26th March 2013
Survey: 53% of Albanians think gay people ‘should not be free to live life as they wish’ 32
4:29 PM — The results of the European Social Survey (ESS), due to be published today, suggest that Albania is the most homophobic society of the countries surveyed.
US conservative women’s group: Starbucks discriminates against straight people by supporting gay rights 82
2:58 PM — A conservative women's group in the US has published a scathing article about coffee chain Starbucks, and the company's support for equal marriage, suggesting that it discriminates against straight people by doing so.
Australia: Thousands sign petition to keep rainbow pedestrian crossing in Sydney 2
2:03 PM — Over 12,000 people have signed a petition urging the government of New South Wales to keep a rainbow pedestrian crossing which was painted in central Sydney this year to celebrate Mardi Gras.
25th March 2013
Rapper A$AP Rocky: ‘It’s crazy’ that homosexuality is even an issue in hip-hop 13
11:33 PM — Rapper A$AP Rocky has spoken out about homosexuality in the music industry, and said that "it's crazy" that it is still an issue.
Rush Limbaugh falsely claims equal marriage has failed every time at referendum 23
11:29 PM — US conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has falsely claimed that every time equal marriage has been on a ballot in the US it has been defeated.
First trans woman BBC Radio 1 presenter launches programme tackling prejudice 8
4:28 PM — BBC Radio 1's first trans woman presenter Paris Lees, will launch a new programme tackling prejudice across the UK in an "open and honest' way.
US radio host: Gay people are living a ‘sad delusion’ and need to ‘embrace reality’ 58
4:24 PM — Speaking on a radio bulletin, anti-gay radio presenter Linda Harvey has claimed that gay people don't exist, are living a "sad delusion", and that they would be happier if they "embraced reality".
US: Senator Claire McCaskill officially announces support for equal marriage 1
2:41 PM — US Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri has announced her official support for equal marriage, and joined the increasing number on both sides of the political spectrum to endorse marriage equality.
Son of US Senator who changed stance to support equal marriage reflects on coming out 4
2:18 PM — The gay son of Senator Rob Portman, has written a column reflecting on coming out as a college freshman, a decision which led to his father controversially reversing his decision to support equal marriage.
US: Lesbian cousin of Supreme Court Chief Justice will attend equal marriage hearing 6
1:12 PM — The lesbian cousin of the US Supreme Court's Chief Justice has said she will attend the hearings this week around equal marriage.
US: NFL players make final push for equal marriage: ‘why is common sense not enough?’ 5
12:26 PM — Players in the US National Football League (NFL) have been using their influence to speak out in favour of equal marriage, ahead of the Supreme Court taking on two cases around the issue this week.
24th March 2013
Keith O’Brien accusers deny being part of a ‘gay cabal’ seeking ‘revenge’ 65
2:51 PM — Four priests who have accused Cardinal Keith O'Brien of inappropriate sexual conduct, which led to his resignation, have denied that they are part of a "gay cabal" seeking "revenge" for his anti-gay stance.
LGBT activists gather from across Asia to plan for UN conference 2
1:49 PM — LGBT activists from across Asia gathered this weekend to plan a strategy ahead of this summer's United Nations Human Rights Council meeting.
Poll: Ohio voters shift in favour of removing equal marriage ban 3
1:25 PM — A new poll has shown that, since approving a constitutional ban on equal marriage in 2004, more than half of residents of the US state of Ohio now support equal marriage.
US: Senator who reversed position to support equal marriage finds GOP crowd ‘very respectful’ 5
2:34 AM — US Senator Rob Portman, who came out in support of equal marriage last week, spoke at a Republican Party event this weekend, and said that the audience was "very respectful" of his change in stance.
Bishop of Buckingham: Church of England is ‘hypocritical’ for not blessing civil unions 17
1:52 AM — The Bishop of Buckingham, the Right Reverend Dr Alan Wilson, has criticised the Church of England's refusal to allow blessings for civil partnerships, and said that some parishes were ignoring the ban in order to avoid conflict.
23rd March 2013
Rick Perry attacks Madonna for GLAAD Awards boy scout costume appearance 12
2:27 AM — Texas Governor Rick Perry has voiced his distaste at Madonna's recent appearance at the GLAAD Awards, which she attended dressed as a boy scout, and spoke out against the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members.
Sony Pictures co-chairman: Hollywood has to ‘do better’ than allowing anti-gay slurs in films 20
1:55 AM — The co-chairman of Sony Pictures has spoken out about the damaging effect anti-gay slurs and offensive stereotypes can have, emphasising the importance of Hollywood's influence on changing public perception.
22nd March 2013
Starbucks CEO defends equal marriage backing and tells unhappy shareholder to sell stock 17
6:10 PM — The CEO of Starbucks took to defending the company's decision to back equal marriage, in the face of criticism from a shareholder at the company's shareholders meeting.
US: New Jersey Governor announces opposition to ‘gay cure’ therapy 7
5:27 PM — The Governor or New Jersey has official announced his opposition to gay conversion therapy, after previously saying he had been undecided on the issue.