23rd April 2013
Marc Almond: ‘Why would gay couples want to get married in a church that thinks you are a sinner?’ 58
1:09 PM — Marc Almond has questioned same-sex couples who wish to get married in churches that refuse to welcome them “with open arms,” the singer also thinks it’s a mistake to expect religion to modernise.
France: Water cannons deployed in Paris ahead of same-sex marriage vote 35
12:04 PM — Security is being stepped up around France’s National Assembly building in Paris ahead of today's landmark equal marriage vote.
Singapore: Couple take country’s gay sex ban to Court of Appeal 17
11:01 AM — A same-sex couple in Singapore have launched a legal appeal to overturn an archaic law criminalising sex between men.
22nd April 2013
JLS, Bananarama and Paloma Faith set to headline Birmingham Pride 3
7:07 PM — Boy band JLS will be heading this year's Birmingham Pride as DJs along with Bananarama and a DJ set by Paloma Faith.
Paraguay: Politician who called gay people ‘monkeys’ elected president 10
6:13 PM — Horacio Cartes, who compared gay people to "monkeys" and threatened to remove his private parts if his son married another man, is now Paraguay’s new president.
France: National Assembly speaker urged to delay equal marriage vote in ammunition powder letter 37
5:10 PM — National Assembly Speaker Claude Bartolone has received an envelope containing ammunition powder and a threatening letter calling on him to delay France's equal marriage vote.
France: Gay cabaret dancer beaten unconscious by gang in Nice 38
3:44 PM — A 24-year-old gay man was beaten unconscious at the weekend in the latest apparent homophobic attack in France.
US: Unitarian Universalist president condemns Boy Scouts for continuing with gay adult leaders ban 5
2:22 PM — The Boy Scouts of America’s decision to suggest lifting the ban on gay youth members “is a step in the right direction,” says the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
World’s only transgender MP to give Kaleidoscope Trust lecture 5
1:20 PM — Polish MP Anna Grodzka is to give the annual Kaleidoscope Trust lecture to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Church of Scotland faces renewed internal division on gay ministers in sexual relationships 5
12:20 PM — It is claimed up to 50 congregations may leave the Church of Scotland if the General Assembly votes next month to allow the ordination of ministers who are in same-sex sexual relationships.
Kent: No further action to be taken over former youth crime commissioner’s anti-gay tweets 6
11:17 AM — Former youth police and crime commissioner Paris Brown will not face prosecution over homophobic and racist comments she made on Twitter.
UK: Deputy Lib Dem leader ‘really disappointed’ at IPS rejection of trans and intersex inclusive passports 19
10:30 AM — Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes says he is “really disappointed” by the Identity and Passport Service’s decision to reject non gender-specific passports for trans and intersex people in Britain.
19th April 2013
Florida: Gay publisher blasts GLAAD for giving award to Adam Lambert 29
6:53 PM — The decision of US LGBT advocacy group GLAAD to honour Adam Lambert with an award has angered the boss of a Florida gay publication.
Boy Scouts of America proposes dropping gay ban for youth members but retaining it for gay adult leaders 21
5:07 PM — The Boy Scouts of America is proposing to lift the ban on gay youth members but continue to exclude gay adults as leaders.
Zambia: Gay rights activist claims police withheld HIV drugs 1
3:38 PM — A gay rights activist, who is due in court in May, claims he was denied access to his tuberculosis and HIV medication.
Zimbabwe: Campaigners mark country’s independence with call for LGBT rights
2:15 PM — With Zimbabwe marking 33 years of independence, campaigners are using the anniversary to remind people that the country is still a long way from securing LGBT rights.
UK: Thames Valley sees rise in recorded homophobic crime 5
12:58 PM — Thames Valley Police have recorded an increase in homophobic crime across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Duncan James: ‘People were shocked when they heard I was gay on The Big Reunion’ 23
12:20 PM — Even though Duncan James came out three years ago, some of his fans only learnt about the singer's sexuality from watching The Big Reunion last month.
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott shifts position on party’s same-sex marriage stance 25
11:46 AM — Australia’s opposition leader is suggesting his party will decide its position on equal marriage after September's election.
18th April 2013
Governor of Montana to sign away obsolete gay sex ban 3
6:48 PM — Governor of Montana, Steve Bullock, will sign into law a bill that decriminalises gay sex, 16 years after the state’s Supreme Court ruled it to be unconstitutional.