10th December 2013
International Olympic Committee president confirms there will be protest zones set up at Sochi 13
9:30 PM — In the face of heavy criticism of Russia's human rights history, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach sought to diffuse the situation with an announcement on Tuesday.
US: Pastor sentenced for aiding lesbian in kidnap of daughter calls for case to be dismissed 8
6:51 PM — An American pastor who was sentenced for helping a woman flee to Central America to escape a custody battle with her lesbian partner has said the case should be dismissed as the crime did not take place in Vermont, where he was sentenced.
Obama speaks at Mandela’s eulogy: ‘Around the world people are still persecuted for who they love’ 13
6:16 PM — Speaking at the eulogy for Nelson Mandela, President Obama made a powerful speech about equality around the world, noting LGBT rights as part of the speech.
US: Baker says he would rather go to prison than make a wedding cake for a gay couple 43
5:54 PM — A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and was told by a judge if he continued to do so he could face fines and worse, has said he would rather go to prison.
Viral video fakes that Justin Bieber is gay to save serial drink driver 6
4:45 PM — A viral video features a prank on a serial drink-driver in the US which shows him duped into thinking he has awoken from a ten-year coma into a world where Justin Bieber is gay.
First same-sex weddings will take place on anti-gay rights Lord Tebbit’s birthday 23
3:39 PM — In a humorous twist of fate, the first same-sex weddings in England and Wales are set to take place on the birthday of Lord Norman Tebbit, one of the strongest equal marriage opponents.
Video: Facebook celebrates gay equality in key events of 2013 1
2:07 PM — Facebook has released a retrospective video looking at key events over the past year, which includes celebration of various LGBT news events.
9th December 2013
New York Times study names Mississippi as state least tolerant of gay people 9
7:48 PM — A new study published at the weekend analysed the places in the US where gay men take longer to come out, and found that Mississippi may be the least tolerant.
Former student sues college for damages following dismissal of abusive basketball coach
7:26 PM — A former student of a US university which sacked its athletic director and basketball coach when tapes emerged of abusive and violent behaviour towards students, is suing the college for damages.
US: Situation for LGBT people working for larger employees is improving 3
7:11 PM — The situation for LGBT people working in larger corporations is improving in the US, following the Supreme Court's decision to strike down DOMA six months ago.
Video: UN highlights 76 countries where being gay is still illegal 21
6:49 PM — A video released as part of the United Nation's 'Free and Equal' campaign names the 76 countries where being gay is still illegal, and highlights shifts towards equality since 1948.
Russian asylum seeker to be deported despite plea to stay in UK over anti-gay law 10
6:16 PM — A Russian woman has been detained and is due to be sent back to her home country, despite pleading that her life is in danger there.
Christian Concern: Tom Daley came out because his father died so Jamaica should keep its buggery law 89
4:30 PM — Christian conservatives in Jamaica are being urged by activists from the US and UK to resist against calls for the country to repeal its buggery law.
US: Waitress in anti-gay tip controversy agrees to resign from restaurant 9
1:56 PM — A waitress who was embroiled in a controversy after she allegedly falsely claimed a family denied her a tip after saying they did not agree with her "gay lifestyle", has decided to leave her post.
7th December 2013
Three men jailed following self-styled ‘Muslim patrol’ harassment campaign in East London 50
7:25 PM — Three men were jailed this week for taking part in a campaign of harassment against members of the community in Tower Hamlets, East London.
US judge rules bakery owner acted illegally in refusing service to gay couple 13
3:45 PM — A judge in the US state of Colorado has ruled that a bakery owner who refused service to a gay couple because of their sexuality broke the law in doing so.
Waitress in anti-gay tip controversy apparently starts refunding donations 2
3:26 PM — A waitress who was given thousands of dollars in donations after an apparently made-up story about being refused a tip by anti-gay customers, has reportedly been issuing refunds to some who donated to her.
Video: Elton John speaks out for LGBT rights at Moscow concert 14
2:53 PM — Elton John took to the stage in Moscow last night, spoke of his support for LGBT rights, and dedicated the evening to murdered gay Russian Vladislav Tornovoi.
6th December 2013
Lady Gaga tells Tom Daley ‘We shouldn’t be going to Sochi at all’ because of anti-gay law 28
7:40 PM — Lady Gaga has urged Tom Daley to decline to compete in countries which have anti-gay laws, in order to boycott them.
Straight couple announce civil partnership engagement as statement supporting full marriage equality 22
7:31 PM — A straight couple from London have announced their engagement, but have said that they will get civilly partnered rather than married, in order to push for full marriage equality.