6th November 2013
Samuel L Jackson confirmed to take on first ever gay role
2:12 PM — Outspoken LGBT ally and actor Samuel L Jackson has signed on to tackle his first ever role as a gay character in an upcoming film adaption of Stephen King's 'Cell.'
Russia: Arkhangelsk is the first region to repeal local anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law 13
1:38 PM — The north Russian region Arkhangelsk has become the first to repeal its local ban on "homosexual propaganda" to minors following two years of enforcement.
Russia: Lawmaker who compared being gay to having sex with a dog ‘welcomes all’ to Moscow 2016 Dog Show 7
12:34 PM — Vitaly Milonov, city councillor and author of St Petersburg’s homophobic censorship law, has said all people are "welcome" to the annual World Dog Show regardless of their sexual orientation, which is set to be held in Moscow in 2016.
James Franco: It is not my ‘mission’ to act in gay roles – a lot of the figures that I love were gay 3
10:55 AM — Outspoken equal rights advocate and Hollywood actor James Franco has responded to discussions on why he chooses to opt for so many gay acting roles, saying "I guess that a lot of the figures that I love were gay."
Study: Straight men are ‘three times more likely’ to not believe in bisexuality 23
10:19 AM — According to a new US study, men who identify as heterosexual are three times more likely to classify bisexuality as "not a legitimate sexual orientation."
3rd November 2013
Lady Gaga: ‘Bisexuality is not about marketing – this is who I am and who I have always been’ 30
11:57 AM — Lady Gaga has spoken out against critics who accuse her bisexual identity of being "marketing ploy," saying "this is who I am and who I have always been."
US: Former owner of gay nightclub accused of setting it on fire 1
11:19 AM — The former owner of a Chicago-based gay nightclub was arrested recently charged with two counts of arson, after he allegedly scrawled anti-gay messages inside the club before dousing the building with alcohol and setting fire to it.
US: Obama urges Hawaii to pass same-sex marriage bill 2
10:20 AM — President Barack Obama has voiced his support for marriage equality in Hawaii, after the state recently approved legislation at senate stage aiming to repeal a ban on same-sex marriage, moving it to the Hawaii House stage for voting.
BBC presenter Paul Gambaccini denies sexual offences claims
9:46 AM — Paul Gambaccini, the gay BBC TV and radio presenter, has denied sexual offences claims after he was arrested on suspicion under Operation Yewtree.
27th October 2013
John McCain’s wife petitions him to support bill barring anti-gay workplace discrimination 2
9:14 AM — Cindy McCain, the wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, has signed a postcard petition addressed to her husband urging him to support legislation barring discrimination against gay and lesbian people in the workplace.
US: Several churches in North Carolina cut sponsorship of boy scouts following pro-gay policy 15
9:10 AM — Several churches in Charlotte, North Carolina have opted to cut ties with their sponsored boy scout groups following a decision earlier this year by Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay members.
Graham Norton describes how he revisited the place he was once stabbed and left for dead in London 4
9:06 AM — Graham Norton, in a recent interview, revealed how he revisited the place where he was once stabbed and left for dead following a mugging in London.
US: Chairman of Jelly Belly donated $5,000 for California to repeal trans bathroom rights law 7
9:05 AM — The chairman of The Jelly Belly Candy Company has donated $5,000 (£3,091) to a campaign attempting to repeal an act allowing transgender students equal access to school facilities such as locker rooms and bathrooms.
26th October 2013
Sussex head teacher takes a stand against bullies who use ‘gay’ as derogatory insult 26
2:29 PM — A head teacher in Sussex has spoken out in the wake of singer Will Young's campaign to curb homophobic bullying in schools, by taking seriously the use of the word "gay" as a derogatory insult.
Australia: Health Alliance pubicly supports the 13th annual Intersex Awareness Day 3
1:35 PM — The National LGBTI Health Aliiance of Australia has publicly shown its support for Intersex Awareness Day (26th October), which sees intersex activists across the world raise awerness on important issues affecting intersex people.
Gay former figure skater Johnny Weir on Russia’s anti-gay laws: ‘You have to respect the culture’ 48
12:35 PM — Former figure skater Johnny Weir will be heading to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi as a sports commentator after he failed to register for the national championships, but said he will not be campaigning Russia's anti-gay laws in any way as "you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting."
Taiwan: Thousands march in campaign for same-sex marriage
11:58 AM — Thousands marched in Taipei on Saturday, holding rainbow flags, colourful placards and balloons, in support of a bill reviewing Taiwan's stance on same-sex marriages.
25th October 2013
US: Waiter receives anti-gay message on Christian couple’s bill – ‘Your fag choices made you lose out’ 77
6:10 PM — A Christian couple in Missouri have stirred up controversy recently, when instead of providing a tip for a gay waiter's "excellent service," they left him a homophobic note on their bill, which condemned his "lifestyle choices" and called him a "fag."
Video: John Bercow PinkNews Awards Speech: ‘We have travelled a huge distance on LGBT matters’
3:28 PM — Speaker John Bercow officially opened Wednesday's PinkNews Awards held inside the State Rooms of Speaker’s House at the Palace of Westminster - here is the video of the speech in full.
Video: PinkNews award for Advertising Campaign of the Year
2:54 PM — Here is the video for Advertising Campaign of the Year at the inaugural PinkNews Awards hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons on Wednesday.