10th April 2012
Chaz Bono first trans person to receive GLAAD’s Stephen F Kolzak award 4
2:50 PM — Chaz Bono will be the first transgender person to receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.
European court rules homophobic cleric Abu Hamza can be extradited to US 66
11:30 AM — The European Court of Human Rights has said the anti-gay Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri may be extradited to the US on terrorism charges.
9th April 2012
Obama opposes Minnesota’s proposed anti-marriage equality measure 5
11:09 PM — President Obama's campaign group in Minnesota has issued a statement today, saying they will oppose the state's proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as strictly that between one man and one woman.
Capriles recovers from homophobic smear campaign in Venezuelan elections 9
5:26 PM — Henrique Capriles, the 39-year-old Venezuelan opposition candidate who was the recent victim of a homophobic smear campaign, has risen in the polls, and is now one per cent below President Hugo Chavez, whose campaign has been affected by his cancer treatment.
Anti-discrimination bill results in Anchorage called into question over allegations of voter fraud 6
4:46 PM — The recent, much-contested gay rights ballot initiative in Anchorage, Alaska - which would have banned discrimination in the city on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity had it passed - has put the city at the centre of a huge controversy over allegations of voter fraud, disenfranchisement, uncounted ballots and more.
Senator John Kerry seeks to prevent lesbian being deported to Pakistan 8
3:37 PM — John Kerry is aiming to help prevent one half of a married lesbian couple in Massachusetts from deported back to Pakistan.
KD Lang to collaborate with Alberta Ballet for new production 4
11:29 AM — KD Lang is to collaborate with the Alberta Ballet in Canada, for a new production called Balletlujah!
7th April 2012
Video: Mormon students make “It Gets Better” video 30
8:53 PM — Twenty-two students at the Brigham Young University in US, owned and run by the Mormon church, have made a video for the It Gets Better project, where they talk about reconciling faith and sexuality.
New York: Catholic official quits over archdiocese’s anti-gay stance 23
8:17 PM — Joseph Amodeo, an official affiliated with the New York Roman Catholic archdiocese, has quit the junior board of Catholic Charities over a heterosexuals-only policy implemented by the church for homeless people, the Associated Press reports.
6th April 2012
Buenos Aires may allow foreign gay couples to marry in the city 70
11:03 PM — Argentina, which extended the definition of marriage in 2010 to include same-sex couples, and was the first country in Latin America to do so, may make it legal for gay foreigners to get married on their soil, and in Buenos Aires, in particular.
Study: Majority of US Latinos accepting of gay people 24
10:34 PM — A study released yesterday by the Pew Hispanic Center has found that 59 per cent of US Latinos think that society should be accepting of homosexuality, while this figure climbs nine per cent higher with second generation Hispanics.
Maryland court hears lesbian divorce case
10:07 PM — A lesbian couple who were married in California are petitioning for divorce at a high court in Maryland, where same-sex weddings are not recognised, for the second time, after their first petition was thrown out two years ago.
Gay couple to use White House Easter event to confront Obama 6
5:14 PM — A gay couple plan to ask President Obama to sign an executive order banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation at Monday’s annual Easter Egg roll, which takes place on the White House lawn.
Possible gay link to death of French academic in New York 15
12:16 PM — A married Parisian academic who was found dead in his Manhattan hotel room on Tuesday this week is said to have been using gay hook-up websites on his laptop prior to his death.
5th April 2012
School district will let student wear anti-homophobia t-shirt on Day of Silence 15
3:19 PM — A high school student in Cincinnati, Ohio will not be barred from wearing an anti-homophobia t-shirt on the National Day of Silence this year while a law suit proceeds.
Apology after student disqualified from pageant for equal marriage hope 14
2:10 PM — A school district in the US has apologised to a student was was pulled off stage and disqualified from a competition for saying he would like to marry another man.
Chile: Discrimination law moves closer after gay man’s death 19
1:11 PM — A week after the death of Daniel Zamudio, a Chilean gay man who had been the victim of a brutal and sustained attack, the country's Congress has narrowly approved most of the provisions of a bill which would protect citizens against discrimination.
Guyana: Public consultation on removal of anti-gay laws 38
10:26 AM — Authorities in Guyana are planning a series of public consultations on whether to repeal the country's anti-gay laws.
4th April 2012
Boston Court hears anti-DOMA appeal 3
9:42 PM — A federal appeals court in Boston, Massachusetts, has begun hearing arguments today about the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples.
US Catholic school fights back against anti-gay lecture 50
8:45 PM — A group of senior students at Minnesota's Catholic DeLaSalle forced a mandatory lecture to end abruptly due to their virulently anti-gay rhetoric, with homosexuality compared to bestiality.