23rd October 2013
Hong Kong: Equal Opportunities chair says same-sex civil unions are ‘feasible’ 2
11:08 AM — The chair of the Hong Kong's leading human rights body has said that while same-sex marriage remains a "contentious" subject in the region, civil unions for gay couples are a "feasible" alternative.
20th October 2013
US: New Jersey gay couples plan last-minute weddings after Supreme Court ruling
12:38 PM — Several gay couples in New Jersey have organised to gather late Sunday to wed in ceremonies shortly after midnight, after judges ruled earlier this week that banning same-sex couples from marrying broke the state’s constitution.
Morrissey: ‘Unfortunately, I am not homosexual – I am attracted to humans’ 39
12:04 PM — After revealing in a long-awaited memoir released earlier this month that his first ever serious relationship was with a man, Morrissey is now denying rumours about his sexuality, saying he is not gay, but simply "attracted to humans."
Avon and Somerset Police to launch new films tackling homophobic hate crime 2
11:28 AM — Two new films are being produced in collusion with Avon and Somerset Police in an attempt to raise awareness over the issue of homophobic abuses, particularly in rural areas.
Russian MP withdraws bill to deprive gay and lesbian couples of parenting rights 17
10:54 AM — The Russian lawmaker who last month introduced new anti-gay legislation to strip gay couples of parental rights has now withdrawn the bill from the Russian Duma, saying he plans to resubmit a revised version at a later date.
13th October 2013
Gay boxer Orlando Cruz loses in shot for title fight 4
2:37 PM — Openly gay boxer Orlando Cruz lost his bid for the featherweight title Saturday night in Las Vegas, after being knocked down in the seventh round by veteran Orlando Salido.
Egypt: Police arrest 14 men in Cairo for ‘homosexual acts’ at medical centre 13
1:53 PM — A group of men aged between 18 and 57 were detained on Saturday, accused of committing "homosexual acts" at a medical centre in Cairo.
Israel: ‘Ambiguous relationship’ of energy awareness puppets sparks gay representation debates 6
1:18 PM — Television advertisements featuring two puppets named "plug" and "socket" have sparked debates about gay representation in Israel, after rumours the characters might be gay were re-ignited following the arrival of an adopted baby puppet.
Lord Smith: The Sunday Times was aware I was HIV positive – and agreed not to publish it for two years 10
12:08 PM — Britain’s first openly gay MP Lord (Chris) Smith of Finsbury,has spoken up on the difficulties he faced coming out about his HIV status, revealing that the Sunday Times had agreed not to publish any stories on the matter for two years until he was ready.
YouGov Poll: One in six gay people victim of hate crime 2
11:18 AM — A YouGov poll has shown that one in six gay or bisexual people in the UK has been the victim of homophobic hate crime or abuse in the past three years.
6th October 2013
US: Trans student banned from Christian university for ‘engaging in fraud’ and ‘concealing identity’ 10
3:11 PM — A trans student in California has been banned from a Christian university after administrators revoked her application, claiming she was engaged in "fraud" because of her gender identity.
Russia: Moscow Times features pro-gay Swedish fashion advertisement 6
1:50 PM — A Swedish fashion company has defied anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia by managing to feature a pro-gay advertisement in Moscow Times.
Philippines: Lawmaker files bill for LGBT desks in police stations to combat anti-gay killings 1
1:16 PM — A Philippines Congresswoman has filed a bill seeking to reform police responsibility to anti-gay hate crimes by placing LGBT desks in every police station.
London conference featuring anti-gay Islamic preachers cancelled 33
12:16 PM — A north London conference featuring several anti-gay Islamic preachers, including one cleric who called for gay men to be "thrown off mountains," has been cancelled.
29th September 2013
Video: Head of Barilla pasta apologises after saying he ‘would never feature an ad with a gay family’ 62
1:31 PM — The president of Italian pasta company Barilla has issued a video apology onto Facebook after falling under controversy for saying he would never sanction an advert featuring a gay family.
Actress Tilda Swinton donates over £1000 to funeral for prominent Russian gay rights activist 11
1:06 PM — British actress Tilda Swinton has donated over £1000 to the funeral of Russian gay rights activist Alexey Davydov, who died last week aged 36.
Serbia: Hundreds of LGBT activists gather to defy gay pride ban in Belgrade 4
12:35 PM — Gay rights activists in Serbia held their first Pride march in three years on Saturday, despite officials banning the ceremony over threats of violence from right-wing extremists.
New book claims David Cameron doubted his support for same-sex marriages after Tory party backlash 33
12:09 PM — A new book published on the "inside story of the coalition government" has claimed that David Cameron's support for same-sex marriage provoked such a backlash from Tory party members that he almost wondered whether it was worth the cost.
‘Historical same-sex wedding’ held in Bedfordshire – ahead of the first ceremonies slated for next year 6
10:57 AM — A local Bedfordshire paper has reported that the council town of Bedford "made history" this weekend by hosting its first ever same-sex marriage ceremony, despite laws passed in July having not yet come into effect.
23rd September 2013
Comment: Why bisexual visibility could be one of the defining LGBT rights struggles of our time 19
2:15 PM — Today marks the 14th annual Bi Visibility Day, an event held to challenge biphobia by promoting the rights and legitimacy of bisexual people alongside the rest of the gay community. In this article, PinkNews writer Aaron Day reflects on his experiences growing up inside two closets.