22nd February 2013
US: Lawyers urge Supreme Court to remove all bans on equal marriage nationwide 3
6:32 PM — Two attorneys have filed a brief with the US Supreme Court, adding their view to the pile of those weighing in on what position the court should take on bans on same-sex marriages.
Australia: Brother of anti-gay party leader urges Melbourne to cut ties with St Petersburg over homophobic law 2
6:28 PM — LGBT activist Carl Katter, half-brother of anti-gay politician Bob Katter, has called on Melbourne to follow Venice and Milan by cutting ties with St Petersburg over homophobic laws.
American Family Association accuses NFL’s Tim Tebow of losing Christian ‘street cred’ for shunning anti-gay church 14
4:24 PM — Bryan Fischer has accused NFL quarterback Tim Tebow of giving in to "nattering nabobs" over his decision to pull out of a speech he was due to make at a controversial anti-gay church in Dallas.
US: Hollywood restaurant sued by lesbian ex-employee over homophobic and racist abuse 1
3:57 PM — A lesbian who left her job as a chef at a Hollywood restaurant due to racist and homophobic discrimination has launched a lawsuit against the establishment and its owner.
21st February 2013
Northern Ireland: Bereaved mother appeals for information on death of her gay son 8
7:09 PM — The family of a gay rights campaigner, who died in February 2012, have appealed for information about his last movements, particularly regarding a possible homophobic attack on him the morning of his death.
Italian newspaper claims Pope’s resignation was part finalised by concerns of a ‘gay lobby’ within the Catholic Church 37
2:21 PM — An Italian newspaper is blaming the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on a "gay lobby" within the Vatican.
Obama considers intervening on Supreme Court equal marriage decision 10
12:07 PM — President Obama is considering intervening on the Supreme Court's decision on Proposition 8, the controversial ruling that banned same-sex marriage in California in 2008.
Australia: Gay kids bullied by teachers as well as other students says study 10
11:20 AM — A report by Parents and Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG), based in the Australian state of Queensland, says 70% of gay students have been bullied because of their sexuality, even by their teachers.
20th February 2013
New York: Gay man attacked on subway and called ‘faggot’ as other passengers look on 39
7:13 PM — A 23-year-old gay man was attacked while riding the New York subway with his partner, who said that other passengers watched while he was beaten.
Russian Foreign Ministry ‘seriously worried’ to learn of orphan adopted by lesbian 11
5:57 PM — Russian officials have voiced concern over a boy adopted by an American lesbian couple, saying his situation is "morally dubious".
Labour MP Steve Reed: Gordon Brown was ‘wrong’ not to support same-sex marriage as PM 15
5:21 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Steve Reed, Labour's newly elected MP for Croydon North, says Gordon Brown's failure to support marriage equality as PM and Labour leader is a source of regret.
19th February 2013
Alaskan Republicans apologise for ‘inappropriate’ laughter over same-sex unions question 7
6:06 PM — Leading Repiblicans of the Alaska House of Representatives have apologised for laughing when the issue of civil unions was raised at a caucus.
Study: 3.5% of Americans are LGBT 26
5:53 PM — A state-by-state poll in the US claims to put an end to estimates of what percentage of the population identifies as LGBT.
European Court of Human Rights rules that Austria’s adoption laws discriminated against lesbian couple 7
5:40 PM — A lesbian couple in Austria have won an ECHR case in which they claimed that adoption laws in their home country discriminated against them.
Oscar Pistorius dropped from ‘It Gets Better’ South Africa campaign against anti-gay bullying 9
11:12 AM — The South African branch of the 'It Gets Better' campaign, which tackles anti-LGBT bullying, has severed its ties with Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius following his arrest over the shooting of his girlfriend.
18th February 2013
UK theatre producer David Cecil: Most Ugandans are not homophobic and it is not a terrible place 28
8:42 PM — British theatre producer David Cecil has spoken of how he was taken from his family in Uganda for staging a play with a gay character, but says that the majority of Ugandans are not homophobic.
Cameroon: Lawyer vows return to defending gay rights despite death threats to his children 5
8:27 PM — A Cameroonian lawyer who received threats that his children would be "sacrificed" for his defence of gay people has said he hopes to return to his work in Cameroon rather than seek safety with his family in the US.
US: Massachusetts issues rules respecting identity of transgender students 3
8:05 PM — The Massachusetts Department of Education has said that students should be able to use facilities like bathrooms and join sports teams according to the gender they identify with.
UK: Brighton Pride announces theme for 2013
3:19 PM — Brighton Pride 2013 has announced that the theme for this year will be 'Gay Icons', which they hope will inspire costumes ranging from Alan Turing to Lady Gaga.
Turkey: Children fostered by European gay couples will be retrieved 35
12:04 PM — The Turkish Human Rights Commission has said that Turkish children fostered by gay European couples should be returned to their families or given to Turkish couples instead.