13th June 2011
Man defends hoax ‘Gay Girl in Damascus’ blog 34
2:44 PM — The author of the hoax 'Gay Girl in Damascus' blog has defended the deception and says he may even write a book about his experience. Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old US student at the University of Edinburgh, admitted last night that he was 'Amina Arraf' but said the hoax had not harmed anyone.
Gay Girl in Damascus blog written by 40-year-old Edinburgh man 23
10:46 AM — A 40-year-old married man in Edinburgh has admitted to being the author of the Gay Girl in Damascus blog. Tom MacMaster, an American graduate student at the University of Edinburgh, admitted pretending to be Amina Arraf but said he believed the hoax had not harmed anyone.
10th June 2011
Tens of thousands expected at Tel Aviv Gay Pride 11
10:34 AM — Tens of thousands of people are expected to join Tel Aviv Pride in Israel today. The day kicked off with a fair at Meir Park and will end with a party at Gordon Beach, where the march concludes.
9th June 2011
Confusion over ‘kidnapped’ lesbian Syrian blogger 8
3:50 PM — There is confusion over the identity of a lesbian blogger allegedly kidnapped in Syria. Supporters claimed earlier this week that Amina Arraf, the author of the Gay Girl in Damascus blog, had been detained by Syrian security forces.
7th June 2011
‘Gay girl in Damascus’ blogger feared kidnapped 12
5:15 PM — Relatives of Amina Abdallah, author of the "Gay Girl in Damascus" blog, say she has been abducted.
6th June 2011
Israeli Knesset Speaker angers orthodox Jews over involvement in Gay Pride Month 61
6:02 PM — Reuven Rivlin the Speaker (presiding officer) of the Knesset - the Israeli parliament - has angered conservative Jewish Knesset Members (MKs) over his plans to meet with leaders of the gay community in Israel in honor of Gay Pride Month.
30th May 2011
Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City ordains first lesbian rabbi 18
3:25 PM — The Conservative movement ordained their first openly gay rabbi in a ceremony earlier this month at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.
13th May 2011
Video: Trans star Dana International misses out on Eurovision final 35
1:37 PM — Israeli singer Dana International was knocked out of the Eurovision Song Contest last night at the semi-final in Dusseldorf. The star, who is transgender, performed her song Ding Dong but failed to win a place in Saturday's final.
1st April 2011
Gay British man arrested and beaten in Saudi Arabia 131
9:30 AM — A British man was arrested and beaten in Saudi Arabia by religious police when they discovered he was gay. Stephen Comiskey, a 36-year-old nurse, was threatened with beheading and thrown in a cell.
9th March 2011
Trans star Dana International returns to Eurovision 3
3:43 PM — Transgender singer Dana International is to represent Israel again in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. The 39-year-old star, real name Sharon Cohen, will perform her new song Ding Dong in the competition.
3rd March 2011
Turkey’s first openly gay football referee continues legal battle 3
10:31 AM — Turkey's first openly gay referee has said he will push on with his legal battle against the Turkish Football Federation, who barred him from officiating over matches in 2008.
23rd February 2011
David Cameron says World Cup could make Qatar more gay-friendly 35
2:40 PM — Hosting the World Cup in 2022 could make Qatar more gay-friendly, British prime minister David Cameron said today. Mr Cameron, who is on a visit to the Gulf State, said that there is "no place for homophobia in football" and that the games could be an "engine for social change".
21st February 2011
Israel appoints first out gay judge 14
2:46 PM — The first openly gay judge has been appointed in Israel. Dori Spivak, an attorney and former Civil Rights Association chairman, was appointed as a judge at the Tel Aviv Labor Court on Friday.
9th February 2011
William Hague urged to raise gay rights on Middle East trip 8
3:13 PM — Gay rights activists are urging Foreign Secretary William Hague to raise the issue of gay rights on a trip to the Middle East this week.
8th February 2011
British Muslim group condemns Bahrain gay arrests 31
10:38 AM — The Association of British Muslims has condemned the arrests of more than 130 gay men in Bahrain. Last Thursday, police raided a 'wedding party' at a sports club in Hidd, arresting guests.
7th February 2011
More than 100 gay men arrested in Bahrain 7
3:32 PM — Up to 130 gay men were reportedly arrested last week at a private party in Bahrain. Reports said that the event, at a sports club in Hidd, was a gay wedding and guests were said to have been spotted in make-up and women's clothes.
21st January 2011
MEP Michael Cashman says he’s working to stop Iranian gay executions 28
3:31 PM — Gay Labour MEP Michael Cashman has said he is working to stop the planned executions of two young men for alleged homosexuality offences.
18th January 2011
Updated: Iranian men to be stoned to death over gay sex 55
5:26 PM — Two young men who filmed themselves having sex have been sentenced to death by stoning in Iran. The film was discovered on the mobile phones of Ayub and Mosleh, 20 and 21 years old, by agents of the Iranian regime in the Kurdistan city of Piranshahr in northwest Iran.
26th December 2010
Jerusalem Pride bomber sentenced to six months community service 13
1:51 PM — A district court in Jerusalem has sentenced a 35-year-old Michael Naky to six months community service for setting off a makeshift bomb to disrupt a gay pride march in the city in 2007. The judge gave the sentence after a plea bargain between the defence and the prosecution.
21st December 2010
UN votes to reinstate resolution condemning execution of gays 26
11:03 PM — The United Nations General Assembly has voted to restore a reference to sexual orientation in a resolution opposing the unjustified killings of minority groups. Last month, a UN panel deleted a reference to gays and lesbians in resolution introduced by Morocco and Mali. The vast majority of countries in support were African or Arabic.