31st December 2013
Despite ongoing debate, gay couples with children receive tax benefits in Israel
1:16 PM — Despite a heated, ongoing debate around the issue, the tax authority in Israel has instructed that same-sex couples with children should begin receiving tax benefits immediately.
US: Boy Scouts of America set to accept gay youth members 1
12:18 PM — On 1 January the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is to enact an historic change in policy to allow openly gay youth members to join its ranks.
30th December 2013
Coca-Cola deletes photos of gay rights protest against its Sochi 2014 sponsorship 13
7:45 PM — After inexplicably publishing them, Coca-Cola has now removed photographs published of activists protesting against its Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics sponsorship. Coca-Cola yesterday published photos online of a group of gay rights activists who recently interrupted its Christmas advertising campaign with a surprise demonstration against the company’s decision to sponsor the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. […]
Michelle Obama to newly out TV host: ‘You continue to make us all proud’ 1
7:04 PM — The US First Lady Michelle Obama has tweeted her support for a TV host who publicly revealed that she is gay this week.
Satirical video against reinstated Indian gay sex ban features Bollywood star Imran Khan 12
6:45 PM — A Bollywood star is heading up a campaign against the recently reinstated ban on gay sex in India through a satirical video highlighting ignorances around gay issues.
US: Connecticut health insurers ordered to provide gender reassignment cover
6:28 PM — All providers of health insurance in the US state of Connecticut will now be required to cover gender reassignment and hormone therapy for those with gender dysphoria, the state insurance department has ordered.
US: Woman seeks to stop ‘blatantly illegal’ same-sex wedding taking place in New Year’s parade 19
6:13 PM — A woman in the US state of California is seeking to stop a gay couple from being allowed to marry in an annual New Year parade this week.
US: Group in largest Native American tribe hopes to legalise equal marriage 1
5:15 PM — Members of the largest federally recognised Native American tribe in the US hope to follow suit of the US state of New Mexico and remove a 2005 ban on equal marriage.
US: Husband of gay inmate does not want to visit, despite discrimination complaint 1
4:54 PM — The husband of a gay prison inmate has said that he does not wish to visit, despite that his husband complained that the state had discriminated by refusing him visitation.
Argentinian LGBT rights group ‘not surprised’ by Pope’s revelation on gay adoption 7
4:18 PM — The president of a leading Argentinian LGBT rights group has said that the group is not surprised that the Pope said he was "shocked" by gay adoption in Malta.
Telegraph blogs editor questions Time ‘Person of the Year’ Award for Pope Francis 12
3:55 PM — The editor of Telegraph Blogs has written a column questioning the decision by Time Magazine to name Pope Francis as its Person of the Year, noting a recent revelation that he said he was "shocked" by gay adoption in Malta.
Feature: The fifteen most inspiring LGBT stories of 2013 3
3:02 PM — Readers sometimes comment on how negative the realities of news about LGBT issues around the world can be, but this does not mean we can't strive to bring you a dose of the inspiring and heartwarming too.
US evangelist: The Pope is ‘not the judge’ on homosexuality 26
2:15 PM — A US evangelist has spoken out against the Pope's recent softening on gay issues to say that he is "not the judge" on such issues.
US: Florida Democrats hope to push forward with LGBT rights bills in 2014 2
12:39 PM — Democrats in the US state of Florida have expressed an interest in pushing forward with bills to extend civil rights to LGBT people in 2014.
Why does the Irish version of this Coca-Cola advert omit a gay couple? 24
12:02 PM — Soft drinks giant Coca Cola has in an inexplicable move, omitted a same-sex marriage scene from an Irish version of an advert being show across Europe.
28th December 2013
Boy Scouts of America hopes inclusion of gay scout members will be a non-event like Y2K scare 2
5:12 PM — A member of the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) national executive board has spoken out about the organisation's 1 January change of policy to allow gay members, to say the organisation hopes it will be a non-event.
GLAAD slams decision to reinstate suspended Duck Dynasty star 18
4:50 PM — LGBT rights organisation GLAAD has spoken out to condemn A&E network's reinstatement of Duck Dynasty personality Phil Roberson who was suspended for making homophobic comments in an interview.
Troops abandon Boy Scouts of America as it prepares to allow gay members 34
4:20 PM — Troops opposed to the inclusion of openly gay scout members continue to abandon the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), as it prepares for its 1 January change of policy.
Baptist Minister: Newly reinstated Duck Dynasty star needs to be ‘more repentant and contrite’ 14
3:35 PM — US Baptist minister Jesse Jackson has spoken out to say that, despite being reinstated by his network, Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson should be "more repentant and contrite".
26th December 2013
Feature: The most important international stories of 2013 3
10:40 AM — Having brought you the most important UK and US stories of 2013, it is only natural to follow with the most important international stories of the year too.