22nd December 2013
US: California group files lawsuit after ‘signatures’ fail to ballot trans bathroom rights law 5
10:58 AM — A California organisation who claimed to have gathered enough signatures to ballot a new law supporting trans students is now filing a lawsuit against the state government, after officials found that only 77 percent of the signatures actually qualified.
15th December 2013
US: New Jersey Senate approves bill allowing trans people to obtain new birth certificates 1
1:14 PM — A New Jersey Senate panel has approved a bill which would allow the state's health department to re-issue birth certificates to trans or intersex people who have not undergone gender reassignment surgery.
Canada: Gay author reimbursed after cancelling trip to Russia 13
12:10 PM — A gay author in Montreal has been fully reimbursed after cancelling a trip to Russia he had booked before the country introduced its notorious anti-gay "propaganda" laws earlier this year.
US: Comedian Bob Newhart scheduled to attend anti-gay Catholic conference 14
11:38 AM — US comedian Bob Newhart has been warned by gay activist groups against his scheduled appearance at the summit of a Catholic magazine which calls homosexuality a "disorder" that must be "cured."
India: Home Affairs Minister says ‘not now’ on ordinance against gay sex ban 6
10:52 AM — India’s Home Affairs Minister recently said that although his government opposes the Supreme Court’s recently reinstated gay sex ban, it will not act “now” towards nullifying the legislation.
8th December 2013
US preacher Rick Warren compares the ‘redefinition of marriage’ to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four 46
11:58 AM — Controversial US pastor Rick Warren has told CNN presenter Piers Morgan that same-sex marriage laws are attempting to "redefine marriage" in a manner similar to the dystopian reversal of meanings in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Australia: First same-sex marriages held in ACT despite High Court challenge to equal marriage law 2
11:10 AM — Australia’s first same-sex marriage ceremonies were celebrated on Saturday irrespective of a High Court challenge to the Australian Capital Territory’s equal marriage law.
Italy: Rainbow-themed Christmas lights blasted as ‘provocative and ideological’ 20
10:49 AM — Rainbow-themed Christmas lights set up in Rome to commemorate the recent suicide of a gay teenager have stirred controversy recently, after a far-right group blasted the idea as "provocative and ideological."
US: Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after applying to marry his partner 23
10:07 AM — A gay teacher in New Jersey has said he was recently fired from a Catholic school he worked at for 12 years after applying to marry his partner - a move the school said "contradicts the terms of his teaching contract."
1st December 2013
Clare Balding says her grandmother told her she was ‘disgusting’ for being a lesbian 19
8:59 AM — Sports broadcaster Clare Balding has revealed her grandmother told her she was "disgusting" after finding out she was a lesbian.
Russian gay activists urge Olympic president to launch ‘investigation’ into anti-gay laws 12
8:58 AM — Russian gay activists have urged the President of the International Olympic Committee to launch an "investigation" into the country's anti-gay laws ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
UK: Indian trans asylum seeker fears deportation could lead to ‘torture’ 1
8:58 AM — A trans man who fled to the UK from India has said he will face "torture" at home if he is forced to be deported.
Croatia: Hundreds of gay activists stage campaign ahead of imminent same-sex marriage referendum 1
8:57 AM — Hundreds of gay rights supporters in Croatia staged a mass demonstration on Saturday against an imminent referendum which aims to rule out same-sex marriages.
26th November 2013
InterTech announces LGBT events app Owt as winner of gay hackathon 1
4:58 PM — Owt, a mobile app providing an alternative source of LGBT events to “non-stop cheesy pop gay bars," has been crowned the winner of Europe's first gay hackathon.
Gay actor Charlie Condou to leave Coronation Street in ‘explosive exit’ 4
3:48 PM — Actor Charlie Condou has announced he is set to leave Coronation Street in the summer of next year, saying his exit "will certainly be explosive."
US: Terminally ill woman granted same-sex marriage license seven months early in Illinois 8
2:45 PM — A terminally ill woman in Illinois has been granted an early license to wed her partner seven months before the state's same-sex marriage laws come into effect.
Sean Bean wins International Emmy for transvestite role 3
1:54 PM — British actor Sean Bean has won an International Emmy for his work portraying a transvestite character in the BBC One drama series Accused.
Sir Ian McKellen: ‘I wish I had come out much earlier’ 2
1:28 PM — Actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen has spoken of how he had "one regret about coming out" - he wished he had done it much sooner.
US: Family denies refusing tip to lesbian waitress over her ‘gay lifestyle’ 28
12:39 PM — A family in New Jersey has denied the claim of a waitress who recently said she was denied a tip because of her “gay lifestyle.”
Hong Kong: Gay men still highest at risk in ‘record-breaking’ HIV figures
11:29 AM — Hong Kong has released new figures showing a "record-breaking" number of HIV infections, with gay men still highest at risk of contracting the disease this past year.