8th August 2013
US: Art gallery refuses to host gay wedding, citing ‘religious beliefs’ as the reason 14
6:07 PM — An art gallery just outside of Des Moines, in the US state of Iowa, has refused to allow a gay couple to hold their wedding at the venue, citing religious beliefs.
Marguerite McLaughlin steps down as Metro charity chief executive 5
5:40 PM — The chief executive of the Metro Centre, the south-east London-based HIV prevention and sexual health charity Marguerite McLaughlin BEM, has stepped down.
Canada: Women’s group accuses Foreign Affairs Minister of abusing his position by supporting gay rights 25
3:25 PM — A Canadian conservative women's group has accused Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird of taking advantage of his position in order to defend gay rights, after he spoke out last week against recently introduced Russian anti-gay laws.
Petition calls for 2014 Winter Olympics to be relocated to Vancouver 13
2:12 PM — A petition which has gathered almost 80,000 signatures, calls for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to be relocated to Vancouver, following the passage of anti-gay laws in Russia.
US: Pentagon to extend some benefits to same-sex military spouses by end of August 1
1:32 AM — Reports suggest that the Pentagon is to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of this month.
Obama cancels Moscow meeting with Putin citing anti-gay laws as one reason 29
12:44 AM — President Obama has cancelled a meeting due to take place with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month, citing the recent passage of anti-gay laws in the country.
7th August 2013
Spain: Madrid’s Jewish community denies authenticity of anti-gay interview by Chief Rabbi 5
7:03 PM — The Jewish community in the Spanish city of Madrid has denied the authenticity of an interview attributed to its Chief Rabbi during which he reportedly said gay people were "deviant" and needed "reeducating".
Video: Disgraced US Navy chaplain says if you are gay ‘you should be discriminated against’ 18
6:12 PM — A disgraced former Navy chaplain has spoken out on his radio show to say that gay people "should be discriminated against" for being sinners, and cited Martin Luther King Jr in saying so.
Actress Kristen Bell says she’ll get ‘gay married’ to her male fiance Dax Shepard 6
5:25 PM — After saving her marriage proposal for after the defeat of California's state-ban on equal marriage Proposition 8, actress Kristen Bell has since said she would he happy to get "gay married" to her fiance.
Australia: Man who shouted he would ‘eradicate all gays’ ordered to take out apology ad for gay activist 10
3:31 PM — A man from Sydney has been ordered to take out a newspaper advert and publicly apologise to an LGBT rights activist for screaming that he would "eradicate all gays" in a street.
Gay celebrity chef Yotam Ottolenghi announces birth of his first son 21
1:31 AM — Openly gay celebrity chef Yotam Ottolenghi has announced the birth of his first son using a Californian surrogacy service.
6th August 2013
US: New Mexico shuttle bus company apologises after driver told gay couple to sit at back of bus for holding hands
7:04 PM — A shuttle bus company in the US state of New Mexico has apologised after a driver allegedly told a gay couple to sit at the back of a bus for holding hands.
US: Tennessee city offers equal benefits to same-sex partners of city workers
5:57 PM — The first city in the US state of Tennessee has offered equal benefits to same-sex domestic partners of city workers.
US: Pittsburgh mayor marries same-sex couple issued marriage licence by sued county clerk
4:41 PM — A Pittsburgh-area mayor has officiated at the wedding of a gay couple who were issued their marriage licence by a county clerk who is being sued by the state's Health Department for refusing to stop giving out the licences to same-sex couples.
Russia: Orthodox priest who supported pro-gay punk band Pussy Riot found stabbed to death 15
4:01 PM — A Russian orthodox priest who spoke out in support of jailed punk band Pussy Riot has been killed.
France: Woman posts ad offering breastfeeding service to babies of gay couples 5
3:05 PM — A woman has posted a classifieds ad on a French website offering to breastfeed babies of gay couples for 100 euros (£86) a day.
US: Over 80 lawmakers call on Obama administration to end gay blood donation ban 8
1:07 AM — More than 80 US congressional members on Monday called on the Obama administration to end the ban on gay men being allowed to give blood, calling it outdated.
Russia: Socialite called for questioning in case surrounding insults to anti-gay lawmakers 8
12:49 AM — A Russian socialite-turned-political activist said on Monday that she had been called in by investigators in the case of online insults to lawmakers legislating against gay people.
5th August 2013
Ed Sheeran to the Westboro Baptist Church: ‘Keep your homophobic views to yourself’ 10
6:31 PM — British singer Ed Sheeran, who has been supporting Taylor Swift on her US tour, responded to the Westboro Baptist Church who picketed one of the venues, to tell it to "keep your homophobic views to yourself".
US radio host: Homosexuality is caused by a ‘hormone imbalance’ just like obesity, and can be ‘unlearned’ 53
5:44 PM — A US radio host has spoken on her programme to suggest that being gay is due to a "hormone imbalance", similar to people who have eating disorders and become obese, and that it is a behaviour which can simply be "unlearned".