5th September 2013
Obama gives go ahead for military veterans to receive federal benefits
2:42 PM — Same-sex spouses of military veterans will be allowed to receive federal benefits currently only available to married straight couples, the Obama administration has announced.
Video: InterTech Diversity Forum panel discussion on LGBT start-ups at Google London 2
2:28 PM — The first in a series of panel discussions featuring LGBT members of the start up community took place in London yesterday evening, hosted by the InterTech Diversity Forum.
4th September 2013
Hillary Clinton to be honoured by Elton John Foundation for support of gay rights 5
7:04 PM — The Elton John AIDS foundation is to honour former US secretary of state, senator and first lady Hillary Clinton at the foundation's award ceremony in October.
InterTech Diversity Forum panel discussion on LGBT start-ups streams live online
6:41 PM — The first in a series of panel discussions featuring LGBT members of the start up community will take place in London this evening, and the event is available to view via live stream.
Scottish Parliamentary committee to begin hearing evidence around equal marriage bill 9
5:02 PM — On Thursday, the Scottish Parliament will begin hearing evidence around the equal marriage bill for Scotland.
Comedian Rob Brydon criticised for making joke about Stephen Fry’s suicide attempt at awards 31
4:46 PM — Rob Brydon has come under criticism for a joke he made at the GQ Men of the Year awards about a suicide attempt by Stephen Fry earlier this year.
Denmark: Petition with over 50,000 signatures delivered to Russian embassy against anti-gay law 3
3:16 PM — Today Amnesty International and To Russia with Love Denmark held a meeting with the Russian Embassy in Denmark and delivered more than 50,000 Danish signatures in protest against the new homophobic law in Russia.
US: Judge rules deceased gay man’s death certificate can list him as married despite equal marriage ban 1
1:36 PM — In a second similar ruling by the same judge, a gay man has won an appeal to have his late husband's death certificate display that he was married, despite a state-wide ban on equal marriage in Ohio.
William Hague: ‘Britain must stick to its values and not retreat on issues like gay rights in Russia’ 15
12:59 PM — Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken out against anti-gay laws in Russia to say that Britain's foreign policy must have "a conscience", and that it is in the nature of Britain to "stand up for human rights overseas."
US: Pennsylvania court to hear arguments in case against clerk who issued same-sex marriage licences
12:41 PM — A court in the US state of Pennsylvania will today begin to hear arguments around the case of a county clerk who is being sued by the state because he issued marriage licences to same-sex couples.
Texas and Mississippi National Guard refuse to process gay couples’ benefits despite Pentagon directive 6
12:25 PM — The National Guard in the US states of Texas and Mississippi have refused to process benefits requests from Tuesday from same-sex couples, despite a directive from the Pentagon to do so.
3rd September 2013
Photos: Thousands protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws at London’s Whitehall 4
7:00 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. Here are a selection of the latest photographs.
US: Surge of weddings expected as new leave for same-sex military couples to marry kicks in 1
6:30 PM — Beginning on Tuesday, gay members of the US Military are expected to begin emptying their savings, and taking up newly available leave put in place to allow same-sex couples to travel to a state which allows equal marriage.
Mother of Big Brother US contestant who made anti-gay slurs ‘disappointed’ at ‘inappropriate comments’ 4
6:09 PM — The mother of a Big Brother US contestant who was heavily criticised for making anti-gay and racist comments, has spoken out to voice her "disappointment" at the comments, but has hit out at CBS network, accusing it of taking advantage of the comments to gain ratings.
US radio host: People only accept being gay is not a choice because all gay people are lying about it 40
5:18 PM — A US radio host known for her anti-gay rhetoric has spoken out to claim that the only reason it is now widely accepted that being gay is not a choice is because gay people lie to "say so".
US: New couple joins battle for equal marriage in Ohio over death certificate listing
5:00 PM — A new plaintiff has joined the lawsuit to have same-sex marriages recognised in the US state of Ohio, despite a ban.
Openly gay Hope Powell sacked as England women’s football coach 6
3:36 PM — The openly gay coach of the women's England football team has been sacked following bad results at the Euro 2013 competition, despite becoming known for drastically raising the profile of England women's football.
Foreign Office confirms David Cameron will raise Russian anti-gay laws with Putin at G20 10
1:33 PM — Prime Minster David Cameron is to raise concerns over Russia's anti-gay laws introduced in June, when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at this week's G20 meeting in St Petersburg.
Exclusive Video: X Factor finalist Melanie Masson backs equal marriage for Scotland
12:56 PM — X Factor Finalist Melanie Masson is the latest to speak out in support of equal marriage in Scotland as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time video campaign.
2nd September 2013
Italy: Gay rights group calls on government to break ‘silence’ over Russian anti-gay law
7:03 PM — An Italian gay rights group on Monday called on the Italian Government to break its "silence", on the issue of anti-gay laws introduced in June.