12th September 2013
Obama was ‘energised and inspired’ by Russian gay activists at G20 meet in St Petersburg 5
10:09 AM — As President Obama met with nine LGBT activists during his trip to St Petersburg for the G20 summit earlier this month, he was so "energised intellectually and inspired" by their talks, the meeting lasted twice as long as expected.
11th September 2013
Amnesty urges Zambia to drop charges against two men accused of having sex ‘against the order nature’ 7
5:02 PM — The human rights organisation Amnesty International has urged Zambia to drop charges against a gay couple "charged with the offence of sodomy or having sex against the order of nature" and release them from prison unconditionally.
Man in Lancashire ‘flipped’ and attacked his ex-girlfriend for having an affair with a woman 6
4:32 PM — A 25-year-old man in Accrington, Lancashire "flipped" and attacked his ex-girlfriend after finding out she was having an affair with another woman.
India: First LGBT community radio station launched to ‘create awareness and acceptance’ in the country 1
3:37 PM — The first ever LGBT community radio station has been launched in Bangalore, India which aims to "create awareness and acceptance about alternate sexualities" and to "bridge the gap" between various sexualities in the country.
Russia: 51% of population would not ‘under any circumstances’ want a gay neighbour or work colleague 20
2:49 PM — According to a new opinion survey researching national identity in Russia, just over half the Russian population would not "under any circumstances" want to see a gay person as a neighbour or as a work colleague.
India: First ever gay candidate for secretary at top university speaks out over LGBT discrimination
1:56 PM — The first ever gay candidate for general secretary at one of India's leading universities has called attention to LGBT discrimination on campus, including an incident where he was denied hostel accommodation because he was deemed too "effeminate."
Japan: Government district in Osaka becomes first to support LGBT human rights 5
1:13 PM — A local government ward in the city of Osaka has become the first Japanese district to officially support LGBT human rights.
Canada: LGBT education co-ordinator targeted with letter encouraging her to ‘repent sins’ 14
12:46 PM — An LGBT education co-ordinator at the AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton, Canada is among several people who have received anonymous, religious letters urging them to "admit" that they are sinners.
Lithuania: Parliament to consider five separate anti-gay and anti-trans bills 48
11:56 AM — Five separate anti-gay and anti-trans bills are set to be considered in the Lithuanian parliament later this year, including a ban on gender reassignment, a ban on same-sex adoption, regulations of public events, and a legalisation of anti-gay hate speech.
Gay figure skater fears he could be ‘beat up on streets’ in Russia – but still opposes Olympics boycott 47
10:43 AM — Gay US figure skater Johnny Weir has appeared on television wearing Russian military uniform to say he is still against "any kind" of boycott of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, despite fears "I could be beat up on the streets and no one would protect me."
10th September 2013
Actress Chloe Moretz defends brothers from anti-gay bullies: ‘They were treated horrifically’ 10
5:02 PM — Kick-Ass star Chloe Grace Moretz has said she will not tolerate anti-gay bullying from her fans as two of her older brothers were "treated horrifically" with homophobic abuse growing up.
US: Caribbean cruise to feature ‘mass commitment’ ceremony for same-sex couples 8
3:31 PM — One of Florida's leading cruise companies announced recently its new Caribbean cruise that is set to feature a "mass commitment" ceremony for same-sex couples.
Archbishop of Constantinople says gay relationships are ‘reprehensible new inventions’ 122
2:58 PM — Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, has called gay relationships "reprehensible," and said that cohabitations between same-sex couples are "new inventions."
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans re-arrested on two further indecent assault allegations
2:11 PM — The openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans has been arrested on suspicion of two more counts of indecent assault.
US: Gay man announced to replace Batwoman writers who left after DC Comics ‘prohibited’ gay wedding 1
1:06 PM — Following controversy at DC Comics when two Batwoman writers announced their departure after the company "prohibited" the superhero's lesbian marriage, DC publishers have since hired an openly gay man to take their place.
US: 13-year-old arrested over alleged anti-gay beatings outside gay bar in Ohio 5
12:08 PM — A 13-year-old boy in Cleveland, Ohio has been arrested in connection to a series of attacks against gay men outside a well-known cocktail bar over the past two weekends.
US: Study reveals transgender workers are at greater risk for unemployment and poverty 11
11:08 AM — A new report has revealed that transgender workers in the US experience unemployment at twice the rate of the population as a whole, and are four times more likely to have a household income under $10,000 (£6,400).
US: Hawaii Governor calls for special legislative session to consider same-sex marriage bill
9:53 AM — The Governor of the US state of Hawaii has called for a special legislative session to move forward a bill that would legalise same-sex marriage.
9th September 2013
Canada: Top Finnish filmmaker to direct ‘Tom of Finland’ biopic on life of gay artist 5
4:29 PM — One of the most successful Finnish film directors, Dome Karukoski, will direct an authorised biopic about the influential gay artist 'Tom of Finland' -- the man who inspired the look of Freddie Mercury and the Village People.
Video: Viral music video about unrequited gay love gets follow-up sequel with happy ending 7
3:36 PM — Steve Grand, the US singer who received over two million YouTube hits when he posted a music video featuring the story of a gay man's unrequited love for his straight friend, recently posted a follow-up video where his character finds romance.