30th December 2013
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.
Former BP CEO Lord Browne: ‘The oil industry is so heterosexual’ 7
5:55 PM — The former chief executive of BP, Lord Browne, says the heterosexual atmosphere of the oil industry stopped him from being open about his sexuality.
UK: Tory councillor to stand down because of David Cameron’s decision to legalise equal marriage 37
3:53 PM — A councillor in Essex says Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to legalise equal marriage in England and Wales is a key reason why he will be standing down at the next election.
Israel: Pro-gay civil marriage bill defeated in Knesset 9
2:50 PM — A bill aimed at blocking discrimination on religious grounds and allowing for civil marriage regardless of race, sex, citizenship, and religion, has been defeated in Israel.
Record numbers of marriages take place in Utah following landmark equal marriage ruling 2
1:47 PM — A week after Utah legalised equal marriage – a record number of weddings have taken place in the US state.
Alabama senator tables motion in support of anti-gay ‘hero’ Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson 13
11:58 AM — Despite Phil Robertson being suspended indefinitely for making homophobic and racist remarks, Alabama State Senator Jerry Fielding plans to introduce a resolution lauding the Duck Dynasty star as a "hero".
UK: Man charged in connection with manslaughter of gay grandfather
11:03 AM — A man has been charged in connection with the manslaughter of Ronald Hayes, a gay grandfather who was fatally assaulted near a gay bar in Chester.
Gay Ugandans urge President Museveni not to sign Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law 5
10:36 AM — Campaigners are reiterating calls on Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni not to sign the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, following cautious comments by the Ugandan leader.
24th December 2013
Lib Dem MP John Leech: ‘Alan Turing’s contribution to Manchester was enormous’ 4
6:23 PM — Manchester Withington MP John Leech says he’s delighted that Alan Turing has received a royal pardon and has thanked all of those who helped in the campaign.
California: Gay man suffers broken eye socket in homophobic attack 7
4:51 PM — A gay man in San Diego was viciously assaulted by three men in a homophobic attack, leaving the victim with broken ribs and a damaged eye socket.
Richard Dawkins: The decision to pardon Alan Turing will send a signal to the world 14
3:18 PM — Professor Richard Dawkins has welcomed the posthumous royal pardon granted to gay scientist Alan Turing and says it will “send a signal to the world which needs to be sent”.
Richard Branson: I urge companies to boycott Uganda because of its anti-gay laws 16
1:16 PM — Sir Richard Branson is calling for a corporate boycott of Uganda, following the Ugandan Parliament’s decision to pass the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
Polish MP expresses support for Uganda’s anti-gay law with homophobic and racist remarks 21
12:24 PM — A Polish MP has expressed his support for Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill and at the same time described the Ugandan population as “kind of wild people”.
US judge denies request to halt same-sex marriages in Utah 4
11:47 AM — A federal judge has upheld a decision to legalise marriage rights for same-sex couples in the American state of Utah.
Shadow Justice Secretary: Decision to pardon Alan Turing ‘is a truly fitting tribute’ 7
11:05 AM — Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan says the decision to pardon Alan Turing "is a truly fitting tribute" - considering the shameful way he was treated for being gay.
23rd December 2013
Federal judge rejects Ohio’s equal marriage ban
6:40 PM — A federal judge has declared in a ruling that applies only to death certificates that Ohio's ban on equal marriage is unconstitutional.