Civil partnership bill to be debated in Jersey
Gay couples living in the Bailiwick of Jersey may soon be able to enter into a civil partnership.
June 3, 2011
Torchwood to stay gay
Torchwood actor John Barrowman has confirmed that a new, US version of the Doctor Who spin-off will continue to feature lesbian, gay and bisexual scenes.
June 2, 2011
Teenager fined £100 for ‘gay free zone’ stickers
An 18-year-old man has been fined for using threatening words and behaviour he put up a number of homophobic stickers in London’s East End.
South African ambassador found guilty of hate speech
The Johannesburg Equality Court has ordered South Africa’s ambassador to Uganda to publicly apologise for a homophobic newspaper column he wrote in 2008.
June 1, 2011
Conservative Jews ordain lesbian rabbi
The Conservative movement’s first openly gay rabbi has been ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.
May 31, 2011
Moscow Pride marred by state violence
Attendees at Moscow Pride faced intimidation and violence for the sixth year running as the event was attacked by police, fascists and religious extremists.
May 30, 2011
Queer activists close bank in NHS protest
LGBTQ collective Queer Resistance created a mock sexual health clinic during a protest outside of a London branch of branch yesterday. The event was part of a UK Uncut “Emergency Operation” opposing proposed changes to the NHS.
May 29, 2011
Australian court case tackles the ambiguity of sperm donor rights
An Australian woman is taking a sperm donor to court in an attempt to remove his name from her daughter’s birth certificate. The case has led to debate over the role of sperm donors in the lives of children born to lesbian parents.
May 26, 2011
Stats suggest Soho hate crime increase
Police figures indicate an increase in hate crimes reported from Soho, home of London’s gay district.
May 25, 2011
Church of Scotland ends ban on gay ministers
The Church of Scotland’s annual General Assembly has voted to recognise ministers in same-sex relationships, ending a ban imposed in 2009.
May 24, 2011
Equality body slams government proposals
Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Trevor Phillips has warned that proposed changes to the body risk “turning it into an anonymous, cowed, nit-picking compliance factory”.
May 23, 2011
Watchdog recommends decriminalisation in Kenya
The Kenya Human Rights Commission has published the country’s first major study into LGBTI inequalities. The report concludes with a call for new equality laws and the decriminalisation of same-sex acts.
May 19, 2011
Maryland teenagers face hate crime trial after brutal attack upon trans woman
Two teenagers have been indicted on hate crime charges by a grand jury in Maryland, USA. The development comes one month after a trans woman was violently attacked in a McDonald’s restaurant.
Lottery grant for Birmingham LGBT centre
Birmingham LGBT Community Trust has been awarded a grant of £479,263 to develop an LGBT Health and Wellbeing centre for the city.
May 18, 2011
Coronation Street star helps school celebrate IDAHOT
Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh visited a Manchester school yesterday in support of the “Exceeding Expectations” campaign against homophobic and transphobic bullying.
May 17, 2011
Word-of-mouth comedy nights raise thousands for charity
A comedy night with an all-female line-up has raised over for £1000 Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid.
May 14, 2011
Anti Homosexuality Bill ‘dropped’ in Uganda
The Ugandan parliament adjourned today without discussing the Anti Homosexuality Bill. However, the proposed legislation may yet be debated at a later date.
May 13, 2011
Cervical screening: have your say, win prizes!
Are you a lesbian or bisexual woman living in the North West? If so, you stand to win a £500 holiday voucher or one of several other great prizes by participating in a survey about cervical screening.
May 12, 2011
Presbyterian Church USA approves gay ordination
The United States’ third largest church has ratified a measure that will enable the ordination of gay clergy.
May 11, 2011
Anti-Homosexuality Bill revived in Uganda
A bill that would introduce the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” will be voted upon by the Ugandan parliament within the next three days. Campaigners have launched an international petition in a final effort to defeat the bill.
May 9, 2011
Cancer woe for lesbian and bisexual survivors
New research suggests that lesbian and bisexual women who survive cancer are approximately twice as likely to suffer poor health than their heterosexual counterparts.
