2nd January 2014
US: No large defections follow Boy Scouts policy change to allow gay members 2
2:57 PM — As the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) opens its ranks to openly gay members, Christian organisations are offering an alternative for those abandoning the organisation.
Duck Dynasty family: ‘We all learned a lot’ from homophobia controversy 23
2:35 PM — The son and wife of Phil Robertson, US TV star who came under fire for homophobia recently, have both said they "learned a lot" from the ordeal.
Activists urge Nigerian President not to sign ‘catastrophic’ and ‘outrageous’ anti-gay law 6
1:57 PM — Campaigners have warned the President of Nigeria against signing a law to further criminalise same-sex marriages with prison terms of up to 14 years.
Bahrain court gives initial approval to gender reassignment for two trans men 3
1:34 PM — Two trans men working for the government in Bahrain have been given initial approval for gender reassignment.
Facebook: It was an ‘error’ to remove photo of two men kissing 14
1:02 PM — Facebook has admitted that its decision to remove an innocuous image of two men kissing was an “error”.
US: Police investigate suspected arson attack on gay club packed with New Year revellers
12:22 PM — Police are investigating a suspected arson attack following a fire at a packed gay club on New Year’s Day in the US city of Seattle.
US: TV stations cut away from same-sex wedding atop historic parade float 13
12:20 PM — Multiple television stations cut away from a same-sex wedding which took place in a historic California parade yesterday.
Ugandan President ‘won’t be pressured’ into signing anti-gay law, says spokesman 3
11:33 AM — Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni “won’t be pressured” into signing the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, his spokesman has said.
Vicar tells Church of England to ‘Keep calm and support equal marriage’ 9
11:04 AM — A north London vicar has condemned the Church of England for its “unacceptable” opposition to equal marriage by using an iconic slogan.
1st January 2014
US: First ever same-sex wedding takes place at historic parade 3
7:38 PM — A gay couple has become the first to marry as part of the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.
NFL player denies being gay amid rumours about his sexuality 17
7:06 PM — NFL player Aaron Rodgers has publicly denied being gay following much speculation around his sexual orientation.
YMCA songwriter will not perform at Sochi in protest against anti-gay law 23
6:16 PM — The lead singer of the Village People has said he will not perform YMCA in protest against Russia's anti-gay law at Sochi later this year.
US: Tennessee project encourages businesses to support LGBT community
2:53 PM — A new initiative has been launched in the US state of Tennessee to encourage businesses to support the LGBT community.
US: Utah asks Supreme Court to put stay on same-sex marriages 7
12:53 PM — The US state of Utah has officially filed to ask the US Supreme Court to put on hold the issue of marriage licences to same-sex couples.
US: Boy Scouts of America begins to permit gay members 2
12:14 PM — After changing its policy on gay members back in May the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has finally enacted the new rules.