19th May 2013
Government considers watered down same-sex marriage bill to minimise Tory rebellion 133
11:57 AM — The government is reported to be attempting to compromise with the 150 Tory MPs set to oppose the same-sex marriage bill, by considering amendments giving protection to "conscientious objectors".
Georgia: LGBT and anti-‘gay propaganda’ activists face off in mob aftermath
10:52 AM — One day after violence at an International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) rally in Georgia, supporters and opponents of LGBT rights gathered at the scene.
Conservative Grassroots warn party to drop equal marriage or ‘change leadership’ 25
10:14 AM — Conservative Party chairs have warned that David Cameron has damaged his own party with the same-sex marriage bill, which is due to be debated in the House of Commons tomorrow.
US: Boy Scouts vote on gay members set for 23 May
12:11 AM — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have revealed that a decision on whether to allow openly gay scouts to be members will be held on Thursday 23 May, after a drawn-out period of deliberation which has revealed deep divisions on the issue.
New York: Police say man shot in Greenwich Village was victim of homophobic hate crime 1
12:01 AM — The shooting of a man in New York City's Greenwich Village early on Saturday has been called an anti-gay hate crime by the police commissioner.
18th May 2013
Finland’s pro-equality ‘Marry Me’ places 24th in Eurovision final 27
11:27 PM — Finland's pro-equal marriage Eurovision entry placed 24th in tonight's final with 13 points.
Eurovision: Same-sex kisses feature in songs for Finland and host Sweden 3
10:43 PM — Tonight Finland's pro-equal marriage Eurovision entry featuring a lesbian kiss went out to an estimated audience of 100 million in the Eurovision finale, and was joined by a song by the Swedish host featuring a kiss between two "grooms".
17th May 2013
Italian Chamber of Deputies President: ‘Macho culture reduces gay people to caricatures’ 8
6:43 PM — In a speech on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy affirmed that promoting LGBT rights "does not mean stripping them from others".
France: Final marriage equality hurdle passed as Constitutional Council approves bill 37
4:58 PM — France has overcome the final obstacle in efforts to become the 14th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.
EU study finds one in two LGBT people face discrimination 3
3:56 PM — Today the EU Fundamental Rights Agency will publish the first-ever comparative study on the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the 27 Member States and Croatia. It finds that almost one in two (47%) LGBT people felt discriminated against or harassed in the last year.
Ban Ki-Moon: LGBT equality is critical to the UN’s mission
2:00 PM — An International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia address by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, sets out LGBT rights as critical for building "a world of true freedom and equality for all".
16th May 2013
Canada: ‘Israeli apartheid’ censorship row puts Toronto Pride funding in jeopardy 54
5:36 PM — Pride Toronto faces the loss of its annual cultural grant over indecision as to whether the phrase "Israeli apartheid" should be banned from the event, in a row which Peter Tatchell has called "straightforward censorship".
Media Matters: Fox News coverage of equal marriage legalisation in three US states totals only one minute 10
4:22 PM — US media watchdog Media Matters reports that Fox News' coverage of same-sex marriage bills passing in the states of Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota clocked in at one minute for all three combined.
Stonewall Housing marks 30 years of supporting LGBT people at risk of homelessness 6
2:53 PM — UK organisation Stonewall Housing mark their 30th year of operation from this month, but their leaders say there is too much work still to do to celebrate.
13th May 2013
Russia: Identity of man killed and raped with beer bottles revealed 17
7:35 PM — A photograph has emerged which is believed to show the 23-year-old gay man tortured and killed in a brutal attack in Russia on Friday.
US: Portland football fans choreograph giant anti-homophobia rainbow flag 6
6:58 PM — Fans of Major League Soccer team the Portland Timbers staged an anti-homophobia demonstration at a match by holding up coloured fabric squares to form a rainbow pride flag.
Lithuanian Bishops: European convention on domestic violence will promote homosexuality and ‘transsexualism’ 15
4:20 PM — Bishops in Lithuania have urged their government not to sign a Council of Europe (COE) convention tackling domestic violence, as they claim it will lead to homosexuality and "transsexualism" being promoted in schools.
Russia: Activists claim St Petersburg officials have sanctioned IDAHO rally 2
3:01 PM — LGBT activists in Russia have announced that St Petersburg will take part in the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), despite a law banning "homosexual propaganda" in the city.
Church of Scotland moderator ‘terrified’ ahead of vote on gay clergy 11
2:04 PM — The Moderator of the Church of Scotland has revealed that she is "terrified" of an upcoming debate on the ordination of gay clergy, which has the potential to cause the largest schism within the church since the 19th century.
Federer and Murray: Tennis is open to pro gay players coming out 1
12:22 PM — Roger Federer and Andy Murray have said that an openly gay male tennis professional would face no problems in tournaments.