15th November 2013
Pope Francis distributes surveys to Catholics on ‘modern questions’ including gay relationships 48
11:29 AM — Pope Francis has urged members of the Catholic church to fill out surveys on the Vatican's teaching of "modern" topics, including same-sex sexual relationships, in order to gauge whether what the church preaches is still practical in today's society.
US: Gay activists to campaign outside New York Stock Exchange during Russian government visit 1
10:48 AM — Gay activists in New York have planned a demonstration outside Wall Street's federal hall during an upcoming Russian government visit, to campaign against anti-gay laws in the country.
14th November 2013
Video: Russian officials spy on LGBT activist meeting to portray Western ‘homosexualist infiltration’ 9
5:08 PM — Russian officials bugged a private strategy meeting of LGBT activists recently, and used the recording as part of a public television exposé on the “threat to Russia” posed by the “homosexualists who attempt to infiltrate our country.”
University of Sussex LGBTQ society removes the word ‘dyke’ over safe space policy 10
3:22 PM — The University of Sussex LGBTQ society has sparked controversy recently, after it asked local lesbian artists to remove the word "dyke" from an advertisement posted onto its Facebook page due to a recent "safe space" policy change.
Gay activist challenges homophobic ban in both Trinidad and Tobago and Belize 7
2:23 PM — A gay rights activist and attorney-at-law in Jamaica has challenged the immigration laws of both the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Belize, because of policies that prohibit gay people from entering.
Senegal: Five women charged under anti-gay law to spend up to five years in prison 2
1:02 PM — A prosecutor in Senegal has said that five women arrested earlier this week accused of violating the country’s anti-gay law have now been charged, and are due to spend up to five years in prison.
US: Texas county jail adopts new policy to protect LGBT inmates 1
12:43 PM — The sheriff of Houston's Harris County has adopted a new policy designed to protect the rights of LGBT inmates, including allowing trans inmates to be housed based on their gender identity.
US radio host insists story of homophobic Christian couple was a ‘ruse’ to support ENDA 20
11:31 AM — A US radio host and Fox news contributor has accused the story of a Missouri couple who called a gay waiter "fag" on their bill of being an elaborate "ruse" designed to garner support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Australia: New South Wales equal marriage efforts fail as bill is narrowly defeated 10
11:08 AM — A bill to legalise same-sex marriage in the Australian state of New South Wales has failed in a narrow vote of 19 to 21.
US: Texas school refuses allowing trans student to wear a tuxedo in graduation photo 3
10:33 AM — A trans student in Texas was denied being able to wear a tuxedo for his yearbook portrait, prompting the Human Rights Campaign to launch an online petition trying to convince the school to live up to its own non-discrimination policies.
13th November 2013
Dubai: Fireman on trial for allegedly accusing colleague of being gay with ‘perverted handshake’ 8
5:05 PM — A fireman in Dubai has gone on trial accused of insulting a colleague by "stroking his palm" during a handshake.
Wales: Cathedral archdeacon to investigate allegations of homophobic bullying in ‘spoof script’ 1
3:30 PM — The Archdeacon of Llandaff said she is investigating allegations of homophobia after a gay former choir member claimed he was the target of anti-gay bullying by his former colleagues, who put together a spoof script making implicit references and innuendos to his sexuality.
Uganda: Police arrest leading LGBT rights activist Sam Ganafa 1
2:36 PM — Ugandan police have arrested and detained leading LGBT rights activist Sam Ganafa, along with two other guests staying at his home.
US televangelist Pat Robertson instructs mother to ask her gay son whether a coach ‘molested’ him 14
1:45 PM — Pat Robertson, the US televangelist named Stonewall's 2013 Bigot of the Year, recently explained to the mother a gay child that she should ask whether he was "molested" by a coach.
US: Legal group defends photographers who refused same-sex wedding on basis of ‘artistic freedom’ 8
1:19 PM — A New Mexico legal group has asked the Supreme Court to weigh in favour of a wedding photography company that discriminated against a same-sex couple, pleading that "an artist must be free to create work that expresses what he or she believes."
US poll: Americans find Confederate flag ‘more acceptable’ than rainbow gay pride flag 12
11:58 AM — A recent public policy poll has shown that a majority of US citizens believe it is "more acceptable" to publicly display the Confederate rebel flag, today commonly associated with the Ku Klux Klan and other racist hate groups, than it is to display the gay pride rainbow flag.
Viral: Lesbians react to sex scene in Blue is the Warmest Colour
11:17 AM — In a viral video currently making the rounds online, a group of gay women have shared their views on the ten minute lesbian sex scene in Blue Is The Warmest Color, the winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes film festival.
Northern Ireland Health Minister: The ‘natural order’ for having a child is a man and a woman 14
10:37 AM — Edwin Poots has said that while he does not regard being gay as an abomination, he believes the "natural order" for having a child is strictly between a man and a woman.
Obama applauds Hawaii for legalising same-sex marriage
10:08 AM — President Barack Obama has applauded his birthplace Hawaii for becoming the 15th US state to legalise same-sex marriage, saying "I have always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today's vote makes me even prouder."
12th November 2013
Bangladesh: Third gender hijra to be recognised in official documents 4
4:29 PM — In a landmark decision, the government in Bangladesh has approved a proposal of the social welfare ministry to identify “Hijra” as a third possible gender identity.