6th July 2013
US: LGBT groups call for Capital One to drop Alec Baldwin as spokesman over homophobic tweets 17
7:50 PM — A coalition of LGBT rights activists have called on credit card provider Capital One to sack actor Alec Baldin as its spokesman, as he sent a string of homophobic tweets to a British journalist last week.
Australia: Bill will stop faith schools from expelling students based on sexual orientation 13
7:36 PM — A private members bill will soon be introduced in the New South Wales State Parliament, which would remove the right of religious schools to expel students who come out as gay.
Emmerdale star Michelle Hardwick publicly comes out as gay 4
2:13 AM — Michelle Hardwick, an actress best know for her role in soap Emmerdale, has spoken out publicly for the first time to say that she is gay.
Education Secretary Michael Gove: Using ‘gay’ as an insult is ‘outrageous and medieval’ 21
1:51 AM — The Education Secretary Michael Gove, has spoken at a conference on equality in education, to condemn the use of the word "gay" as derogatory, saying it is "outrageous and medieval".
5th July 2013
The PinkNews guide to what happens next for the equal marriage bill 24
6:52 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales is set to return to Parliament next week, here's a simple guide to what happens next in the process.
US: Miss South Carolina pageant features first openly gay contestant ever in Miss America system 1
5:37 PM — The Miss South Carolina Pageant in the US state of South Carolina, this year features its first openly gay contestant, who tackled potential criticisms from onlookers by simply saying "this is me".
London gay bar poster featuring Prince Harry topless goes viral 6
4:32 PM — A poster used during Pride in London by the gay bar Manbar, featuring a topless photograph of Prince Harry, has gone viral, after having appeared on several international websites.
Nepal: 62 LGBT candidates to run for seats in November election 3
3:20 PM — This year's race for seats in Nepal's Constituent Assembly will see 62 LGBT candidates run, in the hope of better representing the LGBT community in the country.
Late gay rights hero Michael Brown pledged to ‘just keep going’ in his last ever interview 7
2:18 PM — Speaking to GT (Gay Times) in his last ever interview, the late, long-time gay rights activist Michael Brown, speaks of being one of the longest standing gay activists, highlights generational rifts in the gay community and says he would carry on campaigning.
Actress Tilda Swinton flies rainbow flag in Moscow in solidarity with LGBT community 13
2:19 AM — Actress Tilda Swinton has posed for a photograph, posted on the internet by her representative, flying a rainbow flag in front of St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, in solidarity with the LGBT community.
Mixed martial arts fighter says UFC boss would ‘have fighters sucking dick’ if he were gay 19
1:58 AM — The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has again become embroiled in controversy after one of its fighters said the company's boss would force the fighters to perform sex acts on him, if he were gay, when commenting on the power he possesses over the organisation.
4th July 2013
Lord Dear introduces ‘belief in traditional marriage’ amendment to same-sex marriage bill 43
6:38 PM — Lord Dear has introduced a new amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which could prove fatal to the equal marriage bill for England and Wales by defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
Baroness Deech introduces equal marriage bill amendment to include carers and cohabiting family members 34
6:18 PM — Baroness Deech has introduced an amendment, which would add the provision to include cohabiting family members or carers in the bill to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Campaign for Homosexual Equality Conference to be dedicated to late gay activist Michael Brown 1
5:10 PM — The Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE) has announced that a conference it is holding this Sunday, will be dedicated to the late long-time gay activist Michael Brown, who died last weekend.
Sweden: Pakistani court threatens head of LGBT group with life imprisonment over equal marriage support 27
4:38 PM — The head of an LGBT rights group in Sweden has been threatened with a lawsuit over the organisation's support for a same-sex marriage involving a Pakistani person.
US: Civil rights groups aim for New Mexico Supreme Court to legalise equal marriage 1
3:11 PM — A campaign to have the Supreme Court in the US state of New Mexico, legalise equal marriage has been started by several civil rights groups.
US: CBS condemns homophobic language used by Big Brother housemates 3
2:13 PM — US television network CBS has condemned abusive language, including homophobia, used by housemates in the Big Brother House, but has not suggested that anyone will be evicted for using such language.
Equal marriage rap song reaches top 20 in Billboard Hot 100 chart 4
1:53 PM — A rap song which carries a message of strong support for equal marriage, has reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
3rd July 2013
Microsoft plans to isolate homophobic Xbox gamers in online multiplayer games 10
11:36 PM — Microsoft last month announced plans for its new Xbox console- Xbox One, and has gone further to say it intends to tackle abusive players online by separating them from other gamers.
US: Supporters call on judge to immediately legalise equal marriage following Supreme Court ruling
10:52 PM — Equal marriage advocates in the US state of New Jersey have called on a state judge to immediately legalise same-sex marriage in the state, following the Supreme Court's strike-down of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).