6th August 2013
US: Over 80 lawmakers call on Obama administration to end gay blood donation ban 8
1:07 AM — More than 80 US congressional members on Monday called on the Obama administration to end the ban on gay men being allowed to give blood, calling it outdated.
Russia: Socialite called for questioning in case surrounding insults to anti-gay lawmakers 8
12:49 AM — A Russian socialite-turned-political activist said on Monday that she had been called in by investigators in the case of online insults to lawmakers legislating against gay people.
5th August 2013
Ed Sheeran to the Westboro Baptist Church: ‘Keep your homophobic views to yourself’ 10
6:31 PM — British singer Ed Sheeran, who has been supporting Taylor Swift on her US tour, responded to the Westboro Baptist Church who picketed one of the venues, to tell it to "keep your homophobic views to yourself".
US radio host: Homosexuality is caused by a ‘hormone imbalance’ just like obesity, and can be ‘unlearned’ 53
5:44 PM — A US radio host has spoken on her programme to suggest that being gay is due to a "hormone imbalance", similar to people who have eating disorders and become obese, and that it is a behaviour which can simply be "unlearned".
Book features ageing Batman in relationship with Robin, and friends with Sir Elton John 2
4:34 PM — A new novel which re-imagines the story of Batman and Robin sees the hero him come out, and in a relationship with the iconic sidekick, as well as being friends with Sir Elton John.
Fox News contributor links homosexuality with child rape and murder 43
3:28 PM — A US radio host and Fox news contributor has linked the love of couples in same-sex marriages to the actions of Ohio kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro who was last year sentenced to over a thousand years in prison.
James Bond actor Ben Whishaw confirms he is gay and ‘proud to be’ in a civil partnership 25
1:22 PM — British film actor Ben Whishaw has confirmed in an interview that he is gay, and that he entered into a civil partnership in 2012.
4th August 2013
Canada: Gay author receives threats from Russia over children’s story 26
6:51 PM — A gay author from British Columbia known for his children's literature, has said he has received threats from Russia, following the recent passage of anti-gay laws.
US: County clerk withdraws legal challenge to resumption of same-sex marriage in California 3
5:45 PM — A clerk in the county of San Diego who had moved against the resumption of the issue of same-sex marriage licences in California, has withdrawn a legal bid to stop them from taking place.
US: Gay couple told to sit at the back of a bus for holding hands in public 37
5:27 PM — A gay couple have said that a bus driver in the US state of New Mexico told them to sit at the back of the bus because they were holding hands.
3rd August 2013
Canada: Vancouver kiss-in takes place outside Russian consulate to protest anti-gay laws 7
4:50 AM — A kiss-in intended to show solidarity with the LGBT community in Russia in the wake of the passage of new anti-gay laws, has taken place in Vancouver outside the Russian consulate.
Cosby show star tweets to come out as gay and says she is grateful for equal marriage 7
4:31 AM — Former Cosby Show star Raven Symone, who played 3-year-old Olivia in the 1980s sitcom, has revealed that she is gay in a statement about equal marriage.
2nd August 2013
Anti-gay evangelist accuses US Supreme Court judge of being a ‘homosexualist’ 37
5:50 PM — An anti-gay evangelist has written a column which accuses one of the US Supreme Court justices of being a "homosexualist" for ruling in favour of gay rights in the past.
US: Pennsylvania mayor says she is happy to marry same-sex couples 1
5:12 PM — A mayor in the US state of Pennsylvania has said she will marry same-sex couples if they have already been issued with a marriage licence.
Stage actor slams audience member for shouting homophobic abuse during performance 25
3:20 PM — An actor in London took it upon himself to take a stand against homophobia, as he chastised an audience member for making a homophobic comment during the embrace of two male characters.
1st August 2013
Canada: Foreign Affairs Minister slams ‘hateful’ Russian anti-gay law 30
8:46 PM — Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has spoken out to condemn recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia as "hateful".
US: National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame to induct first class tomorrow 10
8:29 PM — The first US hall of fame to honour gay and lesbian sportspeople will be unveiled tomorrow, and inductees include tennis champions Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King.
Human rights group calls on Hollywood to stand up against Russian anti-gay laws 13
8:10 PM — A leading human rights group has set its sights on Hollywood as its next ally to stand up against an increasing anti-gay atmosphere in Russia, including the recent passage of anti-gay laws.
Russia: Lawmaker accuses Madonna and Lady Gaga of breaking visa conditions and says Russian performances were illegal 9
4:46 PM — A Russian lawmaker has taken aim at Madonna and Lady Gaga, claiming that they violated their visa conditions when they performed shows in Russia, and that collecting money from their shows was therefore illegal.
US: Catholic school teacher sacked for being gay days after marrying his partner 16
4:26 PM — A teacher at a Catholic school in the US state of California was sacked days after marrying his partner in a civil ceremony.