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News: World Archive

Oct 28th: Being Gay and Mormon - still a long way to go

Despite a shift in messaging there have been no changes in policy, with a new website reiterating that marriage is ‘between a man and a woman’.

May 17th: HH4E - Holding Hands for Equality

A new campaign has been launched today, Holding Hands For Equality. Did you know that 78 countries still criminalise same sex relationships? This is a huge number in a world where we should be able to love who we want to love without borders.

Dec 15th: Twin on Billboard Is Not Gay

When the gay-to-straight conversion group PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays), put up a controversial billboard on one of the busiest highways in Richmond, Virginia, it thought it had found a clever way to highlight its belief that homosexuality is a choice, not a given.

Nov 26th: ISIS Executes Two Men for Being Gay

Two Syrian men were stoned to death for being gay by ISIS, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, according to AFP.

Nov 19th: Rebellion In Sight for Ex-President for U-Turn on Gay Marriage

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been roundly criticised by his supporters for saying he will revoke gay marriage laws if re-elected in 2017.

Nov 19th: Benjy the Gay Bull Saved by Simpsons Creator

A bull branded gay, has been saved from the slaughterhouse by charity donations, including £5,000 from Sam Simon, co-creator of the Simpsons.

Oct 8th: Las Vegas Opens Its Doors to Gay Marriage

A federal appeals court declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada on Tuesday, setting the stage for couples to marry in Las Vegas, the self-proclaimed wedding capital of the world.

Oct 7th: US Court Says No to Gay Marriage Opponents

The US Supreme Court has rejected appeals against gay marriage in five states - Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Oct 6th: France Protest Against Surrogacy for Same-Sex Couples

Over 500,000 opponents of same-sex marriage have flooded the streets of Paris and Bordeaux to protest against medically-assisted reproduction for gay couples, rally organizers said.

Oct 6th: Thailand Gay Scene Targeted to Tackle Rise of HIV

Bare-chested male models strutted through the glitzy ballroom in Bangkok to the beat of house music while dozens of young gay men waited anxiously, working up the nerve to have a blood test.

Oct 3rd: Moscow Cancels Student Exchange Programme over Gay Adoption

Russia has decided to withdraw from FLEX, a student exchange program established with the U.S. in 1992.

Oct 3rd: Kazakhstan - Gay Kiss on Poster Heralds Lawsuits

A series of lawsuits have been brought over a poster showing a same-sex kiss in Kazakhstan.

Oct 3rd: Origin of HIV Discovered by Scientists

HIV pandemic originated in Kinshasa in the 1920s, say scientists. Thriving city with multiple transport links and influx of male labourers made it perfect incubator for pandemic strain of HIV

Oct 1st: California Bans Gay and Trans Panic Defenses for Anti-LGBT Violence

It’s been a banner summer for progressive action in California. Just a few weeks ago, California became the first state in the US to push their state universities to adopt more rigorous standards for what constitutes sexual consent.

Oct 1st: US - Man Shoots Gay Couple with BB Gun

A same-sex couple visiting Minneapolis from out of town were greeted Thursday with more than they could have expected when a bar patron shot both men in the legs with a BB gun.

Sep 26th: Australia - Gay Asylum Seekers will Suffer under New Regime

This week, Guardian Australia published the painful stories of gay Iranian men on Manus Island, who recounted being indefinitely detained in a place that criminalises homosexuality. Just yesterday, new legislation was passed that will radically reshape the lives of asylum seekers who arrived onshore after 13 August 2012.

Sep 26th: US - Doctors of Gay & Bi Men Have Never Suggested Testing for HIV

Gay men and their doctors aren’t talking enough about sex, and that’s making it harder to control the spread of H.I.V.

Sep 26th: Gay Couple Receives Death Threats after Engagement in Azerbaijan

A gay couple in Azerbaijan have received death threats and been forced to go underground after getting engaged in a small ceremony.

Sep 25th: Pressure Grows to Allow Gay & Bi Men to Donate Blood

The US’s blood supply could see a significant increase if long-standing donor policies barring gay and bisexual men were eliminated, a new study says.

Sep 25th: Egypt - Eight Men On Trial Over 'First Gay Marriage'

Eight men accused of taking part in a marriage-like ceremony have been put on trial in Cairo, prompting fears of another crackdown on LGBT Egyptians.

Sep 25th: Social Media Brings Justice to Beaten Gay Couple

A police chief's daughter and two male friends have been charged for allegedly brutally beating a gay couple in Philadelphia after internet sleuths helped cops identify them.

Jun 19th: Holland's 'Gay Village' Project Revealed as Hoax

A website that detailed plans for Holland’s first village exclusively for LGBT residents has been revealed as an elaborate hoax to raise awareness of homophobia.

Jun 19th: Gay Dads Banned from Being Named on Birth Certificates

A Texas judge has ruled that two gay dads cannot have their names appear on their own children’s birth certificates.

May 12th: Eurovision Win Sparks Yet More Controversy

After taking home the coveted title at the Eurovision Song Contest, Austria’s “bearded lady”, aka Conchita Wurst, has copped a slew of abuse for her less than traditional performing style.

May 12th: Arkansas Issues First Gay Marriage License

An Arkansas clerk has issued the state's first gay marriage license, breaking a barrier that voters put in place with a constitutional amendment 10 years ago.

May 12th: Michael Sam Is First Openly Gay NFL Player

Michael Sam, the college defensive end who made headlines earlier this year by coming out, is set to become the first openly gay player to play in the National Football League.

Apr 14th: Dismissed Gay Boy Scout Leader Gains City Support

The mayor and Seattle City Council have expressed their support for a Boy Scout troop leader who was dismissed last month because he is gay.

Mar 31st: Trans actress Laverne Cox to receive GLAAD activism award

Actress and transgender advocate Laverne Cox will be honored at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards next month with a GLAAD activism award.

Jan 22nd: YMCA at the Russian Winter Olympics

The Dutch brass band that always performs at Olympic speed skating ovals is considering playing a popular gay song — "Y.M.C.A." — at the Sochi Winter Olympics to show its support for gay rights.

Jan 22nd: Fox News criticised for its reporting on Uganda bill

Fox News has come under fire for under-reporting on the bill passed in Uganda criminilising homosexuality.

Nov 26th: Quentin Bryce Airs Her Views On Sexuality

Days after controversially flagging her support for gay marriage, Governor-General Quentin Bryce again aired her views on sexuality at a mental health event in Melbourne today.

Nov 26th: No Tip for Gay Waitress Claims Are "A Hoax"

The story of a gay waitress who was reportedly denied a tip and received a homophobic note on a restaurant receipt took an even stranger turn when the family implicated in the incident came forward to deny the whole thing.

Nov 26th: Rape and torture used as 'gay cures' in Ecuador

A government investigation has revealed rape and torture are being used in secret, unregulated gay conversion clinics in Ecuador.

Nov 26th: Gay Moscow Club in Gas Attack

Only a week after two men opened fire outside of popular gay club Central Station in Moscow, Russia, the same club has become the subject of another attack -- this time involving a form of harmful gas.

Sep 21st: Grindr fights back against Turkish ban

Grindr, the popular gay dating app banned by the Turkish government last week, is fighting back, by working with gay rights activists in Turkey to try and get back online.

Sep 21st: Pope Francis & Homosexuality: Church Is Out Of Touch

Pope Francis has said the Catholic Church is too focused on preaching about abortion, gay people and contraception and needs to become more merciful.

Sep 9th: US - Fox Sports Commentator Fired For Homophobic Remark

Footage of a Fox Sports presenter making a homophobic comment has led to his dismissal.

Sep 9th: To Russia, With Love - Montreal's Kiss In

They kissed, then erupted in cheers. Several dozen people gathered at the Russian Consulate in Montreal on Sunday to defiantly lock lips, as part of a worldwide protest against Russia's new anti-gay legislation.

Sep 9th: Camp Cunliffe accused of gay scaremongering

The Labour leadership contest today in New Zealand openly split over Grant Robertson's sexuality.

Sep 9th: Not All Are Outraged by Russia Ban

Russia’s gay propaganda ban has drawn protest from an overwhelming number of individuals, world leaders and human rights groups, but not everyone is so outraged by it.

Jul 11th: Gay-friendly German club raises rainbow flag

German second division club St Pauli will fly the rainbow flag, symbolising gay pride, permanently at their Hamburg stadium, the club announced today.

Jul 11th: Baltic Pride 2013 celebrates LGBT culture!

Baltic Pride 2013 will take place 23-27 July in Vilnius. Though the March for Equality scheduled to take place on 27 July has received a lot of attention, it should not overshadow the rich variety of cultural programme of the week-long Pride festival

Jul 10th: Gay Service Members Marching To Their Own Beat

It’s been a whirlwind three years for gay service members in the US.

Jul 10th: Gay divorces already on Colorado dockets

During America's recent fixation on gay marriage and high court rulings surrounding it, a handful of same-sex couples quietly filed for divorce in courthouses along Colorado's Front Range.

Jun 25th: Remembering New Orleans - 40 years on

40 years ago, in a gay bar in New Orleans, a horrific attack took place, and 32 people were killed.

May 31st: "It's raining men?" More like storming - Gay Day in Orlando

Organizers for Gay Days in Orlando expect 170,000 guys (and girls) ready to shout out loud at this year's celebration tailored to all colors in the lifestyle rainbow.

Mar 6th: Gay and Transsexual MP in Polish protest over homophobic remarks

Poland's first openly gay and transsexual parliamentarians have sat on the front bench in protest at remarks made by former president Lech Walesa.

Mar 5th: Police accused of brutality at Sydney Mardi Gras

People have been accused of using excessive force at this year's Mardi Gras in Sydney.

Mar 4th: Gay Mississippi Mayoral Candidate Murdered

The family of an openly gay candidate for the mayor of Mississippi have said that his body had been beaten and burned.

Jan 28th: Thousands march on Paris

Tens of thousands of people marched in Paris at the weekend to call for the legalisation of gay marriage.

Jan 15th: Strasbourg: Religious beliefs are no reason to oppose rights of same-sex couples

Today the European Court of Human Rights ruled that religious beliefs may not justify opposing the rights of same-sex couples. British laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation were upheld.

Oct 3rd: Austin, Texas, endorses same sex marriage.

Calling all Gay Cowboys. Buckle up - the fun is just getting started!

Sep 28th: South Australia takes centre stage in gay-marriage debate

SOUTH Australia is the next battleground for gay-marriage activists after Tasmanian upper-house MPs voted down a bill to allow same-sex marriages.

Sep 26th: Paris Hilton documentary is axed

Paris Hilton's documentary has been axed in the backlash over her reported comments in the back of a taxi last month where she said that "most gay guys have AIDS".

Sep 21st: Paris Hilton AIDS slur on gay men

Paris Hilton has come under fierce criticsm and is facing a major social backlash after an alleged recording surfaced with Paris stating that "most gay men probably have AIDS".

Aug 3rd: Chick-fil-A Kiss-In Planned

Gay rights activists are planning a kiss-in at Chick-fil-A restaurants.

Jul 18th: Fenway Institute details presence at AIDS conference

LEADING LGBT HEALTH ORG, THE FENWAY INSTITUTE, DETAILS PRESENCE AT XIX INTL. AIDS CONFERENCE WASHINGTON, DC. The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health, a leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health research and advocacy organization, will sponsor a number of events and have experts available for interview at the XIX International AIDS Conference, to be held from July 21-27 in Washington, DC.

Jun 24th: Gay Marriage opposer has a change of heart

In direct contrast to Queensland, one of America's strongest opposer to gay marriage, David Blankenhorn, has had a change of heart and wrote in a column in the New York Times: ""As a marriage advocate, the time has come for me to accept gay marriage and emphasize the good that it can do,"

Jun 24th: Queensland to ban gay surrogacy and downgrade civil partnerships

Queensland, Australia, is to downgrade civil partnerships and ban gay surrogacy after the conservative Liberal National Party took control of Parliament in March this year.

Jun 5th: Gay porn star wanted for murder caught in Grermany

The international manhunt for the Canadian "psycho killer" wanted for the gruesome murder and dismemberment of his lover ended in the German capital, Berlin, yesterday when he was arrested in a dramatic police raid on an internet café

May 16th: OBAMA says : Same sex marriages will strengthen families

President Barack Obama has continued to speak in favour of gay marriage arguing the introduction of same-sex marriage will strengthen families.

Mar 29th: Gay coming-of-age novel ‘Chulito’ puts Hunts Point in the literary map

Charles Rice-Gonzalez set his gay coming-of-age debut novel, “Chulito” on Garrison Ave., a gritty commercial corner of Hunts Point in the Bronx known for its auto glass- repair shops.

Mar 5th: A-listers stage a reading of Dustin Lance Black's 8 in LA.

On Saturday night in Los Angeles a group of A-listers tried to walk the precarious line between aesthetics and public service

Feb 14th: Valentines day - Happy 27th Anniversary for Ken and Wayne

BELLINGHAM - Valentine's Day was already going to be a big day for Ken Matthews and Wayne Miller. That's the day the couple celebrates their 27th anniversary, as well as the sixth anniversary of their dog's win at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. But Gov. Chris Gregoire gave them something monumental to celebrate when she signed same-sex marriage into law Monday, Feb. 13.

Feb 14th: New Mexico preparing for gay couples to attempt to obtain marriage licences toda

New Mexico officials say they are preparing for gay couples across the state who may try to obtain marriage licenses on Valentine's Day

Jan 23rd: Navratilova on Courts anti gay comments

Navratilova was gracious when talking about the venue and scheduling of her opening match.

Jan 5th: Chris Gregoire supports Gay Marriage Law

(Reuters) - Washington Governor Chris Gregoire announced her support for gay marriage legislation on Wednesday, potentially putting the state on track to become the nation's seventh to fully recognize same-sex unions.

Jan 5th: Gay Retirement home in Spain

A group of elderly Spanish gay men are rebelling against the homophobia of their generation by setting up what will be the country's first gay and lesbian retirement home.

Nov 16th: Gay Muslims could be punished twice under Sharia Law

The Malaysian states of Penang and Malacca, which retain a colonial-era penal code criminalizing sodomy, are considering even stricter laws against the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender communities, allowing them the authority to punish "offenders" twice

Nov 1st: Zimbabwe calls for Gay rights inclusion in the new constitution

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's call for the inclusion of gay rights in the new Zimbabwe Constitution currently being drafted may have been influenced by the British premier David Cameron

Nov 1st: Uganda fury at David Cameron aid threat over gay rights

The UK is showing a "bullying mentality" by threatening to cut aid to countries where homosexuality is illegal, a Ugandan official says. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said at the weekend that those receiving British aid should respect gay rights

Oct 26th: San Fran Mayor's race fight to get Gay votes

With less than two weeks to go until San Francisco elects its next mayor, a surprise issue has emerged in the pitched battle for the city's gay vote

Oct 26th: Report released says children growing up n LGBT families most likely to be poor.

(Boston) - children growing up in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families are more likely to live in poverty and may be denied legal ties to one of their parents, a report released on Tuesday showed.

Oct 26th: Tim Hortons Gay protest hits a snag.

