21st October 2011
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.
14th October 2011
Elton John speaks out for new gay rights group 18
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
3rd February 2011
Homophobia ‘can make you ill’, study says 17
4:48 PM — A study has found a link between homophobia and hormonal changes that can lead to illness. According to research from Montreal's Concordia University, people who had suffered homophobia had higher levels of stress hormone cortisol in their brains.