22nd September 2013
US: Christian theology professor ‘asked to leave’ university after coming out as transgender 29
2:18 PM — A professor at a Christian university in California has been forced out of his position after coming out as a transgender to students in a sermon.
US: San Francisco to launch its first ever support event for homeless LGBT people 3
1:24 PM — San Francisco is set to launch its first ever support event for homeless LGBT people, enabling them to access medical, dental, employment, and housing services in a one-day walk-in convention.
Canada: HIV-AIDS workers warn that rates of unprotected sex are rising among gay men 40
12:59 PM — HIV-AIDS workers in Winnipeg, Canada have warned that infection rates are on the rise because young gay men are having more unprotected sex, believing they are "invincible" against the deadly virus.
Video: US’ first transgender homecoming queen reduced to tears over hateful online messages 25
12:03 PM — Transgender student Cassidy Lynn Campbell made US history this week when she was crowned homecoming queen of a California school. However, despite support from classmates, she has also been the target of a malicious and "ignorant" cyber-bullying onslaught.
Cher: My trans son gave me a ‘deeper understanding of gender and sexual politics’ 3
11:24 AM — US singer Cher, who recently refused to perform at Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi due to the country’s anti-gay laws, has revealed that it was her trans son who gave her a "deeper" and more "visceral" understanding of gender and sexual politics.
Taiwan: Religious groups fear same-sex marriages could lead to ‘adultery and incest’ 25
10:45 AM — Following recent campaigns in Taiwan pressuring authorities to legalise same-sex unions, religious organisations have sought to fight back, claiming that same-sex marriages could have "severe consequences" for the country, leading to adultery and incest.
16th September 2013
Canada: Waitress ‘humiliated’ gay couple in restaurant by telling them they cannot sit together 26
5:10 PM — A gay couple in Mimico, Toronto have spoken out over an incident where they were "embarrassed" and "humiliated" by a waitress who told them they cannot sit together, accusing them of indecent behaviour and of touching one another.
UNISON set to challenge workplace biphobia by launching new fact sheet for Bi Visibility Day 12
3:15 PM — UNISON, one of the UK's largest trade unions, is preparing to challenge the discrimination of bisexual workers by launching a new fact sheet to mark Bi Visibility Day on September 23rd.
US: Vice President Joe Biden calls same-sex marriage ‘the issue of our day’ 13
2:28 PM — US Vice President Joe Biden has come back at criticism for his defence of same-sex marriage, saying he "could not remain silent any longer" on what he is now calling "the issue of our day."
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: It would be ‘really tacky’ of me to clarify whether I am gay 17
1:56 PM — In an interview with OUT magazine, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has addressed gay rumours by saying "it would be really tacky" for him to clarify, saying he refuses to give the gossip any attention.
Trade Union Congress launches new guide for combating homophobia in the workplace 3
1:04 PM — The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has launched its new guide for union reps on how to combat homophobia in the workplace after it was found earlier this month that one in four Britons still described same-sex relationships as "always wrong."
Actor Isaiah Washington ‘lost everything’ after calling a gay castmate ‘faggot’ 26
11:56 AM — Actor Isaiah Washington has said he "lost everything" after a heated scandal in 2007, in which he twice referred to a gay castmate as "faggot."
Scotland: Delegate slams ‘discriminatory views’ of Lib Dems who vote against same-sex marriage 18
11:19 AM — A delegate for the Scottish Liberal Democrats has said that in-party opposition to same-sex marriage is not a matter of free speech, and that "discriminatory views" cannot be defended or justified through religious "belief in a sky being."
Mexico: First openly gay mayor sworn into office in conservative Zacatecas 2
10:40 AM — The first openly gay mayor in Mexico, who made history when he was elected in July, has been sworn in at a ceremony in Fresnillo, Zacatecas - a city known for its anti-gay conservative values and drug-related warfare.
15th September 2013
Russia: Viral video allegedly shows gay student beaten, stripped, and raped with bottle at gunpoint 38
12:46 PM — A series of short clips currently circulating on the social media service WhatsApp reportedly show a student in Russia being forced to admit he is gay at gunpoint, then being stripped, beaten, and raped with a bottle by a gang of anti-gay "vigilantes."
Russia: ‘Olympic Truce’ altered after pressure from United Nations to include gay equality 26
12:19 PM — Russia has altered its version of the "Olympic Truce" to a more inclusive statement after UN members criticised the original draft for leaving out gay people, although it still fails to mention sexual orientation specifically.
Canada: Manitoba passes anti-bullying bill for gay-straight alliances into law 2
11:32 AM — The New Democratic Party in Manitoba, Canada has passed an anti-bullying bill requiring schools to accommodate gay-straight alliances, as well as clubs promoting equality between students of different genders, races, and abilities.
New book claims Matthew Shepard was a meth addict, murdered by his bisexual lover 37
11:01 AM — An award winning journalist is set to release a book on the young man Matthew Shepard who was tied to a fence and killed in 1998, arguing against original accounts that the murder was in fact not an anti-gay hate crime, but was committed by his bisexual lover.
Lib Dems’ Baroness Williams defends opposition to same-sex marriage as an ‘issue of conscience’ 71
10:12 AM — Liberal Democrat peer Shirley Williams, who previously called the same-sex marriage debate a "conflict between equality and liberty," has defended her position after being challenged by an openly gay Church of Scotland minister.
13th September 2013
Shropshire Star mocks PinkNews founder’s parents who campaigned in Russia against anti-gay laws 39
5:18 PM — A local Shropshire paper has taken a side swipe at the parents of Benjamin Cohen, PinkNews founder, who recently staged an impromptu gay rights protest in the Russian city of St Petersburg, the birthplace of the country’s recently passed anti-gay laws.