7th December 2011
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.
3rd November 2011
Religious civil partnerships won’t solve “blanket ban inequality” 91
1:29 PM — Announcement is welcomed by some, but warnings follow that not allowing religious gay marriages is still an "infringement of religious freedom".
Ghana’s president will “never support” legalising homosexuality 208
10:26 AM — Government official says gay rights will destroy the "moral fibre of society" as human rights representatives urge UK leaders to ensure support is given to most vulnerable.
31st October 2011
Glasgow council adds support to gay marriage consultation 20
3:38 PM — While religious leaders are divided on their views, Scotland's largest city council votes in favour of gay marriage proposals.
28th October 2011
Ex-SNP leader voted off citizens advice board over anti-gay marriage views 59
2:41 PM — The fomer SNP leader Gordon Wilson has been voted off the board of Dundee's Citizens Advice Bureau over his views against gay marriage. Mr Wilson, 73, failed to be re-elected after his Christian group Solas demanded a referendum on whether gay couples should be allowed to wed.
27th October 2011
Gay and lesbian troops sue US federal government 15
4:28 PM — A group of married gay and lesbian troops are suing the US federal government for denying them the recognition, benefits and family support granted to heterosexual service members. The lawsuit was filed today in Boston and says the federal government, through the Defence of Marriage Act, violates their constitutional rights.
Peter Tatchell backs Christian housing manager demoted for gay marriage remarks 178
1:51 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the demotion of a Christian housing manager for remarks about religious gay marriage was "excessive". Mr Tatchell spoke out in support of Adrian Smith, 54, who was disciplined by the Trafford Housing Trust for the remarks on his private Facebook page.
25th October 2011
Weekend traffic ban for Manchester’s gay village 11
2:50 PM — Traffic will be banned at weekends in Manchester's gay village to improve safety for revellers. Residents and local businesses have given their support to pedestrianise Sackville Street on Friday and Saturday nights.
21st October 2011
Nigeria seeks to strengthen anti-gay laws 59
4:06 PM — Lawmakers in Nigeria hope to pass a bill which strengthens laws against homosexuality. The legislation seeks to criminalise same-sex marriage. Its sponsor, Senator Domingo Obende, claimed that gay marriage is "spreading" and must be stopped.
Australian prime minister Julia Gillard may allow free vote on gay marriage 30
11:44 AM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard will allow Labor MPs a conscience vote on gay marriage, reports say. According to the Australian Daily Telegraph, government sources said she will state her position at some point next week.
18th October 2011
Zachary Quinto thanks fans for support 10
12:10 PM — Zachary Quinto has thanked fans for their "outpouring of support" after he came out. The Heroes and Star Trek actor came out in an interview with New York magazine at the weekend and wrote a blogpost explaining how he was moved to come out after the suicide of 14-year-old gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer.
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.