Civil unions legalised in Brazil
Brazil’s Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favour of civil unions for same-sex couples. The decision will ensure that gay couples in a civil union have the same rights as a married heterosexual couple.
May 6, 2011
South Africa government announces homophobia task force
The South African government has announced the creation of a task force to tackle violence against LGBTI people. The development comes in the wake of the latest brutal attack upon a gay woman.
May 5, 2011
Lesbian activist wins international award
Ugandan human rights campaigner Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has won the 2011 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders: an accolade often referred to as “the Nobel Prize of human rights”.
May 3, 2011
Lesbian lovers may face peak time ban
An independent review commissioned by the government could recommend that “indecent” imagery, such as lesbian kisses, be banned from pre-watershed television.
May 2, 2011
LGBT activists arrested during royal wedding
Members of anti-cuts group Queer Resistance were arrested in central London today after gathering over a kilometre away from the royal wedding celebrations.
April 29, 2011
Cameron plays down sexist remark
The Prime Minister has dismissed claims of sexism over his behaviour at Prime Minister’s Question Time this week. David Cameron told shadow chief secretary to the treasury Angela Eagle to “calm down” during the session.
US church halts heterosexual marriages
A church congregation in the US state of Kentucky has voted unanimously to halt the signing of marriage licenses for heterosexual couples. The move is a protest against unequal marriage laws.
April 28, 2011
Queer zombies plan Royal Wedding ‘celebration’
Anti-cuts collective Queer Resistance are planning to participate in a “zombie flashmob” during the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton this Friday.
April 27, 2011
Catholic charity loses gay adoption appeal
Leeds-based adoption agency Catholic Care has lost its battle against equality laws. The charity had argued for the right to turn away gay couples on religious grounds.
Rachel Maddow: gay news presenters ‘have a responsibility to come out’
US television presenter Rachel Maddow has called upon other gay news anchors to come out.
April 26, 2011
Scottish parties back gay marriage ahead of polls
Four of the five parties who currently hold seats in the Scottish Parliament have promised progress towards equal marriage. Scotland will elect a new Parliament two weeks from today.
April 21, 2011
‘True Blood’ star Evan Rachel Wood comes out
American actress and singer Evan Rachel Wood has come out as bisexual.
April 20, 2011
Lesbian Spider Queen goes viral
An 8-bit game themed around retro sci-fi lesbian bondage has become a massive hit. Lesbian Spider Queen of Mars has been played almost 120,000 times since its launch two weeks ago.
April 18, 2011
Manx church group backs gay adoption
A major church-based adoption service has spoken out in favour of new gay adoption rights in the Isle of Man.
April 16, 2011
‘Homophobic’ charity gets £89,000 to support troubled teens
The Catholic Children’s Society have been awarded an £89,000 to “help and support [school] students” in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The charity is known for its anti-gay views.
Government consults on scrapping Equality Act
The government is asking if the Equality Act should be “scrapped” as part of its Red Tape Challenge website. The site invites businesses and members of the public to comment upon legal regulations.
April 14, 2011
Moscow Pride ban overturned
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected an appeal by the Russian government that sought to uphold a ban on Pride marches. Moscow Gay Pride will go ahead on 28th May.
‘Homophobic’ charity wins sex trafficking contract
The Salvation Army has won a £6 million contract from the government to run ‘Poppy Project’ services for victims of sex trafficking. The evangelical Christian charity will take over from Eaves, the feminist organisation that pioneered the Poppy Project.
April 13, 2011
Council of Europe to support LBT women
Lesbian, bisexual and trans women are explicitly included in a new Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women.
Lesbian judge fights for international rights
A judge from Chile is taking her fight against discrimination to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Washington DC after losing custody of her three children.
April 12, 2011
Christina Aguilera tops ‘empowering’ gay song poll
“Beautiful”, the 2003 hit from Christina Aguilera, has been voted “the most empowering pop song of the last decade” in a poll for lesbian, gay and bisexual people commissioned by Stonewall.
