19th January 2012
Seventy mayors to press Obama on gay marriage 19
11:03 AM — A number of large-city mayors in the US have formed a coalition with the hope to achieve same-sex marriage equality.
18th January 2012
Cuba may legalise same-sex civil unions this year 21
3:16 PM — Cuba’s first daughter, Mariela Castro, said the country’s lawmakers will consider legalising same-sex civil unions this year.
Amsterdam’s chief rabbi suspended over gay cure declaration 129
3:02 PM — Aryeh Ralbag, the chief rabbi of Amsterdam, has been suspended from his today after he signed a document alleging homosexuality could be “modified and healed".
LA to require condoms at porn shoots 89
1:20 PM — The Los Angeles City Council voted yesterday to introduce a rule that condoms must be worn during pornographic video shoots in the city. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest AIDS organisation in the world, had been fighting a battle in Los Angeles for the new regulation.
University records 5% gay applicants 3
12:23 PM — A university in the US state of Illinois has said 5% of student hopefuls voluntarily noted they were gay, bi or trans on admission forms. Elmhurst College, based outside Chicago was the first university in the country to ask prospective students the question.
US bishops: Protect straight couples’ sacrifices with marriage 85
10:44 AM — Four Catholic bishops have said Washington state's "special" marriage laws should remain unchanged to protect the "unique sacrifices" of straight couples who have children.
17th January 2012
Video: Gay documentary plea goes viral 11
4:36 PM — A video of key moments in the US' gay rights movement has become a viral hit. The montage of clips is a plea by film-maker Ryan James Yezak for funding to make a documentary on discrimination in America.
US comedian Todd Glass comes out 10
11:38 AM — US comedian Todd Glass has come out, after 25 years in the business. The comedian talked about being told of other people's supposed homosexuality when people thought he was straight.
US teen ‘killed himself weeks after It Gets Better video’ 15
10:13 AM — A Trevor Project teen volunteer has reportedly committed suicide weeks after filming an It Gets Better video. Just a month after participating in the video project, the teenager was reported to have committed suicide, shocking close friends and supporters.
16th January 2012
US cross-dressing sitcom cancelled after two espiodes 5
3:47 PM — US television network ABC has axed its new sitcom 'Work It', about a pair of cross-dressing men looking for work, after only two episodes, but its entertainment president said it could be compared with Tootsie.
George Clooney: Romney’s gay views on ‘wrong side of history’ 9
2:46 PM — George Clooney doubted Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate over his attitude towards gay rights. Clooney, well known for his liberal attitude, spoke about Romney’s anti-marriage equality stance shortly after picking up a Golden Globe.
Canada to fill ‘gap’ on gay marriage 10
11:50 AM — The Canadian Justice Minister has reassured thousands of gay couples who have married in his country that their unions will be recognised there, but admitted there is a "legislative gap" in the rules on foreign nationals' marriages.
Christopher Plummer wins Golden Globe for gay dad role 6
9:48 AM — Christopher Plummer's performance as a gay father in the film Beginners has won him a Golden Globe Award for best supporting actor in a motion picture. Plummer is often remembered for his role as Captain von Trapp, head of the von Trapp family in the 1965 musical The Sound of Music, in which he played a slightly more reserved widower.
13th January 2012
Legal groups: Canada’s overseas gay marriages are safe 9
11:44 AM — Gay advocacy groups have responded to a statement by a government lawyer yesterday which called into question the validity of thousands of gay marriages between foreign nationals on Canadian soil.
Full court martial recommended for gay Wikileaks soldier 17
11:17 AM — Bradley Manning, the gay soldier at the centre of a storm over leaked military information, has been recommended for a full court martial following a pre-trial hearing over Christmas. Officials at Fort Meade, Maryland said there was sufficient evidence to proceed to a military jury.
12th January 2012
Tel Aviv ‘best gay city destination’ of 2011 49
3:43 PM — The city of Tel Aviv in Israel was dubbed the best gay travel destination of last year but the poll has caused concerns to resurface over alleged human rights "pinkwashing".
Gay military group’s Facebook page back after fear it ‘infringed own rights’
3:14 PM — The Facebook page of the US military's gay support group OutServe has been briefly suspended and reinstated after a user claimed it was infringing its own rights.
Up to 5,000 Canadian gay marriages ‘may not be valid’ 59
1:33 PM — A lawyer for the Canadian government has said thousands of marriages between overseas gay couples which have taken place in the country since 2004 may not all be valid under domestic law.
Pat Buchanan: ‘Militant gays’ try to take me off air 70
11:07 AM — US political commentator Pat Buchanan has said "militant gay rights groups" and "people of colour" have been trying to take him off TV for "years and years and years", following his absence from the MSNBC network.
11th January 2012
Liberian Speaker rules out gay rights bills 32
4:20 PM — The Speaker of Liberia's House of Representatives has said no gay rights bills will make progress during his tenure. The African state has a population of 3.8 million people and reportedly no gay rights organisations