2nd January 2014
US: Police investigate suspected arson attack on gay club packed with New Year revellers
12:22 PM — Police are investigating a suspected arson attack following a fire at a packed gay club on New Year’s Day in the US city of Seattle.
Ugandan President ‘won’t be pressured’ into signing anti-gay law, says spokesman 3
11:33 AM — Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni “won’t be pressured” into signing the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, his spokesman has said.
Vicar tells Church of England to ‘Keep calm and support equal marriage’ 9
11:04 AM — A north London vicar has condemned the Church of England for its “unacceptable” opposition to equal marriage by using an iconic slogan.
31st December 2013
Fox News TV Doctor: Marriage died in 2013 and the polygamists will be happy 16
5:59 PM — Dr Keith Ablow – a psychiatrist and medical contributor for Fox News – has published a long diatribe against equal marriage.
United Nations warns Ugandan President against signing anti-gay law 22
4:29 PM — The United Nations has warned the President of Uganda against signing the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law.
Canadian Foreign Minister urges Russia to drop anti-gay laws and protect human rights 9
3:47 PM — Ahead of February’s Sochi Winter Olympics, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has written to his Russian counterpart to denounce Russia’s anti-gay laws.
Utah Attorney General: I’m going to ‘spend whatever it takes’ to fight equal marriage 39
2:56 PM — The new Attorney General of Utah, Sean Reyes, has justified the state’s decision to spend taxpayers' money on challenging the recent ruling in favour of equal marriage.
Facebook blocks more than 100 users for posting photo of two men kissing 52
1:44 PM — Facebook has been accused of banning scores of users from posting an innocuous image of two men kissing because it “violates” the social networking platform’s “community standards”.
Ghanaian tourism minister: I am shocked people could think I support gay rights 15
12:24 PM — A government minister in Ghana has denounced one of the country’s leading newspapers for claiming that she supported gay rights.
Blackpool: Gay nightclub owner receives MBE for services to the LGBT community 9
11:39 AM — A gay nightclub owner in Blackpool has been recognised with an MBE in the New Year Honours list.
Sandi Toksvig: I am honoured to have received an OBE 10
10:41 AM — Comedian and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig says she is “honoured” to be recognised with an OBE in the New Year Honours list.
30th December 2013
Surrey Police defends record amid rise in homophobic crime 5
7:05 PM — A rise in reported homophobic crime in Surrey has alarmed LGBT community activists - with the county's police force defending its record.
Kaleidoscope Trust: 2013 has been a ‘terrible year for LGBT rights’
5:07 PM — 2013 has been overshadowed by serious challenges to the rights of LGBT people, according to the Kaleidoscope Trust's annual review.
Tory MP Tim Loughton: The government was ‘crass and clumsy’ on same-sex marriage 27
4:23 PM — Former children’s minister Tim Loughton has described the government’s handling of the same-sex marriage law for England and Wales as “rather crass and clumsily” executed.
Ugandan central London High Commission to face protest over anti-gay law 3
2:28 PM — A protest is due to take place on 8 January outside the Ugandan High Commission in London's Trafalgar Square, over the Ugandan Parliament's decision to pass its Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
Irish government minister comments on equal marriage by saying ‘we have had enough of this s**t’ 19
1:12 PM — Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny says he will be actively campaigning in favour of the referendum on equal marriage – as an unnamed minister from his party is quoted as saying "we have had enough of this s**t."
Home Office: Homophobic crime down but transphobic crime up across England and Wales 10
11:57 AM — Figures released this month by the Home Office show there has been a fall in the number of homophobic crimes recorded in England and Wales.
Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts confirms she’s in a same-sex relationship 2
10:48 AM — Robin Roberts, co-host of Good Morning America, has acknowledged publicly for the first time her long-standing relationship with a woman.
28th December 2013
US: Suspension of anti-gay reality star Phil Robertson lifted by A&E 22
12:15 AM — US reality star Phil Robertson, who was recently suspended from his TV show after making controversial anti-gay comments, has been reinstated.
27th December 2013
Emmerdale cuts transphobic scene after trans actress complains 14
7:00 PM — A trans woman, who was asked to appear in the ITV soap Emmerdale as a transgender barmaid, has received an apology after her gender was made to be the source of ridicule.