A small-town Pentecostal pastor has formed an unlikely alliance with members of the gay and transgendered community

Oct 26th: Kissing Couple thrown out of Tim Hortons

Two lesbians claim a minister had them thrown off the premises of a Tim Hortons in Blenheim, Ont., because of their sexual orientation

Oct 4th: First Transgender Firefighter to join the ranks in New York

New York is breaking new ground by welcoming the first transgender firefighter to its ranks. The tall blonde is a male to female desk worker who goes by the name of Brooke

Sep 6th: Calif. gay marriage ban faces next legal hurdle

California's same-sex marriage ban faces its next legal test Tuesday when the state's highest court attempts to shed light on whether the voter-approved measure's backers have legal authority to appeal the federal ruling that overturned Proposition 8.

Sep 6th: Gay military magazine to be distributed at US bases

US officials have approved the distribution of a gay-themed magazine at Army and Air Force bases for the first time, coinciding with the end of a ban on openly gay troops, according to activists.

Aug 26th: World's first pro-gay reggae album

Jamaican reggae singer Mista Majah P has released the world's first pro-gay reggae album. Called Tolerance and featuring rainbow stripes on the cover.

Aug 22nd: Malaysian gay pastor to wed in NY next week

Malaysia's only openly gay pastor said he would go ahead with plans to wed his American partner on his country's national day despite criticism from leaders in the Muslim-majority nation.

Aug 18th: US Census: same-sex households in Michigan rises by 42% over decade

Newly released data shows the number of Michigan households led by same-sex couples rose 42% over the past decade.

Aug 16th: Malaysian minister plans same-sex ceremony despite Government criticism

A gay Malaysian pastor who plans to marry his American partner in New York has pledged to throw a wedding banquet in his home country despite the disapproval of Muslim politicians.

Aug 15th: Montreal hosts colorful Gay Pride parade

Tens of thousands people lined the streets of Montreal on Sunday as the colorful Gay Pride parade headed down the city streets.

Aug 15th: Thousands march in Prague gay parade

Thousands marched in Prague Saturday at the climax of the first gay pride festival in the Czech capital, defying a fine drizzle and counter-demonstrations by conservative groups.

Aug 15th: Hundreds rally in Nepal for sexual rights

Hundreds of gay, lesbian, transgender people marched with supporters in a southern Nepal town Sunday to demand equal rights under a new constitution the country is in the process of writing.

Aug 12th: Trial of gay classmate killing draws to close

Closing arguments are likely next week in the trial of a California teenager accused of fatally shooting a gay classmate at school.

Aug 11th: Detective testifies in gay student murder trial

A police detective stood by his testimony that a California teenager charged in the shooting death of his gay classmate was influenced by a local street gang and white supremacy beliefs.

Aug 10th: Taiwan gears for biggest same-sex mass wedding

About 60 lesbian couples will tie the knot in Taiwan's biggest same-sex mass wedding in the hope that the island will soon follow New York to legalise gay marriage, an organiser said Tuesday.

Aug 10th: Defendant's brother testifies in gay killing trial

The brother of a teenager on trial in the shooting death of his gay classmate at a Southern California junior high school testified Tuesday that books about Nazi youth found in the defendant's bedroom belonged to him.

Aug 10th: Chile president offers to legalise gay unions

Chile's conservative president proposed legislation Tuesday to recognise gay civil unions, granting them some of the same rights as married couples in the ultra-Catholic country.

Aug 9th: Czech president attacks diplomats over gay remarks

Czech President Vaclav Klaus is lashing out at 13 ambassadors for their support of a gay pride festival in the Czech capital.

Aug 9th: Lesbian MP pregnancy reignites Australia gay marriage debate

Australia's Finance Minister Penny Wong Tuesday announced her female partner was expecting their first child, sparking renewed debate on the country's ban on gay marriage.

Aug 9th: Malaysia's only openly gay pastor urges homosexuals to 'keep coming out'

Malaysia's only openly gay pastor is urging homosexuals in the mainly Muslim country to "keep coming out" to help battle homophobia, as he gets set to tie the knot with his American partner.

Aug 8th: Thousands march in Stockholm's pride parade

Tens of thousands people from all walks of life, including government ministers and uniform-clad gay police officers and army personnel, marched in Stockholm's gay pride parade Saturday.

Aug 5th: Last gay Nazi death camp survivor dies aged 98

Rudolf Brazda, last known survivor of the so-called "Pink Triangles" -- gays interned in Nazi camps because of their homosexuality -- died in France Wednesday aged 98, officials said.

Aug 5th: Teacher testifies slain teen taunted classmate

A teacher testified Thursday that a gay student at a Southern California junior high school paraded around in makeup and high heels in front of a classmate who is accused of killing him the next day.

Aug 5th: Sao Paulo council calls for Heterosexual Pride Day

The city council of South America's biggest city has adopted legislation calling for a Heterosexual Pride Day to be celebrated on the third Sunday of each December.

Aug 3rd: Ireland's gay candidate for president quits race‎

Ireland's most prominent gay politician, Sen. David Norris, has ended his campaign for president after declaring he was wrong to seek clemency for an ex-partner jailed in Israel for child rape.

Aug 3rd: Dolly Parton and Dollywood apologise for gay T-shirt incident

Dollywood officials have offered a refund to a lesbian couple after an employee asked one of the women to turn her T-shirt reading "marriage is so gay" inside-out to avoid offending others during a recent visit to the Tennessee theme park complex.

Aug 2nd: Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest Jerusalem gay march

Ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled bags of foul-smelling liquid and threats of hellfire at marchers in Jerusalem's annual gay pride march on Thursday but the event passed without serious violence.

Jul 28th: United Nations formally recognises ILGA

The main global grouping of gays and lesbians, ILGA, has been formally recognised by the United Nations against strong opposition from African and Islamic countries, according to a U.N. report issued on Tuesday.

Jul 27th: Disney features a same-sex marriage ceremony on their website

You know marriage equality is at a tipping point when a same-sex wedding is featured on Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding Blog. Eric Ross, the author of the marriage equality children’s book ‘My Uncle’s Wedding,’ married his partner, Mat Wood at Disneyland in Anaheim earlier this year.

Jul 27th: Big dreams for the Big Apple after gay marriage law change

New York City businesses hope the Big Apple will become the destination of choice for same-sex marriages, with hotels, wedding planners and caterers vying for a slice of the potentially lucrative trade.

Jul 27th: Honeymoon hopes for Florida after NY gay marriage

Tourism operators in Fort Lauderdale are hoping that New York's gay marriage law will bring new business to the sunny Florida city.

Jul 26th: Lawsuit hits newly approved NY gay marriage

A group of religious leaders filed a lawsuit Monday against a newly approved gay marriage law in New York state and hundreds of same-sex unions celebrated over the weekend.

Jul 26th: Hundreds wed on first day of gay marriage in NY

Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples excitedly became the first to tie the knot Sunday as a New York state law took effect and was hailed as a milestone toward legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

Jul 22nd: Prague to host its first Gay Pride parade

Prague will next month host its first-ever Gay Pride parade, organisers announced Thursday, adding that government approval for the event offered proof that politicians welcome gays in the city.

Jul 22nd: Pentagon set to end gay military ban

Seven months after the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the Pentagon is set to announce that it will officially end the ban on gays openly serving in the military, a US official told AFP.

Jul 20th: NYC to hold lottery for 1st day of gay weddings‎

New York City will hold a lottery for couples who want to get married on the first day same-sex marriage will be legal, the mayor announced Tuesday.

Jul 19th: US Senate confirms first openly gay district judge

The US Senate late Monday overwhelmingly confirmed the first openly gay male federal judge in US history.

Jul 18th: Blood donation center rejects straight man because he 'appeared' gay

A 22-year-old straight man was refused the right to donating blood after staff at a blood bank believed the man ‘seemed’ gay.

Jul 18th: Monks teach maleness to Thai 'ladyboys'

The 15-year-old aspiring "ladyboy" delicately applied a puff of talcum powder to his nose -- an act of rebellion at the Thai Buddhist temple where he is learning to "be a man".

Jul 15th: California schools must include gay historical figures

The gay, lesbian and transgender community's contributions to US history will be integrated into future California public school curriculum, in line with a law signed Thursday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.

Jul 15th: Feds want 'don't ask, don't tell' halt stayed

The Obama administration has asked an appeals court to reconsider its order last week demanding an immediate halt to the enforcement of the ban on openly gay troops in the military.

Jul 15th: Former Aus PM sister Loree Rudd urged to say sorry for gay slur

The Anti Defamation Commission has joined calls for former prime minister Kevin Rudd's sister to apologise over an anti-gay marriage remark.

Jul 14th: Sister of Australian Foreign Minister offends gay marriage lobby

Gay marriage advocates and Holocaust survivors are demanding an apology from Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd's sister after she accused some Labor members of being brainwashed by a "global gay Gestapo".

Jul 13th: NY gets marriage license forms ready for gay couples

New York is sending new marriage license forms to local governments that will allow some gay marriages to begin as early as July 24.

Jul 12th: Tatchell also says FIFA must condemn Nigerian anti-gay coach

The international gay rights pressure group - - has called on FIFA to publicly condemn homophobia in football, starting with a full investigation of the Nigerian Women's Football Coach, Eucharia Uche, for her homophobic coaching policies.

Jul 12th: Testimony: Gay teen pushed boundaries before death

A former California school official has testified that a gay teen who was shot and killed in 2008 made sexually inappropriate comments to other students in the weeks before the shooting.

Jul 11th: MEPs welcome Lithuania's new progressive law on advertising

A new Law on the Provision of Information to the Public came into force on 30 June, outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation. Previous drafts of the law had included a ban on mentioning homosexuality, but the Lithuanian Parliament made a volte-face and rejected these proposals.

Jul 11th: Australian MPs form sexuality 'friendship group'

Members of Australian Parliament from across the political spectrum have combined to form a "friendship group" to deal with issues affecting gay, lesbian, transgender and intersex people.

Jul 8th: New York mayor to preside at same sex wedding on July 24

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will officiate at the wedding of two city officials on July 24, the first day same sex couples can legally marry in the state.

Jul 7th: Indian LGBT Community realises homophobia still runs deep despite progress

The Indian gay community has made great strides in gaining acceptance in recent years, but a minister's description of homosexuality as "unnatural" this week shows that prejudices still run deep.

Jul 6th: Protests in Pakistan over US gay rights event

Islamists held rallies in major Pakistani cities Monday to denounce a gay rights event hosted last month by the United States embassy, calling for a "holy war" against ally Washington.

Jul 5th: Calif. teen faces trial in gay classmate killing

A Southern California teen faces trial on charges of gunning down a gay classmate in front of other students at a middle school in 2008.

Jul 5th: Anger as Indian minister calls homosexuality 'disease'

Indian gay rights activists voiced shock and outrage Tuesday over public comments by the health minister that homosexuality was a "disease" brought to the country by foreigners.

Jun 30th: All Out org: Push FIFA to act on Lesbians in Nigeria banned from World Cup

The President of the German Football Federation just issued the following statement joining the international community calling on FIFA--football's international governing body--to investigate news reports that the Nigeria's Women's football coach is purging suspected lesbians from the team

Jun 30th: FIFA criticises Nigeria coach Uche for anti-homosexual remarks

Football's governing body FIFA on Wednesday criticised Nigeria coach Eucharia Uche for branding homosexuality as 'dirty' and admitting she forced lesbians out of her team.

Jun 30th: Melbourne man jailed for killing gay housemate

A Melbourne man who dropped an 8kg concrete platypus on his gay housemate as he bashed him to death has been jailed.

Jun 29th: NY Clerk seeks the right to deny officiating same-sex marriages

Many are elated with the marriage equality decision made in New York last week but a clerk has revealed that she won’t officiate any same-sex marriage licenses despite the bill being passed.

Jun 29th: Arkansas governor Beebe is first to speak to gay group

Arkansas Democratic Governor Mike Beebe on Tuesday night became the first sitting governor of the state to speak to a gay rights group.

Jun 29th: Small number attend Cuba's first gay pride

There were just a handful, but the dozen Cubans who took part in the country's first Gay Pride rally Tuesday celebrated one more step on the country's road to gay rights recognition.

Jun 28th: 3 in Air Force seek discharge under gay ban

Three members of the Air Force have asked to be discharged because they are gay, moving quickly to get out of the military under the ban on openly gay service before its expected repeal later this year.

Jun 27th: NY'ers celebrate gay marriage result with a parade

Thousands of elated gays, lesbians and their friends hailed New York's approval same-sex marriage with a triumphant gay pride parade, capping days of celebration over the landmark new law.

Jun 24th: Nepal shelter for ostracized gays shows a sign of change

The first ever shelter for ostracized gays has opened in Nepal -- a growing sign, say activists, that the impoverished, conservative Himalayan nation is becoming more aware of the rights of its gay population.

Jun 24th: Obama supports gay rights but not gay marraige

President Barack Obama on Thursday touted his efforts to advance gay rights and promised further progress, but stopped short of declaring his support for legalising same-sex marriage.

Jun 23rd: Australian man found guilty for killing gay flatmate

A Melbourne man who dropped an 8kg concrete platypus on his gay housemate as he beat him to death has been found guilty for a second time of murder.

Jun 23rd: MEPs welcome new report on LGBT rights in 47 European countries

Members of the European Parliament have welcomed the publication of a new report by the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe.

Jun 23rd: Obama heads to NY under pressure on gay marriage

Talk about timing. President Barack Obama is about to hold a gala fundraiser in New York City on Thursday for gay supporters — his first as president — just as the New York state Legislature stands on the brink of legalising gay marriage.

Jun 22nd: NAT publishes vital guidance on tackling high rates of HIV and Hep in prisons

NAT has today published their new framework for tackling blood-borne viruses, including HIV, in prisons. The report ‘Tackling Blood Borne Viruses in Prison

Jun 22nd: NY gay marriage decision looms

After a day of more closed-door negotiations, New York's Senate left unsettled a bill to legalise gay marriage, setting up a pivotal showdown Wednesday as lawmakers look to end the legislative session and national groups look for a sign of things to come on the divisive issue.

Jun 20th: Nepal hosts 1st public lesbian wedding ceremony

A lawyer and a college professor from the United States celebrated Nepal's first public lesbian wedding ceremony Monday in the Himalayan nation that recently began recognising gay rights and drafting laws to end sexual discrimination.

Jun 17th: Gay couples to join Australian PM Gillard for dinner

Three gay couples are to share a dinner date with the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard after winning the bid at a charity auction.

Jun 17th: New York gay marriage bill faces close Senate vote

New York was one step closer to approving gay marriage after state legislators passed a same-sex marriage bill, even though the measure faces an uncertain vote in the Republican-led state senate.

Jun 14th: Anti-gay Republican intern fired for Scissor Sister retweet

An Intern has been fired by notorious anti-gay Republican Allen West for re-tweeting a message by openly-gay band Scissor Sisters off the Congress members account.

Jun 14th: French parliament votes on gay marriage bill

French lawmakers are expected to reject a bill that would legalise same-sex marriage five months after the country's highest court ruled that laws banning it don't violate the constitution.

Jun 13th: Stone-throwing extremists disrupt gay pride march in Croatia

Stone-throwing extremists disrupted a gay pride march in Croatia on Saturday, a day after the Balkan country was given the green light to join the European Union.

Jun 10th: Many Australians see a future for gay marriage

Three out of four Australians believe the law will eventually be changed to allow same-sex marriage, a poll showed Wednesday, prompting activists to renew their call for gay weddings.

