12th November 2013
SNP minister Derek Mackay comes out as gay after separating from his wife 10
10:18 AM — Derek Mackay, a senior Scottish Government minister, has publicly come out as gay after separating from his wife.
11th November 2013
Irish equality minister: Laws preventing same-sex couples from adopting are ‘discriminatory’ 2
5:00 PM — The Irish minister for Justice and Equality has said that laws preventing same-sex couples from adopting are “discriminatory” and make “little sense.”
US: Gay former New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson ‘astounded’ by progress of gay rights 1
4:21 PM — The first openly gay bishop in the American Episcopal Church has recently said he "can't believe the progress we have made" regarding the passage of gay rights in the US, since he would not have dreamt of growing up seeing same-sex marriage legalised in 15 states.
Argentina: Over 150,000 celebrate Buenos Aires’ 22nd annual gay pride event
3:30 PM — More than 150,000 people attended the 22nd annual gay pride event in Buenos Aires on Saturday, which featured many signs and speeches including some criticisms of the former bishop, Pope Francis I, who once vowed to oppose the city's same-sex marriage laws.
Lady Gaga: ‘I never said I was a gay icon’ 6
2:05 PM — Bisexual singer Lady Gaga has insisted she is not a "gay icon" despite being an advocate and supporter of LGBT equality, instead calling herself a "gay supporter."
Russia: Activist campaigning against ‘police state’ arrested after stapling testicles to cobblestone 21
1:26 PM — A man in Moscow was arrested and hospitalised recently after he stripped naked and stapled his testicles to a cobblestone pavement, in protest of what he called Russia's recent descent into a "police state" which follows the passage of anti-gay laws.
Israel: Mayor of Beit Shemesh says gay people ‘do not exist’ in his city 26
12:56 PM — The newly re-elected mayor of Beit Shemesh in Israel has recently ignited controversy after saying his city doesn't have "things" like gay people because it is "holy and pure," sparking some gay activists to challenge his claim as they gather to hold a gay pride parade later this week.
Dutch foreign minister: Russia does not prosecute against gay people – there is ‘no ground for asylum’ 15
11:59 AM — The Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans has said he was "misquoted" in an earlier report claiming LGBT Russians facing discrimination may apply for asylum in his country, now saying gay people are not "prosecuted" in Russia, so there is no ground for asylum in the Netherlands.
Schools OUT: Birmingham leads the fight against homophobic bullying by focusing on primary schools 2
11:11 AM — Schools OUT, an organisation that works towards equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in education, has revealed that the city of Birmingham currently leads the way on tackling homophobic bullying through a program that targets primary schools specifically.
10th November 2013
US: Atlanta bar openly refuses entry to trans woman ‘because we’re a private property’ 14
1:33 PM — In a video posted online, an Atlanta bar and restaurant has been caught denying entrance to a transgender woman whilst openly admitting their "right" to discriminate against her because they are a "private property."
Hong Kong: Fifth Pride march more visible than ever
12:47 PM — Saturday's Hong Kong Pride march was its most visible event yet, with more sponsorship and attendees joining the celebrations than ever before.
Video: ‘Former classmate’ of Obama claims he was a gay teen who had sex for cocaine 24
12:19 PM — Someone calling herself the "former classmate" of Barack Obama has recently claimed the US President was once a gay teenager called Barry, who had sex with "older white guys" so he could afford to buy cocaine.
Taiwan: Biblical scholar says being born gay does not make it ‘natural’ 51
11:47 AM — A biblical scholar in Taiwan has responded to the idea that someone can be born gay by comparing it to the condition of someone "born with a cleft lip," insisting that neither can be considered "natural."
9th November 2013
US: Walmart caretaker fired for telling gay couple to leave store 21
1:53 PM — A Walmart caretaker was fired recently after he allegedly told a gay couple they were not allowed in his store.
Video: Illinois man launches into vicious anti-gay rant condemning same-sex marriage 18
1:18 PM — A man aboard a bus in Chicago was caught on camera recently as he launched into a homophobic tirade against Illinois' recently passed same-sex marriage bill. (Warning: Strong language)
Welsh cathedral caroler accuses colleagues of homophobic bullying in ‘spoof script’ 5
12:52 PM — A gay former choir member of Llandaff Cathedral has claimed he was recently the target of homophobic bullying by his former colleagues, who put together a spoof script making implicit references and innuendos to his sexuality.
US: Hawaii House passes same-sex marriage 8
11:52 AM — Hawaii's House of Representatives passed the same-sex marriage bill on Friday night, setting up a final approval by the state Senate before it can be signed into law.
8th November 2013
Rugby star Gareth Thomas says ‘nothing should hold back’ gay athletes wanting to compete in Sochi 2014 7
5:07 PM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas has said that "nothing should hold back" gay athletes who want to compete in the Sochi 2014 winter olympics, despite laws in Russia prohibiting the promotion of gay "propaganda."
US: Former Michigan lawyer fired for harassing gay student sues state for ‘wrongful termination’ 24
4:39 PM — A former Michigan lawyer who was fired after he launched an online harassment campaign against a gay University student has recently filed a "wrongful termination" suit against the state attorney general, asking for both compensation as well as his old job back.
Bisexual musician Lou Reed left $500,000 to mother who used electroshock therapy to ‘cure’ him 9
3:50 PM — Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed has left a quarter of his estate in his will to his sister, urging her to use a portion for their of their mother, who at an early age subjected Reed to electroshock therapy in an attempt to "discourage" his bisexuality.