4th March 2013
New Zealand: Coroner in gay soldier’s suicide case criticised for anti-marriage equality stance 10
5:55 PM — Doubts have been raised about the decision by coroner Gordon Mantega not to hold an inquest into the death of a soldier who killed himself after confessing his love for a male colleague, after it emerged Mr Mantega strongly opposed same-sex marriage in New Zealand.
Spain: Conservative ministers distance themselves from colleague’s anti-gay ‘survival of species’ argument 15
5:44 PM — Politicians in Spain have been quick to distance themselves from the comments of the Interior Minister, who said that same-sex marriage laws could mean the human race would not be “guaranteed” to survive. Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said last week that, although religious arguments did not hold up in court: “There are rational arguments […]
Poland: Former president says the place for gay people in parliament is ‘behind a wall’ 39
1:32 PM — Lech Walesa, a former Polish President famous for his human rights campaigns, caused outrage after he said that gay people should have a minor role in politics to reflect their minority status in a TV interview.
1st March 2013
Sweden: Married Ugandan men receive permission to stay after death threats from home 17
6:28 PM — The couple whose separation in Uganda and eventual reunion and marriage in Sweden made international news have learnt that they have both been granted asylum.
London: Protest planned for trans woman allegedly mocked by police in Soho 13
5:41 PM — Protest Transphobia are planning to stage a demonstration on Saturday at 2pm outside Charing Cross Police Station in response to the alleged unethical treatment of a trans woman who was arrested in Soho last week.
Scotland’s gay Tory leader Ruth Davidson splits from her partner 14
3:07 PM — Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has split up with her partner of five years, a spokesman has confirmed.
27th February 2013
US: ‘Most conservative Congress member’ denies claim she signed pro-equal marriage brief 3
6:52 PM — Marilyn Musgrove made news today when it was alleged the ultra-conservative former congresswoman had signed an amicus briefing backing same-sex marriage, only for it to emerge the New York Times had made a mistake.
Sweden: Forcibly sterilised trans people to fight compensation battle
5:27 PM — Trans men and women in Sweden are suing their state for sterilisations that were carried out on them during gender reassignments under a law that was repealed in January this year.
Complaints over Harvey Nichols ‘lesbian kiss’ ads dismissed by Advertising Standards Authority 5
4:32 PM — An ad campaign by Harvey Nichols which featured women kissing mirror images of themselves has escaped censure by the ASA after it received complaints that "lesbian kisses" should not be on display around children.
South African Pastor: Oscar Pistorius is ‘cursed’ for supporting gay rights 48
12:53 PM — A pastor in South Africa, who previously said Archbishop Desmond Tutu should should "burn in hell" for accepting gay people, now believes fallen Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius has been "cursed" for supporting gay rights.
Pope Benedict XVI holds final Vatican audience and says: ‘God would not let the church sink” 28
11:36 AM — Amid a wave of controversy over the sexual conduct of Catholic male priests, Pope Benedict XVI has delivered his final message at the Vatican's St Peter's Square - he said God would not let the church "sink."
26th February 2013
Russian Foreign Minister: ‘Homosexual propaganda’ bill will protect the majority of Russians from pro-gay views 27
7:01 PM — The Russian Foreign Minister has defended an anti-gay law which he says will protect the majority of Russians against "discrimination" from LGBT people promoting their values.
US: 75 leading Republicans call on Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage Prop 8 ban 9
6:54 PM — Around 75 leading Republican figures have signed a briefing urging the Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8, in a move which could have a significant effect on the Republican Party and equal marriage in the US.
US: College fraternity campaigns to raise money for trans brother’s surgery 7
6:40 PM — A college fraternity in the US has defied the macho and unaccepting "frat boy" stereotype by campaigning to raise $4,800 for a transgender member's surgery.
Australia: Lesbian councillor denies ‘mean-spirited’ u-turn on rainbow street 10
6:31 PM — A lesbian Sydney councillor who opposed plans to set up rainbow crossings in the city's gay district has replied to her critics and says she actually wanted them to be permanent, and only opposed plans to make them temporary.
Pakistan: First trans woman in general election says the community is ‘more than dancers and beggars’ 3
12:13 PM — A trans woman running for office in Pakistan's upcoming general election has spoken out about the roles LGBT minorities are expected to play in the country.
25th February 2013
Football v Homophobia toolkit backed by West Ham and England manager 9
6:47 PM — The Football v Homophobia campaign has sent out a document to FA clubs giving guidance on tackling homophobia and supporting LGBT fans and players.
Boris Johnson to face legal challenge from Christian group over ‘ex-gay’ bus ads 33
5:04 PM — The Mayor of London will appear in court on Thursday to face representatives of Christian groups which claim he denied their free speech by pulling an ad for gay cure therapies from London buses.
Uganda: Tabloid publishes names of ‘gay recruiters’ 23
1:01 PM — A list of alleged "gay recruiters" has been published by a Ugandan tabloid, which has already become infamous for its outings of dozens of gay men and lesbians in recent years.
22nd February 2013
Vietnam: Decision on trans woman’s official identity recognition awaits input from prime minister 6
11:13 PM — A decision by Vietnamese officials to reverse the legal recognition of Pham Le Quynh Tram's female gender has been halted by the Justice Ministry while they await the input of the prime minister.