18th December 2013
Facebook deletes viral photo of gay Sikh man kissing a man 11
3:06 PM — A photograph posted by a gay Sikh man of himself kissing a man has gone viral but not before it was "mistakenly" deleted by Facebook for violating the terms of service.
Russia could release jailed members of anti-Putin punk band Pussy Riot this week 9
12:53 PM — Two jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot could be released this week, and as early as Thursday.
After nearly blinding her dog with a hammer, homophobes say children’s entertainer is next 23
11:17 AM — A children's entertainer who was last week targeted in a hate crime when her dog was hit with a hammer, has again been targeted with violent threats.
17th December 2013
US: University of Maryland insurance plans may soon include cover for gender reassignment 1
8:55 PM — Gender reassignment surgery may be covered by the University of Maryland's student insurance plans.
US: Pennsylvania judge in equal marriage challenge case rejects state appeal 4
8:45 PM — A federal judge in the US state of Pennsylvania has refused a state appeal to cease a case challenging the state's ban on equal marriage.
US TV host Jay Leno compares Sochi Olympics to Nazi Germany 31
8:29 PM — US television host Jay Leno has made a stark comparison between the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Nazi Germany.
Video: Google celebrates equal marriage with gay couple’s wedding in Zeitgeist roundup 2
5:26 PM — Google has celebrated the marriage of a same-sex couple in its Zeitgeist video of 2013.
Author: ‘Homophobia came into India, not homosexuality’ 7
3:32 PM — An Indian novelist and poet has reacted to assertions that homosexuality was "imported" into the country, to say that it was in fact "homophobia came into India, not homosexuality".
Marks and Spencer announces all toys will be made gender neutral in 2014 8
2:01 PM — Retail giant Marks and Spencer (M&S) is to make all its toys gender neutral by spring 2014, after customers complained that it used gender labels on some of its range.
US: In lawsuit based on sodomy ruling, judge rules that Utah’s polygamy law is unconstitutional 12
1:07 PM — A federal judge has ruled that a law banning polygamy in the state of Utah is unconstitutional.
European Parliamentary committee adopts roadmap against homophobia and transphobia 1
12:34 PM — A European Parliamentary committee this morning adopted a recommendation for an EU roadmap against homophobia and transphobia.
16th December 2013
India: Hindu group congratulates Supreme Court for banishing homosexuality as ‘imported disease’ 17
7:51 PM — A right-wing Hindu group in India has congratulated the Supreme Court for its "historic", decision to reinstate a ban on gay sex.
James Arthur: I have felt ‘deep, deep shame’ for using homophobic lyrics 39
7:23 PM — X Factor winner James Arthur has spoken out about to say that he has suffered from depression, and since being involved in a controversy surrounding homophobic lyrics, he has lost a lot of confidence.
US: Illinois judge tells county clerk to issue marriage licences early for the terminally ill
7:18 PM — A federal judge has instructed a county clerk in the US state of Illinois to issue marriage licences early to any same-sex couple who wish to wed immediately if one of them has a terminal illness.
US: Pastor refuses to quit voluntarily for officiating at gay son’s wedding 1
6:23 PM — A Methodist minister in the US state of Pennsylvania has refused to voluntarily step down after he was put "on trial", for officiating at his gay son's wedding, and after saying he would not renounce his actions.
Photos: London Day of Rage protest against Indian gay sex ban 1
5:17 PM — A protest took place on Sunday in London against the Indian Supreme Court's decision to reinstate a ban on gay sex.
US: New Jersey officials end push to codify equal marriage in law 2
4:11 PM — Officials in the US state of New Jersey have ended a campaign to have equal marriage written into state law through extra legislation.
Vice President of the European Commission to boycott Sochi Winter Olympics 5
3:25 PM — The Vice President of the European Commission has announced that she is to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014, because of recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia.
Topless feminist protesters charged with trespassing for gay rights protest 5
1:21 PM — Two feminist protesters have been charged with trespassing, after demonstrating topless in support of gay rights outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm.
15th December 2013
BBC: Presenters can promote National Christmas Jumper Day & Movember but not World AIDS Day 45
12:10 PM — It has emerged that BBC presenters are allowed to promote National Christmas Day and Movember but are banned from promoting World AIDS Day. On World AIDS Day 2011, the BBC broadcast an extended film about a presenter shaving off his 'Movember' moustache to raise awareness for prostate cancer, in apparent contravention of its own rules.