17th March 2013
Ian McKellen to officiate at Patrick Stewart’s wedding, and has performed civil partnership ceremonies 3
7:58 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has announced that he is to officiate at fellow actor Patrick Stewart's wedding, and said that he has officiated at civil partnership ceremonies before.
Video: Madonna wears Boy Scout outfit to present GLAAD award and condemns anti-gay ban 6
7:13 PM — Madonna took to the stage at the 24th annual GLAAD awards on Saturday dressed as a boy scout, as she gave a passionate speech about LGBT rights, before presenting TV host Anderson Cooper with an award.
Priest accuses Keith O’Brien of groping him hours after he became a cardinal 29
6:34 PM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien faces more accusations of sexual misconduct, as a priest has alleged that he groped him in 2003, just hours after becoming a cardinal.
16th March 2013
US Political Action Committee: ‘Senator’s son may die of AIDS because he accepted that he is gay’ 29
11:29 PM — A political action committee (PAC) has written that by accepting his son's sexuality, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, is putting him at risk of dying "from AIDS", "or oral cancer". It went on to compare homosexuality with cocaine addiction.
Bishop of Liverpool: Can the Church of England continue to deny blessings for same-sex unions? 26
10:23 PM — The Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, went against the official line of the Church of England and said the church should be offering blessing services for gay couples' unions.
US: North Carolina church refuses to marry straight couples until gay couples can marry 12
9:40 PM — A church in the US state of North Carolina, has said that it won't conduct wedding ceremonies for straight couples, until its pastors are able to officiate same-sex weddings as well.
US: Native American tribe hosts first legal Michigan same-sex wedding 2
3:05 AM — The first same-sex wedding ceremony has taken place in the US state of Michigan, following a Native American tribe signing equal marriage into law.
Video: US House Speaker says he ‘can’t imagine’ his position on equal marriage will ‘ever change’ 21
2:43 AM — In an interview, the United States House Speaker John Boehner has said that he "can't imagine" he would "ever" change from his current stance in opposition to equal marriage.
Anti-homophobia group works with baseball minor leagues following use of anti-gay slur
2:09 AM — The founder of an anti-homophobia sports organisation has spoken to the minor league teams of a baseball team involved in a controversy last year, when a player wore an anti-gay slur on his face.
15th March 2013
Father’s heartwarming letter to son after overhearing his plans to come out goes viral 39
6:17 PM — A supportive letter sent from a father to his son, who he overheard speaking on the phone about wanting to come out, has gone viral, and has been held up as a good example of parental love.
US: Anti-gay leader calls Senator who now supports equal marriage ‘A very troubled man’ 12
6:00 PM — The leader of an anti-equal marriage group in the US has spoken out against Senator Rob Portman, who changed his stance in support of equal marriage, following his son coming out as gay.
Danish Ministers express disappointment at ‘harmful’ election of Pope Francis, for his views on gay people 27
5:28 PM — Ministers in Denmark have dubbed the newly elected Pope Francis "harmful", expressing disappointment that the Vatican did not choose someone more progressive on LGBT and women's rights, but remain hopeful that he may prove them wrong.
US: Massachusetts gay rights group claims it was excluded from St Patrick’s Day parade 2
4:25 PM — A gay rights advocacy group has voiced its anger at being excluded from a local St Patrick's Day Parade in Massachusetts, however organisers say that they just applied too late.
Peers in House of Lords urge decriminalisation of homosexuality across the Commonwealth 16
3:36 PM — Peers in the House of Lords have called on the British government to push for all Commonwealth countries to decriminalise homosexuality following criticism for the Commonwealth charter's "vague" anti-discrimination clause.
US: Maryland gender identity bill fails to pass Senate committee 3
2:39 PM — A bill which aimed to tackle discrimination in employment, credit, housing and public accommodations, based on gender identity or expression, failed to pass the committee stage of Maryland's Senate.
Video: Bill Gates: Boy Scouts should ‘absolutely’ lift its anti-gay ban ‘because it’s 2013′ 7
12:22 AM — Philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has said an interview that the Boy Scouts of America should "absolutely" lift its ban on gay volunteers, members and staff.
14th March 2013
US: Chick-fil-A foundation’s tax filings show anti-LGBT donations almost doubled in 2011 5
11:45 PM — Despite reports that chicken restaurant chain Chick-fil-A, had ceased giving money to organisations opposed to equal marriage and LGBT rights, the company's most recent tax filings suggest it has actually increased the amount it gives.
Carly Rae Jepsen: ‘I’m praying’ that by cancelling I will help the Boy Scouts lift its gay ban 2
6:27 PM — Singer Carly Rae Jepsen has spoken out again about her decision to cancel her performance at the Boy Scouts of America's annual jamboree because of its anti-gay policy, and has said she hopes it will help the scouts to lift its ban.
US: Fox Host Bill O’Reilly again defends link between homosexuality and paedophilia 16
6:12 PM — Despite admitting on Tuesday that there was no link between homosexuality and paedophilia, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has now seemingly gone back to defending the false connection.
Excommunicated Westboro Baptist Church member suggests Fred Phelps might be gay 18
5:55 PM — A former member of the adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church, also know as the ‘God Hates Fags’ church, has spoken out about the church's controversial leader, and said that she thought he could be gay.