11th August 2013
Australia: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pledges to introduce equal marriage if reelected 10
4:42 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd has promised to allow a full conscience vote on equal marriage, should be be re-elected in next month's election.
Italy: 14-year-old commits suicide because of anti-gay bullying 37
4:29 PM — A fourteen-year-old in Rome has taken his own life because of anti-gay bullying, and struggles with finding acceptance of his sexuality.
US: New Jersey judge to hear potentially groundbreaking case on implications of DOMA strike-down
4:15 PM — A New Jersey court case will this week hear oral arguments in a test of the implications of the Supreme Court ruling which struck down key sections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to find out what it means for that states.
10th August 2013
Photos: More than a thousand Londoners straight and gay protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws 17
3:00 PM — A protest against the treatment of LGBT people in Russia is currently underway in London near the official residence of the Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street. More than one thousand people have attended what is believed to be the largest gay rights protest in recent years.
9th August 2013
US radio host: ‘Russia’s new laws are not homophobic, but homorealistic’ 38
11:32 PM — US christian radio host Bryan Fischer has weighed in on the international outcry surrounding recently passed Russian anti-gay laws, to say that Russia is simply "homorealistic", not homophobic.
US: NBC reassures gay and lesbian employees of safety during Winter Olympics 13
11:20 PM — US television network NBC has attempted to reassure its gay and lesbian employees who may work during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, that they will be kept safe despite the passage of anti-gay laws.
Brazil: Court orders army to recognise same-sex civil union 1
6:10 PM — For the first time in Brazil, a court has ordered the Brazillian Army to reconise a same-sex civil union.
Transgender actress reflects on ‘complicated’ role of playing trans character in hit Netflix drama 2
5:40 PM — Transgender Actress Laverne Cox has reflected on her role in hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black, to say that she is "grateful" for the role to have come her way, and spoke of the challenge it offer to her, saying she was one of the most "complicated" characters she had taken on.
Nick Clegg: ‘It is worrying and depressing that Russia is taking steps backwards for LGBT rights’ 11
5:18 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has reiterated his stance opposing recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia, and saying it is "worrying and depressing", that LGBT rights in Russia are receding.
UN Russian Ambassador says anti-gay law will remain in effect during Winter Olympics 5
4:55 PM — The Russian Ambassador the the United Nations Vitaly Churkin, has addressed gay rights campaigners to say that recently introduced anti-gay laws will remain in effect during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Tory MP Mike Weatherley receives death threat over opposition to Russian anti-gay laws 13
4:29 PM — Conservative MP Mike Weatherley has received a death threat on Twitter, after speaking out to push David Cameron to act against recently introduced Russian anti-gay laws.
Video: X-Men actor uses YouTube to come out as gay: ‘It’s not something anybody should be ashamed of’ 6
3:33 PM — A star of the X-Men film Origins: Wolverine, and an internet personality has come out in an impassioned video posted on YouTube, in which he tells his story and emphasises what he says is important about being publicly out.
Study: One in eight gay people and 75% of trans people the target of hate crime each year in UK 4
3:08 PM — A report released about anti-LGBT hate crimes in London has found that despite the number of crimes reported to police being on the decline, the LGBT community is still experiencing high levels of abuse, with 75% of trans people and one in eight gay people the victim of a hate crime each year in the UK.
Protest against Russian anti-gay laws to take place in London on Saturday 7
2:17 PM — A protest is due to take place opposite Downing Street on Saturday, against the recent passage of anti-gay laws in Russia, which has led to an international outcry.
Canada: Foreign Affairs Minister brushes off criticism over pro-LGBT stance 4
1:04 AM — Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, has brushed off an attack from a conservative women's group which said his pro-gay stance over the situation in Russia was not representative of Canadian citizens.
8th August 2013
Video: Partially state-funded Russian news channel runs report saying Western coverage of anti-gay laws is ‘warped’ 23
6:47 PM — Russian partially state-funded news channel RT has aired a special report on foreign perceptions of recently passed anti-gay laws, which appears to attempt to suggest that the majority of Russian support the laws, and calls US reports on the issue "warped".
US: Art gallery refuses to host gay wedding, citing ‘religious beliefs’ as the reason 14
6:07 PM — An art gallery just outside of Des Moines, in the US state of Iowa, has refused to allow a gay couple to hold their wedding at the venue, citing religious beliefs.
Marguerite McLaughlin steps down as Metro charity chief executive 5
5:40 PM — The chief executive of the Metro Centre, the south-east London-based HIV prevention and sexual health charity Marguerite McLaughlin BEM, has stepped down.
Canada: Women’s group accuses Foreign Affairs Minister of abusing his position by supporting gay rights 25
3:25 PM — A Canadian conservative women's group has accused Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird of taking advantage of his position in order to defend gay rights, after he spoke out last week against recently introduced Russian anti-gay laws.
Petition calls for 2014 Winter Olympics to be relocated to Vancouver 13
2:12 PM — A petition which has gathered almost 80,000 signatures, calls for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to be relocated to Vancouver, following the passage of anti-gay laws in Russia.