Jun 9th: Man faces Melbourne Court over killing of gay housemate after he made advances

A Melbourne man who was angry at being propositioned by his gay housemate assaulted him with a platypus statue during a fatal fight, a court has heard.

Jun 8th: A Thank you from All Out Organisation

All Out organisation has released a thank you statement to all those who helped with their recent petition work for numerous LGBT rights movements around the world, including the fight to end the “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda.

Jun 6th: CDC study: Gay, bisexual teens do riskier things

A government study says gay and bisexual high school students are more likely than their heterosexual classmates to smoke, use alcohol or do other risky things.

Jun 2nd: Australia gay safe sex ads reinstated amid furore

Safe sex advocates claimed a victory over Australia's Christian lobby on Wednesday when their HIV campaign posters featuring two men hugging were reinstated at bus stops after an intense online backlash.

Jun 1st: South African envoy found guilty of gay hate speech

South Africa's ambassador to Uganda, a country criticized for threatening the rights of gays, has been found guilty of hate speech for an anti-gay column he wrote before his appointment, the South African Human Rights Commission said Tuesday.

May 31st: Over 30 arrested at Moscow gay rights demos

Moscow police arrested more than 30 people trying to hold two unauthorised gay-rights demonstrations in the capital on Saturday.

May 27th: Man arrested in Granada for having gay sex

Police have arrested a man for having sex with another male on the eastern Caribbean island of Grenada, where a law against homosexual acts remains on the books but is rarely enforced.

May 23rd: Former roommate of Tyler Clementi pleas not guilty

A not guilty plea has been entered for the roommate of a Rutgers University student who killed himself after prosecutors said he was spied on with a webcam during an intimate encounter with a man.

May 20th: San Francisco Giants to make anti-gay bullying video

The San Francisco Giants will follow in the footsteps of President Barack Obama, pop star Janet Jackson and more than 10,000 others who have made videos for an anti-suicide campaign geared toward gay youth, the team said Tuesday.

May 18th: German captain Lahm warns gay footballers against coming out

Germany captain and Bayern Munich star Philipp Lahm has advised gay professional footballers against outing themselves, in an interview with German magazine Bunte.

May 18th: Anger over gay RI house speakers vote for only civil partnerships

The protests started as soon as Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox sounded the death knell for gay marriage legislation and said he'd back civil unions instead.

May 18th: Government fails to protect LGBT people from homophobic violence in Montenegro

A music concert was met by homophobic violence in the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica. During a performance by artist Lollobrigida on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, unknown groups threw teargas cans in the crowd, forcing half of the audience to disperse and seek medical assistance.

May 17th: Israel LGBT community fight for acceptance

A once unimaginable movement is emerging from within Israel's insular Orthodox Jewish community: homosexuals demanding to be accepted and embraced, no matter what the Bible says.

May 13th: Navy chaplains allowed to perform same-sex civil ceremonies

Navy chaplains would be allowed to perform same-sex civil marriage ceremonies under new training guidance that would take effect if the Defense Department should move this year to recognize openly gay military service.

May 11th: Air Force lesbian who won reinstatement will retire and not rejoin

An Air Force Reserve flight nurse who sued to overturn her dismissal under the military's ban on openly gay service members is retiring with full benefits rather than resuming service.

May 11th: SIGN NOW! 24 hours to Stop the "Kill the Gays" Law in Uganda

Organisation All Out (And us here at Pinkwire) are asking you to please sign the following petition in an attempt to stop the Ugandan “Kill the Gays” law.

May 9th: Obama looks to LGBT community for help in reelection

President Barack Obama is banking on the LGBT community to help him as he organises his reelection campaign focusing on the lucrative market of gay donors to help make up the money lost from previous supporters moving away from Camp Obama after his first term.

May 9th: Study: Higher cancer rates in gay men

Gay men have a higher prevalence of cancer compared with heterosexual men, and lesbian and bisexual female cancer survivors report lower levels of health than heterosexual female cancer survivors.

May 6th: Brazil top court recognises same-sex civil partnerships

Brazil's Supreme Court recognized the legal rights of same-sex partners in "stable" civil unions, Chief Justice Cezar Peluso announced.

May 5th: Australin police charge man over military 'gay hate' Facebook page

A former member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been charged over allegedly creating a Facebook "hate page" against homosexuals.

May 3rd: Moscow Pride gets the green light

Moscow has authorised the city's first gay pride parade after seeing similar unsanctioned rallies degenerate into mass arrests and Western condemnation, organisers said Tuesday.

May 3rd: No arrests made over hate crime killing of South African lesbian

The murder of a 24-year-old lesbian activist from Kwa-Thema township in Gauteng appears to be the latest in an epidemic of brutal homophobic attacks, Human Rights Watch said today.

Apr 28th: Pakistani transgender community recognised

Pakistan has taken the landmark decision to create a third gender category for the ever-growing transsexual population.

Apr 28th: Uncertainty whether Moscow Pride will go ahead

For the last forty eight hours, many media outlets reported the information released by GayRussia.Ru that the new Moscow Mayor permitted Moscow Gay Pride to take place for the first time in his city.

Apr 28th: New Mexico school bans all clubs after gay-straight alliance was formed

A school board in Clovis, New Mexico, voted to ban all extra-curricular clubs from meeting during school hours after a gay-straight alliance applied to become a club.

Apr 28th: Rhode Island House Speaker says gay marriage bill wont pass

Efforts to extend marriage rights to gay couples in Rhode Island suffered a decisive setback Wednesday when a key legislative champion said he was abandoning a push to pass gay marriage legislation this year.

Apr 27th: Uganda anti-homosexuality bill likely to drop death penalty sentence

The Ugandan parliamentarian behind an anti-gay bill that attracted worldwide condemnation said the most controversial part of the legislation — the death penalty provision — is likely to be dropped from the bill.

Apr 21st: Media asks for Prop 8 footage to be released

Media organisations are joining lawyers for two-same-sex couples in urging a federal appeals court to release videotapes of a lower court trial on California's gay marriage ban.

Apr 19th: Malaysian authorities send 66 'effeminate' teen boys to anti-gay camp‎

Malaysian authorities have sent 66 Muslim schoolboys identified by teachers as effeminate to a four-day camp where they will receive counselling on masculine behaviour to discourage them from being gay, an official said Tuesday.

Apr 14th: NBA star fined $100,000 for gay slur during game

The NBA fined Kobe Bryant $100,000 on Wednesday for using a derogatory gay term in frustration over a referee's call.

Apr 13th: Australian military embroiled in gay-hate claims

Australia's Defence Force was embroiled in another scandal Wednesday after claims it failed to discipline dozens of personnel allegedly linked to an online gay-hate campaign.

Apr 11th: Belgian archbishop hit with custard pie by prankster supporting gay rights

A renowned Belgian prankster posted footage Wednesday showing the leader of Belgium's Roman Catholic Church Andre-Joseph Leonard being hit four times by custard pies.

Apr 7th: Macedonia must protect LGBT people, says the European Parliament

Today the European Parliament adopted its annual progress report on the accession of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the European Union, asking the country to outlaw discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.

Apr 5th: Dozens detained in Shanghai gay bar raid

Police raided a popular gay bar on Shanghai’s Bund riverfront over the weekend, taking more than 60 people into custody for several hours, state media reported today.

Apr 4th: Netherlands celebrates 10th anniversary since first gay marriage

The Netherlands celebrated the 10th anniversary of the world's first legally binding gay marriage with another set of nuptials Friday, mixing the formal with the casual.

Apr 1st: Australian Catholic school bans curing homosexuality seminar

A Catholic school in Australia has banned a "curing homosexuality seminar" set to be held at its campus, sparking claims of discrimination, a report said Friday.

Mar 31st: Malaysia's first gay-themed movie is a hit

Malaysia's first gay-themed movie has been a hit at the box office but an official from the conservative Islamic party Thursday called for it to be banned despite its anti-homosexual ending.

Mar 30th: Military gay support group launches magazine

A support group for gay military service members launched an online magazine to provide information about pending repeal of the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, and printed copies could be on large bases by May, the group's co-director said Monday.

Mar 28th: North Carolina Presbytery rejects ordaining gay clergy‎

The governing body for eastern North Carolina Presbyterians has rejected a proposal that would allow the ordination of gay clergy.

Mar 24th: Apple remove 'gay cure' app

A group that advocates "curing" gays of same-sex attractions said Wednesday that its iPhone application had been yanked from Apple’s online iTunes shop.

Mar 23rd: Army Chief to discuss DADT

The Army’s chief of staff will visit Kansas this week to talk with soldiers here about the pending repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Mar 21st: MEPs welcome new gender change law in Portugal; concerned about Lithuania

Members of the European Parliament have reacted to recent developments in national laws affecting transgender people.

Mar 21st: Apples approves gay cure app

A new app, which claims to be a gay cure, has been approved for purchase by the leading technology and gadget company Apple.

Mar 16th: Church Choir Asked to Sign Antigay Covenant

Several choir members at Orange County's Crystal Cathedral say they're upset over a document they've been asked to sign that takes a strong stand against homosexuality.

Mar 16th: Celebrities ask President Obama to take a stand on same-sex marriage

A number of celebrities have written to President Obama in a bid for him to “end discrimination in marriage” and to back equality.

Mar 14th: Maryland gay marriage bill gets called back for further debate

A bill to legalise gay marriage has hit a snag, with the Maryland House of Delegates sending it back to a comittee for further debate.

Mar 11th: NY gay attacker admits attack but denies homophobic intent

A parolee who admitted to a hate-crime attack at a bar that was the scene of an early moment in the gay-rights movement said Wednesday he harbored no loathing but accepted his guilt in the incident.

Mar 9th: Maryland moves towards gay marriage

A bill that could make Maryland the sixth state where gay marriage is fully legal cleared a key committee on Friday, but supporters said its future was still uncertain.

Mar 8th: Sydney Mardi Gras celebrations focus gay marriage

"Brides" and "grooms" danced through the streets of Sydney on Saturday as the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras campaigned for same-sex marriage in an explosion of feathers, sequins and music.

Mar 7th: Increase of those affected with HIV in NZ LGBT community

The latest HIV figures from the AIDS Epidemiology Group at the University of Otago have shown a sharp decline in HIV diagnoses for heterosexual New Zealander’s but the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) has warned that the news is not all good.

Mar 7th: Increase of those affected with HIV in NZ LGBT community

The latest HIV figures from the AIDS Epidemiology Group at the University of Otago have shown a sharp decline in HIV diagnoses for heterosexual New Zealander’s but the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) has warned that the news is not all good.

Mar 7th: Increase of those affected with HIV in NZ LGBT community

The latest HIV figures from the AIDS Epidemiology Group at the University of Otago have shown a sharp decline in HIV diagnoses for heterosexual New Zealander’s but the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) has warned that the news is not all good.

Mar 4th: New Hampshire same-sex marriage repeal postponed till 2012

New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday postponed action until next year on two bills aimed at repealing the state's gay marriage law until next year.

Mar 3rd: Gay lawmaker predicts end to US sexual legalised orientation discrimination

The highest-profile openly gay US lawmaker predicted on Wednesday that the United States could soon see an end to legalised discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender.

Mar 2nd: US Uni now allows mixed dorms to help LGBT students

New Jersey's largest university will offer a gender-neutral housing program in three dorms that aims to make the campus more inclusive for gay students.

Feb 25th: Gay Indians exposed in TV news feature

An Indian TV network has released a news feature entitled ‘Gay Culture Rampant In Hyderabad’ which was used to out gay people as they labeled them as ‘deviants’.

Feb 22nd: Creation museum turns away gay couple

A progressive blogger and another man who tried to go to a special event at Kentucky's Creation Museum said they were denied admission because they told security that they were a same-sex couple.

Feb 14th: Switzerland to deport gay Iranian over drug trafficking

An Iranian man convicted of heroin trafficking will be expelled and returned to his home country, a Swiss court said Monday, even though the man claimed that he could be persecuted for being homosexual.

Feb 8th: Wyoming House looks at the anti-gay marriage bid decision

A Wyoming legislative committee is set to consider a proposed constitutional amendment that would specify the state wouldn't recognise same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Feb 7th: Nearly 130 arrested at raided Bahrain gay party

Police in Bahrain have reportedly arrested over 100 men taking part in a large gay party that was decribed to be “depraved and decadent.”

Feb 4th: NY holds vigil for murdered Ugandan Kato

Supporters from some 40 human rights groups gathered for a vigil in New York Thursday in memory of murdered Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato, and called for his killer to be brought to justice.

Feb 3rd: Man allegedly confesses to Kato murder

Ugandan police said on Wednesday that a man had confessed to murdering a gay rights activist after a "personal disagreement" in an attack last week that sparked worldwide fury.

Feb 2nd: Gay Activist Conference focuses on faith issues

Gay activists gathering in Minneapolis for a national convention will be seeing a new focus on faith issues.

Jan 27th: Ugandan gay activist beaten to death

A Ugandan gay rights activist who was late last year featured with other gays in a newspaper article headlined "Hang Them" has been beaten to death in his Kampala home, rights groups said on Thursday.

Jan 25th: Formula One legend Lauda in trouble over anti-gay comment

Formula One legend Niki Lauda came under fire in his native Austria on Tuesday after calling for a ban on gay dancing on public television.

Jan 19th: Two gay non-profit organisations make use of Harvey Milk Store

The nation's largest gay rights group announced Tuesday that it plans to share the San Francisco storefront where Harvey Milk waged his historic political campaign with a nonprofit that provides suicide prevention services for gay youth.

Jan 18th: New gay mags in India prove to be a hit

When the first editions of gay magazine "Fun" arrived at his stand in New Delhi, Ram Naresh displayed it discreetly to avoid giving offence -- but customers have ensured every month is a sell-out.

Jan 17th: Anger over gay ad campaign in African-American community

A gay campaign in the US state of New York has caused quite a stir amongst some of the residents in the town of Schenectady, which has a strong African-American presence.

Jan 17th: First US Gay Museum opens in San Francisco

The US's first gay museum in San Francisco's Castro district showcases a variety of items ranging from Harvey Milk's pink-framed sunglasses to manuscripts and sex toys.

Jan 12th: Gay man credited with saving Rep. Giffords’ life

Tucson--A gay man is being credited with saving Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ life after a young gunman opened fire on her and the crowd gathered for a “Congress on Your Corner” event on January 8.

Jan 4th: Outmilitary

(Reuters) - After nearly two decades of hearing "don't ask, don't tell," gay U.S. military men and women are now hearing, "do ask, do tell," and even, "find a friend" from a new social network website, Out Military.

Jan 4th: Massachusetts lesbian priests marry

Episcopalians here and across the country are already divided over whether to elect gay bishops and allow their priests to perform same-sex weddings. Now they have another issue to discuss: The marriage of two lesbians who are high-level Episcopal priests in Massachusetts

Jan 4th: Hollywood wont cast gay actors in gay roles.

A US commentator has reignited a row over gay actors in Hollywood after claiming that studios shut out stars who make their sexuality public.

Jan 4th: Uganda - Media should not publish

Uganda's High Court has ruled that the media should not publish the names and photos of gay Ugandans following a vitriolic campaign which urged citizens to hang those featured.

