14th May 2013
France: Watchdog reports 27% spike in homophobia leading up to equal marriage debate 7
2:57 PM — A leading gay rights watchdog has reported that, in 2012 leading up to the French Parliament's approval of a bill to allow equal marriage and adoption, homophobic attacks and slurs increased by over a quarter.
US: After allowing gay-straight alliance, school board may once again move to ban it 8
1:14 AM — The School Board at a middle school in Florida which temporarily allowed a gay-straight alliance club after it was threatened with legal action, may be attempting to make moves to ban the club once more.
13th May 2013
US: State of Minnesota legalises equal marriage as bill passes in Senate 25
10:19 PM — Minnesota is to become the twelfth US state to legalise equal marriage, as its Senate today voted in favour of a measure to make same-sex marriage legal.
Ernst & Young CEO says he wishes Boy Scouts had ‘gone further’ for inclusivity 1
7:37 PM — Ernst and Young CEO James Turley, a member of the board for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), has spoken out to say that he wishes the organisation had "gone further", to be inclusive of gay members, volunteers and staff.
Michael Douglas: After my first kiss with Matt Damon, I was ‘comfortable’ 13
5:40 PM — On his new film about the life of famed entertainer Liberace, Michael Douglas has spoken about about the pressure of filming sex scenes, but said that once he and Matt Damon had kissed once, they were "comfortable".
Poll: Two thirds of Americans wrongly think a majority in the US oppose equal marriage 9
5:16 PM — A new poll has found that despite there being 53% of Americans who support legal recognition of equal marriage, two thirds of US citizens hold the perception that overall the US public is opposed to same-sex marriage.
Italy: Rome mayoral candidate pledges to introduce same-sex civil unions 8
4:20 PM — A candidate to become mayor of Rome on Monday promised that he would issue same-sex civil unions in the city, if he is elected.
US: Rainbow flags flown on Minnesota ‘Freedom to Marry Bridge’ ahead of Senate vote on equal marriage 4
4:02 PM — Rainbow flags are being flown in St Paul, Minnesota ahead of today's Senate vote on equal marriage, and the city's mayor has renamed a bridge Freedom to Marry Bridge, in support of the measure.
Cuba: Hundreds protest against homophobia in Havana 5
3:12 PM — Hundreds took to the streets of Cuban capital Havana, in favour of LGBT rights and against homophobia, at the weekend, led by gay rights campaigner Mariela Castro.
Video: Adam Lambert honoured with top GLAAD Media Award by Mel B 2
2:47 PM — Melanie B has presented singer Adam Lambert with GLAAD's top Media Award, and he gave a speech calling on the LGBT community to "unify, and take it further".
NBC’s gay sitcom The New Normal cancelled after just one season 22
2:05 PM — US television network NBC has announced that its new sitcom The New Normal, which features a gay couple and the surrogate mother of their child, has been cancelled after just one season, amidst falling ratings.
Nintendo to ‘fix’ bug which allowed male same-sex relationships in computer game 9
1:44 PM — Computer game giant Nintendo has addressed a "bug" in one of its popular titles, which allowed male same-sex couples to have relationships, get married and have children. Despite calls from users to keep the feature, Nintendo has issued a statement to say it will "fix" the issue.
12th May 2013
US: Minnesota Senate vote on equal marriage bill imminent 9
3:13 PM — The US state of Minnesota could soon become the twelfth to legalise equal marriage, as on Monday its Senate will vote on a measure to legalise it.
Lancashire Anglican church signs up to LGBT inclusive mission 8
2:59 PM — An Anglican church in Lancashire has become the first in the region to sign up to a mission which aims to be inclusive of all worshippers, including LGBT people.
Christians called to pray at Parliament in opposition to equal marriage bill 58
2:21 PM — Christians are being encouraged to attend organised prayer meetings near the Houses of Parliament this month, in order to oppose the equal marriage bill, and to coincide with its third reading.
Police release image of man in connection with homophobic train abuse case 20
1:54 PM — Lancashire Police have released the image of a man linked to the case of three women who were subjected to homophobic abuse and attacked by a gang of men on a train in Lancashire.
Russia: Tortured and killed gay man was ‘raped with beer bottles’ 55
1:31 PM — A gay man from the southern Russian city of Volgograd who was tortured to death in an apparent hate crime, was sexually assaulted with beer bottles, and had his skull "smashed with a stone", authorities said on Sunday.
11th May 2013
Church of Ireland denies setting up Select Committee to ‘stall’ on gay issues 10
1:33 AM — The Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Richard Clarke, has denied that the Church of Ireland is attempting to "stall" on the issue of homosexuality on the church by setting up a Select Committee to consider it.
Illinois Governor to the House: ‘It’s time to vote’ on our state’s equal marriage bill 3
1:10 AM — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday called for state lawmakers in the House to vote on, and approve a bill to legalise equal marriage, and said they have had enough time to consider the bill given that it passed in the Senate over two months ago.
10th May 2013
Albania: Deputy Defence Minister accused of homophobic discrimination 3
6:00 PM — The Albanian Deputy Defence Minister Ekrem Spahia, and a Socialist Party official Artan Lame, have both come under heavy criticism for publicly using discriminatory language against the LGBT community.