13th June 2013
US: Southern Baptist Convention officially ‘disapproves’ of Boy Scouts inclusivity but doesn’t cut ties 15
1:08 AM — On Wednesday, the largest Protestant denomination in the US, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), adopted a resolution to disapprove of the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) recent decision to allow gay youth members.
12th June 2013
New Zealand: Female rugby fan abused by three men for asking homophobic chants to stop 17
6:19 PM — A female rugby fan in New Zealand has said she was verbally abused, and tapped on the head, after asking other fans at a rugby match to stop using the words "homos" and "faggots".
US: Lesbian family drama produced by Jennifer Lopez sees viewership surge for second episode 4
5:52 PM — A television drama featuring a lesbian couple and their family, on the US ABC network has seen a massive surge in ratings for its second episode, despite conservative groups protesting against it airing.
US: Boston police adopt new rules for treatment of transgender people 4
5:15 PM — Boston police have issued new guidelines on the treatment of transgender people by officers.
Largest Protestant denomination in US to vote on measure disapproving of Boy Scouts gay inclusion 3
3:59 PM — The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the US, is expected on Wednesday to vote on a resolution which would express disapproval of the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) new policy accepting gay youth members.
French Olympic swimmers pose as ‘imaginary gay couple’ for anti-homophobia campaign 13
2:01 PM — Two male French Olympic swimmers have posed in an intimate shot as an "imaginary couple", as part of a campaign to tackle homophobia, which also features images of Eva Longoria and Lara Fabian.
Human rights groups condemn passage of Russian anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law 12
1:39 PM — Human rights groups have heavily condemned the passage of a law yesterday through the Russian State Duma, which would ban "homosexual propaganda" across the country, as "outrageous and incredibly dangerous".
French mayor: ‘I will go to the gallows’ before performing a same-sex wedding 53
1:53 AM — The mayor of the town of Arcangues, in southwest France, has refused to marry a gay couple, and as well as facing a backlash from the LGBT community, he could face charges of discrimination.
US: Senator Leahy again to attempt same-sex couples amendment to immigration bill
1:27 AM — Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy is again to attempt an amendment to the US immigration bill, which would include sponsorship for same-sex partners of US citizens, after withdrawing a similar measure earlier in the committee stage.
11th June 2013
Video: TV host: Gays will ‘tear up’ Boy Scouts for ‘a few kids that want to do sex with each other’ 24
6:27 PM — A Christian television host has spoken on his online show to say that he thinks allowing gay members in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will mean "tearing up" the organisation "to accommodate a few kids that want to do sex with each other".
Russia: Duma approves bill to criminalise insulting religious beliefs, following Pussy Riot protest 10
5:42 PM — In the wake of a scandal caused last year by a protest by punk band Pussy Riot against Russian President Vladimir Putin, held in a Moscow cathedral, a law has been passed by the State Duma to criminalise insulting people's religious feelings.
US: Gay 11-year-old succeeds with petition to have award rescinded from ‘Don’t Say Gay’ politician 3
5:11 PM — A petition started by an openly gay 11-year-old boy from Tennessee, to revoke an award given to a state Representative who sponsored the state's controversial 'Don't Say Gay' bill, has succeeded.
Russian State Duma gives final approval to law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’ 41
3:57 PM — Lawmakers in the Russian State Duma have given final approval to a bill to ban "homosexual propaganda" to minors, and the media.
US: Gay couple to receive $147,000 in damages for harassment by apartment maintenance staff 3
3:31 PM — The management company of an apartment complex in the US state of Iowa has been ordered to pay a substantial amount in damages to a gay couple who were discriminated against by an on-site maintenance man, and others who refused to stop the harassment.
Russia: Protesters detained as lawmakers look set to pass law banning ‘gay propaganda’ 2
2:24 PM — The State Duma in Russia looks set to give final approval to a law which would ban "homosexual propaganda" to minors, and includes harsh punishments including jail time and fines.
10th June 2013
France: Man faces preliminary manslaughter charge over death of Clement Meric 14
10:57 PM — A man is facing preliminary charges of manslaughter over the death of anti-fascist protester Clement Meric last week.
Russia: LGBT film festival fined under ‘foreign agent’ laws 7
10:16 PM — A Russian LGBT film festival has been targeted under "foreign agent" laws, and fined a substantial amount for allegedly failing to declare foreign funding, which organisers deny having received.
Russia: State Duma could ban foreign same-sex adoption ‘as early as next week’ 5
7:08 PM — The Russian State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament, could move to approve an amendment which would ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, "as early as next week."
Buckingham Palace consulted in debate over same-sex marriages in Westminster chapel 12
6:12 PM — Buckingham Palace has been drawn into the debate around whether or not equal marriage ceremonies should take place at a chapel within the Palace of Westminster.
US: Conservative group praises Nigeria for ‘fighting back’ with anti-gay laws 20
5:32 PM — A conservative group in the US has praised Nigeria for “taking bold steps to fight back” against measures “to subvert public morality," though introducing new, harsher, anti-gay laws.