21st November 2013
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.
Nick Clegg: ‘Section 28 was divisive but I’m glad to be part of a government fighting for LGBT rights’ 10
7:11 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, has joined colleagues from across the political spectrum in condemning Section 28 on the day of the 10th anniversary of its repeal.
Possession of rape porn will become punishable by up to three years in jail 41
6:16 PM — New Government plans would mean that anybody found with pornography depicting rape, could be jailed for up to three years.
Gay couple threatened and forced to take shelter in pub in Vauxhall hate crime 52
5:45 PM — A gay couple were forced to take shelter in a London pub on Sunday evening, after being pursued and threatened by a gang of teenagers who shouted homophobic slurs.
Crispin Blunt reselected as Tory MP following deselection attempt after he came out as gay 17
5:31 PM — Crispin Blunt has successfully secured an overwhelming vote from local Conservatives to remain as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Reigate at the 2015 General Election, after executive committee members attempted to unseat him, some say, because he came out as gay.
Russian Sports Minister: Authorities should have waited a little before passing anti-gay law 13
3:43 PM — The Russian Sports Minister has again spoken in defence of an anti-gay law passed earlier this year, this time to say that the law may have caused so much controversy because of its timing, rather than its contents.
Ed Miliband: ‘The 10th anniversary of Section 28 repeal reminds us we must all speak against prejudice’ 3
1:44 PM — The Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband, has spoken on the 10th anniversary of the repeal of Section 28, to emphasise the importance of its demise, despite saying there is still more to be done.
Priest who said Catholic Church suffered a ‘culture of homosexual bullying’ is suspended 8
12:41 PM — A priest, the author of a book which alleged that the Catholic Church suffered from a "culture of homosexual bullying", has been suspended.
16th November 2013
Reporter who received anti-gay slur challenges Alec Baldwin to fight: ‘Why don’t we settle this like men?’ 6
5:21 PM — A reporter present during a recent tirade by actor Alec Baldwin during which he used homophobic slurs, has challenged him to a charity boxing match.
X Factor winner James Arthur apologises for homophobic slur in diss song: ‘I’m disappointed in myself’ 14
4:57 PM — X Factor winner James Arthur has said he is 'extremely disappointed' in himself for a rap he recorded in retaliation against another artist, which included homophobic slurs, but said 'in rap... words I used have a different intent'.