15th October 2013
US: New Jersey gay couples file brief to Supreme Court that waiting to marry is damaging
7:32 PM — Equal marriage advocates have filed a brief with the New Jersey Supreme Court saying same-sex couples will be done more harm if they are not allowed to marry as of next week.
Speedo-clad Olympic diver Chris Mears takes to the decks for cruise liner magazine launch
7:11 PM — Olympian Chris Mears appeared in his speedos at the launch party for two new on-board magazines for Cunard and P&O Cruises respectively, which took place at the Haymarket Hotel.
Gay US swimmer writes open letter to ‘proud, buff’ and ‘downright hot’ Vladimir Putin 14
6:49 PM — An openly gay US swimmer has written an appeal for the world to not vilify Russia before the Sochi Winter Olympics and to Russian President Vladimir Putin to "lay off the literal bully pulpit" and "treat everyone with grace, compassion, and respect."
Trans contestant fails to get past top 12 in Miss Universe Canada competition 1
6:02 PM — A transgender contestant has failed to reach the top five of the Miss Universe Canada competition for the second year in a row.
Study: Three quarters of hate crime victims never tell police 5
5:07 PM — A new study released today by Stonewall reveals that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are still at substantial risk of suffering violent abuse and intimidation in Britain.
House of Commons Speaker to honour Alan Turing ‘the gay man who saved the world’ with posthumous award 4
3:26 PM — The late gay computer genius and World War II codebreaker Alan Turing will be honoured with a posthumous award at the Attitude Awards this evening.
Proposals to equalise survivor benefits for same-sex married couples to be brought forward next summer 2
2:07 PM — Pensions Minister Steve Webb MP confirmed in the House of Commons that new proposals for civil partnership pensions will be brought forward next July.
US: North Carolina official to accept marriage licence applications from gay couples
12:44 PM — A county official in the US state of North Carolina has said he will accept applications from same-sex couples for marriage licences.
14th October 2013
NOW: Disney reveals first bisexual character in fantasy television series 15
8:41 PM — A character in hit Disney-ABC series Once Upon A Time, was revealed to be bisexual in a scene of unrequited love on Sunday.
US: Conservative commentator upset that CNN called anti-gay group anti-gay 16
8:20 PM — A conservative US commentator has voiced his upset that a CNN broadcast referred to the Family Research Council (FRC) as "anti gay", claiming that the group only opposes equal marriage, not LGBT rights.
Kuwaiti MPs: Amnesty International must stop aligning itself with ‘deviant gays’ instead of really oppressed people 38
7:20 PM — MPs in Kuwait have spoken out against Amnesty International for criticising proposed medical tests to detect and ban gay and trans people from entering Kuwait, and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
NOW: Part one of Stephen Fry documentary about homophobia airs tonight, BBC Two, 9pm 3
6:49 PM — The first instalment of a two-part documentary about homophobia around the globe, featuring Stephen Fry, will air tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.
NOW: Anti-gay US televangelist explains why you can’t pray to make limbs grow back 11
5:51 PM — Adamantly anti-gay televangelist Pat Robertson took to the 700 Club programme on his Christian Broadcast Network, last week to explain why it is not possible to pray to make limbs regrow.
Lord Smith: Equal marriage had such a large majority because it came from a Tory Government 6
5:19 PM — Britain’s first openly gay MP Lord (Chris) Smith of Finsbury has said that he thought there were advantages to equal marriage being introduced under a Tory Government.
Moldova overturns anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law with hopes of joining EU 14
3:08 PM — Moldova has overturned its ban on gay "propaganda", enacted in June, with a view to joining the EU next month.
12th October 2013
Pink List 2013 topped by trans journalist Paris Lees with PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen at number 7 11
8:45 PM — Writer, campaigner and presenter Paris Lees has topped this year's Independent Pink List, with PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen coming in seventh. Paris is recognised for her broadcasting work, while Benjamin is praised for the Out4Marriage campaign.
Amnesty slams Gulf countries’ proposed ‘medical tests’ to ‘detect’ and ban gay and trans people 9
2:55 PM — Amnesty International has heavily criticised the Gulf Cooperation Council for proposals for "medical tests" to attempt to block gay and trans people from entering, and working, in its member countries.
US: New Jersey Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal against equal marriage by Governor
2:17 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of New Jersey has agreed to take on the appeal against equal marriage by the Governor's administration.
Lord Smith: Tony Blair was nervous about lowering the age of consent for gay men and repealing Section 28 15
12:57 PM — Britain's first openly gay MP Lord (Chris) Smith of Finsbury, has said that Tony Blair, whilst Prime Minister, needed "persuading" that legalising the age of consent, and repealing Section 28 were the right things to do.
11th October 2013
Video: Stephen Fry reflects on travelling to some of the world’s most homophobic countries 20
7:42 PM — Ahead of the broadcast of a two-part BBC documentary next week, Stephen Fry sets out his experiences as a gay celebrity as he travels the world exploring the issue of prejudice against LGBT people.