15th January 2013
US: Activists apply for unattainable marriage licenses in Southern states to push for equality
5:58 AM — Gay couples in two North Carolina cities lined up at government counters to ask for marriage licenses they knew would be denied, in an effort to push the US South towards marriage equality, despite opposition being strong.
Canada: Vancouver Judge acquits brothers in attack on gay couple 15
5:16 AM — Two brothers have been acquitted in the case of an assault on two gay men, after a judge ruled that prosecutors had not proven they were the same men who beat up the men outside their Vancouver condo.
14th January 2013
Daily Telegraph republishes Julie Burchill’s ‘transphobic’ column removed by the Observer 58
11:04 PM — The journalist and free-schools campaigner Toby Young has republished a column by Julie Burchill that was removed earlier today from the Guardian/ Observer website after accusations of transphobia.
ComRes poll places UKIP second in EU voting intentions poll 12
6:31 PM — ComRes, the same polling organisation that found that a majority of UK residents are opposed to equal marriage, despite other polls suggesting the opposite, has published a new poll which places the UK Independence party second in the rankings for the European Parliamentary elections.
Observer editor John Mulholland withdraws Julie Burchill column accused of transphobia 9
6:28 PM — The editor of the Observer, John Mulholland, has withdrawn a column by Julie Burchill published yesterday which came under heavy criticism for accusations of transphobia.
Protesters to demonstrate amidst accusations of Transphobia at the Observer and the Guardian 4
5:57 PM — Protesters are set to demonstrate outside the offices of the Observer newspaper on Thursday, following a column written by Julie Burchill yesterday, which came under heavy criticism for being transphobic.
Exclusive: UKIP investigates official who compared homosexuality to bestiality 31
5:00 PM — The UKIP Chairman for Oxford has been put under review after she compared homosexuality to bestiality and paedophilia on the official members' forum of the party's website.
Members of UKIP official website compare homosexuality to bestiality and paedeophilia 18
4:34 PM — An official online forum for UKIP members has been used to vent "racist and homophobic" views by some of the party's top members, reports suggest.
Mayor apologises for calling UKIP ‘racists and homophobes’ 24
2:36 PM — A town Mayor from Cumbria has apologised to a UKIP member after describing the party as "racist and homophobic" on Twitter.
Church of England considering in-church blessings for ‘celibate’ gay couples 43
1:40 PM — Reports have suggested that the Church of England plans to consider allowing gay couples to have their civil partnerships blessed in churches.
13th January 2013
Guardian Writer Julie Burchill defends Suzanne Moore saying she was ‘monstered’ by ‘chicks with dicks’ on Twitter 82
5:08 PM — Julie Burchill, has come to the defence of fellow Guardian writer, Suzanne Moore, who came under fire for accusations of transphobia, writing that trans women "don't know the meaning of suffering", and describing them as "bed-wetters in bad wigs."
France: 340,000 protest against equal marriage rights in Paris 102
5:06 PM — Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Paris protest against the country’s upcoming bill which would allow equal marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.
Vatican: Topless women demonstrate for equal marriage rights during Pope’s weekly prayer 32
4:54 PM — A Ukrainian feminist group have protested topless at St Peter's Square for gay rights, as Pope Benedict XVI gave his weekly prayer.
Boris Johnson offers Olympic venues to organisers of the 2018 Gay Games 18
3:38 PM — Boris Johnson is set to offer the Olympic stadium, and other of London's high-profile sporting venues to organisers of the 2018 Gay Games.
12th January 2013
Thousands of French lesbians travel to Belgium for artificial insemination 7
11:03 PM — Thousands of French lesbians couples are believed to have travelled to Belgium in order to conceive babies, through artificial insemination, which is not available in their home country.
Trans woman accuses Post Office of discrimination for refusing to open a savings account 21
10:33 PM — A trans woman from Lancaster has accused the Post Office of discrimination, after she was denied a savings account because her drivers license still contained her former name.
Malta: Labour government would grant civil partnerships and trans identity law if elected 9
9:45 PM — The leader of the Labour party in the Maltese House of Representatives has said his party would allow gay couples to have civil unions, a gender identity law for trans people, and that he would appoint a minister for civil rights and equality.
A thousand Catholic priests fear that equal marriage marks a return to ‘centuries of persecution’ 293
1:44 AM — More than a thousand Catholic priests have signed a letter saying that if equal marriage is legalised it could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during "centuries of persecution" of Catholics in Britain.
Britain’s Got Talent choir star opens up about homophobic cyber-bullying 4
12:29 AM — A star member of an all boys' choir has spoken out for the first time about the homophobic cyber bullying he was subjected to for years.
11th January 2013
France: Comedian who claims to be pro-gay plans to rally 200,000 against equal marriage 32
5:55 PM — An anti-equal marriage movement in France, which has organised a rally this weekend hoping to bring out 200,000 demonstrators, has found a leader in a comedian who has denied accusations of homophobia.