27th January 2014
Lawyers for NFL player say they have text messages to back up homophobia accusations against coach 2
6:16 PM — Lawyers acting on behalf of an NFL player and gay rights advocate who accused his former coach of being a "bigot" for making homophobic remarks have said they have text messages to back up the allegation.
US: Indianapolis Bar Association announces opposition to proposed same-sex marriage ban 2
5:37 PM — A proposed same-sex marriage ban in the US state of Indiana has been branded "inappropriate", by the Indianapolis Bar Association.
Gay NBA player Jason Collins to join Michelle Obama during State of the Union address 1
3:48 PM — The White House has announced that openly gay NBA player Jason Collins has been invited to join Michelle Obama during her husband's State of the Union address this week.
Elton John: Anti-gay law is ‘damaging and divisive’ to gay Russians and HIV campaigns 3
12:32 PM — Reflecting on time spent in Russia since the passage of a law which bans the promotion of "non-traditional relationships", Elton John has written on the "deeply dangerous and divisive" nature of the law.
25th January 2014
Football fans on gay semi-pro player coming out: ‘If you live in the real world, it’s not an issue’ 10
8:17 AM — Fans of Gainsborough Trinity, the team of a recently out semi-professional footballer, have offered a supportive response to his announcement that he is gay.
Lance Bass offers forgiveness to TV star who said gays are ‘perverts’ 10
7:51 AM — Former NSYNC star Lance Bass has defended a television star who apologised after saying gay people were "more pervert", and should not be allowed on TV.
US: Virginia Republicans urge appointment of lawyers to defence of same-sex marriage ban 11
7:39 AM — Republican politicians in the US state of Virginia have asked for legal counsel to be appointed in order to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban, now that the Attorney General has said he will not.
24th January 2014
Vatican tells Swiss Guard member to give names to back up claims of sexual advance from church official 15
7:36 PM — A senior member of the Catholic Church has urged a member of the Swiss Guard to give names to back up his claims of sexual advances from church officials.
Nigerian newspaper claims that woman ‘publicly disowned her cat’ because she declared it was gay 28
7:21 PM — Reports from a newspaper in Nigeria claim that a woman in the country disowned her cat which she suspected was gay.
McDonald’s #CheersToSochi Twitter hashtag hijacked by LGBT activists 5
6:41 PM — McDonald's has faced a backlash from LGBT rights advocates as it launched the hashtag #CheersToSochi on Twitter, in promotion of the Winter Olympics.
US: Indiana Democrats to challenge civil unions clause in proposed same-sex marriage ban 1
5:42 PM — The leading Democratic politician in the Indiana House is to next week focus efforts on deleting a clause from a proposed same-sex marriage ban, which includes civil unions.
Goldie Hawn ‘embarrassed’ after calling calling Nigerian President ‘wonderful’, unaware of anti-gay law 17
4:22 PM — US actress Goldie Hawn has apologised after she called Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan "wonderful" in a tweet, saying she didn't know about the country's new anti-gay law.
UK Government launches consultation into future of civil partnerships 54
2:02 PM — The British Government has launched a public consultation into the future of civil partnerships.
Hong Kong billionaire doubles dowry offer to £78million for a man to marry his lesbian daughter 18
1:42 PM — The dowry offered by a Hong Kong billionaire to any man who 'can successfully court' his lesbian daughter has been doubled to £78 million.
23rd January 2014
Stonewall co-founder: Ben Summerskill’s departure is a chance to renew relationships and reassess strategy 12
8:05 PM — One of the founding members of gay rights charity Stonewall has commented on the announcement of the resignation of Chief Executive Ben Summerskill to say it is a chance to "renew relationships with other organisations and reassess it's strategy."
US: Two key Oregon same-sex marriage lawsuits consolidated by judge 3
7:50 PM — In a move which could potentially open the door to more quickly removing a ban on same-sex marriage, a federal judge consolidated two lawsuits seeking just that.
US: Utah Governor defends decision to spend $300,000 to attempt to reinstate same-sex marriage ban 16
7:34 PM — The Governor of the US state of Utah has defended his decision to continue to fight to enforce a same-sex marriage ban, despite estimated costs of at least $300,000 to hire outside counsel.
Leading LGBT activist hangs himself with rainbow flag: ‘I can’t live in this world any more’ 24
6:28 PM — A leading LGBT rights activist has committed suicide in Azerbaijan, after leaving a note which said he was not able to go on living in "this country and this world".
Stonewall to have ‘lots of conversations’ including with trans groups, following Chief Exec resignation 33
6:01 PM — The Deputy Chief Executive of gay rights charity Stonewall says she will not rule out beginning a new dialogue with trans groups, following the resignation of Chief Executive Ben Summerskill.
LGBT rights panel at Davos: ‘We still have a huge struggle’ for equality 1
4:25 PM — A panel at the 2014 Davos Annual Meeting convened to discuss LGBT issues around the world concluded that "we still have a huge struggle."