Dec 17th: A Gay President - according to Jimmy Carter

Ex-commander-in-chief Jimmy Carter thinks the nation may be ready for a gay president

Dec 17th: FIFA| President Apologises

The FIFA president has apologised for saying that gay fans should "refrain from sexual activity" if they go to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Dec 15th: Cyndi's TRUE COLOURS shining through!

Ciyndi Lauper will have a New York housing centre named after her hit song TRUE COLORS in recognition of her continued work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Dec 15th: Pee on books at Harvard - An accident?

After 36 books on LGBT issues were vandalized with urine in a Harvard library last month, Harvard police have determined that the damage was not a hate crime but an “accident” by the university’s library staff, the Harvard Crimson reported.

Dec 13th: Discharged gay veterans sue for re-instatement

SAN FRANCISCO — Three military veterans who were discharged under the law that prohibits gays from serving openly in uniform are suing the Department of Defense to be reinstated.

Dec 13th: PFLAG Founder Adele Starr passes away at 90.

Adele Starr, a Brentwood mother of five who overcame dismay at her son's homosexuality to become a leading voice for gay rights and marriage equality, has died. She was 90.

Dec 13th: Gay books vandalized at Harvard.

Police at Harvard University are investigating vandalism to about 40 books dealing with gay issues at the school's Lamont Library, the student newspaper The Crimson reports.

Dec 13th: No Kissing on Air NewZealand

The three-and-a-half minute video shows the New Zealand rugby teaming offering safety instructions as well as posing as passengers and the cabin crew

Dec 8th: Democrat says US Senate could vote this year on gay ban

A top democrat said Tuesday the US Senate had the time and votes necessary this year to lift a ban on gays serving openly in the military, countering protests by Republicans that it won't happen.

Dec 3rd: Officers 'to oppose gay ban repeal'

Just days after a Pentagon study concluded gays could serve openly in the US military without harming its ability to fight, the services' top uniformed officers are planning to tell a Senate panel they are not so sure.

Nov 29th: Thousands march in Delhi Pride

Thousands of people danced, sang and cheered through the streets of Delhi on Sunday in a colourful and vibrant celebration for the first gay pride parade since gay sex was made legal in India.

Nov 24th: LGBT groups angry over gay vulture split

German gay groups are protesting after a zoo split a pair of gay male vultures, who had been together since March.

Nov 18th: Australia MPs to canvass voters on gay marriage

Australian lawmakers agreed to canvass public opinion on gay marriage Thursday, in a narrowly won motion which the minority Greens party called an "important step" towards making same-sex unions legal.

Nov 18th: US Senate chief Reid seeks repeal DADT

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he intends to bring the ban on gays openly serving in the military to a vote during the current lame duck session of Congress.

Nov 17th: Debate caused after teacher suspended for ejecting student for anti-gay remarks

High school economics teacher Jay McDowell says he didn't like where the discussion was going after a student told his classmates he didn't "accept gays," so McDowell kicked the boy out of class for a day.

Nov 12th: Aus police raid Directors home for showing gay zombie film

An Australian film festival director Friday defended his decision to screen a banned "gay zombie porn" movie after his home was raided by police.

Nov 10th: Australian School defends same-sex ban at dance

An Australian high school that banned a student from bringing her girlfriend to her school dance Wednesday insisted the decision was due to the date's age and not the girl's sexuality.

Nov 10th: DADT looking less likely now

Repeal of the ban on gays openly serving in the US military once seemed a safe bet, given profound changes in public attitudes and even support at the highest levels of the Pentagon.

Nov 8th: Obama and Defense Secretary Gates encourage repeal of DADT

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is encouraging Congress to act before year's end to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military. It's a position shared by his boss, the president.

Nov 1st: Anti-gay Ugandian paper editor outs a further 14

A Ugandan anti-gay newspaper on Monday published pictures of 14 men it identified as gay, in a country where homosexuality is illegal and has even prompted calls for the death sentence.

Nov 1st: Library association adds gay and lesbian award to list of children’s prizes

An award for gay and lesbian literature will be included in the American Library Association's annual announcement of children's prizes, a list which features the prestigious and influential Caldecott and Newbery medals.

Oct 29th: Chicago to host LGBT Travel Convention 2013

Chicago has been chosen to host the Gay and Lesbian Travel Association’s annual convention in 2013 after a decision was made by the board of the organisation.

Oct 29th: Homophobic Editor vows to keep outing Ugandans

A young man, baseball cap pulled low over his eyes, looks first over his left shoulder and then over his right, back over his left and once more over the right before he is sure nobody is listening.

Oct 28th: Laura Bush fights for gay teens

Former first lady Laura Bush is backing the fight against the bullying of gay teenagers.

Oct 27th: Three have charges dropped in NYC anti-gay attacks

Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped charges against three people accused of taking part in anti-gay attacks on two men and two teens, citing a lack of evidence.

Oct 25th: Newspaper defends decision not to publish gay wedding notice

New Hampshire's largest newspaper is defending its decision to refuse to publish marriage notices for gay couples.

Oct 22nd: Obama talks out to gay youths

US President Barack Obama tells bullied gay and lesbian kids in a poignant new video message that "you are not alone," following a number of suicides of youths who were mocked over their sexuality.

Oct 21st: Victory for Russian LGBT community

The European Court of Human Rights today made an historic ruling that the mayor of Moscow acted illegally by banning successive Moscow Gay Pride parades, every year since 2006.

Oct 18th: Facebook and GLAAD join to stop anti-gay cyber bullying

Facebook is working with a gay-advocacy group to reduce the amount of hate speech and bullying on the online social hub.

Oct 15th: Obama says people are born gay

US President Barack Obama said Thursday that he believed being gay or transsexual was not a lifestyle choice but was biologically dictated before birth.

Oct 15th: NY anti-gay attack suspects stand in court

A suspected gang member accused of participating in what's being called the city's worst case of anti-gay violence in recent memory is not a monster and should be given a chance to tell his side of the story, his lawyer said Thursday.

Oct 14th: Gay Activists protest Mormon Church

National gay rights activists have delivered a petition letter carrying 150,000 signatures to the Mormon church's Salt Lake City headquarters.

Oct 13th: Judge rules military to end 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

A federal judge has ordered the US government to immediately suspend a law barring gays from serving openly in the military, in a move hailed by activists battling to end a 17-year-old ban.

Oct 11th: Violent riots disrupt gay pride march in Serbia

Serbian riot police fought running battles with thousands of far-right supporters who hurled Molotov cocktails and stun grenades to try to disrupt a gay pride march in central Belgrade.

Oct 8th: Serbian Orthodox Church condemns violence against weekends gay pride

The Serbian Orthodox Church has condemned violence against gay activists for the first time, even though it remains staunchly opposed to the staging of a gay pride march this weekend.

Oct 7th: Gay teen suicides create a 'teachable moment'

Gay Americans have arrived at what activists say is a teachable moment. A recent spate of gay teenage suicides has captured broad public sympathy, and some advocates are using it as an opportunity to educate.

Oct 7th: Gay Pride will be a test of Serbia democracy

This weekend's staging a gay pride march will be a major test for Serbia's democracy after extremists forced the cancellation of last year's event, international human rights organizations said Thursday.

Oct 6th: Gay skydiving instructor fired For allegedly groping woman sues boss

A gay skydiving instructor is suing his boss after being sacked for allegedly groping a women inappropriately mid air during a jump.

Oct 6th: Anti-gay church's lawyer study in contradictions

In one photo, Margie Phelps is stomping on the American flag at one of the numerous protests her fundamentalist church has held nationwide against the military, gays and the Catholic church.

Oct 4th: Indonesian minister makes anti-gay comments and jokes about AIDS

An Indonesian government minister who has in the past blamed natural disasters on immorality has caused more controversy by posting anti-gay comments on Twitter and joking about people with AIDS.

Oct 1st: Indonesia's top Muslim body wants gay film fest banned

Indonesia's top Islamic body said Friday homosexuality is an abuse of human rights and demanded the government ban an ongoing gay and lesbian film festival.

Sep 30th: Teen secretly filmed having gay sex dies after jumping of bridge

A teenager supposedly killed himself after his roommate secretly filmed him getting with another man in their room and streamed it live online.

Sep 30th: 13-year-old boy commits suicide over gay taunts

A 13-year-old Central California boy who was a target of taunts from classmates has died nine days after hanging himself from a tree.

Sep 29th: Islamic activists protest gay film festival in Indonesia

Dozens of Islamic hard-liners protested against an international gay film festival in Indonesia's capital Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of several screenings.

Sep 27th: Study shows one in five US gay men infected with HIV

One in five gay men living in 21 major US cities are infected with the AIDS virus and nearly half are unaware of it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a study.

Sep 23rd: US court says Florida ban on gay adoption is unconstitutional

A Florida state law banning gay couples from adopting children is unconstitutional, a US federal appeals court said Wednesday.

Sep 22nd: US Marines "predominantly" oppose lift of gay ban

A Pentagon survey has shown US Marines are "predominantly" opposed to lifting a ban on gays serving openly in the military, a top general said Tuesday.

Sep 20th: Russian gay activist says he was seized by state security agents

A prominent Russian gay rights activist who vanished from a Moscow airport this week said Saturday he is back in the capital after being held for more than two days by men he believes were state security agents.

Sep 17th: Israel Supreme Court orders Jerusalem Govt to fund a gay centre

Israel's Supreme Court has ordered the Jerusalem city government to provide more than $120,000 in funding for a prominent gay community center.

Sep 16th: US attitudes towards gay parents families are changing

As much as Americans revere the family, they differ sharply on how to define it. New research being released Wednesday shows steadily increasing recognition of unmarried couples — gay and straight — as families

Sep 15th: US republican campaign manager quits over anti-gay tweets

A Republican congressional candidate in Indianapolis says his volunteer campaign manager has resigned after making disparaging comments about gays, Muslims and others on a social networking site.

Sep 15th: Nepal detains gay activists wanting transgender identification

More than 70 gay rights activists were detained in the Nepali capital on Tuesday in a crackdown on a rally to demand government identification papers for transgender people, police and activists said.

Sep 14th: US Senate could green-light end to gay ban soon

The US Senate could vote early next week on a bill that permits the Pentagon to end a ban on gays serving openly in the military, known as "don't ask, don't tell," a top lawmaker said Monday.

Sep 14th: Gay Saudi diplomat seeks asylum in the US

A Saudi Arabian diplomat is seeking political asylum in the United States because he is gay and befriended a Jewish woman, and fears for his life if he returns, NBC News reported Saturday.

Sep 10th: HIV spread "out of control" among French gay men

Transmission of the AIDS virus seems to be "out of control" among gay men in France despite an overall fall in the number of new HIV cases in the country, according to a study published on Thursday.

Sep 10th: US ban on gays in military 'unconstitutional'

A federal judge in California struck down the US ban on gays openly serving in the military, saying the policy is unconstitutional and violates free speech rights.

Sep 9th: Gay football organisation calls for sanctions on French amateur club

A French amateur club has refused to register a homosexual player, leading to a gay football organisation to ask the French Football Federation to impose sanctions.

Sep 9th: Court won't order California to defend Prop 8

California's highest court on Wednesday refused to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state's attorney general to appeal a federal ruling that overturned the state's gay marriage ban.

Sep 8th: Plans begin for Serbia's first gay pride in nearly 10 years

Organisers are planning Serbia's first gay pride march in nearly a decade next month — after the one last year was canceled amid threats of violence by extremists.

Sep 8th: Emotional Australian Olympic swimmer apologises for "faggot" tweet

Australia's triple Olympic gold medallist Stephanie Rice made a tearful public apology Wednesday for making a homophobic comment on Twitter, saying her words were thoughtless but not meant to offend.

Sep 6th: Rain doesn't dampen 20th Calgary Pride

Despite the bad weather pride goers reveled in the streets of Calgary as the city enjoyed its largest LGBT Pride to date and celebrated equality and diversity together.

Sep 3rd: Court won't force Calif officials to defend Prop 8

A California court has refused to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to appeal a ruling that overturned the state's gay marriage ban.

Sep 2nd: SAS Airlines will host first mile-high gay wedding

Scandinavian airline SAS said Wednesday it plans to host the first-ever in-flight gay wedding in December, and is searching for a suitable couple to walk down the airplane aisle.

Sep 2nd: Aussie school bans 'gay' from Kookaburra song

An Australian school was under fire Thursday after erasing the word "gay" from iconic song "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree" to stop children tittering.

Sep 2nd: Malaysia gay community pushing boundaries

When Malaysia's only openly homosexual pastor announced he was establishing the nation's first gay church, the proposal was met with a torrent of outrage and criticism.

Sep 1st: Australian State NSW debates same-sex adoption

A bill to allow same-sex couples in the state of New South Wales, Australia, to adopt will prevent children in such families from being treated like second-class citizens, state parliament has heard.

Sep 1st: Court says gay couples can't divorce in Texas

Gay couples legally married in other states cannot get a divorce in Texas, where same-sex marriage is banned, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Aug 27th: New denomination rises from Lutherans' gay discord

A year to the week after the country's largest Lutheran denomination opened its ranks to non-celibate gay pastors, critics of the new policy are preparing to launch a brand new denomination.

Aug 27th: Church trial starts for minister who performed same sex marriages

A retired Presbyterian minister is facing a church trial for performing weddings of gay couples during the brief period when same-sex marriage was legal in California.

Aug 26th: Nepal host first gay pride

Hundreds of gays, lesbians and transsexuals braved monsoon rains to hold a gay pride parade in the Nepalese capital on Wednesday, led by South Asia's only openly homosexual lawmaker.

Aug 26th: Ex-Republican and Bush campaign head comes out

A former head of the Republican National Committee who managed George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign announced he is gay in a recently published interview.

Aug 25th: Gay Wyoming couple file lawsuit over marriage laws

A gay couple has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Wyoming law that defines marriage as existing only between a man and a woman.

Aug 25th: US Marines wouldn't want gay roommate

The top US Marine on Tuesday said most Marines would prefer not to share a room with gay comrades, despite plans by President Barack Obama to lift a ban on gays serving openly in the military.

Aug 23rd: Gay activists clash with Catholic protesters in Mexico‎

Gay rights activists and a group of Roman Catholics in Mexico have yelled insults at each other during dueling demonstrations over same-sex marriage.

Aug 20th: Gay marriage question keeps arising in Australian election

Gay marriage has popped up as the surprise question in the Australian election campaign, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her right-leaning opponent Tony Abbott repeatedly challenged on the issue.

Aug 19th: Mexico City mayor files lawsuit against cardinal

Mexico City's leftist mayor filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday against a Roman Catholic cardinal for suggesting he bribed the Supreme court to uphold a city law allowing adoptions by same-sex couples.

Aug 19th: New Arab site tackles gay taboo with gay writers

Arab and Palestinian writers and intellectuals on Monday launched a new online magazine in Israel that aims to challenge taboos, including by featuring articles by gays and lesbians.

Aug 19th: Mexico gay adoption law upheld‎

Mexico's Supreme Court on Monday endorsed adoptions for married gays in the capital, with a majority of nine out of eleven votes, a court spokesman told AFP.

Aug 18th: British man and Indian man have first foreign Nepal wedding

A Hindu priest performed the first wedding ceremony in Nepal for a foreign gay couple, a rights group said Wednesday, as activists and tourist agencies increasingly promote the Himalayan nation as a gay-friendly destination.

