12th December 2013
Labour MP Chris Bryant jokes about gay play Tory Boyz in asking about civil partnership conversions 4
4:59 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant today jokingly used a link to a play about gay Conservatives to raise the question of why it is taking the Government possibly up until the end of 2014 to allow conversions from civil partnerships to marriage.
Following ruling, Church of Scientology may soon be eligible for tax breaks in UK 25
2:46 PM — Following a landmark ruling this week to allow a woman the right to marry in a Scientology chapel, the organisation may soon be eligible to be treated as tax-exempt in the UK.
MP Crispin Blunt appeals to Indian Health Minister to repeal ‘disaster’ Supreme Court gay sex ban 3
1:47 PM — Conservative MP Crispin Blunt has written to Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad to express his "dismay and serious concern" as India's Supreme Court ruled this week to reinstate a ban on gay sex.
German celebrities lock lips in GQ shoot to tackle homophobia 16
12:06 PM — Celebrities in Germany have made a simple stand against homophobia by kissing members of the same sex in a photoshoot for GQ.
11th December 2013
European Parliament finalises seven year fund for LGBT projects and organisations
7:38 PM — The European Parliament today renewed a seven year financial programme to fund projects and organisations working for the human rights of LGBT people.
Indian ban on gay sex condemned by Bollywood stars 1
7:23 PM — The stars of Bollywood have spoken out to condemn the reintroduction of a law banning gay sex by the Indian Supreme Court today.
Video: Character from hit CBBC series Wizards vs Aliens comes out as gay 21
6:14 PM — A lead character in a hit CBBC series has come out as gay to his best friend in a touching scene.
US: Equal marriage supporters to launch Pennsylvania campaign
6:08 PM — Supporters of equal marriage in the US state of Pennsylvania have launched a campaign to legalise it.
Protesters take a stand against ‘strange and regressive’ Indian Supreme Court ban on gay sex 2
5:30 PM — Protesters have made a stand against today's Supreme Court decision in India to reinstate a ban on gay sex.
Ireland: Justice Minister announces order to recognise foreign same-sex marriages 13
4:11 PM — The Irish Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter, has made an order recognising gay and lesbian couples who married abroad in places where equal marriage became legal in 2013.
Couples in civil partnerships ‘disappointed’ to have to wait longer to convert to marriage 30
2:28 PM — Couples across England and Wales who are already in civil partnerships have expressed disappointment at being told they will have to wait longer than couples who are not, to change to marriage when the law changes in March.
Northern Ireland lifts ban on allowing gay couples to adopt 13
11:59 AM — Northern Ireland has lifted its ban on gay couples in civil partnerships adopting children.
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.