April 8, 2011
EU moves to protect LGBT asylum seekers
The European Parliament voted on new EU-wide procedures for handling asylum claims yesterday. During the session, members backed amendments that will provide particular protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
April 7, 2011
Public bodies to promote LGBT equality
A new public sector equality duty has been introduced as part of the Equality Act 2010. This measure puts a legal duty on public bodies to actively promote equality.
April 6, 2011
Guernsey islanders petition for civil partnership
Campaigners in Guernsey have collected hundreds of signatures in a petition calling for civil partnership in the Crown Dependency.
April 5, 2011
Lesbian police officer wins discrimination case
A police officer has successfully sued her former employers for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. PC Tracey West suffered over six months of homophobic abuse.
April 4, 2011
Bigotry rife in English country villages, claims study
Researchers say that a large proportion of rural residents want their villages and towns to remain “white, heterosexual, middle-class, conformist, family-orientated, church-going, conservative and ‘safe’”.
March 31, 2011
LGB audiences slam stereotyping in films
Lesbian, gay and bisexual people feel that they are negatively and inaccurately represented within films, according to a major study backed by the UK Film Council.
March 30, 2011
Ugandan leaders strive to shelve Anti-Homosexuality Bill
The Ugandan government is attempting to halt the progress of the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill. If passed, the bill will introduce the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” alongside imprisonment for activists and allies.
March 28, 2011
Dual discrimination protections scrapped in Budget
The government is removing protection on the grounds of dual discrimination from the Equality Act as part of George Osbourne’s “Budget for Growth”. The Treasury claims that it will save UK businesses £350 million by scrapping a number of existing regulations.
March 25, 2011
Apple pulls the plug on ‘gay cure’ app
An app designed to “help” individuals “struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction” has been withdrawn following a furious campaign by LGBT rights groups.
March 24, 2011
‘Gay only’ fertility clinic opens in Birmingham
A lesbian couple have opened the UK’s first fertility clinic for same-sex couples in Digbeth, Birmingham.
Put your cervix in the spotlight
The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) have launched a new awareness trailer for their cervical screening campaign. “Put Your Cervix in the Spotlight” challenges you to find as many ladies as possible in 60 seconds, and also provides some interesting facts about cervical screening for lesbian and bisexual women.
March 23, 2011
US tells UN to fight for our rights
The Obama administration has backed an LGBT rights initiative at the United Nations Human Rights Council. Over 80 countries signed a non-binding resolution urging the body to end homophobic and transphobic violence.
Lesbian and bisexual women urged to march against cuts
LGBT campaigners, trade unions and student groups are calling upon lesbian and bisexual women to take part in the anti-cuts “March for the Alternative” in London this weekend.
March 21, 2011
Channel 4 commits to fair portrayal of trans people
Channel 4 have become the first major signatories to a Memorandum of Understanding produced by lobby group Trans Media Watch. The document promotes respect for trans people in the media as well as the elimination of transphobia and misinformation.
March 18, 2011
Lady Gaga censored by Malaysian radio
“Offensive” LGBT content has been removed from Lady Gaga’s most recent single by Malaysian radio stations. Station chiefs argue that the song contravenes government guidance on appropriate moral content.
LGBT asylum seekers denied appeal rights
A number of countries in which people are likely to face violent intolerance because of their sexual orientation or gender identity are regarded by the government as “safe” places from which to mount asylum appeals, according to Conservative peer Lord Atlee.
March 14, 2011
‘Is homosexuality un-African?’ asks BBC
The BBC will air a provocatively titled debate tonight that asks if “homosexuality” is “un-African”. Amongst the programme’s guest speakers is Ugandan MP David Bahati, a a proponent of the death penalty for gay people.
March 12, 2011
Dana International set for Eurovision comeback
Former Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana International will return to the competition this year after being chosen to represent Israel for the second time.
March 11, 2011
LGBT student leaders back lecturer strike
The National Union of Students LGBT campaign has announced its support for potential strike action from teachers and lecturers.
Cameron supports anti-gay foster ban
The Prime Minister has spoken out in support of a recent High Court ruling against fostering for homophobes.
