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LGBT RIGHTS IN 2011

 

The Kaleidoscope Trust has published an overview of the year showing that while there have been strong statements in support of the rights of LGBT people, violations and abuses have continued in many parts of the world.

The report demonstrates that the risk of arrest, imprisonment and even execution faced by people accused of being gay is still a reality despite growing demands from around the world that LGBT rights be respected as basic human rights.

kaleidoscopetrust.com | Download Report 27 Dec 11

 

Hilary Clinton gay rights 2011

Highs

2011 saw major speeches and statements of support for LGBT rights from around the world

Some countries removed criminal sanctions

Activists and LGBT groups became better organised and more effective

Gay arrests low point 2011

Lows

Arrests, imprisonment and reports of executions for being gay continue

New anti-gay laws passed in Russia

Persecution of LGBT people in Africa worsens and new legal prohibitions are proposed

Download Report 27 Dec 11


FRIENDS WE WILL MISS

 

UK

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens
1949-2011
Wrote about his gay experiences at Oxford in Hitch-22, including a dalliance with two unnamed future members of Margaret Thatcher's cabinet
smh.com.au
17 Dec 11

 

Peter Burton

Peter Burton
1945-2011
Writer and publisher who played a pioneering role in gay journalism
guardian.co.uk
9 Nov 11

First Out

First Out
1986-2011
cafe bar - video montage of their last day
youtube.com
3 Nov 11

Rose Robertson

Rose Robertson
1916-2011
A former spy, she set up one of the first gay and lesbian helplines Parents Enquiry
guardian.co.uk
29 Oct 11

Stuart Walker

Stuart Walker
1983-2011
was beaten and burned alive before he was tied to a lamppost and left, could have been the victim of a homophobic attack
dailymail.co.uk
24 Oct 11

Jason Pollock

Jason Pollock
1947-2011
has died following a heart attack. In 2003 he founded Pride London, and was a director of Pride Life magazine
guardian.co.uk
5 Oct 11

David Croft

David Croft
1922-2011
creator of camp characters Mr Humphries and Gloria, and Dad's Army co-writer dies at the age of 89
bbc.co.uk
Gay Stereotypes
28 Sep 11

 

George Walton and   Reg Mikisch

George Walton and
Reg Mikisch

1917-2011, 1927-2011
ran a successful B&B in Wales, died within weeks of each other aged 94 and 84
guardian.co.uk
16 Aug 11

Alan Turing pardon petition

Alan Turing
1912-1954
Queen unveils Bletchley tribute to WWII codebreakers
bbc.co.uk
15 Jul 11

Alan Turing
Centenary Year

Robin Nash

Robin Nash
1923-2011
producer of many popular BBC shows, including Top Of The Pops, dies aged 88
telegraph.co.uk
9 Jul 11

David Cairns MP

David Cairns MP
1977-2011
Gay Labour MP and former Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS has died of acute pancreatitis aged 44
bbc.co.uk
10 May 11

 

Adrian Flack

Adrian Flack
1952-2011
gay scene entrepreneur has died aged 59. Founder of Brainyard, PlayPit, and gay magazine distribution service.
gonetoosoon.org | Eulogy

5 May 11

Rev Michael Peet

Rev Michael Peet
1944-2011
has died aged 67. A leading figure in pushing inclusive rights for all and he helped form the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement
eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk
15 Apr 11

Sir Simon Milton

Sir Simon Milton
1962-2011
London deputy mayor dies after illness aged 49. He was leader of Westminster City Council for eight years. He is survived by his civil partner Robert Davies
bbc.co.uk | guardian.co.uk
12 Apr 11

 

Elizabeth Taylor

Dame Elizabeth Taylor
1932-2011
screen legend, HIV/AIDS activist - dead at 79 lgbtqnation.com
24 Mar 11

Prudence de Villers

Prudence de Villiers
1949-2011
Founder of In Other Words lesbian and gay bookshop has died aged 62. Pru and partner Gay will be remembered for their rainbow gifts stalls at prides around the UK.
prudence.me
10 Mar 11

 

Jason Wood

Jason Wood
1972-2011
comedian dies at 38. His show "My Anus Horribilis" was about how The Christian right is pushing the country backwards
chortle.co.uk
24 Feb 10

David Vilaseca-Perez

David Vilaseca-Perez
1965-2011
Professor of Queer Theory at Royal Holloway University, killed after lorry hit his bicycle at Tower Bridge
thisislondon.co.uk
22 Feb 10

Colin Butler
1962-2011
Gay businessman who got a sexual thrill out of physical violence was murdered by a man he paid to fight him
telegraph.co.uk 24 Feb 10

Roy Skelton
1932-2011
Zippy voice actor dies aged 79
bbc.co.uk
8 Jun 11

 

John Carter
Friends fear 'gentle John' killed in Edinburgh gay attack. One of several 'gay' murders in the City this year
scotsman.com
1 Mar 11


 

INTERNATIONAL

     

John G Lawrence

John G Lawrence
1943-2011
whose bedroom encounter with the police in Texas led to one of the gay rights movement's signal triumphs, dies aged 68 - swept away sodomy laws in a dozen other states
nytimes.com
24 Dec 11

 

David Kato Kisulle

David Kato Kisulle
1969-2011
Ugandan gay activist and school teacher murdered. He used to say that he was the first 'out' gay Ugandan
bbc.co.uk
27 Jan 11

Frank Kameny

Frank Kameny
1925-2011
Pioneering gay rights activist has died at home in Washington aged 86
cnn.com
12 Oct 11

Alan Sues

Alan Sues
1926-2011
who played Big Al an effeminate sportscaster in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, has died aged 85
msnbc.msn.com

