4th February 2013
Jeremy Hunt: ‘Religious freedom is not just for straight people’ 9
2:31 PM — Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, spoke out on Sunday in support of the upcoming equal marriage bill, saying that "religious freedom is not just for heterosexuals".
Benedict Cumberbatch in talks to play Alan Turing in biopic 8
2:13 PM — Benedict Cumberbatch is reportedly in talks to play Alan Turing, in an upcoming biopic about the gay mathematician and codebreaker.
Amnesty: Russian anti-gay law will restrict the human rights of LGBT people 3
1:24 PM — Amnesty International has spoken out against the Russian draft law which outlaws the “propaganda of homosexuality among minors”, saying that it restricts the human rights of LGBT people.
Ian McKellen: ‘Gay rights are advancing, but life is worse than ever for some gay people’ 16
12:44 PM — Upon receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster, Ian McKellen praised work done by politicians to protect the rights of LGBT people, but said that the situation was "worse than ever" in some places.
Obama says Boy Scouts ban on gays must end 7
2:10 AM — President Barack Obama said on Sunday that gay people should be allowed in the Boy Scouts of America, and that "nobody should be barred" from the experience of being a scout.
3rd February 2013
Michael Gove: Marriage will be enhanced by extending it to gay people 8
11:28 PM — Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has offered his support to proposed legislation which would legalise equal marriage, and has re-iterated that teachers would not be disciplined for refusing to "promote" it.
2nd February 2013
Governor Rick Perry: ‘I think the Boy Scouts should keep its anti-gay policy’ 22
7:37 PM — Governor Rick Perry has said that he thinks the Boy Scouts of America shouldn't remove its ban on openly gay scouts, volunteers and staff.
NFL player Chris Culliver to undergo sensitivity training for homophobic comments 14
7:19 PM — San Francisco 49ers player, Chris Culliver, who earlier this week said there were no gay players on the team, and if there were, they wouldn't be welcome, is to begin sensitivity training following this weekend's Super Bowl.
US: Illinois Senate to vote on equal marriage on Valentine’s Day 5
1:27 AM — The Illinois Senate may pass a bill which would legalise equal marriage in the state, and will vote on it on 14 February.
1st February 2013
Former baseball player: ‘Why the hell should being gay matter in professional sport?’ 6
5:52 PM — A former Major League baseball player has said that he played alongside gay teammates, and that he didn't understand why any player should have a problem with doing so.
US radio host: ‘Gay activists want to spread deviant sexuality and are as intolerant as jihadists’ 50
5:31 PM — A US radio host has appeared on a Christian radio show, and said that "gay activists" are "the most intolerant people on the planet", and that they are "up there with the jihadists".
US teacher tells class full of students ‘I don’t like queers’ and ‘Michele Obama is fat’ 20
4:03 PM — A school teacher in the US has come under investigation after allegations that he used homophobic slurs during a debate with students. He reportedly said "I don't believe in queers".
United Nations experts call on Russia to drop anti-gay bill 6
3:40 PM — A group of experts from the United Nations have urged Russia to drop its draft law forbidding "homosexual propaganda", and have said that it would undermine the human rights of LGBT people in the country.
Chris Bryant jokes: Underwear photographs got me a greater majority as an MP 12
3:06 PM — Labour MP, Chris Bryant, joked at a debate around the Leveson Inquiry that photographs of him in his underwear taken from a gay dating profile and published by the tabloid press actually helped his majority in his constituency seat.
US: Mayor holds ‘wedding’ for 13 gay couples to protest against proposed equal marriage ban 3
2:23 PM — The mayor of a city in the US state of Indiana has conducted a symbolic wedding for over a dozen gay and lesbian couples in protest to a proposed ban on civil unions and equal marriage.
Polish MP opposes equal marriage because ‘gays are no use whatsoever to society’ 110
1:40 PM — An Member of Parliament for the right-wing Polish opposition party has made homophobic remarks in a speech at a recent debate around the legalisation of equal marriage in the country.
Tory Northamptonshire MP: ‘I support the love of gay couples but it is unacceptable for them to be able to marry’ 58
1:34 PM — The MP for South Northamptonshire has said that she intends to oppose the equal marriage bill in Tuesday's vote because her constituents find the proposal "deeply wrong".
Brendon Ayanbadejo: I hope Chris Culliver’s anti-gay NFL comments start a positive discussion 2
1:13 AM — American football player and equal marriage advocate, Brendon Ayanbadejo, has said that he hopes to start a positive dialogue about gay players in the NFL following anti-gay comments by fellow player, Chris Culliver.
31st January 2013
US Radio Host: ‘The Boy Scouts should shut down, rather than allow gay members’ 41
5:49 PM — The hosts of a radio program on the American Family Association have spoken out against the Boy Scouts of America's vote to potentially lift its policy banning gay members, saying that they should "shut her down" rather than allow gays in, and that these are signs of the "end times".
Update: Poland’s first trans MP officially nominated for deputy speaker job in Parliament 10
4:38 PM — Poland's first trans MP has been nominated to fill the position of deputy speaker in the country's parliament.