March 10, 2011
Quintuplets born to Australian women
A lesbian couple in Australia are celebrating the birth of quintuplets. The odds of Melissa Keevers becoming pregnant with the babies without IVF were reportedly over one in 60 million.
March 7, 2011
British schools fail to protect LGBT children
New research from the Equality and Human Rights Commission reveals the extent of homophobic and transphobic bullying in British schools. The damning report recommends that both schools and local authorities do more to help LGBT pupils.
March 3, 2011
No fostering for homophobes, says High Court
The High Court upheld a ban on anti-gay respite care yesterday. Eunice and Owen Johns were barred from fostering by Derby City Council after refusing to comply with new guidelines that prevent them from teaching children that homosexuality is wrong.
March 1, 2011
Church of England to block gay marriage
The Archbishop of Canterbury has outlined the Church of England’s opposition to equal marriage rights. Dr Rowan Williams told a private meeting of influential MPs that the Church does not support moves towards equal marriage rights, and will refuse to host same-sex civil partnerships.
February 28, 2011
Virtual vigilantes target homophobic cult
A faction of the Anonymous collective have taken down godhatesfags.com, the Westboro Baptist Church home page. The website was attacked during a TV debate yesterday following an extended stand-off between the two groups.
February 25, 2011
Stop aid for homophobic countries, says MEP
A Conservative member of the European Parliament has suggested that African countries should respect gay rights as a condition for financial aid.
Community to counter prejudice with Pride
East London residents are organising a Pride demonstration in the wake of a homophobic sticker campaign. A Facebook group in support of the event has seen over 700 people join in a matter of hours.
February 24, 2011
Gay charity parodies famous flicks
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation have released a series of short films aimed at encouraging lesbian and bisexual women to access cervical screening services. The Youtube “screenings” pay tribute to a number of famous movies.
February 23, 2011
Grand plans for Liverpool’s gay village
Liverpool’s city council has unveiled plans to redevelop and promote its gay quarter.
February 22, 2011
Budapest Pride ban overturned
The Budapest Metropolitan Court has reversed a police ban on Pride in the Hungarian capital. The court refuted police claims that the march would cause an undue disruption of traffic.
February 21, 2011
Belarus activists hold first legal rally
Activists held the first ever officially sanctioned LGBT demonstration in Minsk earlier this week. A dozen people protested outside of the Justice Ministry, where they demanded equal rights and an end to prejudice.
February 18, 2011
Singapore censors limit release of lesbian film
The Oscar-nominated lesbian flick The Kids Are All Right has received a restrictive rating in Singapore, with its release also being limited to just one print. The move has shocked local cinema fans and film-makers.
Gay marriage consultation causes media storm
Lynne Featherstone has announced a government consultation that will “formally look at what steps can be taken” to address the differences between marriage and civil partnership. The equality minister’s statement has led to speculation over the future of both institutions.
February 17, 2011
Catholic app offers ‘cyber spiritual abuse’
A new iphone app has come under fire from LGBT groups for promoting the idea that homosexuality is a sin.
February 16, 2011
Success for South African anti-rape campaign
A small group of lesbian activists have won a meeting with South Africa’s Justice Ministry after their campaign against corrective rape went viral. Anti-rape charity Luleki Sizwe obtained massive international support for an online petition targeting lawmakers.
February 15, 2011
Lady Gaga releases gay anthem, hatches from giant egg
“Born This Way”, the latest single from Lady Gaga, has topped the itunes charts in 21 countries. It also hit #3 in last week’s UK singles chart, despite having only being released as a digital download on Friday.
February 14, 2011
Religious gay partnerships to be legalised
Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone is expected to announce a move to legalise civil partnerships in religious venues during the next few days. The change will be a step towards marriage equality, but stops short of full gay marriage rights.
Jobcentre tells woman to dress like a man
An inquiry has been launched after staff at a Darlington Jobcentre allegedly told a trans woman that she should dress as a man for job interviews.
