10th December 2013
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.
eBay removes listing for £500,000 Ford Fiesta because of ‘homophobic’ description 30
7:01 PM — Auction site eBay has removed a listing for a 13-year-old Ford Fiesta as it deemed that it contained offensive language.
Egyptian censors demand that 13 scenes be cut from first gay film 10
6:37 PM — Creators of the first film to come out of Egypt which directly tackles gay issues have been told they must delete a large chunk of scenes, despite that the film contains no sexually explicit content.
The Sun columnist: Other sportspeople ‘won’t dive in’ to follow Tom Daley’s example of coming out 50
5:31 PM — A columnist from The Sun, Katie Hopkins, has come under criticism for playing down Tom Daley's coming out, saying it would be easier for a diver to come out than a footballer, and suggesting his coming out was crafted by his PR team.
Outrage over failure of lesbian waitress to donate money given after she claimed she was refused tip 18
3:20 PM — A waitress who was given thousands of dollars in donations after she posted a photo of a receipt which she claimed proved that a family had declined to tip her because she is gay, has come under fire from many who have questioned why the money was not donated to charity, as she promised.
US: In Washington State 17% of all marriages in the last year were between gay couples 1
2:07 PM — A year ago today same-sex marriages began taking place in Washington State, a month after voters chose at a referendum to legalise it, and since then a large proportion of marriages were between gay couples.