17th August 2013
Swedish athlete in Moscow warned over rainbow nails changes them to red ‘for love’ 11
11:39 PM — The Swedish high jumper who painted her fingernails in the colours of the rainbow to campaign against anti-gay laws in Russia has changed them to red to represent "love", after being told she could be in violation of the code of conduct at the world championships.
US athlete: Russian anti-gay law has sparked the ‘defining civil rights movement of our time’ 11
11:25 PM — A US track and field athlete has spoken out against Russian anti-gay laws, saying they have started the "defining civil rights movement of our time".
16th August 2013
US: Lesbian teenager accused of continuing to have contact with underage girlfriend 22
7:41 PM — Florida teenager Kaitlyn Hunt, who was accused lewd and lascivious battery of a child 12 to 16 years of age, for having a relationship with a 14-year-old, has now been accused of continuing contact with the girl.
Marriott International announces official sponsorship for 2014 Gay Games 5
7:22 PM — Worldwide hotel chain Marriott International is to sponsor the 2014 Gay Games, in Ohio, despite being owned by a Mormon family, and the religion considering homosexuality a sin.
Australian progressive church uses signs to say: ‘Some people are gay, get over it, love God’ 14
6:47 PM — A progressive Anglican church in Australia has been using its signs to preach tolerance towards gay and lesbian people.
Dubai: Gym removes ad which suggests women being overweight turns straight men gay 6
6:16 PM — A fitness centre in Dubai has removed an online advert which attracted criticism for apparently suggesting that if women are overweight, they risk turning straight men gay.
Prominent trans campaigners condemn use of #fuckcispeople in Twitter argument 103
2:43 PM — Several prominent trans campaigners have condemned the recent use of a hashtag on Twitter attacking non-trans people.
Coca-cola and McDonald’s agree that Winter Olympics should not be relocated from Russia 57
1:32 PM — As the international outcry increases around the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in the wake of the passage of anti-gay laws back in June, big sponsors of the International Olympic Committee have maintained the line that they do not condone discrimination, but that they will not seek the relocation of the event.
tATu star Lena Katina: ‘Russian anti-gay law is weird because many in the government are gay’ 14
1:10 PM — Ten years on from a massive hit single which brought global fame, one half of Russian pop duo tATu has said that it is "weird", that her country's government has introduced anti-gay laws, because "a lot of people from the government with the big positions are gay".
15th August 2013
US: Discrimination lawsuit filed against Oregon bakery which refused cake for same-sex wedding 13
7:09 PM — Another in a string of bakeries to refuse to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is being sued for doing so on religious grounds.
US: New Jersey judge pushed to allow equal marriage in DOMA test case 1
6:10 PM — A New Jersey court case will today begin to hear oral arguments in a test of the implications of the Supreme Court ruling which struck down key sections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to find out what it means in that state.
New York police hunt for anti-gay gang who beat up gay couple for holding hands 5
5:33 PM — New York City police are looking for six suspects involved in a homophobic attack in Chelsea on Tuesday night.
US court: Lawsuit accusing anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively of human rights violation must go ahead 33
4:38 PM — A judge denied the request of a US evangelist preacher accused of human rights violations for his support of the Ugandan 'Kill the Gays' bill, to have the case against him dismissed.
US: Miss Universe Host says he will boycott pageant in Russia over anti-gay laws 4
2:23 PM — Television personality and former Miss Universe host Andy Cohen has said that he will boycott the pageant this year, which is due to take place in Moscow, in protest against Russia's anti-gay laws.
Swedish athlete at Moscow Athletics Championship paints nails in rainbow colours against anti-gay law 19
1:49 PM — A Swedish athlete at the World Athletics Championships currently taking place in Moscow, has made a stand against anti-gay laws introduced in Russia in June, by painting her nails in rainbow colours.
WWE wrestler comes out as gay: ‘Does it change what you think of me?’ 29
1:01 PM — A World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Superstars wrestler has come out as gay, and asked his interviewer: "Does it matter?"
14th August 2013
LGBT rights coalition announces same-sex hand-holding initiative for Sochi Winter Olympics 7
7:39 PM — Pride House, an international coalition of LGBT sport and human rights groups has begun an initiative calling on everybody present at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, to show their commitment to inclusive sport by people of the same sex holding hands.
Puerto Rico: Legislators to consider law allowing same-sex couples to adopt 2
7:15 PM — Faced with strong religious opposition, Puerto Rico is to consider proposed laws which would allow gay couples to adopt, and which would establish a public school curriculum examining gender issues, including sexual discrimination.
Russia: Gay journalist who was sacked the day he came out live on air: ‘I wanted the Kremlin to see’ 19
6:22 PM — A gay Russian television presenter has said he was sacked the same evening as he came out live on air.
Gay figure skater Johnny Weir says he is ‘not afraid of being arrested’ under Russian anti-gay law 19
6:07 PM — A gay professional figure skater from the US has said he is not scared to get arrested in Russia for being gay, following the passage of several anti-gay laws in June.