Aug 18th: Gay German couples entitled to equal inheritance rights

Gay couples in Germany who have formally registered their partnerships are entitled to the same inheritance rights as married couples, the country's top court said Tuesday.

Aug 16th: Tokyo celebrates first Pride in three years

Japan's gay and lesbian community marched in Tokyo on Saturday at the first gay parade in three years, campaigning for greater acceptance in a socially conservative country where being openly gay remains taboo.

Aug 16th: Teenager shot dead at a Brazil Pride

A teenager has been shot dead during a Pride festival in Southeast Brazil after a fight broke-out between two rival gangs at the LGBT event in the city of Juiz de Fora.

Aug 12th: Ground Zero Mosque? OK, have a gay muslim bar for a neighbour

Following the outrage caused over in New York since plans were put forward to build a mosque on part on the Ground Zero site, Fox presenter Greg Gutfeld has said he plans to build a gay Muslim bar next to the Mosque.

Aug 12th: Judge set to rule whether gay marriages can resume immediately

The federal judge who overturned California's same-sex marriage ban says he is ready to rule on whether gay marriages should resume immediately in the state or await an appeals court's input.

Aug 11th: Costa Rica court blocks gay civil union referendum

Costa Rica's top court has blocked the electoral tribunal from holding a referendum that would have let voters decide if same-sex civil unions should be allowed in the Central American country.

Aug 11th: Smooth sailing for Amsterdam pride

Jews wearing pink kippahs, scantily-clad "African warriors" and grey-haired seniors joined a Gay Pride parade on the canals of Amsterdam Saturday, in the land that first legalised gay marriage.

Aug 11th: Ruling states all Mexico states must recognise gay marriage

Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that all 31 states must recognise same-sex marriages performed in the capital, though its decision does not force those states to begin marrying gay couples in their territory.

Aug 9th: Mexico City Cardinal: High court wrong to uphold gay marriage

Cardinal Norberto Rivera sharply criticised Mexico's Supreme Court on Sunday for upholding a law allowing homosexuals to marry in the capital, calling the ruling "aberrant" and "immoral."

Aug 9th: Iranian judges defy their Supreme Court to hang teen

Eighteen year old Ebrahim Hamidi has been sentenced to death by a court in the Iranian city of Tabriz, on charges that he sexually assaulted another man. His accuser has since withdrawn the assault claim in a sworn affidavit, admitting that he lied under parental pressure. But Ebrahim is still scheduled to hang.

Aug 6th: NY men guilty of hate crime immigrant murder receive life sentence

Two men convicted of beating an Ecuadorean immigrant to death after mistaking him and his brother for a gay couple were sentenced to the maximum Thursday and will spend decades in prison.

Aug 6th: Mexico Court upholds gay marriage law

Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a law allowing same-sex marriages in Mexico City is constitutional, rejecting an appeal by federal prosecutors who argued it violated the charter's guarantees to protect the family.

Aug 5th: Prop 8 Judge overturns California same-sex marriage ban

A federal judge overturned California's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, the latest twist in a legal saga which could have nationwide implications for the divisive social issue.

Aug 4th: Gay marriage in Chile looks bleak

Two leftist senators introduced a bill to legalise gay marriage on Tuesday, drawing predictions from colleagues on both the left and right that the measure has little chance of approval in conservative Chile.

Aug 4th: Prop 8 Judge prepares for ruling decision

A federal judge is set to issue a long-awaited ruling on California's same-sex marriage ban, the latest twist to a bitter legal battle expected to ultimately lead to the US Supreme Court.

Aug 4th: Plea to prevent execution of gay Iranian aged 18

Gay Middle East and OutRage! are issuing an urgent appeal to save the life of 18 year old Iranian, Ebrahim Hamidi, who was sentenced to death on 21 June 2010 for a vague, unspecified sexual assault on a male. He is now awaiting hanging, despite his accuser admitting that he lied, and withdrawing his accusation of assault.

Aug 2nd: Chile senator sponsors gay marriage

The head of Chile's Socialist party, Fulvio Rossi, told reporters on Sunday that he planned to sponsor a bill to legalise gay marriage in the country, as occurred last month in neighboring Argentina.

Aug 2nd: India plans first gay condom

India’s leading condom manufacturer is planning to reduce the first condom that is target solely to the extra needs of men who have sex with other men.

Aug 2nd: Argentina holds first same-sex marriage

After a 27-year courtship, two men on Friday became the first gay couple to wed under Argentina's historic same-sex marriage law — the first of its kind for a Latin American nation.

Aug 2nd: Thousands attend Stockholm Pride

Tens of thousands of people joined a lively Gay Pride parade through Stockholm Saturday, with marchers in costumes ranging from the pope to Barbie dolls, to support the fight against discrimination.

Jul 30th: Gay USA map

No longer will you be troubled to work out where you are allowed to marry or be faced with a ban in the many states of the United States of America as a new site releases this flamboyantly coloured map screaming out where you won’t be faced with any problems in pink branded states.

Jul 30th: CBS vow to improve gay portrayal

US TV network CBS has confirmed that they will add gay characters to three of its leading shows after a fall in the GLAAD Media Survey of network gay portrayal.

Jul 30th: Subdued gay pride goes ahead in Jerusalem

Thousands of Israelis marched calmly Thursday in Jerusalem's longest gay pride parade despite opposition from anti-gay demonstrators.

Jul 29th: Rabbi likens homosexuality to bestiality

Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox deputy mayor plans to march 50 donkeys through the streets of the Holy City to coincide with a gay pride parade on Thursday, his office said.

Jul 29th: Couples file lawsuit over equal rights in Hawaii

Six gay couples in Hawaii are filing a lawsuit Thursday asking for the same rights as married couples, three weeks after Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed a same-sex civil unions measure.

Jul 28th: Australian PM Gillard hopes to reduce depression within LGBT community

The newly formed Australian government has announced that it will invest over $22 million AUD (£12 Million) into preventing suicide within groups that are at higher risks, including the LGBT community

Jul 28th: Mexico City hopes to be a gay oasis for tourists

Mexico City's gay community has in recent decades turned the capital into a relative oasis in a strongly Catholic country reknowned for its conservatism and machismo.

Jul 28th: Nepal to host first gay pride

Nepal will this year hold its first gay pride parade, the country's only openly homosexual member of parliament told AFP on Tuesday.

Jul 26th: MTV on top in US TV study on gay portrayal

MTV held a solid lead among 15 networks for its representation of gay characters last season, according to a report released Friday.

Jul 26th: Italian mag expose on gay priests 'troubles' the church

An Italian magazine cover story on gay priests with pictures of them cavorting in Rome nightclubs prompted a "troubled" Roman Catholic diocese to say Friday they do not belong in the Church.

Jul 22nd: Asia criminalisation of gays and sex workers causes high HIV risk

The criminalisation of sex workers, drug users, and men who have sex with men were highlighted as major sources of concern in the fight against HIV in Asia, at the world AIDS conference on Wednesday.

Jul 22nd: Argentina president signs gay marriage law

President Cristina Fernandez signed a new law Wednesday making Argentina the first country in Latin America to legalise marriage for same-sex couples.

Jul 21st: Gay Prom teen walks away with $35k

A teenage lesbian who sued her school district over its ban of same-sex prom dates has accepted an offer to settle the case.

Jul 21st: LGBT rights group receives UN accreditation

The U.N. Economic and Social Council voted Monday to accredit the U.S.-based International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission after strong lobbying by the Obama administration.

Jul 21st: Australian Censor bans gay zombie movie

"L.A. Zombie," a Canadian indie film described by the Melbourne International Film Festival as "gay zombie porn," has been denied an Australian festival berth by local censors.

Jul 19th: Thousands march at first EuroPride in Eastern Europe

Thousands of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and supporters of equal rights for sexual minorities marched in Poland's capital Saturday in the first annual EuroPride march in Eastern Europe.

Jul 19th: Date set for first gay marriage in Argentina

Argentina's first gay marriage under a law passed this week was set for August 13 between a 61-year-old man and his 60-year-old partner, officials said Friday.

Jul 19th: Mugabe says no to gay rights

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said the country will not listen to those who want gay rights to be mentioned in a draft of the new constitution, state media reported on Sunday.

Jul 16th: Proposal to teach young children about gay sex

A proposed sex education curriculum in Montana is drawing outrage because it would teach young children about subjects such as gay sex.

Jul 16th: Family group believe gay funding is out of control

A pro-family group claims that members of the Massachusetts legislature are so beholden to homosexual lobbyists that they are willing to increase funding for the homosexual movement at the expense of most other government programs.

Jul 16th: Judge dismisses delay in teen gay murder trial

A judge overseeing the trial of a teen accused of killing a classmate because he was gay has rejected defense lawyers' appeal for more time to prepare their case.

Jul 16th: DC's gay marriage law survives court challenge‎

D.C.'s highest court has ruled against opponents of the city's same-sex marriage law, saying they cannot ask voters to overturn it.

Jul 16th: Argentina legalise gay marriage

On Thursday, Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalise same-sex marriage.

Jul 15th: Charges dropped against gay veteran protester

Prosecutors have dropped all charges against an openly gay Iraq War veteran who twice chained himself to a White House fence to protest the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Jul 15th: Discharged gay officer to testify against military's ban

If the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy were lifted today, Mike Almy would not think twice about returning to the Air Force.

Jul 15th: Argentina legalises same-sex marriage

Argentina legalised same-sex marriage Thursday, becoming the first country in Latin America give gays and lesbians all the legal rights that marriage brings to heterosexual couples.

Jul 14th: Agent calls German team a 'bunch of gays'

Many are outraged after the agent for the captain of Germany’s national football team blamed the teams failed attempt to clench the winning title was due to the squad being filled with “gay players”.

Jul 14th: LGBT people prove to be more social online

Gays and lesbians are more frequent blog readers than their heterosexual counterparts and are more likely to be members of a social network, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

Jul 14th: Thousands protest gay marriage in Argentina

Thousands of demonstrators opposed to same-sex marriage have gathered outside Argentina's congress ahead of a key vote by lawmakers.

Jul 12th: Breaking News: Scientists create lesbian mice

Geneticists claim that female mice can be turned 'lesbian' by a single gene deletion.

Jul 12th: Research finds more 30+ women embracing lesbianism

After interviewing more than 200 married lesbians, US researcher Christan Moran concluded there is considerable potential for heterosexual women to experience 'a first same-sex attraction well into adulthood'.

Jul 12th: NBC to include gay couples on live marriage show

After a meeting with gay and lesbian activists on Thursday, NBC TV’s "Today" show said it is changing the rules for its annual wedding contest to allow same-sex couples to apply for a ceremony conducted on morning TV.

Jul 12th: Exclusive: Danielle Carter speaks with LGBT asylum seeker

One of Pride London’s major campaigns this year is ‘Love without Borders’. Danielle Carter spoke to a 23 year-old LGBT Iranian Asylum seeker who was to be sent home to his death.

Jul 12th: Hawaii Governor likens gay marriage to incest

In announcing her decision to veto a civil unions bill approved by lawmakers, Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle insisted she had treated supporters of a civil unions bill with “respect and dignity.”

Jul 12th: GLAAD - The View has the wrong view on HIV

LGBT organisation GLAAD is asking hit American TV show, The View, to retract a misleading statement they made last month in which they blamed the increase in HIV cases due to black gay and bi-sexual men.

Jul 12th: Argentina's Catholic Church steps up anti-gay offensive

The Catholic Church in Argentina has stepped up its offensive against a gay marriage proposal, using Sunday Mass to urge its faithful to protest before Congress on the eve of a decisive Senate vote.

Jul 12th: Pentagon release survey on gay military repeal

The Pentagon is at odds with gay rights groups after sending out a survey asking troops what they would do if gays were allowed to serve openly.

Jul 9th: Presbyterian leaders split on gay measures

Presbyterian leaders have decided not to redefine marriage in their church constitution to include same-sex couples — for now.

Jul 9th: Judge says gay marriage ban is unconstitutional‎

Legal experts say a judge's rulings in Massachusetts that the federal law banning gay marriage is unconstitutional could have implications beyond the state if upheld on appeal.

Jul 8th: Mexico City has 271 gay marriages in four months

Mexico City has seen 271 gay and lesbian couples get married since the capital enacted the first law in Latin America explicitly allowing same-sex marriages.

Jul 8th: Anti-gay marriage Aus PM turns down drag show invite

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has politely turned down an invitation to attend a drag show in her honour.

Jul 8th: Chinese court rejects lawsuit over gay blood donation

A court in Beijing has thwarted attempts by a Chinese man to sue a Red Cross centre in the capital after his blood donation was turned down because he was gay, state media reported Thursday.

Jul 7th: Court rules in favour of gay asylum seekers

Homosexuals who cannot live an open life in their own countries without fear of persecution should be entitled to asylum in Britain, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday.

Jul 6th: Sikh brothers held for assulting gay couple in Canada

In a case that drew a lot of public attention in Canada, two Sikh brothers have been arrested for assaulting a gay couple.

Jul 6th: Home Office accused of telling LGBT asylum seekers to deny sexuality

The Home Office has been accused of telling gay and lesbian asylum seekers to avoid persecution back home by keeping their sexuality secret.

Jul 5th: Irish Civil Partnership Bill completes passage through law

On July 1st, Ireland’s Civil Partnership Bill completed its passage through the Dail (Lower House) without a vote.

Jul 5th: Kylie headlines Madrid Pride

Kylie Minogue brought Madrid's Gay Pride celebrations to an amazing close with a truly show-stealing appearance.

Jul 5th: Toronto Pride attracts one million

The annual pride parade in downtown Toronto on Sunday attracted about one million audience.

Jul 2nd: Wisconsin Supreme Court keeps gay marriage ban

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions.

Jul 2nd: Google improves benefits for LGBT workers

Google on Thursday improved health and family leave benefits for its US employees with same-sex domestic partners.

Jul 1st: NY Senates passes school anti-gay bullying act

The New York Senate passed a bill entitled Dignity for All Students Act in a bit to prevent children being the victim of bullying and taunting related to their sexuality in the states public schools.

Jul 1st: Iceland PM gay marriage is seen as a milestone movement compared to others

Iceland's prime minister made history last week when she wed her longtime girlfriend, becoming the world's first head of government to enter a gay marriage. But fellow Nordic nations hardly noticed when 67-year-old Johanna Sigurdardottir tied the knot with her longtime partner — a milestone that would still, despite advances in gay rights, be all but inconceivable elsewhere.

Jul 1st: Gay Chinese man sues Beijing blood centre

A Chinese man is suing a Beijing Red Cross centre after his blood donation was turned down because he is gay, in what state media said Thursday was the first such case in the country.

Jul 1st: Gay Chinese man sues Beijing blood centre

A Chinese man is suing a Beijing Red Cross centre after his blood donation was turned down because he is gay, in what state media said Thursday was the first such case in the country.

Jul 1st: Murder charge dropped for SF pride shooting suspect

San Francisco man is facing two felony gun charges following a deadly shooting at a weekend gay pride event.

Jun 30th: NY man found guilty of hate crime immigrant murder

A man was convicted Monday of murder as a hate crime during his retrial on charges that he beat an Ecuadorean immigrant with an aluminum baseball bat after mistaking him and his brother for a gay couple.

