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  • 21st October 2011

    Nigeria seeks to strengthen anti-gay laws 59

    Nigeria is considering strengthening anti-gay laws

    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

    Julia Gillard may allow a free vote on the issue, reports say

    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

    Zachary Quinto thanked fans (Photo: watchwithkristin)

    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

    Cliff Richard supports gay marriage

    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.

  • 14th October 2011

    Elton John speaks out for new gay rights group 18

    Elton John has backed Kaleidoscope

    1:22 PM — Elton John has penned an article in support of new gay rights group Kaleidoscope. Writing for the Huffington Post with Johann Hari, John called the non-profit group "remarkable" and called for readers to support it.

  • 13th October 2011

    Head of Scottish Episcopal Church backs gay marriage consultation 33

    Marriage equality is a hot topic in Scotland

    2:12 PM — The head of the Episcopal Church in Scotland has given his support to the consultation on marriage equality. The Most Rev David Chillingworth wrote that it is the government's right to legislate for the change.

  • 10th October 2011

    South Australian premier Mike Rann calls for gay marriage 16

    Mike Rann said civil unions were a "halfway house". (Photo: SABREnet)

    4:57 PM — South Australia's outgoing premier Mike Rann has called for full marriage equality. Speaking in Adelaide yesterday at the end of the Festival of Ideas, Mr Rann said that the status quo was "discrimination" and that civil unions are a "halfway house".

  • 5th October 2011

    Conflict over ‘gay cure’ study 143

    They study authors claimed that gay people can become straight

    10:17 AM — Two professors from American religious universities claim they have evidence to show that sexual orientation can be changed. Mark Yarhouse of Regent University and Stanton Jones at Wheaton College say that almost a quarter of the people they studied were able to become straight.

  • 29th September 2011

    Gay former basketball sttar John Amaechi launches HIV support for UK Africans 14

    John Amaechi is supporting a new HIV project

    4:41 PM — John Amaechi, the openly gay former basketball player, is supporting a new HIV programme aimed at African communities in the UK. The 40-year-old, who has Nigerian heritage, will launch the three-year Terrence Higgins Trust programme tomorrow (Friday).

  • 28th September 2011

    Gay senator David Norris wins nomination for Irish presidency 127

    David Norris will stand for the presidency next month

    10:22 AM — Openly gay Irish senator David Norris has secured enough nominations to stand for president. The independent politician won the support of Dublin city council last night and will run against six other candidates next month.

  • Scottish faith groups call for gay marriage 130

    Scotland is considering allowing gay couples to marry

    10:04 AM — A coalition of faith groups has announced its support for introducing gay marriage in Scotland. The group does not include the Church of Scotland or the Scottish Catholic Church.

  • 27th September 2011

    Gay Senator David Norris edges closer to Irish presidency 30

    David Norris rejoined the race this month

    1:51 PM — Gay Irish senator David Norris has moved closer to becoming a candidate in the 2012 Irish presidential election. The independent politician, who recently re-entered the race, needs the backing of one more council to become an official candidate.

  • 19th September 2011

    Labour says it will pressure government for gay marriage 36

    A consultation will begin next March

    4:20 PM — Labour says it will pressure the coalition government to ensure that marriage equality is enacted. Shadow equalities minister Yvette Cooper responded to the announcement of a March 2012 consultation on how the change can be implemented.

  • 13th September 2011

    Lib Dems urge Scottish government not to give in to gay marriage threats 21

    Willie Rennie said the government should do what is "right and fair"

    12:07 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the government not to be swayed by Catholic threats over gay marriage. While the SNP government says it is inclined to back marriage equality, Catholic leaders say it will lose the support of 800,000 Catholics if it presses ahead with the proposals.

  • 12th September 2011

    Gay senator David Norris ‘could re-enter race for Irish presidency’ 46

    David Norris will reportedly re-enter the race

    3:04 PM — Openly gay independent senator David Norris could re-enter the race for the Irish presidency, it has been reported. The Sunday Independent reported that he is considering whether to stand again, following a "consistent outpouring of public support".

  • 8th September 2011

    Poll: North Carolina residents oppose gay marriage ban 8

    The poll suggests the move would be opposed by voters (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    5:08 PM — A small poll of voters in the US state of North Carolina says that most would vote against a proposed ban on gay marriage. Republican lawmakers announced last week that they will push for a voter referendum on the issue in 2012.

  • Video: US Department of Interior posts ‘It Gets Better’ clip 3

    US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar appears in a film which also contains federal employees from the National Parks Service and the US Geological Survey among others

    9:21 AM — The US Department of the Interior has become the latest US government department to make an 'It Gets Better' film to give support to LGBT teenagers.

  • 7th September 2011

    Kristen Chenoweth on being a Christian and a gay rights supporter 47

    Kristen Chenoweth says she is a liberal Christian

    4:50 PM — US singer and actress Kristen Chenoweth has described how she balances her Christian faith with support for gay rights. The West Wing and Wicked star has been praised for supporting equality and last year, defended her Promises, Promises co-star Sean Hayes after an article said he couldn't play a straight man.

  • 10th June 2011

    Watch: Viral video shows the impact of homophobia 36

    Paul O'Grady as an abused pensioner

    4:12 PM — A viral video by charity Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) is raising awareness of the devastating impact homophobia can have. The film shows gay celebrities as people facing abuse, harassment, drug addiction and homelessness because of their sexual orientation.

  • 10th February 2011

    Ricky Martin honoured for promoting gay rights 23

    Ricky Martin will be honoured by GLAAD

    4:04 PM — Ricky Martin is to be honoured by GLAAD for raising the profile of gay rights. The star will received the Vito Russo Award at the organisation's annual awards next month.

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