23rd January 2013
US: Worker allegedly sacked from Ashley Furniture HomeStore for being a married lesbian 9
1:29 PM — A married lesbian in New Jersey is suing a local franchise of one of America’s largest furniture companies for unlawful termination after a Christian supervisor allegedly said: “lesbos and gays would be judged.”
Exclusive: Philip Hammond: Government’s marriage reforms don’t protect faith groups 54
12:21 PM — The defence secretary says he has “concerns" about the government’s proposed equal marriage bill - and faces an equal marriage protest at the University of London this Friday.
Tory MP Tim Loughton: Gay people have told me they ‘don’t want to get married’ 73
10:51 AM — Former children’s minister Tim Loughton has restated his opposition to equal marriage and has once again said: “marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.”
22nd January 2013
London: Two men arrested in connection with anti-gay ‘Muslim area’ video
8:01 PM — Two men have been arrested after video surfaced of a group shouting homophobic abuse at a man in east London.
Nepal introduces gender neutral citizenship documents 2
5:58 PM — An official says Nepal's government will begin issuing gender neutral citizenship documents.
Azealia Banks suggests British journalists should kill themselves 40
4:27 PM — Amid her recent homophobic tirade at US celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, rapper Azealia Banks also took the trouble to suggest that two British journalists should kill themselves.
US: Petition calls on White House to include LGBT questions in school survey 1
3:01 PM — Activists are petitioning the White House to include LGBT-specific questions in a proposed school climate survey.
Ireland: Gay rights group welcomes employment discrimination ruling 2
1:44 PM — Ireland's Equality Tribunal has ordered an employer to pay €24,000 (£20,190) for discrimination and victimisation on the basis of sexual orientation.
Video: East London man suffers anti-gay abuse from ‘Muslim Patrol’ gang 254
12:59 PM — Video has surfaced of a group shouting homophobic abuse at a man in East London.
Nigerian anti-gay pastor: Same-sex marriage will wipe out humanity 49
11:42 AM — The general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria believes allowing gay couples to marry will wipe out humanity.
Chicago: Transgender man prevented from using men’s shower room at spa 18
11:00 AM — A transgender man has filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights after the manager of a Chicago spa asked him not to use the men's shower room.
21st January 2013
Labour MP Rob Flello: The government should not ‘re-write’ marriage 46
7:28 PM — Rob Flello, the Labour Shadow Justice Minister and MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, says same-sex marriage is not "an issue of equality".
Olympic diver Chris Mears: I have made some good gay friends through Tom Daley 30
6:20 PM — Olympic diver Chris Mears says his friendship with fellow diver Tom Daley now means he has several gay mates.
Michael Winner’s regret at avoiding national service by pretending to be gay 9
4:39 PM — Michael Winner, whose death has been announced today, previously wrote in his autobiography of his regret at avoiding National Service by falsely claiming to be gay.
Video: Anti-abortion UK activist says ‘homosexuals are promiscuous’ and equal marriage will ‘confuse’ children 83
1:23 PM — The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children says the teaching of equal marriage in schools would lead to the “promotion” of gay lifestyles.
Bishop of Truro: I’m against same-sex marriage — maybe we could call it something else? 67
12:15 PM — The Bishop of Truro is against the idea of gay couples entering into marriages, although he has stressed the importance of maintaining a dialogue about the subject.
18th January 2013
Gay fashion designer John Galliano attempts to rebuild reputation 19
7:08 PM — Disgraced John Galliano is returning to the fashion industry with a temporary role at Oscar de la Renta's New York studio.
US: Judge tipped to allow San Francisco nudity ban 21
6:43 PM — Lawmakers in San Francisco narrowly approved the nudity ban after complaints regarding the city’s famous gay Castro district in November of last year.
Observer’s readers’ editor says ‘it was wrong’ to publish transphobic slurs 62
6:00 PM — The Observer’s readers’ editor, Stephen Pritchard, has issued his full response into the paper’s decision to publish a transphobic article by Julie Burchill.
Peter Tatchell: More gay men are being forced to give police their DNA 28
4:22 PM — Peter Tatchell remains concerned by fresh reports of gay men being forced to give DNA samples to police officers.