Jun 30th: New Australian PM against gay marriage

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she does not support legalising gay marriage in Australia. Labor policy on gay marriage will remain the same under her prime ministership, Ms Gillard told Austereo show today.

Jun 30th: Two men shot at vigil for San Fran Pride murder victim

San Francisco police say two men were shot while attending a vigil for a teen who was gunned down at a weekend gay pride event.

Jun 29th: No proof in Sydney lesbian killer case

The case against a woman accused of killing her lesbian lover has not "come within a bull's roar" of proof beyond reasonable doubt, a court has heard.

Jun 29th: Judge agrees to hear case against 'don't ask, don't tell'

A judge has agreed to hear a case challenging the U.S. government's "don't ask, don't tell' policy against openly gay soldiers.

Jun 28th: Iceland PM weds girlfriend

Iceland's prime minister has married her partner under a new law legalising same-sex marriage in the country.

Jun 28th: Lesbian Student Constance Miller heads up New York Pride

The rainbow flags are flying in New York City.

Jun 28th: Five arrested at Saint Petersburg gay protest

Five gay rights activists were arrested on Saturday at an unsanctioned gay pride protest in Russia's second city of Saint Petersburg, an AFP correspondent reported.

Jun 28th: Thousands attend New York Pride

The rainbow flags are flying in New York City. The city's annual parade celebrating gay pride features thousands of marchers, along with floats and, of course, politicians. Participants will be making their way down Fifth Avenue and will end in Greenwich Village.

Jun 24th: Anti-gay preacher caught attending gay self-help group

A Lutheran pastor ardently critical of allowing gays into the clergy is on leave from his Minneapolis church after a gay magazine reported his attendance at a support group for men struggling with same-sex attraction.

Jun 23rd: British Ambassador of Bulgaria sends best wishes to Sofia Pride goers

The British Ambassador of Bulgaria has sent his support to the LGBT community as they prepare to celebrate the Sofia Pride festival later this month.

Jun 23rd: Obama promises to push for more gay rights

President Barack Obama is promising gay rights activists he'll keep pushing for action on their priorities including benefits for same-sex partners and repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military.

Jun 18th: US Mayor comes out at Pride lunch

Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, David Maher, has opened up about his sexuality at an annual Pride brunch, making him the third consecutive gay Mayor for the town.

Jun 18th: Gay pride for Tijuana, Mexico

Popular destination for many Americans wanting to escpae to Mexico for the day or the weekend is Tijuana and now for many of the LGBT community this is likely to become a hot spot too as the town plans its first Pride festival.

Jun 18th: The Senator and the porn star

A two-term Minnesota state senator facing a Republican primary challenger says he went on a date with an adult film star.

Jun 17th: OMG Queer as 'ye olde' Folk goes to the US

Starting this Sunday, June 20th at 8:00 pm ET/PT, Ovation, the only U.S. television network dedicated to art and contemporary culture, celebrates Gay Pride Month with a brand new entertainment event, "Art Out Loud," with the U.S. premiere of the trailblazing U.K. television series, Queer As Folk.

Jun 17th: Outdoor advertising company bans gay pride ad

One of the worlds largest outdoor advertising companies has refused to use two out of four ads submitted for the St. Petersburg Pride event, banning the two featuring a lesbian couple and a gay couple.

Jun 17th: Prop 8 ends dramatically, verdict in weeks

A six-month trial on whether to overturn a California ban on gay marriage ended dramatically on Wednesday when a lawyer defending the prohibition said he did not need evidence to prove the purpose of marriage.

Jun 16th: Complaints cause Apple to remove gay cartoon censorship

Apple has reconsidered its decision to censor the cartoon images of two men kissing with a large black box, hiding any slight resemblance of what the picture actually is.

Jun 16th: 'Big Cheese' at McDonalds discusses gay ad

Following on from McDonalds ‘gay’ advert in France, which sparked controversy over in the US, the ‘big cheese’ at McDonalds, Don Thompson, has discussed the issue in an interview with the Chicago Tribune and how it wont make it's way over the pond to air to stateside customers.

Jun 16th: Gay tennis star Martina talks life after cancer

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has spoken out to Diva magazine about troubles in her life, from her battle with cancer, death of her mother, coming to terms with her sexuality and the affects of homophobia in sport.

Jun 16th: Spanish clinic questioned over aim to "cure" gays

The government in Spain's Catalonia region said Tuesday it was investigating a clinic in Barcelona that is allegedly offering treatments to "cure" homosexuality.

Jun 16th: German court states Canadian gay marriage still only partnership

A Berlin court declined to set a precedent by recognising a gay marriage performed in Canada, ruling Tuesday that the union would only be considered a civil partnership in Germany.

Jun 16th: Prop 8 set to hear closing arguments

The U.S. judge weighing the constitutionality of gay marriage in a San Francisco courtroom on Wednesday will ask how weddings between gays and lesbians could undermine marriage between men and women.

Jun 15th: Red Cross maintains Australian blood ban

Gay blood donation campaigners say a new Red Cross Blood Service measure to halve the waiting time for donors with piercings and tattoos is unfair in Australia.

Jun 14th: Dublin PRIDE 2010

As Dublin gears up for its Pride festival launch night on the 18th of June, thousands of LGBT people are expected to turn out for the nine day event.

Jun 14th: Kelly and Sharon give back as good as they got!

Sharon and Kelly Osbourne got a mouthfull at the weekend from an anti-gay group at the Los Angeles Gay Pride parade at the weekend.

Jun 11th: Iceland changes law to allow gay marriage

Althingi, the parliament of Iceland, this afternoon voted to change the country’s marriage laws. 49 of the country’s 63 MPs voted in favour of the bill and none voted against. The law changes the wording of the law so that marriage is the legal union of two individuals and not only of a man and a woman.

Jun 11th: Thousands attend Tel Aviv Pride

Thousands gathered Friday amid a large police presence at a Tel Aviv park for the city's annual Gay Pride parade.

Jun 11th: Gay love exhibition to open in Poland

The director of Poland's National Museum says it is opening an exhibition on gay and lesbian love designed to provoke discussion on the place of homosexuals in this conservative and overwhelmingly Catholic country.

Jun 11th: American high school crowns gay prom king and queen

A school in America have crowned a gay couple king and queen at their high school prom.

Jun 10th: Flexible sex change policy on US passports

Starting from today, a new flexible policy guidelines will be applied to the change in gender on passports as well as on the consular reports of birth abroad.

Jun 9th: First Mr Gay Iceland receives warm welcome home

After Iceland had its first gay pageant, its winner has returned to his hometown to receive a warm welcome from the locals.

Jun 9th: Tatchell on gay Malawi couple split

The Malawian couple, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, have split up. They had been recently pardoned by the President of Malawi, after having been sentenced to 14 years jail on charges of homosexuality.

Jun 9th: House Armed Services Chairman says gay ban should stay

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday said he thinks the military should keep its ban on openly gay service members in part because he doesn't want to open a national discussion about homosexuality.

Jun 9th: Malawi couple split and one finds a woman

A gay Malawian couple whose 14-year prison sentence for their love affair led to international condemnation has split over a girl, a newspaper report said on Tuesday.

Jun 7th: Journo blames Idol ratings drop on Ellen's sexuality

Ellen Degeneres has come under fire by a Christian journalist after he accused her sexuality being the reason for the fall in ratings in the latest season of the hit talent show.

Jun 7th: Sao Paulo claims biggest Pride festival

Homosexuals and their supporters filled Sao Paulo's main avenue Sunday for an annual Gay Parade that organizers claimed was the biggest in the world with an estimated three million participants.

Jun 7th: Lesbian couple first to wed in Portugal

A lesbian couple wed Monday in Portugal's first same-sex ceremony since the predominantly Catholic country introduced a law allowing gay marriage last month.

Jun 4th: Obama gives more benefits to gay federal employees

President Barack Obama on Wednesday expanded benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees, a move likely to be welcomed by gay rights activists who have questioned his commitment to their causes.

Jun 4th: Lesbian custody battle heads back to court despite kid missing

A child custody fight between former lesbian partners is headed back to court in Vermont even though the girl at the heart of it remains missing.

Jun 3rd: Allies inform US military repeal of gay ban won't affect

US allies with openly gay soldiers, including some fighting alongside American troops, are providing growing evidence that allowing such service would have little to no effect on US military cohesion, a new study has shown.

Jun 3rd: Malawi couple praise president

A Malawian gay couple who received a presidential pardon on a 14-year sentence for sodomy on Thursday called President Bingu wa Mutharika a "caring father" and a "tolerant president."

Jun 2nd: Police jail two Pakistani men for allegedly trying to marry

Malik Muhammad Iqbal is a man. Rani was born a man but lives as a woman. Both are locked up in a northwest Pakistani jail awaiting trial because police say they tried to get married.

Jun 2nd: Aussie Rules player suspended over gay comment

Australian Rules star Jason Akermanis has been suspended by his club over a controversial newspaper column in which he urged gay players to "stay in the closet".

Jun 1st: Free'd At Last

Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga recently convicted for holding a public ceremony of their love for eachother received a pardon at the weekend and were released from jail.

May 28th: Study says "Gaydar really does exist"

A recent survey by Dutch researchers has found that there is such a thing as a ‘gaydar', as the homosexual community prove to be more analytical when observing a picture.

May 28th: Activists vow Moscow gay pride will go ahead despite ban

Gay rights activists vowed on Thursday to go ahead with a gay pride demonstration in Moscow this weekend, despite a ban by the city authorities.

May 28th: Two Zimbabwean gay group workers freed from jail

A Zimbabwe court on Thursday freed two employees of a gay organisation after six days in jail on allegations of possessing indecent material and displaying a placard seen as "insulting" towards President Robert Mugabe, an outspoken critic of homosexuality.

May 28th: House votes to repeal ban with final vote today

Congress has taken two big steps toward ending the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.

May 27th: McCain appoints gay man to head the campaign

John McCain has shocked America after electing a gay man to head up his presidential campaign despite being vocal about his lack of support over repealing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law.

May 27th: Aussie Court rejects gay asylum seeker case

A Pakistani man has had his case for asylum rejected by the High Court even though he feared persecution back home for his homosexuality.

May 27th: Prison spokesman confirm Malawi lovers split

The prison spokesman says the gay men convicted under Malawi's anti-homosexuality laws are being held in separate facilities.

May 27th: Congress nearer to ending gay military ban

Congress is headed toward landmark votes on whether to allow gays to serve openly in the military.

May 26th: Tatchell on Malawi lovers being split

"The decision by the Malawian authorities to to split up jailed lovers, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, is a cruel, malicious and vindictive attempt to cause the couple psychological distress and heartache.

May 26th: Judge considers broadcast of Prop 8

A federal judge overseeing a lawsuit challenging California's same-sex marriage ban is considering whether to allow closing arguments to be broadcast on television or the Internet.

May 26th: Canada Medical Association urges end to gay blood ban

"It is time to change the policy that bans blood donations in Canada from all men who have sex with men" states an article from the Canadian Medical Association

May 25th: Zimbabwe police raid gay offices

Police have arrested two members of a gay organization after they posted a letter in their office from former San Francisco Mayor Willie Lewis Brown criticizing the Zimbabwean president's opposition to homosexuality, their lawyer said Monday.

May 25th: Proposal moves vote on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy

Gay rights groups are urging quick congressional approval of a proposal to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military while allowing the Pentagon to continue its review of how to implement the new policy.

May 24th: Madonna blasts Malawi over gay sentence

Pop sensation Madonna has blasted the nation of Malawi after they convicted two men to 14 years of imprisonment for being homosexual.

May 24th: Zimbabwe police arrest two after gay organisation raid

A defense attorney says police in Zimbabwe have arrested two members of a local gay organization.

May 21st: Moscow Mayor bans gay pride

Moscow city hall has banned a gay pride march planned for later this month, citing security reasons, organiser Nikolai Alexeyev said Thursday.

May 21st: Cuban Drag Queens in the spotlight

For 23-year-old Charlimar it was a dream come true, gyrating like Latin pop star Shakira on an outdoor stage before 2,000 cheering people, in the first government-sanctioned drag show in the communist country.

May 21st: UN alarmed over gay Malawi sentence

The UN human rights chief on Friday slammed the "blatantly discriminatory" jailing of a gay couple in Malawi, saying that it sets an alarming precedent for the treatment of homosexuals in the region.

May 20th: Gay stamp to coincide with Austrian Pride

Austrian Post and Pride organisers are really set to stamp out homophobia this year, as they produce a gay postal stamp to coincide with their gay pride event.

May 20th: Aussie MP uses Gov funded car to a gay sex club

A New South Wales Labor MP has been accused of using a taxpayer-funded government car to visit a gay sex club in the state premier's eastern suburbs electorate.

May 20th: Aussie Rules star urges players to stay in the closet

Gay Australian Rules footballers should stay in the closet, a veteran player said on Thursday, warning the deeply traditional sport is not ready for open homosexuality.

May 19th: Tatchell : 'Evils of colonialism still wrecking lives'

The conviction by a Malawian court of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga on charges of homosexuality is the latest example of how, more than four decades after most African nations won their independence, the evils of colonialism continue to wreck lives.

May 19th: Moroccan gay mag shifts 200 copies

Just 200 copies of North Africa's first gay interest magazine have been sold in Morocco since April, but Islamists are already warning of a threat to traditional family values.

May 19th: Activists stage mass gay 'kiss-in'

Gay rights activists staging a mass "kiss-in" to protest homophobia faced off with Roman Catholic protesters late Tuesday outside Lyon cathedral in southeastern France.

May 19th: Gay Malawi couple face 14 year sentence

A judge convicted a gay couple Tuesday of charges that could send them to jail for more than a decade following an engagement celebration, a ruling activists fear could send others into hiding and hamper the fight against AIDS.

May 18th: Kenya celebrates Day Against Homophobia

Scores of Kenya homosexuals celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia in style Monday and demanded for more recognition.

May 18th: Indian lesbian couple seek Police protection

A lesbian couple in Muzaffarnagar, India, who had decided to enter into wedlock, have sought police protection after their parents opposed their relationship.

May 18th: Portugal President reluctantly passes CPs

Portugal's conservative president has said he is reluctantly ratifying a law allowing gay marriage, making the predominantly Roman Catholic country the sixth in Europe to let same-sex couples wed.

May 18th: Malawi Couple Convicted

A court in Malawi has convicted a gay couple of gross indecency and unnatural acts.

May 18th: Portugal president backs gay marriage

Portugal's conservative president has said he is reluctantly ratifying a law allowing gay marriage, making the predominantly Roman Catholic country the sixth in Europe to let same-sex couples wed.

May 17th: Heterosexual Austrian couple want civil partnership

A heterosexual Austrian couple have embarked on a court battle to have their relationship legally recognised as a "registered partnership" - a new form of civil union for same-sex couples.

May 17th: Belarusian police violently break up gay pride

Belarussian police on Saturday broke up a gay and lesbian pride demonstration by about 20 participants who defied an official ban to gather on a side street in central Minsk and march with bright rainbow flags.

May 17th: Boston church to help son of lesbian couple find school

The Archdiocese of Boston in the US has offered to help a child allegedly refused admittance to a school in Massachussetts because his parents are lesbians.

May 17th: HIV amoung gay and bisexual men in Asia at all time high

HIV prevalence among gay and bisexual men has hit alarming levels in Asia and most of them do not have access to services and care due to punitive laws which drive them underground, a U.N.-backed report said on Monday.

