7th October 2013
Labour appoints former GMTV political editor Gloria de Piero MP as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities
6:55 PM — Ed Miliband's new shadow cabinet has been revealed, and the new Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities is former journalist Gloria de Piero.
Gay Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams promoted to junior minister in government reshuffle 3
4:47 PM — Openly gay Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Williams, has been promoted to junior minister during today's government reshuffle.
Tory Baroness Stowell who guided equal marriage through the House of Lords promoted to junior minister 4
4:18 PM — Baroness Stowell of Beeston, the Tory peer who was in charge of guiding the equal marriage bill for England and Wales through the House of Lords, has been promoted during the government reshuffle.
US: Two lawsuits against florist which refused service to gay couples’ weddings may be combined
3:59 PM — The county court in a US county will this week decide whether two separate lawsuits against a florist which refused service for a same-sex wedding will be combined.
Doctors will use clinical screening to ‘detect’ gays and ‘bar’ them from entering Kuwait 66
3:20 PM — Doctors in Kuwait may subject men entering the county to screening tests in order to "detect", and ban gay people from entering the country.
5th October 2013
US: Pentagon alerts same-sex married couples of equal federal ethics rules 8
4:30 PM — The Pentagon has sent a memo to alert same-sex married couples that they are now subject to the same federal ethics rules as straight couples.
US: Football players to attend ‘educational dialogue’ for anti-gay slurs during Matthew Shepard play 20
4:10 PM — Football players from the University of Mississippi have been made to attend an "educational dialogue" for interrupting a performance of a play with anti-gay slurs.
Greece: Dozens protest against Russian anti-gay law ahead of Olympic flame hand over 8
3:46 PM — A protest has taken place in central Athens ahead of the handover of the Olympic flame to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics organisers.
4th October 2013
All Swedish couples banned from adopting Russian children over same-sex marriage 19
7:49 PM — Russian authorities have stopped the adoption of Russian children by all Swedish couples based on the legalisation of equal marriage in Sweden.
Spot the difference? Tory MP switches Twitter profile pic to Matt Damon as Liberace’s lover 2
7:37 PM — Tory MP Michael Fabricant, who has consistently voted for gay rights has changed his Twitter profile picture to an image of Matt Damon as Liberace's lover from this year's Hollywood biopic about the flamboyant star.
Punk band shoots porn clip on the front lawn of the Westboro Baptist Church 16
4:10 PM — A US punk band has filmed a porn clip on the front lawn of the adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church (WBC).
Clare Balding says she ‘talked gibberish’ whilst accepting OBE for services to journalism 7
2:34 PM — Sports broadcaster Clare Balding was awarded an OBE yesterday, and said she "talked absolute gibberish", when accepting the award.
3rd October 2013
Lebanon censors French film depicting gay love story 3
8:41 PM — A French film featuring a gay love story has been blocked by Lebanese censors, the Beirut International Film Festival has said.
US: Idaho state requires same-sex married couples to recalculate tax as ‘single’ 10
8:28 PM — The US state of Idaho Tax Commission has announced that same-sex couples in the state who were legally married out of state must recalculate their federal tax returns as if they were "single", or "head of household", before being able to file in the state.
US: Equal marriage opponents praise New Jersey Governor for appeal against judge’s ruling in favour of it 7
8:18 PM — Same-sex marriage opponents have called for a referendum on equal marriage in the US state of New Jersey, praising Governor Chris Christie for his persistence in appealing against a judge who ruled to say that banning equal marriage in the state was unconstitutional.
US: University football players interrupted play about Matthew Shepard with anti-gay slurs 36
8:06 PM — Several members of the University of Mississippi football team have interrupted a theatre production of a play about murdered Wyoming teenager Matthew Shepard, shouting homophobic slurs during the play.
US: Top officials urge the Pentagon to force National Guards to process same-sex benefits 1
7:39 PM — Top officials in the US are pushing the Pentagon to insist that state National Guards process benefits for same-sex couples in line with the a recent directive from the Defense Department to treat married same-sex service members equally.
Russia: Imam urges followers not to attend Elton John concert because he ‘promotes homsexuality’ 24
7:23 PM — An Imam in the city of Kazan, the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan, has warned followers that they should boycott an Elton John concern scheduled for December.
US: Pennsylvania official compares equal marriage benefits to ‘giving money out to people’s pets’ 5
6:32 PM — An official in the US state of Pennsylvania has taken a financial stance in opposing equal marriage benefits for same-sex couples, comparing it to same-sex couples to offering "money out to peoples' pets".
Office for National Statistics study finds that 1.5 percent of adults identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual 28
5:32 PM — A new study from the Office for National Statistics, has found that 1.5% of the adult population in the UK identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, with younger people having a much higher representation than older groups.