26th December 2012
Israel: Party leader calls on state to stop recognising same-sex marriages 14
7:17 PM — Naftali Bennett, the chairman of a minor Israeli party, The Jewish Home (Habayit Hayehudi) has said that Israel should stop recognising same-sex marriages and that he joked about a gay solider in his army unit "in good fun".
18th December 2012
Rabbi: Bans gay teachers, says they are ‘perverts’ 36
3:34 PM — A prominent Rabbi has said that people seeking private lessons, especially for their children, are not allowed to employ "perverted" gay teachers, "evil" atheists.
4th December 2012
Iran reveals more than 1,000 gender reassignment operations in four years 19
6:03 PM — An Iranian news service has said that more than one thousand Iranians have undergone gender reassignment surgery in the Islamic State between 2006 and 2010
3rd December 2012
Israel grants first divorce to gay married couple 11
1:29 PM — For the first time, an Israeli court has granted the divorce of a gay couple, a move that may have widespread ramifications across the country.
6th November 2012
Egypt: 7 men remain detained over anti-gay charges 12
3:34 PM — Seven men in Egypt, who were arrested for breaking the country’s law on sexual conduct, are reportedly still in prison.
5th October 2012
Comment: Equal marriage is a test for my Jewish Orthodox faith 117
5:15 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, LGBT campaigner Oliver Kasin talks of how his Orthodox Jewish faith has created a personal conflict due to his sexuality. He would also like the Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks to end his opposition to equal marriage.
26th September 2012
Video: Iran gay film in fundraising challenge 11
5:43 PM — A New York filmmaker has less than a month to raise $100,000 (£61,910) so he can produce a film about Iran’s systematic persecution of its LGBT citizens.
25th September 2012
Audio: Iowa radio host announces agreement with Ahmadinejad on ‘gays are ugly’ comment 15
9:57 PM — A radio presenter in Iowa kicked off his show this morning by discussing the issues surrounding President Ahmadinejad's visit to the US, and comments he made about Israel, to the US General Assembly, and homosexuality, on CNN.
24th September 2012
President Ahmadinejad: Gays are ugly and are like thieves 85
5:18 PM — Interviewed on Piers Morgan Tonight, the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad equates homosexuality to stealing and tells the presenter that being gay is ugly.
21st September 2012
Israel: Lesbian couple awarded payout in landmark ruling 9
8:43 PM — An Israeli lesbian couple is celebrating after a judge ruled that a wedding hall could not reject their custom.
17th September 2012
Canadian government criticises Iran on gay rights 12
4:22 PM — In a swipe at Iran, Canada’s Justice Minister Jason Kenney says the country is determined to promote gay rights on the international stage.
13th September 2012
Iraqi police behind anti-gay killings, says TV documentary 25
10:08 AM — A BBC World Service programme has revealed that law enforcement agencies in Iraq are involved in the sustained systematic persecution of the country’s LGBT community.
8th September 2012
Iran news agency: ‘Jews are spreading homosexuality in a world-takeover bid’ 97
8:28 PM — A state-sponsored newspaper in Iran has published a document claiming to have uncovered a secret plot by the Jewish people, particularly in the US and UK, to spread homosexuality worldwide.
7th September 2012
Israel: High rates of suicide among country’s LGBT youth 13
1:13 PM — New research published this week in Israel has examined suicide rates among LGBT youth in the country.
6th September 2012
Turkey: Gay teenager allegedly murdered by father and uncle 33
1:04 PM — According to Hurriyet Daily News, the killing took place in the south eastern province of Diyarbakir last month.
5th September 2012
Comment: Let me tell you all about ‘pinkwashing’ 68
3:04 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk university student and LGBT campaigner Gary Spedding warns of the dangers of separating LGBT rights from human rights when profiling individual countries. He feels it can lead to inaccurate generalisations and also creates a pecking order for equality.
15th August 2012
Saudi government objects to ‘.gay’ domain name endings 21
2:24 PM — The government of Saudi Arabia has objected to several proposed new Internet address endings, including .gay.
2nd August 2012
Lebanon: ‘Anal probes’ used on 36 detainees at gay cinema 42
4:13 PM — Lebanese security authorities imposed a sweeping crackdown on a gay cinema in Beirut on Saturday and closed the movie house, arresting 36 male attendees and performing anal probes on them.
5th July 2012
Foreign Office human rights minister praises ‘Illegal to be you’ video campaign 7
5:17 PM — Jeremy Browne, the Foreign Office minister for human rights has praised a new viral video imagining a world in personal traits like hair colour or height were criminalised in the same way as homosexuality.
4th July 2012
Video: Imagine if you could face execution for being blond, bald, short, elderly or blue eyed 7
12:15 PM — In a compelling new viral video, international LGBT rights organisation Kaleidoscope Trust asks viewers to imagine if it were illegal to be themselves. The video imagines a society where blond people, people with blue eyes, bald people, short people and older people faced discrimination or persecution by society and the state.