2nd June 2013
FIFA President: Criminalising homosexuality is a ‘moral’ issue 42
5:53 PM — FIFA President Sepp Blatter has sparked anger by dismissing a question on the logistics of Qatar, a country in which homosexuality is illegal, hosting the World Cup.
Archbishop of Canterbury to call for amendments to equal marriage bill 76
5:26 PM — In the upcoming vote on equal marriage legislation in the House of Lords, the Archbishop of Canterbury will call for concessions to be made for teachers and faith schools, as the Church of England has reportedly "resigned" itself to same-sex marriage becoming law.
Illinois same-sex marriage bill given lifesaving deadline extension 8
10:05 AM — In a move that may save the state's same-sex marriage bill from failure, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan quietly moved on Friday to extend the bill's deadline to August.
Tory Grassroots warn equal marriage will smash family values 74
9:33 AM — Tory activists have urged the House of Lords to reject the same-sex marriage bill in Tuesdays vote, arguing it will weaken the bringing up of children and devalue the family.
31st May 2013
US: Teen charged for hate crime shooting of trans woman 1
5:44 PM — A 16-year-old has been arrested for robbing and shooting a 22-year-old transgender woman in an attack she says was motivated by him finding out about her gender identity.
US: Bakery which refused service to lesbian brides caught offering divorce celebration cake 18
4:41 PM — Undercover reporters calling an Oregon bakery which refused service to a lesbian couple because of their religious beliefs found that they were willing to provide services to a host of other "controversial" ceremonies - including a divorce party, and a stem cell research celebration.
Tom Hardy is favourite to play Elton John in biopic 7
2:47 PM — The makers of a film biography of pop star Sir Elton John are said to be pursuing Batman star Tom Hardy for the lead role.
Russian Children’s Commissioner calls for moratorium on French adoptions 2
1:05 PM — The Russian Children's Rights Commissioner has said it is only "logical" to halt adoptions of Russian children by French couples due to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in France.
Lord Carey: ‘Love is not enough’ to justify same-sex marriage 79
11:49 AM — The Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey, has argued that marriage equality should be opposed on the grounds that allowing marriages based "merely" on love and commitment would also justify polygamous unions and marriages between siblings.
28th May 2013
English Defence League rally in London gay bar 144
6:07 PM — As part of their Bank Holiday weekend demonstrations, the English Defence League (EDL) arranged a rally in London's HalfWay to Heaven gay bar and were happy to find a "lot of lads" were present.
Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska to star in adaptation of groundbreaking lesbian love story
4:42 PM — Film producers the Weinstein Company have acquired the rights to 'Carol', an adaptation of the novel by Patricia Highsmith, which will star Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska.
China: 81-year-old inspired by Pride march to appeal rape conviction
1:01 PM — An 81-year-old war veteran charged with raping 11 of his fellow soldiers during the rise of Mao Zedong says he has been inspired by a Pride march to stand up for having had consensual sex with men.
Inquest for trans teacher Lucy Meadows resumes today 2
11:52 AM — An inquest has been re-opened into the death of school teacher Lucy Meadows, a trans woman whose gender transition was the subject of undue media scrutiny.
27th May 2013
New Zealand’s ‘gay rainbow’ MP: ‘Be Ye Not Afraid of same-sex marriage’ 7
8:46 PM — Maurice Williamson, the New Zealand MP for Pakuranga whose pro-equal marriage speech went viral, has written an open letter to Australia and the rest of the world in defence of same-sex marriage.
Ian Paisley Jr: Same-sex marriage is a significantly damaging change to society 56
7:10 PM — Ian Paisley Jr told a Christian television channel that same-sex marriage is an "attack on society", adding that he wants to distance himself from his media portrayal as a "hateful person".
Mike Freer: Government warnings on equal pensions for same-sex couples are a red herring 8
5:27 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has criticised the same-sex marriage bill for failing to address pension inequalities. He says he hopes to table an amendment through an ally in the House of Lords.
Italy: Deputy responds to letter of suicidal gay teen 17
1:07 PM — A gay teenager in Italy who wrote an impassioned letter published in a newspaper has been invited to Parliament by the President of the Chamber of Deputies.
Pakistani lesbian couple seek asylum in UK following death threats 8
12:36 PM — A lesbian couple from Pakistan are seeking asylum in the UK after defying death threats to get a civil partnership.
25th May 2013
Russia: 30 arrests made at Moscow Pride 20
10:09 PM — 30 activists from both pro and anti-LGBT factions were arrested at Moscow Pride today, reflecting growing antipathy to perceived "homosexual propaganda" across Russia.
UK: Man jailed for attack on lesbian couple in Hartlepool takeaway 7
12:33 PM — A man has been jailed for an unprovoked attack on a lesbian couple, in which he punched and headbutted the two women in a takeaway in Hartlepool.