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.
6th December 2010
Gay football group to boycott 2022 Qatar World Cup 10
5:42 PM — The Gay Football Supporters' Network says it will boycott all activities related to the 2022 World Cup because host country Qatar is homophobic.
9th November 2010
Saudi man receives lashes and prison sentence for gay video 17
6:53 PM — A 27-year-old Saudi man has been punished with 500 lashes and five years in prison after appearing in a gay video. The short film was allegedly made inside a prison, although the Prison Administration denies this.
31st October 2010
Gay synagogue was target of Yemeni exploding packages plot 5
11:49 AM — A lesbian and gay Jewish congregation in Chicago was the target of one of the explosive-laden packages intercepted on route from Yemen, a Rabbi has claimed.
22nd October 2010
Iraqi LGBT celebrates fifth birthday with London charity night
4:29 PM — Aid group Iraqi LGBT is to hold a fundraising night in central London next week. The group is celebrating five years of supporting persecuted LGBT Iraqis and claims to have helped save the lives of 100 people.
21st October 2010
Same-sex couple for Israeli Dancing With the Stars 6
3:00 PM — Israel's version of Dancing With the Stars is to include a same-sex couple for the first time. TV presenter Gili Shem Tov, who is a lesbian, will be paired with professional dancer Dorit Milman in the new series which starts next month.
20th October 2010
Israel’s only gay MP speaks out for marriage on visit to London 8
4:30 PM — Nitzan Horowitz, the first openly gay politician to be elected to the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), is a man on a mission. Representing the left of centre, pro-peace New Movement-Meretz party, he has called for Israel to introduce secular marriages for gay and straight couples as well as campaigning for help for LGBT people from neighboring Arab countries who risk death if returned home.
14th September 2010
Supreme Court rules Jerusalem must fund gay centre 3
5:06 PM — The Supreme Court has ruled that Jerusalem must pay for a LGBT community centre. The Open House centre has struggled to gain funding for several years and today, judges said that the city municipality must give it $120,000.