16th December 2013
James Arthur: I have felt ‘deep, deep shame’ for using homophobic lyrics 39
7:23 PM — X Factor winner James Arthur has spoken out about to say that he has suffered from depression, and since being involved in a controversy surrounding homophobic lyrics, he has lost a lot of confidence.
US: Illinois judge tells county clerk to issue marriage licences early for the terminally ill
7:18 PM — A federal judge has instructed a county clerk in the US state of Illinois to issue marriage licences early to any same-sex couple who wish to wed immediately if one of them has a terminal illness.
US: Pastor refuses to quit voluntarily for officiating at gay son’s wedding 1
6:23 PM — A Methodist minister in the US state of Pennsylvania has refused to voluntarily step down after he was put "on trial", for officiating at his gay son's wedding, and after saying he would not renounce his actions.
Photos: London Day of Rage protest against Indian gay sex ban 1
5:17 PM — A protest took place on Sunday in London against the Indian Supreme Court's decision to reinstate a ban on gay sex.
US: New Jersey officials end push to codify equal marriage in law 2
4:11 PM — Officials in the US state of New Jersey have ended a campaign to have equal marriage written into state law through extra legislation.
Vice President of the European Commission to boycott Sochi Winter Olympics 5
3:25 PM — The Vice President of the European Commission has announced that she is to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014, because of recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia.
Topless feminist protesters charged with trespassing for gay rights protest 5
1:21 PM — Two feminist protesters have been charged with trespassing, after demonstrating topless in support of gay rights outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm.
15th December 2013
BBC: Presenters can promote National Christmas Jumper Day & Movember but not World AIDS Day 45
12:10 PM — It has emerged that BBC presenters are allowed to promote National Christmas Day and Movember but are banned from promoting World AIDS Day. On World AIDS Day 2011, the BBC broadcast an extended film about a presenter shaving off his 'Movember' moustache to raise awareness for prostate cancer, in apparent contravention of its own rules.
14th December 2013
India’s Human Rights Commission calls on government to remove gay sex ban 3
4:37 PM — The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in India has called on the Government to amend the penal code in order to protect the human rights of gay and lesbian people following a shock ruling by the Supreme Court.
US: Reverend who officiated at gay son’s wedding may be defrocked 11
3:36 PM — A US pastor who officiated at his gay son's wedding in 2006, is to announce next week whether he will renounce his actions or surrender his position as minister.
Human rights group urges Obama to include LGBT people in US Sochi delegation 2
2:31 PM — A human rights group has written to US President Barack Obama to urge him to include LGBT people in the delegation sent to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
13th December 2013
Russian dolls of Elton John, Graham Norton, and Tom Daley auctioned for LGBT charity 7
8:00 PM — Russian dolls of five British celebrities are being auctioned off in order to raise money for the Russian LGBT community.
Majority of MLAs in Northern Ireland support motion for LGBT equality strategy 3
7:46 PM — Northern Ireland yesterday adopted a motion which calls for a sexual orientation strategy to be introduced.
X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger defends James Arthur following homophobia controversy 19
7:30 PM — X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger has come to the defence of James Arthur after he was embroiled in controversy surrounding the use of homophobic slurs in a rap diss.
US: Pentagon announces that all states are now in compliance with equal benefits regulations 1
7:09 PM — The Pentagon has now confirmed that all 50 US states are in compliance with a directive to allow benefits to same-sex military couples, despite some states initially refusing to do so.
Liberace film Behind the Candelabra leads Golden Globe TV nominations with four nods 4
6:40 PM — HBO's film about gay pianist Liberace and its cast, are leading the nominations for the TV categories of the Golden Globes with four nods.
Protests planned for Sunday against reinstatement of Indian gay sex ban 1
5:55 PM — A protest is being organised for Sunday against this week's shock ruling by the Indian Supreme Court to reinstate a ban on gay sex in the country.
Facebook accounts go #GayForADay in protest against Indian gay sex ban 7
5:06 PM — Swathes of Facebook users, both gay, bisexual and straight, have been changing their profile pictures to pictures of themselves engaging in same-sex kisses in a viral protest against India's recently reintroduced gay sex ban.
Police search for homophobic hammer attacker of Punch and Judy puppeteer’s dog 12
4:41 PM — Police are searching for an attacker who smashed a dog in the head with a hammer, and defaced the van of a children's entertainer with a homophobic slur.
US: Federal college loan applications to be equalised for gay couples
4:09 PM — Students in the US who are in same-sex marriages will soon be treated equally to straight married couples in applying for federal college loans.