6th September 2013
Vatican denies widespread reports that Pope called gay student to say being gay ‘doesn’t matter’ 15
12:37 PM — The Vatican has moved quickly to "absolutely deny", widespread reports that Pope Francis personally phoned a gay student in Toulouse to say it "doesn't matter", whether he is gay or not.
5th September 2013
Gay rights activists hold individual protests in St Petersburg to gain attention of G20 leaders 4
7:16 PM — Around a dozen human rights activists have conducted individual protests against Russian anti-gay laws in St Petersburg, on the same day the G20 government leaders arrived in the city.
US: New Mexico counties appeal to have state Supreme Court rule on equal marriage
7:04 PM — The situation regarding equal marriage in New Mexico is becoming gradually more heated, as a group of counties have filed to ask the state's Supreme Court to rule to give clarification on equal marriage.
Sir Ian McKellen to play retired Sherlock Holmes in new film 4
6:38 PM — Sir Ian McKellen will be the latest actor to take on the role of Sherlock Holmes, as he is set to take to the big screen to play an aged version of the legendary detective.
Scotland: Parliamentary Committee begins to hear evidence around equal marriage bill 8
5:55 PM — Today, Scotland’s equal marriage bill began its journey through the Scottish Parliament as groups supporting and opposing the measure appeared before the Equal Opportunities Committee to give evidence.
Mexico: Legislator asks authorities to ban same-sex weddings from public spaces 3
5:19 PM — A state legislator in Mexico has come under heavy criticism for calling on authorities to ban same-sex weddings from all public spaces.
Mum’s response to son coming out: ‘You are the boy who forever won my heart, I’ll fight for you always’ 24
3:05 PM — A mother's response to her bisexual son's Facebook coming out status has gone viral, as she tells him "You are the bravest person I know. I'll fight for you always... You are still the boy who forever won my heart".
US: Minneapolis Mayor takes to the road to promote new equal marriage law 1
2:54 PM — The mayor of the US city of Minneapolis is to hit the road in order to participate in a new ad campaign aiming to draw same-sex couples to the city in order to marry.
Obama gives go ahead for military veterans to receive federal benefits
2:42 PM — Same-sex spouses of military veterans will be allowed to receive federal benefits currently only available to married straight couples, the Obama administration has announced.
Video: InterTech Diversity Forum panel discussion on LGBT start-ups at Google London 2
2:28 PM — The first in a series of panel discussions featuring LGBT members of the start up community took place in London yesterday evening, hosted by the InterTech Diversity Forum.
4th September 2013
Hillary Clinton to be honoured by Elton John Foundation for support of gay rights 5
7:04 PM — The Elton John AIDS foundation is to honour former US secretary of state, senator and first lady Hillary Clinton at the foundation's award ceremony in October.
InterTech Diversity Forum panel discussion on LGBT start-ups streams live online
6:41 PM — The first in a series of panel discussions featuring LGBT members of the start up community will take place in London this evening, and the event is available to view via live stream.
Scottish Parliamentary committee to begin hearing evidence around equal marriage bill 9
5:02 PM — On Thursday, the Scottish Parliament will begin hearing evidence around the equal marriage bill for Scotland.
Comedian Rob Brydon criticised for making joke about Stephen Fry’s suicide attempt at awards 31
4:46 PM — Rob Brydon has come under criticism for a joke he made at the GQ Men of the Year awards about a suicide attempt by Stephen Fry earlier this year.
Denmark: Petition with over 50,000 signatures delivered to Russian embassy against anti-gay law 3
3:16 PM — Today Amnesty International and To Russia with Love Denmark held a meeting with the Russian Embassy in Denmark and delivered more than 50,000 Danish signatures in protest against the new homophobic law in Russia.
US: Judge rules deceased gay man’s death certificate can list him as married despite equal marriage ban 1
1:36 PM — In a second similar ruling by the same judge, a gay man has won an appeal to have his late husband's death certificate display that he was married, despite a state-wide ban on equal marriage in Ohio.
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.