22nd November 2013
Apple deems offence caused by homophobia an ‘appropriate’ reason to refund James Arthur track 5
2:43 PM — Controversy surrounding James Arthur's Twitter spats around his use of homophobic lyrics on a track has escalated, as iTunes has approved a refund to a customer complained that they were offended.
Tory Vice Chair: It’s crazy that gay couples’ marriages will be downgraded on entering Northern Ireland 8
2:10 PM — The Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party has said he thinks it is "ludicrous" that gay married couples travelling to Northern Ireland will not be recognised as married.
Australia: Governor General comes out in support of equal marriage 2
1:10 PM — The Australian Governor General this week indicated her support for equal marriage.
21st November 2013
US: Missouri Governor files order allowing already married same-sex couples to file joint tax returns
7:36 PM — The Governor of the US State of Missouri has written an executive order which allows same-sex couples legally married out of state to file joint tax returns in his state.
US: Arkansas clerk claims equal marriage county lawsuit is actually a state matter 3
7:27 PM — A county clerk from the US state of Arkansas, has said that a lawsuit challenging the state's equal marriage ban, should be filed in state court, rather than by the county itself.
US: Pennsylvania pastor turns down invitation to repent support for equal marriage or be defrocked 11
7:20 PM — A Pennsylvania pastor who found guilty of violating his church's doctrine in a "trial" earlier this week, has rejected 30 days given by the church to repent.
Study: US state equal marriage and adoption bans cause psychological distress to gay men 1
7:10 PM — A study from the University of Michigan has found that gay men hoping to become parents are caused psychological disress brought on by state-wide bans on equal marriage and adoption.
Marvel Comics announces new gay character in X-Men comic 3
5:24 PM — A new gay character has been announced by Marvel Comics in its Uncanny X-Men series, but the comics giant downplayed the coming out as just a "small facet" of his character.
Alec Baldwin attempts to calm furore over alleged homophobic slur by joking that he loves another man 12
2:25 PM — Alec Baldwin apparently attempted to calm anger over an alleged homophobic slur he used against a photgrapher last week, by making a joke about being in love with a gay co-worker at a conference.
Equalities Minister Jo Swinson launches funding initiative to understand anti-LGBT bullying in schools 6
1:06 PM — An new initiative to help drive out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in secondary schools was launched today in an East London school by Minister for Women and Equalities Jo Swinson this morning, during Anti- Bullying Week.
20th November 2013
X Factor’s James Arthur in spat with Lucy Spraggan over his use of the word ‘queer’ 14
9:03 PM — James Arthur has found himself amid a new Twitter drama, despite quitting the microblogging site this week, as fellow X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan tweeted a text conversation between the two containing a heated disagreement over his use of the word "queer".
Equal marriage bill overwhelmingly passes Stage 1 Debate in Scottish Parliament 26
8:11 PM — The Scottish Parliament this evening passed its equal marriage bill through the first stage of debate.
Ikea under fire for removing lesbian interview from magazine in Russian edition to ‘remain neutral’ 12
4:53 PM — Swedish furniture giant Ikea has come under criticism for editing out an interview with a lesbian couple from its customer magazine in its Russian edition.
Manchester Police Commissioner urges for more action to tackle transphobic hate crime
3:52 PM — The region’s Police and Crime Commissioner is calling on Greater Manchester people to take a stand against hate crime directed at the trans community.
European Parliament for the first time allocates major fund to combating anti-LGBT discrimination
3:30 PM — The European Parliament today for the first time allocated part of a major find to combating anti-LGBT discrimination.
Trans duo Zachs & Krieg to perform single live online for Transgender Day of Remembrance
3:04 PM — Stockholm-based transgender musical duo Zachs and Krieg are to offer a performance of their single, released in support of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, this evening in a live feed, as well as listing the list of murdered trans people from the past twelve months.
Tesco launches inquiry into employees posting online photos and videos abusing trans customers 18
2:25 PM — Supermarket chain Tesco has launched an inquiry into employees taking photos and videos of transgender customers, posting them online, and leaving derogatory comments.
US: Restaurant says family which said they did not agree with lesbian waitress’s ‘lifestyle’ can return 49
1:21 PM — A restaurant at which a lesbian waitress was told by a family that she would not receive a tip because of her "lifestyle", has said they can return, as they legally can't turn them away.
Live Blog: Scottish Parliament’s Stage 1 Debate on equal marriage 4
12:04 PM — Coverage of this evening's Stage 1 Debate of the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill in the Scottish Parliament
18th November 2013
LGBT legal group appeals against decision to refuse to give it charitable status 9
7:47 PM — The Human Dignity Trust (HDT) has been forced to appeal against a decision to deny it from holding charitable status, raising concerns across the voluntary sector for groups standing up for LGBT rights.