28th August 2013
Mother of man accused of beating trans woman to death in NYC ‘forced his friend to confess’
4:00 PM — The mother of a man accused of beating a trans woman to death in a suspected transphobic attack in New York City, reportedly took one of his friends to the police station, and forced him to confess to the crime.
US televangelist: ‘Gay people purposely spread HIV by cutting people with special rings’ 33
3:19 PM — A US televangelist has claimed that gay men have been purposely spreading HIV using special rings which cut the hand of strangers they shake hands with.
27th August 2013
Walmart extends health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners 6
7:56 PM — The largest retailer in the US, Walmart, has announced that it is to offer health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners beginning next year.
Police seize painting of Russian President Vladimir Putin wearing women’s underwear 50
7:22 PM — Police in the Russian city of St Petersburg have seized a number of pieces of art, including a satirical portrait of President Vladimir Putin wearing women's underwear for violating undetermined laws.
Top public school appoints first ever openly gay head boy 29
6:59 PM — The first openly gay head boy has been appointed by a top British public school, who has already used his position to criticise recent revelations that some academies have been operating with policies resembling Section 28.
Politicians set to block payoff to anti-gay marriage wife-beating MSP 10
6:00 PM — MSPs are set to move to block politician Bill Walker, who was last week found guilty of almost three decades of domestic abuse, and who has in the past voiced strong opposition to gay rights, including comparing gay rights campaigners to Nazis, from receiving a £30,000 resettlement grant when he leaves the Scottish Parliament.
Oxfam says firewall blocking access to PinkNews was accidental and allows access to site 8
5:46 PM — Aid and development charity Oxfam has responded to a report from PinkNews which found that access to LGBT news sites was being blocked from terminals operated by the charity, to say that it was the result of an automated firewall, and is not company policy.
US: Trans woman prisoner serving 73 year sentence appeals to be given gender reassignment 9
4:35 PM — A trans woman in the US state of Virginia who has been served a 73-year prison sentence is expecting a decision from a judge on whether she will be allowed evaluation to be given gender reassignment surgery.
US: Republican lawmakers consider legal action over New Mexico county issuing same-sex marriage licences 9
4:08 PM — Republican lawmakers in the US state of New Mexico have said they are considering legal action over a judge's decision to make a broad ruling that same-sex couples should not be excluded from being issue marriage certificates.
US: Judge rules that equal marriage must be recognised in state of New Mexico 9
2:02 PM — A judge in the US state of New Mexico has indirectly ruled that equal marriage be made legal, as he ruled that prohibiting same-sex marriages is a form of sexual discrimination.
24th August 2013
US: Murdered NYC trans woman was violently beaten in front of police precinct 12
10:02 PM — A 21-year-old trans woman who was violently beaten until brain damaged, and later taken off life support after being pronounced brain dead, was attacked just feet away from a New York Police Department precinct.
US: Jason Collins to introduce Ryan Lewis and Macklemore at VMAs for equal marriage hit
9:31 PM — Openly gay NBA basketball star Jason Collins will on Sunday evening take to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards to introduce Macklemore and Ryan Lewis when they perform their equal marriage themed summer hit.
Russia: Putin critic vows to allow gay pride rallies in Moscow if elected as Mayor 13
8:30 PM — One of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics has said gay pride marches would be permitted in Moscow, if he is elected as the city's next Mayor.
Macmillan Dictionary revises definition of ‘marriage’ to include same-sex couples 13
6:56 PM — Macmillan Dictionary has become the first dictionary in Britain to revise the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.
23rd August 2013
US politician says free speech gives her the right to say gay people are ‘so disgusting’ 104
7:29 PM — A councilwoman in the US state of Texas has defended comments she made during which she said gay people are "disgusting", and should not be allowed to adopt children.
US: 21-year-old trans woman dies after being brutally beaten in transphobic attack 8
6:42 PM — A transgender woman in New York City has died after being violently beaten in a transphobic attack.
Uruguay: First gay couple registered to marry wed and ‘celebrate love’ of new equal marriage law 6
6:24 PM — The first gay couple to register to marry in Uruguay when a new equal marriage law took effect on 5 August, have married as gay rights activists celebrate in the country.
US: Porn production halted as actor tests HIV positive just days after ban on bareback filming upheld 23
6:04 PM — The making of porn films has been halted in Los Angeles County, just days after a judge upheld a ban on the filming of bareback porn in the county, because an actor has tested positive for HIV.
David Cameron offers full support to Cardiff Mardi Gras featuring Beverley Knight and Rylan Clark 3
5:14 PM — British Prime Minister David Cameron has offered his support to this year's Mardi Gras in Cardiff, Wales which will take place on 31 August.
Russia: Vladimir Putin signs decree banning protests for duration of Sochi games 38
5:00 PM — A decree banning demonstrations and rallies has been signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and will take place over the duration of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.