11th September 2013
Russian deputy who wrote anti-gay bill: Gays are like thieves and shouldn’t be allowed to have children 24
3:02 PM — The Russian lawmaker who recently introduced new anti-gay legislation to deprive couples in a "non-traditional" relationship of parental rights, has spoken out during an interview to say gay people should not be allowed to raise children.
Nigel Evans vows to clear his name as he steps down as Deputy Speaker
1:13 PM — Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, MP for Ribble Valley Nigel Evans, has given a personal statement saying he will return to the backbenches after resigning his post as Deputy Speaker, and that he will continue to defend himself against several allegations of sexual assault.
New York Democrats fail to choose first openly gay and first female mayoral nominee 9
11:30 AM — The openly gay New York City mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn, on Tuesday evening conceded in the primary election, placing third behind her two opponents.
10th September 2013
US: Pro-equal marriage Mayor of Philadelphia accused of discrimination for not officiating gay wedding 6
6:42 PM — The mayor of Philadelphia, who is a strong supporter of equal marriage, has been accused of discrimination for saying he will not officiate at same-sex weddings until after a court challenge to the legality of licencing such weddings has been resolved.
Russian gay rights activist vows to out gay lawmakers who vote for anti-gay legislation 18
5:11 PM — A Russian gay rights activist and journalist has said she will publicly out any closeted gay lawmakers who vote for a proposed bill to remove the parenting rights of LGBT people.
US: Arizona equal marriage groups admit defeat for 2014 ballot measure 3
4:08 PM — The organisers of a campaign to put equal marriage on a ballot in the US state of Arizona in 2014, have dropped the effort in favour of waiting until the next chance.
Michael Jordan’s daughter comes out as gay on Instagram 6
1:57 PM — The daughter of NBA basketball legend Michael Jordan, has come out as gay by posting a picture of her and her girlfriend on Instagram.
Broadcaster Muriel Gray urges Scotland’s politicians to ‘examine your conscience’ on equal marriage 2
1:27 PM — Scottish author and broadcaster Muriel Gray has called on the Scottish Parliament to legalise equal marriage in a video recorded for the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
Photos: Kiss-in rallies across the globe to protest Russian anti-gay law 4
1:11 PM — Over the weekend, kiss-in protests took place around the globe in dozens of cities to rally against a Russian anti-gay law introduced in June.
9th September 2013
FIFA to urge Qatar to relax anti-gay legislation ahead of 2022 World Cup 26
6:19 PM — The international football governing body FIFA's taskforce is to put pressure on Qatar to relax its anti-gay legislation ahead of hosting the 2022 World Cup.
US: Campaign for equal marriage in Ohio heats up with announcement of three-city campaign 2
5:48 PM — Moves to overturn the equal marriage ban in the US state of Ohio are building momentum, with a three-city announcement of the Why Marriage Matters campaign.
DC Comics publisher: Batwoman can’t have a gay wedding as heroes ‘shouldn’t have happy personal lives’ 8
4:48 PM — A DC Comics co-publisher has responded to the resignation of two writers of the Batwoman comic books over the character's lesbian wedding which was "prohibited", to say that the reason was really because "heroes shouldn't have happy personal lives."
US: Mayor in Tennessee offers support for health benefits for gay partners of city employees
2:48 PM — The mayor of a city in the US state of Tennessee has thrown his support behind a push towards providing equal health benefits for same-sex partners of city employees.
US radio host celebrates launch of ‘gay free alternative to the Boy Scouts’ 15
2:34 PM — A US radio host has commented on the recent launch of a new scouting organisation, created after the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on gay members, to celebrate the launch of a "gay-free alternative to the Boy Scouts".
Fox TV presenter sacked for saying people who ‘choose to be gay will have to answer to the lord for their actions’ 25
2:13 PM — A Fox television sports commentator has been sacked after appearing just once, after footage surfaced of him saying that being gay "is a choice", and that gay people "will have to answer to the lord for their actions";
Exclusive: The Proclaimers say ‘it is vital’ that Scotland legalises equal marriage 2
1:01 PM — Scottish rock band The Proclaimers have urged the Scottish Parliament to back equal marriage in a video recorded as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
Lib Dem President tables motion drawing attention to ‘deplorable’ LGBT treatment in Russia 16
12:47 PM — Liberal Democrat party president, MP Tim Farron, has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) which asks that the House of Commons take note of the situation LGBT people face in Russia, following the passage of anti-gay laws.
7th September 2013
US: New Mexico Supreme Court agrees to take on equal marriage case
8:23 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of New Mexico has agreed to decide whether equal marriage should be legal across the state, after several counties began recently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
US: Alternate Christian-based scouting group launches after Boy Scouts of America includes gay members 24
8:05 PM — Over 1,200 disgruntled former Boy Scouts of America officials descended on Nashville, Tennessee this weekened, in order to launch a new, "Christian-based" alternative to the BSA, as it voted earlier this year to lift its ban on gay members.
Gay activists say Obama ‘sent a signal’ to LGBT Russians by meeting them at G20 in St Petersburg 14
7:31 PM — As President Obama met with LGBT activists as his last official engagement during his trip to St Petersburg for the G20 summit, the activists noted the significance of the fact that he met with them.