11th April 2013
US: Montana House votes to repeal unconstitutional sodomy law 9
1:52 AM — The House in the US State of Montana has voted in support of a bill to remove a law which makes gay sex a crime.
10th April 2013
US: California bill to remove tax-exempt status from Boy Scouts scheduled for first hearing 12
6:19 PM — A California bill which would remove the tax exempt status from youth groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, if they uphold policies excluding gay members, is to undergo its first committee hearing today.
American Decency Association: ‘Television shoves homosexuality down our throats’ 25
5:53 PM — US evangelical organisation the American Decency Association (ADA) has published an article in response to a backlash it received in response to a piece which attacked basketball Magic Johnson for supporting his gay son, and reiterated its stance that he should not support him.
France: Anti-gay chief rabbi refuses to step down after admitting fake academic qualifications 24
5:17 PM — France's chief rabbi Gilles Bernheim, who has written essays against equal marriage and adoption, has refused to step down despite admitting several counts of plagiarism, and misleading the public on his academic qualifications.
Video: Israeli gay couple in YouTube plea for help to start a family 4
4:15 PM — A gay couple in Israel have started a campaign, asking for help to start a family after spending their entire savings on several failed surrogacy and adoption attempts, as Israel forbids surrogacy for gay couples.
Australia: Sydney’s rainbow crossing dug up despite 15,000 strong petition to save it 3
3:32 PM — The rainbow road crossing in Sydney’s LGBT district, which was painted for the city’s 35th Mardi Gras celebrations, has been dug up, officials noting a safety hazard, despite a 15,000 strong petition to save it.
Poll: 6% of British people think Section 28 was Margaret Thatcher’s biggest failure 29
1:18 PM — YouGov have released a poll reflecting the divisive nature of Margaret Thatcher's politics, which revealed that 6% of British people thought that Section 28, a law banning the "promotion" of homosexuality in schools, was her worst policy ever.
Blessings for same-sex couples rejected by Church of England 67
2:02 AM — The Church of England has decided not to offer blessings to same-sex couples, and has reiterated its stance that such public acknowledgements are appropriate only for straight marriages.
US: Mixed martial arts fighter suspended for calling trans woman a ‘disgusting freak’ 16
1:18 AM — The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) moved to suspend one of its fighters after he referred to a transgender fighter as "a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak."
9th April 2013
Rick Santorum: It would be ‘suicidal’ for the Republican Party to support equal marriage 21
5:33 PM — Former US presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has spoken out against the idea that the Republican Party might support equal marriage, and said it would be "suicidal" if it did.
Twitter confusion over Margaret Thatcher’s death led users to believe Cher had died 12
4:55 PM — Confusion broke out over Twitter as the hashtag used to spread the news of Margaret Thatcher's death led some users to believe that the singer Cher, had died.
UK’s first youth crime commissioner quits following backlash over abusive tweets 10
3:38 PM — Britain's first youth crime commissioner has quit, following a backlash which came after homophobic, racist and violent tweets were sent from her personal Twitter account.
Judy Garland song likely to be in UK Top 40 in response to Margaret Thatcher’s death 17
3:01 PM — A Facebook campaign to get a song by gay icon Judy Garland into the Official UK Top 40 Chart this week, as a response to Margaret Thatcher's death, looks as though it could be successful in placing the song in the charts.
US: Texas may extend legal protections to include gay teenagers 2
2:50 PM — Despite strong opposition from Republican leaders, lawmakers in the US state of Texas may attempt to introduce new legal protections for sexually active gay teens.
Australia: Tasmanian parliament advances bill to allow equal adoption
1:40 PM — The Lower House of the Tasmanian parliament today resoundingly supported the advancement of legislation which would remove the ban on same-sex adoption.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin greeted by pro-LGBT topless protesters in Germany 7
1:19 AM — Upon arriving in Germany for a trade visit, Russian President Vladimir Putin was greeted by angry LGBT protesters, including a topless rally from the feminist group Femen.
MPs call for resignation of youth crime commissioner over abusive tweets 27
12:46 AM — MPs have weighed in to call for Britain's first youth crime commissioner to resign after abusive tweets sent from her personal Twitter account were revealed at the weekend.
8th April 2013
US: Cindy McCain to appear in Proposition 8 play 1
5:47 PM — Cindy McCain, the wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain, is to appear in a play about Proposition 8, the US state of California's controversial ban on same-sex marriage.
Wheatus criticise The Wanted for ‘hateful and homophobic’ tweet about One Direction 10
4:52 PM — US rock music group Wheatus, has slammed UK boyband the Wanted, after one of its members tweeted a 'homophobic' message about a member of rival band One Direction, and used the hashtag #itgetsbetter.
US: Second Illinois GOP lawmaker announces support for equal marriage bill 1
3:58 PM — A second Republican in the Illinois House has announced his support for a bill to legalise equal marriage, and has said that he thinks others will follow.