19th January 2014
Russia: Putin denies homophobia in anti-gay laws – ‘I myself know some people who are gay’ 22
12:33 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin has once more denied gay people are unwelcome at the Sochi Winter Olympics over anti-gay laws in the country, saying he is not prejudiced as he is on "friendly terms" with several people who are gay.
12th January 2014
Anti-gay marriage Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols to become Cardinal 55
1:51 PM — The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, who is also known for his vocal opposition to same-sex marriage, is set to be created a Cardinal by Pope Francis next month.
Former boxer Evander Holyfield apologises for anti-gay remarks on Celebrity Big Brother 23
1:27 PM — Former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield has apologised for his anti-gay remarks on Celebrity Big Brother, saying he had "completely forgotten about the cameras" at the time and was only expressing a personal view.
Study: 40 per cent of young LGBT people in England have contemplated suicide 26
1:05 PM — According to a recent major report, more than half of young LGBT people in England have suffered mental health issues, and 40 per cent have considered suicide, emphasising a growing concern that schools and health services are failing gay teenagers.
Over 100 demonstrators gather in London against Indian gay sex ban 5
12:27 PM — Over 100 demonstrators gathered outside London's High Commission of India on Sunday to campaign against the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate a ban on gay sex.
Gay New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup blasts Olympics hosts for refusing to ‘embody diversity’ 2
11:41 AM — New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup has said he is "disappointed" he will not be able to represent himself as a gay man at the Sochi Winter Olympics if he manages to qualify by February, calling out anti-gay laws in Russia for continuing a legacy of historic discrimination.
5th January 2014
Hong Kong: Survey finds 3 in 4 support more civil rights for gay people 1
3:13 PM — A recent Hong Kong survey has found that three out of four locals support more rights for gay people in the region, although only 27 per cent completely agreed that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
US study claims ‘jokesters’ skew data for research into LGBT young people 9
2:35 PM — A new US study has claimed that research into LGBT young people could be based on faulty data either by "confused teens" or "jokesters" providing inconsistent responses about their sexual orientations.
BBC denies reports that Danny Dyer is facing ‘dressing down’ over response to homophobic tweets 8
1:53 PM — The BBC has denied reports claiming that Danny Dyer is facing a "dressing down" over his recent response to homophobic tweets.
Scientists inspired, not deterred, by HIV relapse of bone marrow transplant patients 5
1:08 PM — Scientists in search of a cure for AIDS say they have been inspired, not deterred, by the recent relapses of two HIV positive patients believed to have been cured of the virus.
29th December 2013
Malta: Catholic bishop says Pope Francis urged him to ‘speak out’ against same-sex adoption laws 44
2:32 PM — Malta’s Auxiliary Bishop has said that Pope Francis was "shocked" by plans to introduce adoption laws for same-sex couples to the country, urging the bishop to do more to speak out against the legislation.
Gay playwright Alan Bennett: ‘Margaret Thatcher was a seriously flawed human being’ 23
2:04 PM — Gay playwright Alan Bennett has blasted Tory MPs who excuse the actions of the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher, calling her a "seriously flawed human being" whose lack of humour shut her off from humanity.
Coca-Cola publishes photos of gay rights activists against its Sochi 2014 sponsorship 30
1:35 PM — Coca-Cola has published photos online of a group of gay rights activists who recently interrupted its Christmas advertising campaign with a surprise demonstration against the company's decision to sponsor the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
England Women’s football captain: ‘I’d like to see a day when male players aren’t afraid to come out’ 10
12:43 PM — The captain of the England Women’s football squad has said she would like to see the day when men's football can be just as accepting of gay players as women's football, emphasising the need for fans of the sport to "get some perspective."
26th December 2013
Sports stars Tom Daley and Ben Cohen wear ‘gay icon’ aprons for Christmas 15
1:27 PM — British Olympic diving star Tom Daley and former England rugby player Ben Cohen have both appeared on social media wearing 'gay icon' aprons in their Christmas photos.
Ugandan president Museveni says he will send anti-gay bill back to court if it is ‘not right’ 14
12:32 PM — Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni has announced he will not pass the anti-homosexuality bill before carefully scrutinising it.
US: Texas nightclub kicks out gay couple for dancing together to country music 13
12:05 PM — A nightclub in South Texas has said it chose to kick out a gay couple dancing together because it wanted to "maintain the peace."
US: Utah lawyers to attempt Supreme Court appeal against same-sex marriage 4
11:32 AM — After a federal judge upheld a decision to legalise marriage rights for same-sex couples in the American state of Utah earlier this week, state lawyers have now announced they are attempting to take their case to the Supreme Court.
23rd December 2013
US: Alabama residents ‘outraged and appalled’ by Christmas drag queen troupe 11
5:10 PM — Small-town Alabama residents have said they were "outraged and appalled" by a local Christmas parade which featured a troupe of drag queens dressed in santa outfits.
Charlie Sheen slams ‘mallard brained’ anti-gay Duck Dynasty star on Twitter 7
4:09 PM — Actor Charlie Sheen has recently taken to Twitter in a polemical attack against the Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, who last week sparked controversy after making anti-gay comments.