Oct 11

Lou Maletta

Lou Maletta
1937-2011
Founder of Gay Cable Network dies at 74. Reported from Republican conventions wearing spandex and a cowboy hat
nytimes.com
10 Nov 11

Axel Axgil

Axel Axgil
1915-2011
The last half of the world's first registered gay couple dies in Denmark at age 96
care2.com
30 Oct 11

Jamie Hubley

Jamie Hubley
1996-2011
Gay 15-year-old kills himself after chronicling his unhappiness online - I just want to feel special to someone
dailymail.co.uk
18 Oct 11

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs
1955-2011
took a fierce and counter-cultural stand against online pornography
catholicherald.co.uk
13 Oct 11

Lawrence Larry King

Lawrence King
1993-2008
Was murdered teen Lawrence King gay or transgendered?
gather.com
10 Jul 11

Paula Ettelbrick

Paula Ettelbrick
1954-2011
has died age 57 - longtime LGBT rights icon, director of IGLHRC
lgbtpov.com
8 Oct 11

Jamey Rodemeyer

Jamey Rodemeyer
1997-2011
14-year-old boy commits suicide after gay bullying, parents carry on message
huffingtonpost.com
21 Sep 11

Arthur Evans

Arthur Evans
1943-2011
Gay pioneer, who lived at corner of Haight and Ashbury streets San Francisco, dies age 68
ebar.com
15 Sep 11

Noxolo Nogwaza

Noxolo Nogwaza
1987-2011
murdered lesbian's supporters march on KwaThema police station to demand action on 'corrective rape' cases
mg.co.za
26 Aug 11

Marcellus Andrews

Marcellus Andrews
1992-2011
19-year-old beaten to death in Iowa as anti-gay slurs hurled
thenewcivilrightsmovement
23 Aug 11

 

Rudolf Brazda

Rudolf Brazda
1913-2011
Last gay Nazi death camp survivor dies aged 98
AFP google.com
4 Aug 11
Obituary
telegraph.co.uk
5 Aug 11

 

Lashai Mclean

Lashai Mclean
1988-2011
Transgender woman murdered in Washington D.C.
advocate.com
22 Jul 11

Jadon Higganbothan

Jadon Higganbothan
2007-2011
Religious leader shoots 4 year old boy to death because he might be gay
thenewcivilrightsmovement
10 Jul 11

Jean Harris

Jean Harris
1945-2011
mover and shaker in gay, lesbian politics, has died aged 66, pictured with partner Denise Penn (left)
contracostatimes.com
5 Jul 11

Igor Kon

Igor Kon
1928-2011
Russian sexologist and scientist advocated for equal rights of LGBT people and fought against homophobia, has died aged 83
gayrussia.eu
28 Apr 11

 

Alfred Freedman

Alfred Freedman
1917-2011
led the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 when it declared that homosexuality was not a mental illness, dies aged 94
boston.com
23 Apr 11

Ben Gardiner

Ben Gardiner
1923-2011
gay rights activist, actor. Founded the first computerized AIDS bulletin board system
sfgate.com
28 Feb 10

 

Three men hanged
for allegedly raping a teenage boy in Iran, where penal code does not distinguish clearly between homosexuality, sodomy or rape
gaymiddleeast.com
24 Jan 11

Ayub and Mosleh
two young men who filmed themselves having sex are to be stoned to death by Iran for homosexuality this Friday
stopstonningnow.com
19 Jan 11

Arthur Laurents dies; wrote the books for Broadway musicals West Side Story and Gypsy
latimes.com
6 May 11

Carlos Castro Portuguese mogul found dead, castrated in posh NY hotel pool; cops suspect his model companion Renato Seabra
nydailynews.com
8 Jan 11

 

 

 

UK

Stonewall Awards and LGBT heros 2011
stonewall.org.uk

The IoS Pink List 2011
independent.co.uk

Top UK LGBT stories of 2011
pinknews.co.uk

2011: A Year in Review
pinkpaper - one | two

Most influential LGBT Twitter users
pinknews.co.uk

Top UK LGBT stories of 2011
pinknews.co.uk

London's Best of 2011 - Gay & Lesbian - Paul Burston
timeout.com

Pride London Power List 2011
timeout.com

Gay-friendly UK Universities
Stonewall.org.uk

Will & Joe's Diary of 2011
vimeo.com

 

USA

Predictions And Hopes For 2012 by Prominent LGBT Figures
huffingtonpost.com 5 Jan 12

Out100 most influential people
out.com

Best Gay Cultural Moments Of 2011
huffingtonpost.com

Top 10 Gay Rights Moments of the year
eonline.com

It got better in 2011, but it's still pretty bleak for LGBT kids
out.com

Gay Viral Videos 2011
huffingtonpost.com

Most Googled gays and lesbians
advocate.com

Most-watched YouTube political video
youtube

Top 10 Ex-Gay Stories
lgbtqnation.com

Top 10 Pro-Family/anti-gay Champions
defendthefamily.com

Lambda Legal's year in review
huffingtonpost.com

101 Faces of Courage - LGBT military personnel
outservemag.com

Top 10 Anti-gay Champions
defendthefamily.com

 

WORLD

LGBT rights in 2011
kaleidoscopetrust.com

Top 10 LGBT Historical Landmarks around the world
gaytravel.com

Top gay travel destinations
gaytoz Travel

 

SEX - LIFE

Top 10 lesbian kisses of all time
guardian.co.uk

Naughtiest Lesbian Scandals of 2011
huffingtonpost.com

Best lesbian and gay parenting books of 2011
jmichaelpoole.com

The 50 Gayest Ads
adweek.com

Best gay adverts 2011
gay.net

Top 10 Toilets
'No 2' is Covent Garden
VirtualTourist.com

Top 8 Gay apps
theapplebites.com

 

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