25th January 2013
Russian anti-gay bill goes to vote as activists clash and international groups protest 2
12:22 PM — An anti-"homosexual propaganda" bill is going to an initial vote today in the State Duma. Protesters outside the building clashed with Orthodox Church members, leading to arrests.
24th January 2013
Russian Military searches for ‘penis face’ tattoos on soliders’ genitals and buttocks to indicate they’re gay 24
6:15 PM — Russian military officers have been told they should check the genitals of new recruits for tattoos that could indicate they are gay.
Gay chocolatier couple say they will leave Scottish village over homophobic abuse 44
6:00 PM — The entrepreneurs behind chocolatier Cocoa Mountain have said they will leave the village where they set up the business after receiving homophobic abuse.
Amnesty International releases report on ‘horrid’ state of LGBT rights in Cameroon 1
2:03 PM — Amnesty International has renewed its pressure on Cameroon to change its anti-gay laws with a report released today.
Egypt: Campaigners say life has gotten worse for gay people since the Arab Spring 11
12:11 PM — Despite the hopes of gay people who took part in the 2011 revolution, the climate in Egypt seems to be increasingly homophobic, a human rights group has warned.
23rd January 2013
Scottish Catholic charity must accept adoption applications from gay couples – says regulator 25
7:15 PM — A ruling by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator has said that a Catholic adoption agency must accept applications from gay couples, or risk losing its charity status.
Kent bisexual councillor says he will step down following homophobia investigation 17
3:34 PM — A councillor in Kent at the centre of a row about alleged homophobia has announced he is stepping down at the next election.
Canada: Students’ ‘Free Speech Wall’ torn down by self-titled gay rights activist 27
1:36 PM — A student claiming to be an LGBT activist tore down a "Free Speech Wall" created by his fellow students at Carleton University in Canada, stating that not all opinions deserved to be expressed.
Tory MP calls for Equality Act changes to prevent repeat of Facebook anti-equal marriage dismissal 19
11:37 AM — Conservative MP Edward Leigh wants to amend the Equality Act to prevent discrimination on the grounds of a person's definition of marriage, citing the case of a manager fired for saying he was against equal marriage on Facebook.
22nd January 2013
Malaysia: Ex-PM wins defamation lawsuit against paper which alleged he was pro-LGBT 5
7:11 PM — Former deputy prime minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim has won a lawsuit against a newspaper on the grounds that articles about him 'distorted' the truth by painting him as a gay rights supporter.
Italian teacher gives students handout that states gay people can be ‘cured’ 14
5:47 PM — A teacher in Venice attracted a media storm after a student posted a scan of his homophobic handout on Facebook.
Video: Trans community speak of their hurt at Julie Burchill’s Observer article 23
2:18 PM — Scottish Transgender Alliance is championing a YouTube video that shows personal individual responses to a transphobic article published in the Observer this month.
Russia: Initial hearing of anti-gay bill postponed a second time 3
11:53 AM — A proposed homophobic censorship bill in Russia that was due to enter its initial hearing has been postponed for a second time.
21st January 2013
Glasgow to host weekly 20-minute HIV clinic for gay & bisexual men
5:03 PM — Sandyford service and Gay Men's Health plan to start a weekly drop-in for gay and bisexual men to be tested for STIs in Glasgow.
Russia plans to outlaw ‘homosexual propaganda’ nationwide 18
4:30 PM — A Russian bill that could impose a heavy fine for anyone deemed to publicly promote homosexuality is being moved to a first vote.
Surrogate mother of Sir Elton John’s second baby receives £20,000 11
2:24 PM — Sir Elton John and David Furnish reportedly paid £20,000 to the surrogate mother of their new son, Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, as part of a fixed contractual fee with their Los Angeles-based surrogacy centre.
US: Georgia state-backed scheme funds scholarships to over 100 anti-gay schools 5
1:54 PM — A scholarship scheme in Georgia has been criticised for allocating public funds to school with anti-LGBT policies that go against public anti-discrimination laws.
18th January 2013
London charity raises awareness about coming out after Jodie Foster speech 1
9:10 PM — Following actress Jodie Foster's first public speech about her sexuality at the Golden Globes last Sunday, a London-based LGBT support group is reminding people that coming out can be difficult at any age.
US: Lesbian soldier’s wife rejects ‘special guest membership’ after being turned away 12
7:28 PM — The wife of a lesbian soldier in the US has rejected a military spouses' club's offer of "special guest membership" after being turned down for ordinary membership last month.
US: LGBT dragon boat team founded in North Carolina in response to anti-equal marriage law 1
4:13 PM — A lesbian in North Carolina has started a dragon boat team for sporty LGBT people after being disheartened by a law that only recognises opposite-sex marriages.