February 10, 2011
Lesbian asylum seeker released from detention
A Ugandan woman who fears persecution because of her sexual orientation was released from Yarl’s Wood detention centre last night. She has until Friday to produce new evidence to support her asylum claim.
February 9, 2011
Gay divorce ban leaves ex-lovers in the lurch
A lesbian couple in the United States have been told by a judge that they cannot divorce.
February 8, 2011
Controversial government drugs advisor sacked
A right-wing Christian activist has been removed from a government advisory panel because of his homophobic views. The Home Office says that Dr Hans-Christian Raab failed to mention his controversial opinions when interviewed for the role.
February 7, 2011
Hate crime stats soar in Scotland
Homophobic hate crimes have almost doubled in Scotland over the last two years, according to new figures. The number of recorded cases has risen from 364 incidences in 2007-08 to 666 incidences in 2009-10.
Amanda Palmer releases new album
Bisexual punk cabaret icon Amanda Palmer has released a new full-length album, her first since 2008. “Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under” is available from just US$0.69 (43p).
February 4, 2011
Mexican brewer launches queer beer
A Mexican company has launched a new, “honey flavoured” beer that has been designed specifically for LGBT consumers.
Homophobia makes us sick
Newly published research points to a link between homophobic abuse and hormonal imbalances in young lesbian, gay and bisexual adults. Individuals who lived in homophobic environments were shown to have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
February 3, 2011
Wales embraces LGBT History Month
An LGBT organisation has been awarded £49,600 to research lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans history in Wales. The grant comes as the LGBT Excellence Centre Wales gears up a large number of events during History Month.
Discrimination linked to disastrous mental health
A new study reveals that lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are more likely to experience mental health problems than heterosexual people. It suggests that high rates of unhappiness, alcohol dependence, drug abuse, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and and self-harm are influenced by homophobic and biphobic discrimination.
February 1, 2011
Anglican bishops condemn homophobia
The majority of Anglican leaders have followed Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in condemning the “victimisation or diminishment” of gay women and men.
January 31, 2011
French marriage ban ruled constitutional
A lesbian couple have lost their case against France’s gay marriage ban in the constitutional court. The court ruled that any change to the law must come from legislators in parliament.
January 30, 2011
Lesbian faces Uganda deportation
The UK border agency plans to deport a gay woman to Uganda on Friday. Brenda Namigadde fled the country in 2003 after her relationship with another woman led to threats and the destruction of her home. She faces imprisonment upon her return.
January 26, 2011
LGBT lessons planned for History Month
Teachers will be encouraged to integrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues into school classes in a scheme to be launched during LGBT History Month. Lesson plans will be made available to every school in the country from February.
January 25, 2011
Anti-gay GP appointed as government drug advisor
A GP and right-wing Christian activist who has linked “the homosexual lifestyle” to drug abuse and paedophilia has been appointed to the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).
January 23, 2011
Lesbian students get police protection in Delhi
A lesbian couple in Dehli, India have been provided with police protection in order to attend their exams. The two women – both aged 21 – allegedly received threats from family members after their relationship was revealed.
January 19, 2011
Tory tweet under scrutiny
Conservative MEP Roger Helmer has received heavy criticism after comparing gay conversion therapy to genital reassignment surgery in a post on Twitter.
January 18, 2011
Conversion therapist may be struck off
Psychotherapist Lesley Pilkington, who offers treatment for people with “a homosexual problem”, is due to appear before a professional conduct panel this week.
January 17, 2011
Leslie Feinberg condemns sister from sickbed
Leslie Feinberg, the acclaimed American author of “Stone Butch Blues”, “Drag King Dreams” and “Transgender Warriors” issued a statement yesterday in response to the publication of a novel written by hir estranged sibling.
January 15, 2011
‘God Hates Fags’ cult cancels child funeral picket
An extreme US religious sect that frequently protests against “fag-enabling” called off a picket outside the funeral of a young child today. The nine year-old was one of six people killed by a gunman in Arizona last Saturday. The Westboro Baptist Church apparently agreed to cancel their protest in return for live radio air-time.
January 13, 2011