4th September 2013
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.
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.