23rd August 2013
BBC asks whether tougher bans for homophobic football fans are an ‘overreaction’ 41
12:27 PM — A Twitter question from BBC Newsbeat has asked followers whether bans for football fans who use homophobic language is an "overreaction", and questions whether homophobic chants constitute "abuse", or whether it is just "banter".
New police policy set out to tackle ‘frighteningly often’ occurrences of homophobia at football matches 3
11:47 AM — A new policy for tacking homophobic abuse by football supporters has been set out, which names homophobia as the last major form of discrimination at football mateches, and which, including a "robust prosecution policy" for dealing with both online and offline abuse.
22nd August 2013
US radio host: Gays are ‘empty’ inside and want to ‘absorb the personality and identity of others’ 79
7:44 PM — A US radio host has again spoken out against gay and lesbian people, this time saying that they are "empty", and therefore want to "absorb the personality and identity of another person,"
Why did the Daily Star ‘out’ actor Charlie Condou as a gay parent given that it wasn’t a secret? 28
6:54 PM — Openly gay Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou, has become involved in a confusion started by a Daily Star front page which suggested that his children were a secret, despite him regularly writing a popular column about them.
Politician who said gay relationships not in ‘any way equal’ to straight ones, guilty of abusing three wives 34
5:54 PM — An MSP who has in the past voiced strong opposition to gay rights, including comparing gay rights campaigners to Nazis, has been found guilty of domestic abuse over three decades.
Scotland: Police investigation launched as trans woman barred from female toilets in shopping centre 16
4:22 PM — A police investigation has been launched as a trans woman said she was barred from the female toilets of a shopping centre in Edinburgh.
US Wikileaks soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning: I will live out the rest of my life as a woman 22
1:39 PM — The US soldier who was yesterday sentenced to 35 years in prison for her involvement in leaking large numbers of secret documents to Wikileaks, formerly known as Bradley Manning, has now revealed she will live out the rest of her life as a woman, and wishes to be referred to as Chelsea E Manning.
US journalist says Russian state TV told pre-arranged taxi to dump him on a highway 11
1:05 PM — A US reporter who appeared on Russian state-funded television yesterday, refused to talk about Bradley Manning, and instead using his time to speak out against the repression of LGBT people in the country before being cut off, has now accused the network of telling a Swedish taxi driver to drop him off on a highway.
Video: Anti-equal marriage group says government expecting people to ‘change their religious beliefs’ 48
12:40 PM — One of the UK's largest campaign groups against equal marriage has released a video outlining its plans for the future, including being on "high alert", and claiming that it is required to "help people who are in difficulty because of their convictions about marriage".
21st August 2013
Video: Reporter cut off on Russian state TV: ‘Gay people will not be silent in the face of repression’ 26
7:05 PM — A US reporter invited onto Russian state-funded TV to talk about Bradley Manning who used his time to speak out against the repression of LGBT people in the country was cut off by the host, but not before saying "we're not going to be silent of horrific repression".
Cameroon: Over a hundred take part in anti-gay rally targeting suspected gay friendly bars 6
6:33 PM — Over a hundred have taken part in a rally against suspected gay friendly bars in Cameroon's capital, and posted anti-gay messages on schools and bars.
International Olympic Committee urged to select Madrid for 2020 games due to LGBT inclusivity 17
6:09 PM — Amid a storm of controversy surrounding the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will soon choose the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games, and is being urged to use LGBT inclusivity as a key deciding factor.
US conservative commentator: New Jersey’s law banning ‘gay cure’ therapy has ‘banned chastity’ 41
5:00 PM — A conservative social commentator has criticised New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's decision to sign into law a bill banning the practice of "gay cure" therapy on minors, saying he has "banned chastity".
Award-winning German playwright rejects invitation to Moscow over anti-gay laws 14
4:04 PM — A German playwright has joined in an international boycott of Russia because of its anti-gay laws, after he refused to visit the country for a performance of his play.
Video: Ke$ha sends backing dancers to counter Westboro protest at concert 12
3:39 PM — US singer Ke$ha turned the tables on members of the adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church earlier this week, when they picketed her concert and played a parody of one of her songs, she sent out her backing dancers for an impromptu performance.
Academy sponsor denies Section 28 return, saying it ‘abhors’ discrimination 9
2:39 PM — The sponsor of some academies accused of returning to the notorious Section 28 legislation has denied the claims, saying it "abhors" discrimination.
GLAAD study reveals severe lack of LGBT characters in Hollywood films 13
2:21 PM — A study by the LGBT organisation GLAAD has found a huge lack of LGBT characters in Hollywood films, including zero identifiably trans characters, and very few lesbian, gay and bisexual characters.
Norway: Rainbow crossing pops up outside Russian embassy in Oslo 9
1:17 PM — A pedestrian crossing outside the Russian embassy in Oslo has been coloured in with rainbow colours, the latest in a string of installations to protest Russia's anti-gay laws introduced in June.
20th August 2013
US Columnist: Gay rights have ‘hijacked the civil rights movement’ and ‘destroy black communities’ 45
7:43 PM — A US columnist has written about her opposition to the withdrawal of a performance of an "ex-gay" gospel singer at a Martin Luther King memorial last weekend.
US: Amusement park cancels wedding contest after protest as it excluded gay couples 3
7:09 PM — A US amusement park has cancelled a wedding contest following a protest by a gay couple who complained as it excluded same-sex couples.