6th October 2014
Pope Francis urges bishops to speak ‘without concerns of human respect’ over gay rights 25
10:46 AM — Pope Francis has asked senior clerics to speak frankly and openly as part of an "extraordinary meeting" about issues like gay rights and marriage.
3rd October 2014
Canada: 8-year-old transgender girl says she is repeatedly bullied by school parent 31
4:19 PM — In Winnipeg, the parents of a transgender girl have said their whole family are the target of transphobic bullying at their local school, and the school division isn't doing enough to stop it.
Kenya: Private girls school suspends 11 students for ‘lesbianism’ 8
2:56 PM — A private girls school in Kenya has suspended 11 students "on allegations of lesbianism."
US: Comedian Aries Spears targets ‘gay lisp’ joke at Michael Sam 5
1:58 PM — Comedian Aries Spears took a shot at Michael Sam recently, using the out NFL player as the punchline to a joke about gay people having stereotypical lisps.
Portugal: Gay Catholics to ask Pope Francis for ‘urgent change’ in attitude 5
12:47 PM — Gay members of the Catholic Church in Portugal are to ask the Vatican for an "urgent" change in attitude which will involve the integration of gay people in the parish communities.
Lawsuit accuses The Notebook author of supporting pupils’ ‘homo-caust’ against gay students 4
11:36 AM — Nicholas Sparks, best-selling author of the Notebook, has been accused of racism, homophobia, and anti-semitism after allegedly endorsing school pupils who “sought to enact a ‘homo-caust’ against a group of gay students.”
Ugandan President Museveni expresses fears of economic impact over anti-gay laws 13
11:05 AM — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has expressed second thoughts over proposed anti-gay legislation, saying 'the possibility of trade boycott' could harshly impact the nation's economic growth.
Spain: Catalonia passes gay anti-discrimination law 6
10:42 AM — In a first for Spain, the autonomous community of Catalonia has passed a law which will punish attacks against the LGBT community with fines of up to €14,000 (£11,000).
2nd October 2014
Canada: Wildrose Party candidate pledges support for gay-straight alliances in schools 3
4:13 PM — The Calgary-West candidate for Alberta’s Wildrose Party Sheila Taylor says she supports gay-straight alliances in schools.
Philippines: Quezon City passes law banning anti-gay discrimination 3
3:31 PM — Philippines' largest city Quezon has approved ordinance that bans anti-gay discrimination.
Northern Ireland: Judge to decide if Edwin Poots showed religious bias in gay blood ban 7
2:59 PM — A High Court judge is to decide whether former Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots showed religious bias after repeatedly refusing to end the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood.
US: Plans to move Houston Pride location after 36 years will help ‘break down barriers’ 1
12:55 PM — The Houston Pride Celebration, after 36 years in the Westheimer strip in Montrose, is moving downtown.
US: Florida County Hillsborough votes to include gay rights civil protections 1
12:54 PM — Hillsborough County commissioners have voted unanimously to expand human rights ordinance to outlaw workplace and public accommodations discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Russia: Film screening about gay teens accused of violating ‘gay propaganda’ laws 4
11:58 AM — Anti-gay activists in Russia have accused the screening of a documentary about gay teens at film festival of violating the country's notorious law "against gay propaganda among minors."
Texas Attorney General: I oppose equal marriage because I’ve had a wife for 33 years 33
10:50 AM — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has claimed he opposes same-sex marriage because he's been married to his wife for 33 years.
Chester MP Stephen Mosley condemns leaflets comparing gays to paedophiles 6
10:27 AM — Conservative MP of Chester Stephen Mosley has added his voice to the growing criticism of anti-gay leaflets being distributed around the UK.
1st October 2014
Italy: Survey finds 71% do not approve of gay parenting 5
3:58 PM — A recent survey in Italy has revealed that only 29% favour allowing same-sex couples to have children.
Joey Barton: ‘Casual verbal homophobia’ still a problem in football 2
3:00 PM — Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has praised supporters of the recent Rainbow Laces campaign, but says that "casual verbal homophobia" is still a problem.
Brazil: LGBT group launches website listing political candidates who support gay rights
1:29 PM — In the lead up to the Brazilian Presidential election this month, an LGBT group has launched a campaign website to promote awareness of candidates who publicly support gay rights.
Leading clergyman says leaflets comparing homosexuality to paedophilia are ‘frightening’ 6
12:19 PM — A vicar in Lancashire has condemned leaflets distributed during Preston pride which compare homosexuality to paedophilia, calling them "threatening and frightening."