25th March 2014
UAE: Court upholds men’s 6-month jail term for ‘sodomy’ 10
8:29 PM — A court in the United Arab Emirates has upheld a six month jail term handed to two men who are alleged to have had sex.
14th March 2014
Israel: Minister quashes proposed gay surrogacy law 1
9:07 PM — The Israeli housing minister has appealed against a bill which would have allowed gay couples access to surrogacy, stopping it in its tracks.
4th March 2014
Comment: Russia must be barred from holding the 2018 World Cup because of its anti-gay law 16
1:55 PM — Writing for PinkNews, James Lavin says Russia should not be allowed to host the 2018 World Cup because of human rights violations against the LGBT community.
27th February 2014
Ten gays and lesbians arrested in Jordan for holding get-together
4:13 PM — Ten gay and lesbian people have been arrested in Jordan for holding a get-together in a party hall.
14th February 2014
England football captain: I won’t go to the Qatar World Cup, where gays are not accepted 10
7:20 PM — While the world watches Sochi for the Winter Olympics, the head of the England football team quietly said they would not attend Qatar where gay people are not welcome.
27th January 2014
Kuwait: Trans women arrested under law which bans ‘imitating the opposite sex’ 5
6:39 PM — More than half a dozen trans women have been arrested in Kuwait for "imitating the opposite sex", in the past week.
Israel to legalise surrogacy for gay couples 4
2:45 PM — Israel will legalise surrogacy for gay couples and has begun to issue passports for babies born via surrogacy abroad, ministers have announced.
14th January 2014
Israel: Attackers in homophobic assault likely to be charged with assault 2
6:10 PM — Three men who led an attack on a group of gay men on Saturday are now under house arrest, and are likely to be charged with assault, police have said.
10th January 2014
British LGBT journalist and activist detained and faces 10 year ban from Israel 62
5:56 PM — A British LGBT and human rights activist has been detained for hours and told he is banned from returning to Israel for ten years.
Tel Aviv: Memorial for gay victims of the Holocaust unveiled 16
3:21 PM — A memorial honouring gay victims of the Holocaust has been unveiled in Tel Aviv.
8th January 2014
Yemen: 25-year-old man shot dead for being gay 2
11:50 AM — Reports out of Yemen say a gunman in the southern province of Lahj has killed a man for being gay.
2nd January 2014
Bahrain court gives initial approval to gender reassignment for two trans men 3
1:34 PM — Two trans men working for the government in Bahrain have been given initial approval for gender reassignment.
31st December 2013
Despite ongoing debate, gay couples with children receive tax benefits in Israel
1:16 PM — Despite a heated, ongoing debate around the issue, the tax authority in Israel has instructed that same-sex couples with children should begin receiving tax benefits immediately.
27th December 2013
Israel: Pro-gay civil marriage bill defeated in Knesset 9
2:50 PM — A bill aimed at blocking discrimination on religious grounds and allowing for civil marriage regardless of race, sex, citizenship, and religion, has been defeated in Israel.
25th December 2013
Israel: Tax credits bill for male same-sex couples passes preliminary reading 3
3:26 PM — A bill designed to give male same-sex couples with children the same tax benefits as heterosexual parents has passed its preliminary reading in the Israeli legislature, the Knesset. The bill, which was introduced by Finance Minister Yair Lapid and sponsored by Yesh Atid member MK Adi Kol, passed comfortably with 40 votes in favour against […]
19th December 2013
Safari park surprised to find assumed opposite-sex penguin couple are actually lesbians 13
1:10 PM — Once again proving that there are around 1,500 species which show homosexual behaviour and just one which demonstrates homophobia, two female penguins have shacked up together in a safari park.
5th December 2013
Plans to give tax benefits for unmarried Israeli gay couples 3
10:59 AM — A new bill proposed by Israeli political parties Yesh Atid and Bayit Yehudi will offer tax breaks for unmarried gay parents.
3rd December 2013
Project hopes to publish censored Iranian poet’s work about forbidden gay love 1
5:37 PM — A Kickstarter project has been started with the hopes of outsmarting censors in Iran by having a poet's work, banned in the country, published in the UK.
13th November 2013
Dubai: Fireman on trial for allegedly accusing colleague of being gay with ‘perverted handshake’ 8
5:05 PM — A fireman in Dubai has gone on trial accused of insulting a colleague by "stroking his palm" during a handshake.
12th November 2013
Israel: Interior Minister condemns Beit Shemesh mayor who said gays ‘do not exist’ in his city 9
3:02 PM — The Israeli Minister of Internal Affairs has denounced the mayor of Beit Shemesh after he recently claimed his city doesn’t have “things” like gay people because it is “holy and pure.”