12th October 2013
Lord Smith: Tony Blair was nervous about lowering the age of consent for gay men and repealing Section 28 15
12:57 PM — Britain's first openly gay MP Lord (Chris) Smith of Finsbury, has said that Tony Blair, whilst Prime Minister, needed "persuading" that legalising the age of consent, and repealing Section 28 were the right things to do.
11th October 2013
Video: Stephen Fry reflects on travelling to some of the world’s most homophobic countries 20
7:42 PM — Ahead of the broadcast of a two-part BBC documentary next week, Stephen Fry sets out his experiences as a gay celebrity as he travels the world exploring the issue of prejudice against LGBT people.
Former Jersey Shore star to New Jersey Governor: Allow equal marriage or ‘I will come after you’ 1
7:32 PM — Former cast-member of the popular Jersey Shore television series JWoww has warned New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that she will "come after him", over his opposition to equal marriage.
Kentucky Boy Scout official says 20 sponsors dropped support after gay scouts allowed 7
7:20 PM — An official for a Boy Scouts of America troop in Kentucky has said that around 20 sponsors have either dropped their support or plan to do so following the removal of the policy banning openly-gay members.
New Jersey Governor: One judge should not force state to recognise equal marriage 5
7:08 PM — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration has argued against a decision last month by a judge to say that she should not alone be allowed to force the state to recognise equal marriage.
Turkish Cypriot law criminalising homosexuality expected to be repealed by Christmas 7
6:51 PM — Efforts to repeal the ban on homosexuality in Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus are to be revived, with the decriminalisation expected to be in force by Christmas.
Petition started to save East London pub after police requests removal of late licence 12
5:40 PM — A petition has been started to save the Joiners Arms in Shoreditch, East London, after the police have asked for its late licence to be revoked.
Gulf countries propose ‘mandatory examination to determine gender’ for migrant workers 13
5:28 PM — The Health Ministry of Kuwait has proposed that genetic tests for immigrant workers in countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, be tightened to prevent transgender migrants from entering the job market there.
Six-year-old trans girl allowed female identification card in landmark case 8
2:34 PM — A trans girl in Argentina has been allowed a female identification card, and for her gender to be officially recognised in a landmark decision.
NOW: Anti-gay US televangelist says low carb diets ‘violate the principles of God’ 36
2:03 PM — Adamantly anti-gay televangelist Pat Robertson took to the 700 Club programme on his Christian Broadcast Network, this week to say that he thinks low carb diets, such as the Atkins Diet, go against the teachings of God.
NOW: Video celebrates 25 years of National Coming Out Day
12:59 PM — A video posted today by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), celebrates 25 years of National Coming Out Day.
10th October 2013
Harrison Ford again defends Ender’s Game film: ‘I wrestled with whether to take the part’ 51
7:57 PM — Harrison Ford has again defended the Ender's Game film, which received heavy criticism because of the anti-gay views of Orson Scott Card, writer of the book on which the film was based.
AFC Wimbledon joins Football Fans against Homophobia campaign 2
7:22 PM — AFC Wimbledon has become the first football club in Britain to join the Football Fans against Homophobia campaign, which aims to take a stand against discrimination in football.
NOW: Gay boxer Orlando Cruz to wear rainbow shorts against homophobia 5
7:02 PM — Gay boxer Orlando Cruz is to wear rainbow shorts in protest against homophobia in a fight in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Cyprus: Penal code amended to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity
6:37 PM — The government in the Republic of Cyprus has amended the penal code of the country in order to protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
US: Football player denies homophobic slur but apologies for remarks against marching band 3
5:51 PM — A US football player has denied making homophobic slurs, despite apologising for remarks he made against a university marching band.
DJ claims she is ‘scorned ex-lover’ of X-Factor judge and singer Demi Lovato
5:40 PM — An Australian radio DJ has taken to Twitter and Instagram to claim that she had a fling with US singer songwriter Demi Demi Lovato.
US: Despite opposing equal marriage, New Jersey Governor leads by large majority in poll 3
4:41 PM — Despite a majority of New Jersey voters saying they support equal marriage, the state's Governor, who remains firmly opposed to it, still holds a strong lead in the polls.
US: Judge to decide within a month whether case against Pennsylvania equal marriage ban to go ahead
4:23 PM — The judge presiding over a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania's ban on equal marriage has said he will decide within a month whether the case will go to trial next year.
9th October 2013
Gay Pogues guitarist Philip Chevron dies, aged 56 3
8:07 PM — Openly gay guitarist of Irish folk-punk band The Pogues, Philip Chevron, has died of cancer at the age of 56.