May 17th: Episcopal church ordains 2nd gay bishop

A 56-year-old lesbian was ordained as a bishop by the Episcopal church here Saturday, reigniting an issue which has caused bitter divisions in the Anglican movement worldwide.

May 14th: Pope urges Portugal 'oppose gay marriage'

Pope Benedict on Wednesday condemned gay marriage as an "insidious" threat to society, implicitly encouraging Portuguese to work against a proposed law that would legalize it.

May 14th: GLAAD joins Newsweek war

A gay rights group is demanding an apology from Newsweek magazine for a recent story that the group says suggested gay actors can't play straight characters.

May 13th: Catholic School won't admit lesbians' son

A Roman Catholic school has withdrawn its acceptance of an 8-year-old boy with lesbian parents, saying their relationship was "in discord" with church teachings, according to one of the boys’ mothers.

May 13th: Puerto Rican teen killer pleads guilty

A man accused of decapitating a gay teenager and burning his body pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Wednesday and was sentenced to 99 years in prison.

May 13th: Once gay minster says Evangelical Church must welcome gays

Bill Henson is used to skepticism in his mission to bring together gays and evangelical Christians.

May 12th: Kristin Chenoweth fights back at Newsweek piece

Kristin Chenoweth has lased out at the Newsweek reporter that wrote the derogatory article claiming gay actors couldn’t play straight and personally attacked her Promises, Promises co-star Sean Hayes.

May 12th: Newsweek article branded homophobic

A recent Newsweek homophobic article has caused anger amongst the Hollywood Hills and New York concrete jungle as stars were appalled to read the article by Ramin Setoodeh entitled ‘Straight Jacket’

May 12th: World leaders react to new British PM

President Barack Obama became the first world leader to congratulate new British Prime Minister David Cameron on his appointment - offering an invite to visit Washington this summer in telephone talks.

May 11th: Score without scoring a sexual own goal - Advice from THT

Research conducted by HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) reveals that sports fans could be putting their sexual health at risk this World Cup, with nearly one in ten 18-34 year-olds in the UK drinking so much while watching sporting events, in person or on TV, that they can’t remember what they did afterwards.

May 11th: No gay rights in Zambia

Some political parties have said they cannot support and champion the legalisation of homosexuality in Zambia because the practice is unChristian and alien to the nation.

May 10th: Married gay couples pick at State laws

Legal unions may not be recognized if couples relocate. Many face bills, uncertainty, and snubs. When government forms inquire of her marital status, Isabelle Barker sometimes resorts to an asterisk and an explanatory note.

May 10th: Protestors cause disruption at Lithuanian Pride

Opponents of Lithuania's first gay pride parade threw smoke bombs and tried to break through a barrier Saturday but were stopped by police firing tear gas.

May 7th: Argentina closer to gay marriage

Gay marriage is a big step closer to becoming law in Argentina.

May 7th: Lithuania court to rule on gay pride

A Lithuanian court was due to rule Friday on whether a planned gay pride event will be sanctioned to take place Saturday as the European Commission (EC) expressed concern about civil rights in the EU member state.

May 7th: Slavic gay pride organisers appeal

Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, was asked yesterday to intervene in the process of consideration of the application for the Slavic Pride march planned for May 15.

May 6th: Ant-gay activist denies hiring male escort for Euro trip

A prominent gay activist has been exposed to have taken a young male escort on a 10-day Europe trip with him.

May 6th: Brazil bishop claims kids are 'spontaneously gay'

A Brazilian archbishop said adolescents are "spontaneously homosexual" and in need of guidance, while society at large is pedophile, according to a Wednesday report.

May 5th: Pride London Urges Lithuanian Authorities Not To Ban Baltic Pride

Pride London today acted with disbelief and anger at an attempt by Lithuanian authorities to ban Baltic Pride from taking place.

May 5th: LIthuania Pride March banned

A court in Lithuania Wednesday banned a parade of gay and lesbian groups in the capital, Vilnius, due to take place on May 9.

May 4th: Military advises to keep gay ban for now

Senior Pentagon leaders on Friday warned Congress not to tamper with the ban on gays serving openly in the military until they can come up with a plan for dealing with potential opposition in the ranks.

Apr 30th: Jackson's alleged gay lover reveals all

The King of Pop may have been laid to rest but rumours are still rife in all aspects of his personal life, with many jumping on band wagon as either his estranged lover, long lost child or egg donor but the latest is his former dermatologists assistant coming forward as his gay lover.

Apr 30th: DC Mayor apologises for mistake

Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty’s has released an apology after his office released a certificate to a director of an ex-gay organization.

Apr 30th: Ex-Gay organization director receives State certificate

The government of the District of Columbia has awarded a certificate of appreciation to Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX). The certificate, signed by D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty, recognizes Griggs for her "dedication, commitment, and outstanding contributions as Executive Director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays."

Apr 29th: Closing date for Prop 8 trial confirmed

The closing arguments for the controversial Prop 8 trial, which decides the fate of gay marriage in California, has finally been set for June 16th.

Apr 29th: Illinois lawmaker engaged but can't wed in Illinois

Illinois lawmaker Deborah Mell is sharing some bittersweet news with her colleagues.

Apr 29th: Court not convinced over petitioner IDs kept secret

The Supreme Court seemed skeptical Wednesday of arguments by gay rights opponents that the names on a petition asking for the repeal of Washington state's domestic partnership law should be kept secret.

Apr 28th: Washington Blade is back

The oldest U.S. newspaper for gays and lesbians will start publishing under its original name again.

Apr 27th: Calif. vote to abolish gay cure law

California lawmakers have voted to modify a decades-old law that classifies gays as sexual deviants and calls for research on the causes of homosexuality.

Apr 27th: Malawian men charged with homosexuality send message of thanks

Two men on trial on charges of homosexuality in Malawi, Steven Monjeza (26) and Tiwonge Chimbalanga (20), have issued a defiant message from their prison cell, affirming their love for each other and thanking their supporters in Malawi and worldwide.

Apr 27th: Gay Iranians use Turkey as halfway house

The salmon-colored building has seen better days. Paint peels from the moldy facades. Pieces of cardboard, newspaper and plastic cover the many missing windows — not worth replacing, because the neighborhood kids, who know this as "the gay building," will just smash them again.

Apr 27th: Gay guide dog guidelines

An Australian restaurant that refused a blind man entry because a waiter thought his seeing-eye dog was "gay" has been ordered to apologise and pay compensation.

Apr 26th: First LGBT film festival in India

India's first mainstream gay film festival kicked off this week, with organisers hailing it as a sign of progress after years of prejudice and discrimination.

Apr 23rd: Girl kidnapped because she is gay

Cheyenne Williams says three of her classmates kidnapped her and took her to Flat Lick Falls, a remote area 60 miles south of Lexington, Ky., where they beat her and tried to push her off a cliff - and she says they did it because she is gay.

Apr 23rd: New Sex Ed rules causing a stir in Canada

Complaints over a sex-ed curriculum for Ontario elementary schools with lessons about same-sex marriage, masturbation and oral sex at various grade levels saw the province beat a hasty retreat Thursday, vowing to consult parents and rework the program.

Apr 22nd: Catholic voters told not to vote for gay friendly party

Catholic voters in Scotland are getting an election message from Bishops urging them not to vote for candidates who support abortion, gay marriages and assisted suicide.

Apr 22nd: Appeal to be heard over same-sex divorce in Texas

A lawyer for a Dallas man trying to divorce the man he married in Massachusetts told a Texas appeals court Wednesday that his client is entitled to a divorce because he had a valid marriage.

Apr 21st: Three bisexual Men V. Gay Softball World Series

Three bisexual men from the San Francisco area have filed a lawsuit claiming they were discriminated against during the Gay Softball World Series in the Seattle area two years ago.

Apr 21st: Obama heckled over gay military laws

President Barack Obama was giving a fundraising speech when he received an unruly response from the crowd who heckled the President to repeal the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law.

Apr 20th: Gay and Lesbian Public Servants pull double duty during Police Week 2010

Gay and Lesbian Public Servants pull double duty during Police Week 2010

Apr 20th: Texas divorce drama continues

After the joy of a wedding and the adoption of a baby came arguments that couldn't be resolved, leading Angelique Naylor to file for divorce.

Apr 19th: Obama talks gay rights

President Barack Obama's move to grant same-sex partners full visitation rights in hospitals is the latest example of his making concessions to liberals without getting too far ahead of public opinion.

Apr 19th: Lesbian found guilty for attacking man that taunted her for being gay

A woman in Brisbane, Australia struck a man in the face with a glass after being taunted for hours for being a being a lesbian.

Apr 19th: Aussie Olympic swimmer comes out

Australian Olympic swimmer Daniel Kowalski has come out as gay as he is tired of living a lie and begins his new life as a openly gay sportsman after living a “closeted existence”

Apr 19th: Tatchell: Malawi prisoner falls very ill

"Steven Monjeza remains very ill in the notorious Chichiri Prison in Blantyre, Malawi, according to people who have seen him in the last two days. I have been sent an appeal to get him medical help," reports London-based human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell of OutRage!

Apr 16th: Day of silence for gay students

It's not what they say, but what they don't say that some students at Case High School hope will convey a strong message today.

Apr 16th: Gay activist protests Turkish minister

A handful of activists interrupted a meeting on gender equality Thursday, demanding that a Turkish official apologize for saying recently that homosexuality is a disease.

Apr 16th: Judge voids first Latin Amercia gay marriage

A judge in Argentina has annulled the first gay marriage in Latin America, state media said Thursday, but the two men in the groundbreaking union said they would appeal the decision.

Apr 16th: Obama makes changes in hospital gay visitation rights

President Barack Obama ordered hospitals to grant visitation rights to gay and lesbians, including for non-family visitors. Obama orders hospitals to grant gay visitation rights

Apr 15th: US President candidate compares gay marriage to incest

Mike Huckabee, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, says the effort to allow gays and lesbians to marry is comparable to legalizing incest, polygamy and drug use.

Apr 15th: Italian Court rejects gay marriage

Italy's Constitutional Court on Wednesday rejected legal recognition of gay marriage, saying arguments in its favour were either "unfounded" or "inadmissible."

Apr 14th: Gay rights campaigners refute Bertone's claims

Gay rights campaigners in Britain have rejected reported claims by the Vatican's second-in-command that child sex abuse by priests is linked to homosexuality.

Apr 13th: Australia to review gay blood ban

Australia's Red Cross Blood service will review its policy which prevents many homosexual men from donating blood.

Apr 13th: Father of killed Marine continues battle on anti-gay protestors

Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

Apr 12th: Defence pleads, 'killed after making homosexual advances'

Two South African black farm workers accused of murdering white supremacist Eugene Terre'Blanche are to argue they acted in self defence after he made homosexual advances, a report said on Sunday.

Apr 12th: Gay dead body dug up and beaten

Even death cannot stop the violence against gays in this corner of the world any more. Madieye Diallo's body had only been in the ground for a few hours when the mob descended on the weedy cemetery with shovels. They yanked out the corpse, spit on its torso, dragged it away and dumped it in front of the home of his elderly parents.

Apr 9th: Jamaica hosts first Pride

Imagine. Gay Pride in Jamaica. The words of William Urich, the chair of InterPride Committee on International GLBTI Human Rights, on the first public Pride even on the Caribbean island which was staged yesterday.

Apr 9th: Report shows gays raped and harassed in Zimbabwe

Gay Zimbabweans face widespread harassment and some have even been raped by those intending to convert their sexuality, the U.S. State Department said in a discussion of its annual human rights report in Zimbabwe.

Apr 8th: Gay Indian Professor found dead after gay sex suspension

An Indian Professor was found dead yesterday evening following students catching him having gay sex with subsequently resulting in him being suspended from his position within the university.

Apr 8th: Gay film pushes boundaries in Malaysia

Malaysia's first gay-themed movie could hit cinemas within months, its producer said, after government censors eased restrictions that have stifled the film industry here for decades.

Apr 8th: Student asked to remove gay shirt

A student was reportedly asked to remove his T-shirt that read, I (heart) Lady Gay Gay, at a Tennessee High School.

Apr 8th: Philippine Supreme Court overturns bar on gay party in polls

The Philippine Supreme Court overturned a decision Thursday barring a gay rights group from contesting national elections in May and recognized it as a legitimate political party for the first time.

Apr 7th: Troops question impact of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

Troops attending the first meeting of its kind on ending the ban on gays in the military said Tuesday they want to know what changes were in store for them if gays were allowed to serve openly.

Apr 7th: California may repeal gay cure study law

California lawmakers narrowly advanced a bill Tuesday that would repeal a state law designed to find the causes and cures of homosexuality.

Apr 6th: 88 gay couples wed in Mexico city already

Since Mexico City passed the law to allow gay marriage 88 same-sex couples have taken the plunge into the world of marriage.

Apr 6th: First US Census to reach out to the LGBT community

With strong backing from the Census Bureau, gay-rights activists are urging maximum participation by their community in the first U.S. census that will tally same-sex couples who say they're married — even those without a marriage license.

Apr 1st: J-Flag Walk for Tolerance

A 'Walk for Tolerance' is planned to take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica and Dane Lewis Programmes Manager, Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays - J-FLAG is urging people to take part in the event to help the fight for tolerance.

Apr 1st: No reprimand for general who pushed gay ban

A high-ranking Army general won't be formally reprimanded after urging troops to lobby to keep the ban on openly gay military service. President Barack Obama supports lifting the ban, and an active attempt to keep it in place could be considered insubordination.

Apr 1st: Gay marriage issue affects Senate Race

The Republican contest to determine who will challenge California Sen. Barbara Boxer in the fall has focused so far on the bread-and-butter issues of the day — jobs, the economy and federal spending.

Mar 31st: Father of killed Marine forced to pay anti-gay protestors

The father of a Marine killed in Iraq and whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters was ordered to pay the protesters' appeal costs, his lawyers said Monday.

Mar 31st: US General sorry for gay Dutch solider remark

A retired American general has apologized for a remark to the U.S. Senate suggesting that gay Dutch soldiers were partly to blame for the Srebrenica massacre by Serb soldiers in Bosnia, according to the Defense Ministry.

Mar 30th: Australia condemn Uganda anti-gay laws

Ugandan legislation that could see homosexuals sentenced to death has been condemned by Australia at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Saturday said that Australia had been an active participant in the 13th session of the council in Geneva this month.

Mar 30th: Dutch court stands firm in Srebrenica case

Appeals judges have ruled that relatives of victims of Europe's worst massacre since World War II cannot sue the United Nations for compensation in a Dutch court. Lawyers for the family members have vowed to take the case to the Dutch Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice if necessary.

Mar 29th: Indonesian Police cancel gay conference

Indonesian police ordered the cancellation Wednesday of a conference of Asian gay activists, saying it could prompt violent protests by conservative Muslim groups.

Mar 29th: Trans and lesbian killer to tie knot in Jail

A double killer is getting married behind bars after being switched to a women's jail following a sex change - and falling for a lesbian murderess.

Mar 26th: Lesbian teacher banned after relationship with student

A high-profile Queensland sportswoman has been banned from teaching after having a lesbian affair with one of her students.

