12th November 2013
US: California organisation claims to have enough signatures to ballot trans bathroom rights law 1
2:35 PM — A California organisation attempting to repeal an act allowing transgender students equal access to school facilities such as locker rooms and bathrooms now claims it has enough signatures to place the new law back on the ballot.
US: Florida senator set to feature as keynote speaker for ‘gay cure’ therapy fundraiser 7
1:33 PM — Republican senator Marco Rubio, a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2016, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at a fundraising dinner for an anti-gay council that promotes "conversion therapy," attempting to turn gay people straight.
30 Rock star Maulik Pancholy comes out as gay 2
12:47 PM — 30 Rock star Maulik Pancholy has come out as gay after celebrating a nine-year anniversary with his partner.
Police admit charging wrong man over ‘possible anti-gay’ stabbing in Chester
12:06 PM — Police have admitted they charged the "wrong man" over a suspected homophobic stabbing on the City Walls in Chester last month, but have now arrested another suspect.
US: Student asks Apple to change dictionary defining gay as ‘foolish and stupid’ 16
11:52 AM — A student in Sudbury, Massachusetts, has launched a campaign asking Apple to remove an offensive definition of the word "gay" from its online dictionary service.
Scotland: Edinburgh saunas to lose public entertainment licences 3
11:18 AM — Following the recent emergence of a police crackdown in Edinburgh of condoms in public saunas, the council is now considering pulling licenses from such services altogether, saying current policy is "no longer proving to be effective."
SNP minister Derek Mackay comes out as gay after separating from his wife 10
10:18 AM — Derek Mackay, a senior Scottish Government minister, has publicly come out as gay after separating from his wife.
11th November 2013
Irish equality minister: Laws preventing same-sex couples from adopting are ‘discriminatory’ 2
5:00 PM — The Irish minister for Justice and Equality has said that laws preventing same-sex couples from adopting are “discriminatory” and make “little sense.”
US: Gay former New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson ‘astounded’ by progress of gay rights 1
4:21 PM — The first openly gay bishop in the American Episcopal Church has recently said he "can't believe the progress we have made" regarding the passage of gay rights in the US, since he would not have dreamt of growing up seeing same-sex marriage legalised in 15 states.
Argentina: Over 150,000 celebrate Buenos Aires’ 22nd annual gay pride event
3:30 PM — More than 150,000 people attended the 22nd annual gay pride event in Buenos Aires on Saturday, which featured many signs and speeches including some criticisms of the former bishop, Pope Francis I, who once vowed to oppose the city's same-sex marriage laws.
Lady Gaga: ‘I never said I was a gay icon’ 6
2:05 PM — Bisexual singer Lady Gaga has insisted she is not a "gay icon" despite being an advocate and supporter of LGBT equality, instead calling herself a "gay supporter."
Russia: Activist campaigning against ‘police state’ arrested after stapling testicles to cobblestone 21
1:26 PM — A man in Moscow was arrested and hospitalised recently after he stripped naked and stapled his testicles to a cobblestone pavement, in protest of what he called Russia's recent descent into a "police state" which follows the passage of anti-gay laws.
Israel: Mayor of Beit Shemesh says gay people ‘do not exist’ in his city 26
12:56 PM — The newly re-elected mayor of Beit Shemesh in Israel has recently ignited controversy after saying his city doesn't have "things" like gay people because it is "holy and pure," sparking some gay activists to challenge his claim as they gather to hold a gay pride parade later this week.
Dutch foreign minister: Russia does not prosecute against gay people – there is ‘no ground for asylum’ 15
11:59 AM — The Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans has said he was "misquoted" in an earlier report claiming LGBT Russians facing discrimination may apply for asylum in his country, now saying gay people are not "prosecuted" in Russia, so there is no ground for asylum in the Netherlands.
Schools OUT: Birmingham leads the fight against homophobic bullying by focusing on primary schools 2
11:11 AM — Schools OUT, an organisation that works towards equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in education, has revealed that the city of Birmingham currently leads the way on tackling homophobic bullying through a program that targets primary schools specifically.
10th November 2013
US: Atlanta bar openly refuses entry to trans woman ‘because we’re a private property’ 14
1:33 PM — In a video posted online, an Atlanta bar and restaurant has been caught denying entrance to a transgender woman whilst openly admitting their "right" to discriminate against her because they are a "private property."
Hong Kong: Fifth Pride march more visible than ever
12:47 PM — Saturday's Hong Kong Pride march was its most visible event yet, with more sponsorship and attendees joining the celebrations than ever before.
Video: ‘Former classmate’ of Obama claims he was a gay teen who had sex for cocaine 24
12:19 PM — Someone calling herself the "former classmate" of Barack Obama has recently claimed the US President was once a gay teenager called Barry, who had sex with "older white guys" so he could afford to buy cocaine.
Taiwan: Biblical scholar says being born gay does not make it ‘natural’ 51
11:47 AM — A biblical scholar in Taiwan has responded to the idea that someone can be born gay by comparing it to the condition of someone "born with a cleft lip," insisting that neither can be considered "natural."
9th November 2013
US: Walmart caretaker fired for telling gay couple to leave store 21
1:53 PM — A Walmart caretaker was fired recently after he allegedly told a gay couple they were not allowed in his store.