31st August 2013
US: Bar owner fined £250,000 for denying service to transgender patrons 18
1:01 PM — A bar owner in Oregon has been ordered to pay $400,000 (£250,000) in compensation to a group of trans women who he told to stop visiting because he didn’t want his business to be known as a “tranny bar.”
US: Gay high school student punched and choked by anti-gay bully on school bus 14
12:19 PM — A gay rights group has filed a complaint on behalf of a high school student whose mother says he was punched and choked by a football player because of his sexuality.
Anti-gay pastor under investigation for homophobic protest at Norwich pride 46
11:44 AM — Police are investigating a controversial homophobic pastor for handing out anti-gay leaflets during Norwich pride celebrations.
US: Gay sergeant who criticised ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy dies in car accident 11
11:04 AM — Darren Manzella, a gay combat medic who was discharged from the US Army after criticising the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, has died in a traffic accident.
25th August 2013
Video: Gay and lesbian people included in Martin Luther King’s ‘unfinished dream’ at 50th Anniversary 4
3:45 PM — Thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and pledging that his vision also included equality for gay and lesbian people.
US: Conservative churches change by-laws to avoid lawsuits from gay couples 21
2:50 PM — A growing number of US churches, worried they might be sued by gay couples, are changing their by-laws to reflect the view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.
France: Far-right mayor refuses to officiate at same-sex wedding 53
2:03 PM — A far-right mayor in the south of France has refused to officiate at the wedding of a lesbian couple, despite the government's recently passed same-sex marriage law.
Nepal: Government excludes gay community from HIV meeting 1
1:28 PM — Nepal’s interim government has been criticised for ignoring the country's gay community and misusing funds after it sent only three officials to a HIV conference in Bangkok.
Survey: Homophobic discrimination still ‘expected’ by a majority of gay UK citizens 14
12:20 PM — A new survey has revealed that despite the recent passing of same-sex marriage in England and Wales, a large majority of gay Britons still live in fear of discrimination.
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: I am not heartless, I understand gay people’s fears 66
11:32 AM — The outgoing Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, recently spoke in an interview about his reason for abstaining from the same-sex marriage debate earlier this year, and said he understands the fears that many gay people have.
17th August 2013
Swedish athlete at Moscow Athletics Championship advised to change her rainbow painted nails 35
4:36 PM — The Swedish high jumper who painted her fingernails in the colours of the rainbow to campaign against anti-gay laws in Russia has been told she could be in violation of the code of conduct at the world championships.
Free Schools reintroduce Section 28 style ban on ‘promotion’ of gay issues 61
3:36 PM — Two British schools have recently come under criticism for reintroducing terminology from Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Section 28 by banning the "promotion of homosexuality" in classrooms.
US: Gay porn studio to donate 100% of profits to gay Russian refugees 20
2:14 PM — A new porn studio has been launched with the aim to support the LGBT community in Russia by donating all profits made from its sales to gay Russian refugees.
US: New York Police releases sketch of suspects who violently attacked gay couple for holding hands 3
1:28 PM — New York Police Department has released two new sketches of the suspects involved in a homophobic attack in Chelsea on Tuesday night.
Pakistan: Reality show contestant says trans people ‘should be killed’ 13
12:47 PM — A young woman appearing on a popular Pakistani reality show has said that all trans people "should be killed" as they are "useless" burdens on society.
US Olympic Committee: Russia anti-gay laws are are wrong but must still be respected 53
11:29 AM — The US Olympic Committee (USOC) says that Russia's controversial anti-gay laws are "inconsistent with fundamental Olympic principles" but has also urged athletes to "respect the laws of the host country".
9th August 2013
US: ‘Ex-gay’ gospel singer to perform at Martin Luther King memorial 16
5:18 PM — A controversial gospel singer who claimed that sexuality is "a matter of choice", is expected to perform at a memorial for late civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr
Gay couple stage a kiss in front of ‘Moscow’ — a hamlet in Scotland 2
4:17 PM — A gay couple has staged a kiss outside "Moscow", a small hamlet in Scotland, to campaign against the controversial anti-gay laws in Russia.
Olympics still waiting on a ‘translation issue’ before it can take a stand on Russian anti-gay laws 10
3:17 PM — Following calls to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympic Games over controversial anti-gay legislation in Russia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has affirmed that "sport is a human right", but it is unable to take measures until a "translation issue" has been resolved in the Russian laws.
George Takei backs petition to move Russia Olympics to Canada over ‘horrific’ anti-gay laws 10
2:10 PM — Star Trek actor and gay rights activist George Takei has backed a petition to move the 2014 Olympic Winter Games from Russia to the 2010 host city Vancouver because of "horrific" anti-gay legislation.