13th January 2013
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.
Trans character, Hayley Cropper, to make dramatic exit from Coronation Street 17
5:03 PM — Popular soap, Coronation Street, is to say goodbye to trans character, Hayley Cropper, after 15 years on the soap.
US: Lesbian couple handed letter condemning homosexuality by manager as they left his restaurant 32
3:59 PM — A lesbian couple from North Carolina have said a restaurant owner handed them a letter condeminig homosexuality as they paid and left.
Facebook post on anonymous Australian confession page boasts of anti-gay assaults 10
3:20 PM — An Australian Facebook page for anonymous confessions posted the story of a man who said he committed hate crimes, including assaults and robberies, by pretending to be gay.
David Cameron supports bid for London to host 2018 Gay Games 21
2:01 PM — David Cameron has voiced his support for a bid aiming to have the Gay Games brought to London in 2018.
Chilean Bishop says gay ‘domestic partnerships bring the destruction of human beings’ 20
1:35 PM — A Chilean Bishop spoke out earlier this week to say that domestic partnerships, as per recently proposed legislation, would bring the "destruction of human beings".
Celebrity Big Brother’s Paula Hamilton says Sam Robertson is a ‘closet queen’ 18
1:15 PM — Former Celebrity Big Brother contestant, Paula Hamilton, caused controversy by suggesting that actor, Sam Robertson, was secretly gay, and that he needed to come out.
US: Brooklyn Dad starts new Boy Scout troop which allows gay members and girls 22
12:42 PM — A father of two from Brooklyn, New York, has started his own Boy Scouts troop, to allow his son to be a member without having to accept the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.
Gay former NFL player says there are many ‘semi-openly’ gay US athletes 6
3:57 AM — An openly-gay former National Football League (NFL) player has said that he thinks there is at least one gay "significant contributor" in the NFL.
Serbia: Court makes landmark ruling against homophobic discrimination 8
3:38 AM — A court in a city in northern Serbia set a legal precedent when it fined a man for discriminating against a work colleague because he was gay.
US: Illinois Senate could ‘fast track’ and approve equal marriage ‘very soon’ 2
3:11 AM — After the new General Assembly was sworn in in Illinois this week, the House Sponsor of a bill to legalise marriage equality in the state said the measure could come to a vote "very soon".
10th January 2013
Sweden ends forced sterilisation rule for people who undergo gender reassignment 12
6:30 PM — Sweden has ended a law which made forced sterilisation compulsory for people undergoing gender reassignment surgery, in order for the state to recognise their gender identity.
MPs sign petition encouraging government to allow gender-neutral passports 11
5:45 PM — A petition, which has been signed by some MPs including the former equality minister, has been started to urge the UK government to allow the possibility of gender-neutrality on passports.