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county of San Diego who had moved against the resumption of the issue of same-sex marriage licences in California, has withdrawn a legal bid to stop them from taking place.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.
Petition started to urge Team GB to wear rainbow colours at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics 8
4:00 PM — A petition has been started to urge Team GB to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics so as not to put athletes at a disadvantage, but calls for them to wear rainbow colours in solidarity with the Russian LGBT community.
US: Minnesota same-sex weddings could add $130 million to local wedding industry 1
3:22 PM — The newly introduced law in the US state of Minnesota could mean millions of dollars for the wedding industry in the state.
US: Challenge to Virginia state ban on same-sex marriage to be filed today
2:42 PM — Human and gay rights groups are today to file a challenge in court to the state of Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.
Enders Game film director: Orson Scott Card’s opposition to equal marriage are ‘very sad’ and ‘at odds with his art’ 16
1:55 PM — The director of the upcoming Enders Game film has again weighed in on controversy surrounding the release of the film because of anti-gay comments by the book's author Orson Scott Card, to say that it is "very sad" that he holds those views.
31st July 2013
LGBT sports and human rights coalition rules out Winter Olympics boycott in favour of visibility option 21
11:44 PM — An international coalition of sport and human rights organisations have rejected calls for a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, in favour of long-term change and visibility action.
US: ‘Ex-gay’ group claims ‘gay cure’ therapy awareness could have prevented AIDS epidemic 27
11:21 PM — Advocates of the controversial practice of ‘ex-gay’ therapy have claimed that it could have saved gay men from the AIDS epidemic, if more gay men had undergone the therapy.
US: Gay rights groups commend judge for ruling that benefits be paid to same-sex marriage survivor 1
9:15 PM — A federal US judge in the has been applauded by equal marriage groups for ordering that death benefits been paid to a widow in a same-sex marriage.