1st March 2010
Slovakia to hold first Pride festival 9
6:59 PM — The eastern European country of Slovakia will hold a Pride festival this year. Dúhový (Rainbow) Pride will take place in Bratislava on 22nd May and is the first event of its kind in the country.
Video: Dutch protest after gays are denied communion 16
5:12 PM — Gay rights activists in the Netherlands staged a protest yesterday over a Catholic church's policy of denying gay people communion.
Three stabbings and 35 arrests at Sydney Mardi Gras 26
2:47 PM — Thirty five people were arrested at Sydney Mardi Gras this weekend, which police said was a reduction from 2009.
450,000-signature petition against anti-gay bill delivered to Uganda’s parliament 13
12:51 PM — Civil rights activists delivered a petition containing almost half a million signatures to Uganda's parliament today in protest over the country's anti-homosexuality bill.
26th February 2010
Homophobic Lithuanian law comes into power next week 46
6:07 PM — A controversial law which bans the promotion of gay marriage in Lithuania comes into power on Monday. The law was amended in December after international criticism. Before, it prohibited the “public dissemination” of any materials which could be seen to promote homosexuality.
South African school dormitory closed ‘over lesbian relationships’ 13
5:36 PM — A girls' dormitory at a South African boarding school has reportedly been closed over allegations of lesbian relationships. Nearly 30 girls have been expelled, local reports said.
Turkey urged to prevent attacks on trans people 6
4:22 PM — Human rights activists have called on Turkey to do more to prevent violence against trans people. According to Human Rights Watch, eight trans people have been murdered in Istanbul and Ankara since November 2008 and two trans women have been killed this month.
Australian presenters to be investigated for ‘anti-gay’ remarks 28
12:45 PM — Two Australian sports commentators are facing an investigation by the New South Wales anti-discrimination board for their remarks about men's figure skating.
Marines chief says US military gay ban ‘is working’ 30
12:02 PM — The commandant of the Marine Corps said yesterday he did not agree with lifting the ban on gay US soldiers being open about their sexuality. General James Conway told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that he believed that the "current policy works".
25th February 2010
Push to recognise British civil partnerships across Europe 25
8:07 PM — Foreign minister Chris Bryant said today that the British Foreign Office was encouraging other countries in the EU to recognise civil partnerships performed in the UK. He also said he did not believe aid should be cut to countries which fail to protect gays and lesbians.
Australian Senate rejects gay marriage bill 13
2:57 PM — The Australian Senate today rejected a bill to give equal marriage rights to gay citizens. The bill was introduced by the Greens but was defeated 45-5, just days before the world's biggest gay celebration, Sydney Mardi Gras.
Beverly Hills denounces anti-gay beauty queen 26
11:25 AM — The city of Beverly Hills has rejected Lauren Ashley, the beauty queen who said that God wanted gay people dead. Ms Ashley, a contestant in the Miss California pageant, claimed to hold the title of Miss Beverly Hills, but a statement from the city says there is no such role.
24th February 2010
Second gay couple in Argentina permitted to marry 5
6:18 PM — An Argentinian judge has given a second gay couple permission to get married. Judge Elena Liberatori ruled that the unnamed men in Buenos Aires were exercising their rights.
Judge orders arrest of missing ex-gay mother 12
2:43 PM — A US judge has ordered the arrest of a woman who disappeared with her seven-year-old daughter after failing to hand her over to her other mother.
Would-be Miss California says God wants gays dead 64
11:56 AM — A contestant for the 2010 Miss California pageant has given her views on same-sex marriage, saying that the Bible is "pretty black and white" on what should happen to gays.
23rd February 2010
US Army will not accept temporary ban on gay firings 7
5:52 PM — US Army chiefs told a Senate hearing today that they would oppose attempts to implement a temporary ban on firings of out gay servicemembers.
Figure skater shrugs off ‘homophobic’ remarks 29
4:01 PM — A flamboyant American figure skater has shrugged off 'homophobic' remarks made about him by sports commentators. Johnny Weir has been the butt of jokes made by a number of commentators in the past week.
Uganda MP says he would kill gay son 20
3:10 PM — A Ugandan MP provoked shock at a human rights forum in Kampala last week when he said he would kill his son if he discovered he was gay.
Malawi couple denied trial in constitutional court 3
12:52 PM — Two gay men in Malawi have been denied the chance to have their case heard in a constitutional court. Lawyers for Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, had requested a review on whether their trials violated the country's constitution.
22nd February 2010
Bill to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to be introduced next week 13
5:15 PM — US Senator Joe Lieberman is to introduce a bill next week to repeal the ban on out gays and lesbians serving in the US military. Mr Lieberman is independent but conservative and is a key member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.