2nd September 2013
US: Judge rules that Veterans Affairs agency must pay benefits to same-sex spouse 1
6:44 PM — A federal judge in the US has ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must pay equal benefits to a California veteran in a same-sex marriage.
The Sun picture caption brands deceased aide of David Hockney a ‘bender’
6:12 PM — The Sun newspaper has used a picture caption in its coverage of the aide of gay artist David Hockney who was found dead earlier this year in the artist's home, to brand him a "bender".
Australia: Hotel security guards sacked following accusations of homophobic slurs 1
5:39 PM — Two hotel security guards in Melbourne have lost their jobs following accusations of homophobic slurs directed at patrons on Sunday evening.
London: Demonstration against Russian anti-gay laws to take place on Tuesday 5
5:07 PM — A demonstration against anti-gay laws introduced in Russia in June will take place in London tomorrow.
South Africa plans to introduce hate crime legislation to protect LGBT people 2
2:45 PM — South Africa is set to introduce hate crime legislation, which would protect LGBT people against hate crimes, including laws to prosecute following physical or verbal attacks.
Flora ad slammed for comparing coming out as gay to being shot through the heart 34
1:02 PM — A new advert by margarine giant Flora has come under heavy criticism as it compares coming out to your father to being shot through the heart.
1st September 2013
Homophobic Big Brother contestant evicted to boos and soaring ratings 9
3:41 PM — A contestant on Big Brother US who made racist and homophobic slurs on live television was evicted on Thursday, and was met with boos when she denied any knowledge of making the comments.
First US Supreme Court Justice officiates at same-sex wedding 3
3:26 PM — US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday became the first Supreme Court justice to officiate at the wedding of a gay couple.
Canada: Houses flying rainbow flags struck by homophobic vandalism 7
3:10 PM — Houses in Toronto with gay pride flags flown in front of them were hit with homophobic vandalism this week, including graffiti, having dog excrement thrown at them and having car tyres slashed.
Ultimate Fighting Championship boss unaware of Russian anti-gay law as he looks to establish show there 6
3:00 PM — The president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has expressed a desire to set up a show in Russia, and when asked, said he had no knowledge of anti-gay legislation introduced in June.
Germany: Thousands in Berlin protest against Russian anti-gay law 10
2:37 PM — Over 2,000 turned out to rally in the German capital Berlin yesterday against a law introduced in Russia in June which bans the promotion of "non-traditional relationships".
30th August 2013
Australian tennis star announces she is gay and that she is now a mother 7
7:40 PM — An Australian tennis star surprised fans this week with by announcing publicly that she is gay, as well as the birth of her first child.
Cambridge removes ‘gendered’ dress code requirement for graduation ceremonies 9
7:22 PM — The University of Cambridge has announced that it has changed its policy and now now longer includes gendered requirements in the dress code of graduation ceremonies.
US: New Mexico county clerks urge further clarification on equal marriage law 4
7:05 PM — Several County Clerks in the US state of New Mexico have joined together to urge the Supreme Court in the state to rule on equal marriage, following a district court ruling earlier this week.
Video: Anderson Cooper slams televangelist who said gay men use special rings to infect people with HIV 7
6:19 PM — Openly gay television host Anderson Cooper, has used a segment of his CNN programme to criticise a televangelist who claimed that gay men in San Francisco were purposely spreading HIV using special rings.
Church sign goes viral: ‘Jesus had two dads and he turned out just fine’ 7
5:50 PM — An inclusive church in Canada has joined others using its sign to advertise a message of inclusion, and has found viral internet fame as a result.
Out4Russia launched to lobby world leaders to take action against Russian anti-gay laws 1
4:03 PM — A new website has launched to allow users to lobby world leaders to take action on LGBT rights abuses in Russia, including anti-gay laws introduced in June.
Russell Tovey lands gay role in US television series about gay men looking for love 12
2:54 PM — British actor Russell Tovey has taken on the role of a gay character in a US television series by HBO, after saying earlier this year that he thought it would be "more of a risk" to take on a gay role earlier this year.
US: IRS announces recognition of same-sex marriages for federal tax purposes 10
2:28 PM — The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), has announced that same-sex couples who are legally married will now be recognised for federal tax purposes, irrespective of their home state's legal position on equal marriage.
29th August 2013
Procter and Gamble announces support for federal US employment nondiscrimination legislation 3
7:44 PM — Consumer goods company Procter and Gamble has joined a coalition of businesses backing a bipartisan effort of end workplace discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity.