4th November 2013
December date set for High Court challenge of Australian Capital Territory’s equal marriage law 6
11:08 AM — A legal challenge against the Australian Capital Territory’s same-sex marriage law will be heard in the country’s High Court less than a week before the first weddings are due to take place.
1st November 2013
Alliance Party says Northern Ireland Equality Commission should have moved sooner on equal marriage 4
6:51 PM — The Northern Ireland Alliance Party Assembly Member, Stephen Farry, has said the country’s Equality Commission should have spoken out in support of equal marriage “much earlier”.
BBC presenter Paul Gambaccini arrested on suspicion of historical sexual offences
6:21 PM — Paul Gambaccini, the gay BBC TV and radio presenter, has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences under Operation Yewtree.
London: Peter Tatchell disrupts orchestral concert of Putin ally 25
4:18 PM — Peter Tatchell disrupted the opening of Valery Gergiev’s new London Symphony Orchestra concert season at the Barbican last night because of Gergiev’s support for Vladimir Putin.
Chelsea Manning threatens to sue US Army over its refusal to provide gender confirmation therapy
3:36 PM — Chelsea Manning has said she will take the US Army to court over its continued refusal to provide her with access to gender confirmation treatment.
Gay British banking chief appointed to board of GLAAD
2:31 PM — Barclays chief Anthony Watson has been elected to the board of GLAAD, becoming the first gay British citizen to join the US LGBT media advocacy group.
UK: Drunk man avoids jail after pleading guilty to calling police officer a ‘lesbian’ 1
1:52 PM — A Tyne and Wear man arrested after calling a police officer a “lesbian” has been given a 12-month conditional discharge.
Former US Defence Secretary Robert Gates appointed to lead Boy Scouts of America
1:27 PM — Former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates has been chosen to lead the Boy Scouts of America – an organisation which continues to find it difficult to accept gay people.
Vatican launches Catholic survey on gay relationships, equal marriage and other social issues 15
12:26 PM — The Vatican is conducting a worldwide survey on how Catholics interpret social issues such as same-sex marriage, gay relationships and birth control.
Harriet Harman and John Prescott heap praise on Paris Lees in Question Time debut 16
11:37 AM — Paris Lees has received praise from across the political divide after becoming the first out transgender panellist to appear on Question Time.
31st October 2013
Anti-equal marriage councillor made faith champion for Brighton 24
7:00 PM — A former Green councillor who sided against equal marriage has been appointed a champion of faith groups in Brighton.
Paris Lees makes history as BBC Question Time’s first out trans panellist 20
5:24 PM — History will be made on BBC One tonight when Paris Lees becomes the first transgender panellist to appear on Question Time.
Ghana Education Ministry vows to punish acts of ‘lesbianism’ in schools 10
3:48 PM — Ghana’s Education Ministry has reportedly vowed to punish severely any student caught engaging in “homosexual or lesbianism activities.”
Manchester: Community health centre receives LGBT award
3:14 PM — A medical centre in Manchester has received a bronze award for its efforts to be fully LGBT inclusive.
Northern Ireland Equality Commission declaration on equal marriage welcomed by Sinn Fein 2
2:23 PM — Criticism of Northern Ireland’s Assembly for failing to make progress on equal marriage has been welcomed by Sinn Féin.
Olympic diver Jack Laugher: I wouldn’t mind being an openly gay diver 7
1:41 PM — British diver Jack Laugher says he wouldn't have a problem being a gay athlete and that “everyone should feel comfortable to be gay”.
Ireland: Iranian gay asylum seeker allegedly raped by police officer’s son 4
12:36 PM — A gay asylum seeker who fled Iran for Ireland having allegedly been raped by a police officer’s son in his former country has won a legal challenge.
Facebook removes game that urged users to shoot gay men depicted as sexual predators 3
11:46 AM — Facebook has removed a gaming app that urged users to shoot gay men in a fictional wood - and depicted them as naked violent sexual predators.
30th October 2013
Stephen Fry shows solidarity with British gay man facing possible jail in Uganda 5
7:11 PM — Stephen Fry has expressed his dismay and anger over the plight of a British gay man living in Uganda who could be jailed after his sexuality was made public by a Ugandan newspaper.
Northern Ireland Assembly criticised by Equality Commission for blocking equal marriage 5
6:13 PM — Northern Ireland's Equality Commission has criticised repeated attempts to block progress on equal marriage in the NI Assembly.