26th July 2013
Microsoft and Google join forces to launch LGBT geeks forum 4
3:47 PM — Some of the biggest names in technology joined forces last night to launch InterTech, the new LGBT group for those working in the technology industry.
Canada: Vancouver bars join ‘dump Russia vodka’ campaign over anti-gay laws 9
2:49 PM — At least two bars in Vancouver have joined the battle against the controversial Russian anti-gay “propaganda” laws by refusing to sell Russian made vodka.
Ku Bar joins campaign to ‘dump Russian vodka’ over anti-gay laws 17
12:58 PM — Ku Bar, a gay bar in Soho London, has joined the battle against the controversial anti-gay “propaganda” laws in Russia with an advertisement echoing Dan Savage's message to "dump russian vodka".
US: Stoli vodka ‘upset and angry’ at Russian anti-gay laws 23
12:08 PM — Stolichnaya, one of the most popular vodkas in the United States, has joined the battle against the controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia with a worldwide message of support for the LGBT community.
Study: Gay teachers are less likely to challenge homophobic bullying 11
11:25 AM — A new US study has shown that gay teachers are less likely to challenge homophobia in schools for fear of drawing attention to their sexuality and putting their careers at risk.
25th July 2013
Russia: Author publishes gay themed children’s book in spite of anti-gay laws 7
5:09 PM — An author in Russia has published a children's book that prominently features a gay character and his struggle to find acceptance in the country.
US: Dan Savage calls for a boycott of Russian vodka over ‘gay propaganda’ controversy 33
4:59 PM — In an article posted online, gay activist and founder of the ‘It Gets Better Project’ Dan Savage has called for buyers to boycott Russian vodka in an effort to oppose the country's controversial anti-gay legislation.
Oxford Dictionary will change the definition of ‘marriage’ to include equal marriage 20
2:01 PM — The leading authority on the English language has said that they are to change the definition of the word 'marriage' to keep in line with the passing of the recent England and Wales Marriage (Same sex couples) Act.
Exclusive: Scottish Green Party leader says ‘It’s Time’ for MSPs to back equal marriage 2
11:23 AM — In a video recorded in Glasgow’s St Enoch Square for the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign, Scottish Green Party Co-Convenor Patrick Harvie MSP has urged Scotland to follow England and Wales towards legalising equal marriage.
24th July 2013
Alec Baldwin is ‘shocked’ by negative reaction to ‘toxic little queen’ comments 17
5:39 PM — Actor Alec Baldwin, who sent a string of homophobic tweets to a British journalist last month, has said he is "shocked" that one reporter decided to call the incident "despicable."
US: World Champion bisexual boxer Emile Griffith dies aged 75 8
4:22 PM — Bisexual former World Champion middleweight boxer Emile Griffith, who famously caused the death of a fellow boxer, who had previously uttered to him a homophobic slur, has died aged 75.
Italy: Gay activists to campaign against ‘dangerous’ anti-homophobia bill 2
3:28 PM — LGBT activists have criticised the new bill set to criminalise homophobic hate crimes in Italy, saying that it is a "dangerous compromise" that will not change homophobic attitudes in the country.
Paul Gambaccini: The BBC singled me out as a ‘potential security threat’ for being gay 17
1:56 PM — Radio 2 DJ Paul Gambaccini has revealed how the BBC marked his personnel file with a "Christmas tree" symbol in order to warn others that he was gay.
Albert Kennedy Trust opens housing project for young homeless LGBT people 10
1:06 PM — The LGBT youth homeless charity the Albert Kennedy Trust has announced the launch of its ‘Purple Door’ housing project for LGBT young people facing homelessness.
Benedict Cumberbatch conducts civil partnership 11
12:02 PM — Benedict Cumberbatch has officiated at a same-sex civil partnership for one of his closest friends.
18th July 2013
US: Fox Host who previously defended equal marriage now says it could legalise polygamy 32
6:15 PM — Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who previously said that there is no persuasive argument against equal marriage, on Wednesday said that if same-sex marriage were a constitutional right, then "pluralists" could also leagalise polygamy.
Germany: Pamphlet advises gay football players to come out ‘quietly’ 11
6:13 PM — A new leaflet due to be issued by the German Football Association (DFB) is advising gay football players to come out at the end of the season in order to avoid media and public attention.
Kaleidoscope Trust: Equal marriage could make ‘life worse’ for gay people in developing countries 29
2:52 PM — LGBT rights charity the Kaleidoscope Trust has warned that gay rights in the West, including the recent Same Sex Marriage Act, could lead to an erosion of LGBT freedoms in the developing world.
Montenegro: Minister of Labour and Welfare backs country’s first ever Pride parade 2
2:46 PM — The Labour and Welfare Minister of Montenegro has said that he is willing to support the country's first ever Pride parade planned to be held for October.
Maria Miller: Equal marriage would have made suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst proud 6
12:23 PM — Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller says that Wednesday's Royal Assent of equal marriage fits a proud tradition of British social reform, including the suffragette campaigns of the women's rights activist Emmeline Pankhurst.