16th September 2013
Mexico: First openly gay mayor sworn into office in conservative Zacatecas 2
10:40 AM — The first openly gay mayor in Mexico, who made history when he was elected in July, has been sworn in at a ceremony in Fresnillo, Zacatecas - a city known for its anti-gay conservative values and drug-related warfare.
15th September 2013
Russia: Viral video allegedly shows gay student beaten, stripped, and raped with bottle at gunpoint 38
12:46 PM — A series of short clips currently circulating on the social media service WhatsApp reportedly show a student in Russia being forced to admit he is gay at gunpoint, then being stripped, beaten, and raped with a bottle by a gang of anti-gay "vigilantes."
Russia: ‘Olympic Truce’ altered after pressure from United Nations to include gay equality 26
12:19 PM — Russia has altered its version of the "Olympic Truce" to a more inclusive statement after UN members criticised the original draft for leaving out gay people, although it still fails to mention sexual orientation specifically.
Canada: Manitoba passes anti-bullying bill for gay-straight alliances into law 2
11:32 AM — The New Democratic Party in Manitoba, Canada has passed an anti-bullying bill requiring schools to accommodate gay-straight alliances, as well as clubs promoting equality between students of different genders, races, and abilities.
New book claims Matthew Shepard was a meth addict, murdered by his bisexual lover 37
11:01 AM — An award winning journalist is set to release a book on the young man Matthew Shepard who was tied to a fence and killed in 1998, arguing against original accounts that the murder was in fact not an anti-gay hate crime, but was committed by his bisexual lover.
Lib Dems’ Baroness Williams defends opposition to same-sex marriage as an ‘issue of conscience’ 71
10:12 AM — Liberal Democrat peer Shirley Williams, who previously called the same-sex marriage debate a "conflict between equality and liberty," has defended her position after being challenged by an openly gay Church of Scotland minister.
13th September 2013
Shropshire Star mocks PinkNews founder’s parents who campaigned in Russia against anti-gay laws 39
5:18 PM — A local Shropshire paper has taken a side swipe at the parents of Benjamin Cohen, PinkNews founder, who recently staged an impromptu gay rights protest in the Russian city of St Petersburg, the birthplace of the country’s recently passed anti-gay laws.
Ireland: Education Minister launches new policy to combat anti-gay and anti-trans bullying in schools 11
2:33 PM — The Irish Minister for Education and Skills has launched new procedures to target anti-gay and anti-trans bullying in all Irish primary and post-primary schools.
Married couple shout anti-gay abuse at neighbour and threaten to ‘sort him out’ over noise from party 10
2:06 PM — A married couple in County Durham shouted homophobic abuse at a neighbour, calling him "disgusting," and threatened to get their son to "sort him out" after frustrations over noise at a late night party.
Toys ‘R’ Us to drop gender stereotypes from advertising 9
1:31 PM — Toy retail company Toys 'R' Us has said it plans to have a more inclusive approach in its marketing to children by dropping stereotypical gender representations from toy advertisements.
Russia: Top lawyer comes out as bisexual and transgender against anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws 19
12:38 PM — A top lawyer in Russia has come out as both bisexual and transgender against the country's notorious anti-gay law banning "homosexual propaganda," declaring "it is a fascist law" that targets children and creates marginalised social groups.
Video: Anti-gay preacher arrested in Basildon after ‘homophobic remarks’ 23
12:05 PM — A christian preacher was arrested by police in Basildon town centre on suspicion of making homophobic remarks while giving a sermon.
Azerbaijan: First ever gay pride ‘mini rally’ held in country capital with no arrests or harassment 4
11:35 AM — In what is believed to be the first ever pride celebration in Azerbaijan, a group of gay marchers recently paraded a "mini rally" through the capital city Baku, with no arrests, reports of harassment, or violence at the demonstration.
Russia: Film about gay love approved by culture ministry and awarded two prizes despite anti-gay laws 9
11:03 AM — Russian film critics have commended the bravery of a film about two men falling in love for standing against anti-gay "propaganda" laws, after it was both approved release by the country's culture ministry and awarded two prizes at separate film festivals.
12th September 2013
Church of Scotland clarifies ‘there are no plans to stop weddings’ over same-sex marriage dispute 5
3:54 PM — Clarifying a statement made earlier today that the Church of Scotland was reviewing "whether it’s worth continuing to offer marriages in Scotland," the Church has said it is not in fact stopping weddings, but is simply exploring the "way it should continue" celebrating marriages.
Rupert Everett: Russian anti-gay laws have forced gay community ‘into a life of petty criminality’ 10
3:24 PM — British actor Rupert Everett, who last month said he agreed to a boycott of the Sochi Olympics, has spoken out about his time spent living in Russia, saying that anti-gay laws have turned the gay community into "gypsies, tramps and thieves."
Video: Wentworth Miller talks staying closeted as an actor – ‘I chose a lie to keep my career’ 12
1:36 PM — British-born American actor Wentworth Miller, who came out as gay in a letter sent to St Petersburg last month, spoke recently on his reasons for staying closeted at the height of his fame, saying he "chose a lie" to keep his career.
US: Teacher suspended for showing Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ music video to class 7
12:52 PM — A teacher in North Carolina was suspended after showing a group of students the music video for Macklemore's 'Same Love,' a song which supports same-sex marriage and gay equality.
Church of Scotland may stop performing weddings over the introduction of same-sex marriage 45
12:24 PM — The Church of Scotland has told MSPs it could stop performing weddings altogether over fears that same-sex marriages might be an "invitation" to future court action.
Lady Gaga: ‘I’ve taken a few dips in the lady pond – lesbians are way more daring than straight men’ 24
11:28 AM — Bisexual pop singer Lady Gaga has opened up about her past romantic experiences with girls, saying she is attracted to lesbians because "they are way more daring than straight guys."