7th December 2013
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.
Sunday Express lead theatre critic claims he was sacked over discovery of naked online photos 6
12:21 PM — The leading theatre critic at the Sunday Express has claimed that he was sacked as the paper claimed he brought it into "disrepute" when naked photos of him two decades old were discovered online.
5th December 2013
Human rights defender Nelson Mandela dies aged 95 7
11:02 PM — South African human rights campaigner Nelson Mandela died today at the age of 95.
US investors put pressure on Sochi sponsors over Russian anti-gay law 9
8:45 PM — US investors with combined assets of hundreds of billions of dollars have urged corporate sponsors of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics to speak out against Russia's anti-gay laws.
US blogger Perez Hilton to appear in TV series about gay dads 3
8:33 PM — Blogger Perez Hilton is to appear in, and act as executive producer for, a new reality series about gay dads.
Elton John to address Russian anti-gay laws in Moscow concert Friday 12
8:20 PM — Sir Elton John is to perform a concert in Moscow on Friday, at which he has vowed to raise the issue of Russia's anti-gay law.
US: Large railroad conference to offer health coverage to same-sex spouses
7:28 PM — Members of a conference of some of the largest railroad operators in the US are to begin offering health benefits to same-sex spouses as of January.
US: Court hears discrimination case over gay couple being refused wedding cake 1
4:54 PM — A Colorado court has heard a discrimination case brought against a baker who refused to provide a wedding cake to a same-sex couple.
US version of Morrissey’s autobiography edits account of same-sex relationship 11
1:14 PM — The US release of Morrissey's autobiography has reportedly omitted details about a two-year same-sex relationship and contains other edits.
4th December 2013
Australia: Defence Department defends production of pride flag cufflinks 9
7:40 PM — The Australian Department of Defence has adamantly defended its production of pride flag cufflinks and lapel pins for soldiers.
Australia: ACT equal marriage law could be struck down five days after taking effect 9
6:56 PM — Just five days after the Australian Capital Territory's new equal marriage law comes into effect, it could be deemed unconstitutional in a High Court ruling.
US: Louisiana National Guard follows Texas in allowing same-sex couples to register for benefits
6:36 PM — The Louisiana National Guard has followed Texas in saying that it will immediately allow same-sex couples register for benefits.