Mar 26th: Man stuffed woman's body in freezer after lesbian affair

A newly released arrest warrant says a Connecticut man charged with killing a woman admitted he put her body in a freezer after having "flipped out" over her implied lesbian affair with his daughter.

Mar 26th: Lesbian Holocaust memorial causes outrage

Holocaust scholars have attacked a bid to include images of kissing lesbians in a monument dedicated to the thousands of homosexuals persecuted by the Nazis, saying it distorted history.

Mar 26th: Partners of gay troops to get benefits too?

If gay service members are allowed to serve openly, the military will face another tough question: Should gay partners be entitled to military benefits?

Mar 25th: Indonesian police cancel gay conference

Indonesian police ordered the cancellation Wednesday of a conference of Asian gay activists, saying it could prompt violent protests by conservative Muslim groups. The conference, organized by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, or ILGA, was due to take place this weekend with participants from 16 countries.

Mar 25th: Parents kick out son over gay prom win

The boy who fought to take his boyfriend to his school prom and won, has now lost his home after his parents kicked him out. According to, after Derrick Martin got the approval from Bleckley County High School to take his boyfriend to the April 17th prom the decision as sparked troubles at home.

Mar 25th: Gay firing rules to be tightened in the Military

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is going to make it tougher for service members to get fired for being gay by insisting that each case be scrutinized by more senior-ranking officers. The plan, to be announced Thursday, is considered a stopgap measure by the Obama administration until Congress decides whether to repeal the 1993 law, which bans openly gay service.

Mar 24th: Hundreds of teachers investigated in Aus

Hundreds of Queensland teachers are reportedly under investigation for inappropriate behaviour in schools, including sexual misconduct. Twenty-six teachers had their registrations suspended or cancelled in the past year, according to documents obtained by The Courier-Mail newspaper under Right to Information laws.

Mar 24th: Way Ahead to be announced for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," law

The Pentagon’s Press Secretary has revealed that the Defense Department are that bit closer to abolishing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," law, which bans gays from serving openly within the force.

Mar 24th: Gay attack legislation in force

A new law which punishes the perpetrators of hate crime against disabled and gay people has come into force.

Mar 24th: Chicago allows gay prom date

Officials at a Georgia high school in the US have agreed to allow a male student to bring his gay date to prom.

Mar 23rd: Alarming study shows many Poles against gays

An overwhelming majority of Poles oppose gay marriage, according to a survey published Tuesday in the deeply Catholic nation. A total of 79 percent of those surveyed were against legalising marriage of homosexuals, the poll by the GfK Polonia institute for the daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita showed.

Mar 23rd: Opponents of Prop 8 must surrender emails and memos

Civil rights groups that campaigned against California's same-sex marriage ban must surrender some of their internal campaign memos and e-mails to lawyers for the other side, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Mar 22nd: Ellen supports lesbian prom student

Daytime chat show host Ellen Degeneres has granted the young lesbian, who was denied to her prom due to her sexuality, a $30,000 scholarship. Constance McMillen was overwhelmed when the openly-gay presenter pulled out the oversized cheque for the young student on her hit show "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Mar 22nd: Ok to be gay in Malaysian films now

Gay men can at last be depicted in Malaysian films - so long as they repent or even go straight in the end.Strict censorship rules in the mostly Muslim country mean books and films are routinely banned or scenes deleted that are deemed detrimental to moral values or religious sensitivities.

Mar 22nd: Malawi couple have case to answer

A Malawi gay couple facing charges of buggery and indecency after getting engaged in a traditional ceremony late last year have a case to answer, a magistrate court ruled on Monday.

Mar 19th: Australia - Attorney General backs down on gender ruling

The case of the state's first genderless citizen has forced the equivalent of a bureaucratic sex change on the government.

Mar 19th: Gay men arrested over White House protest

Two gay men have been arrested after a protest outside the White House on Thursday. The men, who were protesting the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law were in a bid to talk directly with President Barack Obama by handcuffing themselves to the iron fence.

Mar 18th: Another gay bishop approved for Episcopal Church election

The Episcopal Church has approved the election of a lesbian assistant bishop in the Diocese of Los Angeles, making her the second openly gay bishop in the Anglican global fellowship, diocese officials said Wednesday.

Mar 18th: Study study shows some clinical trials say no to gays

Some clinical trials financed by the US federal government and pharmaceutical labs exclude gay and lesbian participants, according to a study published Wednesday.

Mar 17th: HIV risk increasing amongst gay men

New HIV infections are increasing among homosexuals, drug users and prostitutes who don't seek help because of laws that criminalize these practices, the head of the U.N. AIDS agency said Monday.

Mar 17th: New life for gay seniors after coming out late

On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Mar 16th: Iraq war manager calls for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' to be reviewed

The four-star Army general who is managing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan says "the time has come" for the military to rethink its policy toward gays.

Mar 16th: Activist asks for harsher punishment for hate crime

An activist for South Africa is calling for stronger punishment on perpetrators of hate crime following the murder of a young lesbian in the outskirts of Cape Town.

Mar 16th: Tatchell urges community to come out for Malaxi

Peter Tatchell is inviting all members of the community to protest against the arrest, trial and imprisonment of the Malawian same-sex couple, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, on charges of homosexuality. They face up to 14 years jail.

Mar 15th: Never too late to come out

On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Mar 15th: Gays to marry on a pink Everest

Nepal wants to paint Mount Everest pink with a campaign urging gay honeymooners to take a trek through the Himalayas.

Mar 12th: Lesbian student speaks out about cancelled Prom

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is seeking a court order to force a Mississippi high school to hold its senior prom. On Wednesday, school officials cancelled the event after a female student asked to bring her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.

Mar 12th: Mexico weddings get under way

Two glowing brides in matching white gowns and four other same-sex couples have made history in Mexico City as they wed under Latin America's first law that explicitly approves gay marriage.

Mar 12th: Student kicked out of Catholic school because parents are lesbians

A child in the United States has been refused re-enrolment in a Catholic school because his parents are lesbians.

Mar 11th: Prom cancelled on grounds of lesbianism

A Mississippi county school board has announced it would cancel its upcoming prom after a gay student petitioned to bring a same-sex date to the event.

Mar 11th: Cuba breaks from the past

Looking in the mirror used to make Yiliam Gonzalez sick to her stomach.

Mar 11th: Outrage! backs Amnesty's Malawi campaign

OutRage! is backing Amnesty International's appeal for letters of protest to the Malawian government over the arrest and trial of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.

Mar 10th: First lesbian couple marry in Washington DC

There were yellow roses, champagne toasts and tiered white-frosted cakes to celebrate the District of Columbia's first same-sex marriages Tuesday morning.

Mar 9th: Celebs auction personal items for Haiti

On February 26th 2010, Revolver Entertainment and the Electric Cinema organised a celebrity charity screening of the critically acclaimed documentary on Haiti,

Mar 9th: Amnesty urged to adopt Malawian couple

Amnesty International is being urged to adopt Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga as "Prisoners of Conscience."

Mar 8th: Virginia Colleges told to scrap protection for gay workers

The administration of Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is doubling down on its anti-gay reputation, telling the state's colleges and universities to scrap policies that ban discrimination against gay employees.

Mar 5th: Right wing angry with Mexico City gay laws

A new law, considered by some to be a landmark decision, which has given Mexico City's gay community the right to marry, has angered the country's ruling political party.

Mar 4th: Gay marriage law passes in Mexico City

A law allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry comes into effect on Thursday in Mexico City.

Mar 4th: DC Legalises gay marriage

Same-sex marriage is now legal in the capital of the United States, although opponents are still attempting to overturn the law in court.

Mar 3rd: Pentagon review 'don't ask, don't tell'

The Pentagon on Tuesday said a review of plans to lift the ban on gays in the US military would look at how such a move would affect the "readiness" of the armed forces.

Mar 3rd: US court clears way for gay marriage in DC

The US Supreme Court refused Tuesday to block a law allowing same-sex marriages in Washington DC, clearing the way for the legislation to go into effect Wednesday.

Mar 2nd: California's first openly gay speaker sworn in

In a historic day for the LGBT community, John A. Perez was sworn in Monday as California’s first openly gay assembly speaker.

Mar 1st: Desperate Housewives go gay

Desperate Housewives is set to have its first lesbian relationship.

Mar 1st: 5,000 photographed naked outside Opera House

Over 5,000 naked opera buffs have stood on the steps of Sydney Opera house to be photographed.

Feb 26th: South African boarding school closes 'lesbian' dorm

A South African girls' boarding school outside Durban has closed down a dormitory after accusing 27 residents of being lesbians.

Feb 26th: Bin Laden to come out at Mardi Gras

Osama Bin Laden is set to come out of the cave for the 2010 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney.

Feb 25th: HUD looks into gay discrimination

The Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) is aiming to help the LGBT community as they begin to undertake the first survey of housing discrimination against the gay community.

Feb 25th: Beverly Hills angry over homophobic comments

Residents of Beverly Hills are said to bout outraged by the outlandish homophobic comments made by a young woman claiming to be Miss Beverly Hills 2010. According to TMZ, residents of the high-end suburb of Los Angeles are furious with the comments made by Lauren Ashley, after she openly damned homosexuality to Fox News.

Feb 24th: LGBT group angry over homophobic presenters

Following the controversy surrounding the homophobic comments made by sports presenter during the Winter Olympics, it has angered an LGBT group in Quebec and they want an apology. The Quebec Council of gays and lesbians (CQGL) is demanding an apology from the presenters Alain Goldberg and Claude Mailhot.

Feb 23rd: Lieberman helps to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law

Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman has revealed that he will help voice the end to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that bans people the chance to serve openly about their sexuality in the military. The New York Daily News reported that Lieberman hopes to be a chief supporter of the end to the law.

Feb 22nd: Skater brushes off gay jibes

US skater Johnny Weir has spoken to the same Australian network after his performance at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and he discussed the comments previously made by the official sports correspondent for the Australian Nine Network.

Feb 22nd: Anger grows over India gay ruling

The July court ruling in Dheli, which heard that gay sex was being decriminalised for the first time in the capital since 1860, is now facing fresh fears as more groups gather to oppose the ruling.

Feb 19th: Sydney Mardi Gras Begins!

Today sees the launch of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, as the flag is raised over the Harbour city Town Hall. The celebrations have begun as the party goes into full swing with our friends Down Under. Rainbow flags have been raised all over the city and down the iconic gay quarter of Oxford Street. For the first time in history the flag was raised over the Town Hall.

Feb 19th: Presenter on thin ice over gay jibes

An Aussie sporting presenter has found his career on thin ice after making homophobic jibes whilst reporting on the male figure skaters a the Olympics. Eddie McGuire, who presents for Channel 9 news, is in a lot of trouble over the comments made and many are calling for him to be sacked. He hounded American skater Johnny Weir, for his flamboyant outfit

Feb 18th: Men released over Kenya gay wedding

Kenya police have released five men who were arrested after they were caught planning a gay wedding in Mombasa. The police released the men on the grounds that they wasn’t enough sufficient evidence to prosecute them. Homosexuality is currently illegal within Kenya.

Feb 18th: Anti-gay pastor shows gay porn

A pastor has screened gay porn in a church in Uganda in a bid to gain supporters of the anti-homosexuality bill. Pastor Ssempa screened gay porn to 300 supporter stating to the crowd "The major argument homosexuals have is that what people do in the privacy of their bedrooms is nobody's business, but do you know what they do in their bedrooms?"

Feb 17th: I'm gay plate - N0T A110W3D

An Oklahoma student is in the process of suing the state officials after they denied him the chance to have a number plate that read “IM GAY” as they deemed it to be offensive. Keith Kimmel, who studies at Oklahoma City Community College, recently applied for a personalised number plate that he says describes people of who he is. The decision was denied by the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the student has now taken the issue to court.

Feb 17th: No marriage, No divorce - What's next?

A married lesbian couple in Texas may have their divorce application denied as the state still only sees marriage as an act allowed between a man and woman. Angelique Naylor, 39, and Sabina Daly, 41, who have a four year old adopted son, married in 2004 in a ceremony held in Massachusetts, where gay marriage is legal. The pair, who have been separated for over a year, came to an agreement of how they should divide their assets and child in an amicable settlement.

Feb 17th: Mr Gay China fears homecoming

Chinese Mr Gay World contestant who defied his nations stance on the idea now fears his return to his home country. Xiao Dai, 25, came fourth out of 24 in the competition held in Oslo, Norway, in an attempt to find Mr Gay World 2010. He will arrive at his hometown of Urumqi, the capital of China’s restive Xinjiang region, on Thursday and is now fearing the reaction from the local community.

Feb 15th: End to “don’t ask, don’t tell” probably years away

President Barack Obama, Pentagon leaders and even former Vice President Dick Cheney think it’s time to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military. But a repeal is probably years away.

Feb 15th: South African Man is Mr Gay World 2010

A South African man has been granted the title of Mr. Gay World 2010 after winning against twelve other men from all over the world.

Feb 15th: Gaga is speechless over loss of McQueen

Lady Gaga has remembered her fashion designer friend Alexander McQueen by posting a photo of them together online, but is yet to say anything as she deals with the shock.

Feb 15th: Five arrested in Kenya over gay wedding

Kenya police on Friday arrested five suspected homosexuals in a coastal resort town after hundreds of residents protested over a planned gay wedding, a local official said.

Feb 15th: SJP – SATC2 = LGBT

Sarah Jessica Parker has given away her tickets to the Sex and the City 2 premier in a bid to raise money for equal LGBT rights.

Feb 11th: Prop 8 to be made into a film

Seeking to overcome a broadcast blackout imposed by the US Supreme Court, a pair of Los Angeles filmmakers have undertaken the task of faithfully recreating the federal trial on California’s same-sex marriage ban for the internet – all 60-plus hours of it; every “um,” “yes, your honour” and “objection!”

Feb 11th: Bollywood director speaks about gay kiss

Director of Dunno Y…Na Jaane Kyun, which features Bollywoods first gay kiss, has insisted it was not an attempt to get more publicity for the film.

Feb 11th: Islam leader attacks gay community

President of the Islamic Council of Jamaica, Mustafa Muhammad, says he agrees with the Sharia law which prescribes death for people who openly flaunt homosexual behaviour. Muhammad did not mince words as he lashed out against what he described as an unclean, unnatural lifestyle.

Feb 11th: Sex change op tax deductible

An American transsexual who was audited after deducting the cost of gender reassignment surgery when filing her taxes has won an appeal asserting the operation was a legitimate medical expense.

Feb 11th: US Lawmakers slam Ugandan anti-gay bill

US lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday sharply condemning an anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda’s parliament, calling it an attack on human rights and an obstacle to battling HIV/AIDS.

Feb 11th: Obama brands Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill ‘odious’

President Barack Obama on Thursday denounced as “odious” a proposed anti-gay law in Uganda that calls for the death penalty in cases of “aggravated homosexuality.”

Feb 11th: Alexander McQueen dies aged 40

British fashion designer Alexander McQueen has been found dead after apparently committing suicide at his home. The 40-year-old was discovered at his property in Green Street, in London's West End, shortly after 10am on Thursday.

Feb 8th: Gay Soldiers shouldnt command troops say's Brazillian General.

A Brazilian general’s comment that gay soldiers should not be allowed to command troops sparked fierce criticism today from gay rights groups and a national lawyers’ organisation that champions human rights