31st October 2013
Hallmark changes lyrics of Deck the Halls, omitting the word ‘gay’ on sweater for fear of ‘misinterpretation’ 9
2:58 PM — US greetings card company Hallmark has come under heavy criticism for including lyrics from Christmas song Deck the Halls on a jumper, but omitting the word "gay".
Video: Anti-gay church makes debut on Vine including bizarre anti-gay Halloween message 11
2:07 PM — The adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) has made its debut on Vine, Twitter's video platform, posting a series of bizarre anti-gay messages.
US: Hawaii Senate approves equal marriage 5
12:26 PM — The Senate in the US state of Hawaii has overwhelmingly approved a measure to repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
30th October 2013
US: Hawaii Senate to hold final vote on equal marriage as House prepares to receive bill
6:05 PM — A bill to legalise equal marriage in the US state of Hawaii will be subject to a final vote in the state's Senate on Wednesday.
Neil Patrick Harris speaks of ‘private’ right to come out as gay on own terms 9
5:50 PM — Actor Neil Patrick Harris has defended the right of everyone, particularly those in the public eye, to come out on their own terms.
US: Jon Stewart’s Daily Show explores South’s attitude towards gays with secret cameras 14
5:29 PM — Responding to statistician Nate Silver's prediction that Alabama and Mississippi would be the last states to approve equal marriage, Jon Stewart sent two men undercover, posing as a gay couple, to debunk the idea that people in the South were homophobic.
US: ACLU files brief challenging Nevada same-sex marriage ban
5:06 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada, has filed a brief challenging the state's ban on equal marriage.
France: Anti-equal marriage leader to be evicted for illegally subletting apartment 8
4:04 PM — One of the most outspoken leaders of protests against France's recently adopted equal marriage and adoption law is to be evicted from her Paris apartment.
US: Hawaii equal marriage bill passes second Senate reading 1
2:05 PM — The equal marriage bill in the US state of Hawaii has passed its second reading, and will now advance to a final reading on Wednesday.
Short film project aims to tackle trans issues by showing life through the eyes of a trans woman 2
12:01 PM — A video project has been launched in order to raise awareness of trans issues by showing the public the life of a young trans woman through her eyes.
Teacher who told students ‘Hitler wasn’t all bad, he killed the gays’ struck off 42
10:41 AM — A teacher in Scotland who told students that "Hitler wasn't all bad", because he killed gay people has been struck off.
29th October 2013
Israel: Civil union legislation introduced to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples 5
6:42 PM — The Yesh Atid Party in Israel on Tuesday introduced legislation to allow same-sex couples equal rights to straight couples.
US: Equal marriage bill passes Hawaii Senate committee 2
5:16 PM — The equal marriage bill introduced in Hawaii has passed committee stage at the state Senate.
Conservative MP speaks out against same-sex domestic violence 1
4:59 PM — A Conservative MP has joined in a project against domestic violence, emphasising a need to tackle such abuse in both same-sex and opposite-sex couples.
Australia: Labor to support bill to stop faith schools from expelling students based on sexual orientation 4
2:21 PM — The Labor party in New South Wales is to back a bill which would remove protections for private schools wishing to expel or discriminate against LGBT students.
Video: Rugby star Ben Cohen strips down in shower for anti-bullying charity calendar 8
2:14 PM — Rugby star Ben Cohen has stripped down for his StandUp Foundation's 2014 charity calendar. The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation aims to tackle bullying and homophobia.
Russia: Group plans to hold gay-inclusive ‘open games’ just after Sochi Winter Olympics 5
2:03 PM — A group in Russia has announced plans to hold a "gay games" in Moscow just days after the Winter Olympics take place in Sochi in February 2014.
Australia: Tasmania equal marriage efforts fail again as bill is narrowly defeated 4
1:13 PM — Equal marriage efforts in Tasmania have failed for a second time, as an attempt to reintroduce a bill to allow same-sex marriages failed in the state's upper house.
28th October 2013
US: Hawaii officials to take up equal marriage bill in special session today 7
6:14 PM — Officials in the US state of Hawaii are to take up the issue of equal marriage in a special session held on Monday.
NFL player made to apologise for anti-gay slur on live radio 3
5:59 PM — A former NFL player has come under heavy criticism, and was made to apologise live on air on a radio station, after he used a homophobic slur to describe a fellow former player.