17th November 2013
US: Texas school reverses ban against trans student wearing a tuxedo in graduation photo 2
1:56 PM — A trans student in Texas has now been allowed to wear a tuxedo for his yearbook portrait after a federal lawsuit convinced the school to live up to its own non-discrimination policy.
Downing Street rejects calls to lower the age of consent to 15 24
1:38 PM — Downing Street and Nick Clegg have both rejected a call by a public health official to consider lowering the age of consent to 15 so that teenagers can have better access to sexual health advice and protections.
Former UKIP MEP reveals she is the UK’s first transgender Parliamentarian 46
1:00 PM — MEP Nikki Sinclaire has come out as Britain's first "sex change parliamentarian" after writing about her gender reassignment journey in a new autobiography.
15th November 2013
US: Hawaii judge defies ‘legal challenge’ against same-sex marriage law 3
4:43 PM — A Hawaii judge on Thursday denied a request from a House Republican to issue a temporary block against the state's new law legalising same-sex marriage.
US: Apple currently removing offensive definition of ‘gay’ from dictionary service 7
3:43 PM — Following outcry after a student discovered an offensive definition of the word “gay” in Apple's MacBook dictionary, the company now appears to be rolling out new versions of the service in an attempt to rectify the issue.
US: Bishop plans ‘exorcism’ for the day Illinois legalises equal marriage 25
2:55 PM — A Catholic bishop in Illinois has planned to hold an "exorcism" for the day the state legalises same-sex marriage.
Samuel L Jackson ‘had no idea’ upcoming role was a gay character 3
1:44 PM — Outspoken LGBT ally and actor Samuel L Jackson has said he was not aware his upcoming role in the film adaption of Stephen King’s ‘Cell' was a gay character.
Alec Baldwin forced to apologise after hurling anti-gay abuse at photographer 5
1:25 PM — Actor Alec Baldwin has been forced to apologise for hurling anti-gay abuse against a New York photographer, after backtracking from insisting he never used a homophobic slur to conceding he would "now retire" one of the words he used from his vocabulary.
Francis Bacon artwork breaks art auction world record at £89 million 9
12:12 PM — A triptych of portraits by the openly gay artist Francis Bacon has become the most expensive artwork ever sold at an auction, totalling £89.6 million.
Pope Francis distributes surveys to Catholics on ‘modern questions’ including gay relationships 48
11:29 AM — Pope Francis has urged members of the Catholic church to fill out surveys on the Vatican's teaching of "modern" topics, including same-sex sexual relationships, in order to gauge whether what the church preaches is still practical in today's society.
US: Gay activists to campaign outside New York Stock Exchange during Russian government visit 1
10:48 AM — Gay activists in New York have planned a demonstration outside Wall Street's federal hall during an upcoming Russian government visit, to campaign against anti-gay laws in the country.
14th November 2013
Video: Russian officials spy on LGBT activist meeting to portray Western ‘homosexualist infiltration’ 9
5:08 PM — Russian officials bugged a private strategy meeting of LGBT activists recently, and used the recording as part of a public television exposé on the “threat to Russia” posed by the “homosexualists who attempt to infiltrate our country.”
University of Sussex LGBTQ society removes the word ‘dyke’ over safe space policy 10
3:22 PM — The University of Sussex LGBTQ society has sparked controversy recently, after it asked local lesbian artists to remove the word "dyke" from an advertisement posted onto its Facebook page due to a recent "safe space" policy change.
Gay activist challenges homophobic ban in both Trinidad and Tobago and Belize 7
2:23 PM — A gay rights activist and attorney-at-law in Jamaica has challenged the immigration laws of both the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Belize, because of policies that prohibit gay people from entering.
Senegal: Five women charged under anti-gay law to spend up to five years in prison 2
1:02 PM — A prosecutor in Senegal has said that five women arrested earlier this week accused of violating the country’s anti-gay law have now been charged, and are due to spend up to five years in prison.
US: Texas county jail adopts new policy to protect LGBT inmates 1
12:43 PM — The sheriff of Houston's Harris County has adopted a new policy designed to protect the rights of LGBT inmates, including allowing trans inmates to be housed based on their gender identity.
US radio host insists story of homophobic Christian couple was a ‘ruse’ to support ENDA 20
11:31 AM — A US radio host and Fox news contributor has accused the story of a Missouri couple who called a gay waiter "fag" on their bill of being an elaborate "ruse" designed to garner support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Australia: New South Wales equal marriage efforts fail as bill is narrowly defeated 10
11:08 AM — A bill to legalise same-sex marriage in the Australian state of New South Wales has failed in a narrow vote of 19 to 21.
US: Texas school refuses allowing trans student to wear a tuxedo in graduation photo 3
10:33 AM — A trans student in Texas was denied being able to wear a tuxedo for his yearbook portrait, prompting the Human Rights Campaign to launch an online petition trying to convince the school to live up to its own non-discrimination policies.
13th November 2013
Dubai: Fireman on trial for allegedly accusing colleague of being gay with ‘perverted handshake’ 8
5:05 PM — A fireman in Dubai has gone on trial accused of insulting a colleague by "stroking his palm" during a handshake.