘Stand Up, Stand Out’ 33
11:48 AM — Rugby stars and celebrities have lent their support to a campaign which urges the public to help support people living with HIV by wearing red this December. Harlequins rugby players slipped on the red boxers for World AIDS Day.
Comment: HIV awareness should be as real as it was in 1980s, Ed Miliband says 8
10:34 AM — Labour Party leader Ed Miliband promises to continue promoting support in Parliament for people living with HIV and for the right policies to tackle rising infection rates.
Comment: Information and early diagnosis will be key to tackling HIV 4
9:41 AM — Deborah Jack from the National AIDS Trust highlights the need to improve HIV education and resources, especially for people living outside the capital, this World AIDS Day.
29th November 2011
Speaker John Bercow unveils new coat of arms with multiple gay rights symbols 42
12:23 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons has unveiled his new portrait and coat of arms, which depict rainbow flags and pink triangles around the words "All Are Equal".
28th November 2011
UK report: Homophobia in prisons is endemic, but often unreported or ignored 15
2:22 PM — A new report claims that while homophobia is widespread in the UK prison system, anti-gay assaults often go unreported or ignored by authorities.
17th November 2011
South Yorkshire study: Gay students “told to change for PE separately” 109
1:13 PM — Study recommends creation of LGBT "champions" to promote awareness and support after students tell of policies which have potential to "single out and exclude".
14th November 2011
Australian PM will allow ministers a “conscience vote” on gay marriage 63
3:14 PM — Julia Gillard will allow her party members to vote according to their own "values and beliefs" on whether to introduce gay marriage.