11th December 2013
UK Government: India’s Supreme Court ruling against gay sex is a ‘matter for India’ 40
8:37 PM — The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued a short response to the decision of India’s highest court to criminalise gay sex.
Indian politicians criticise Supreme Court’s decision to ban gay sex 47
11:39 AM — India’s Supreme Court ruling against gay sex is being met with criticism from a growing number of politicians in the country.
India bans gay sex in Supreme Court shock ruling 31
9:37 AM — India’s highest court has upheld a colonial-era law which criminalises gay sex, in what activists have described as a "black day" for gay rights.
10th December 2013
Quakers ‘delighted’ same-sex marriages in England and Wales can take place from end of March 8
5:25 PM — The Religious Society of Friends in Britain, generally known as the Quakers, say they are “delighted” by today’s announcement that the first same-sex weddings in England and Wales can take place from 29 March 2014.
World pays tribute to Mandela exactly 17 years since he signed Constitution against discrimination
4:40 PM — World leaders have paid tribute to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service in Soweto – on the same day 17 years ago he famously signed South Africa’s landmark Constitution outlawing discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation.
National AIDS Trust: The BBC should not penalise Graham Norton for wearing an AIDS awareness ribbon 19
3:32 PM — The National AIDS Trust has criticised the BBC's decision to discipline Graham Norton for wearing an HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon on his Friday night chat show.
Core Issues Trust calls on Court of Appeal to rule against Transport for London’s ban on anti-gay ads 23
2:21 PM — The Court of Appeal has begun hearing the case of Christian charity prevented from advertising anti-gay posters on 24 buses in London.
Jury enters third day of deliberations in Brighton gay man murder trial
1:27 PM — The jury in the case of a man accused of murdering a Brighton gay man has retired for a third day to consider its verdict.
LGBT activists mark World Human Rights Day
12:46 PM — LGBT campaigners around the world are marking Human Rights Day.
BBC disciplines Graham Norton for wearing AIDS awareness ribbon on chat show 94
12:08 PM — Graham Norton has been reprimanded by the BBC for wearing an HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon on his Friday night chat show.
UK Government warns Ian McKellen against travelling to Russia due to anti-gay laws 18
11:10 AM — The Foreign Office has advised Sir Ian McKellen "not to go to Russia" because of the country's homophobic laws, according to the gay actor.
9th December 2013
Congregation votes to leave Church of Scotland over allowing gay ministers 8
7:02 PM — More than 230 members of one of the Church of Scotland's biggest congregations on the Western Isles have supported leaving the Kirk over a proposal that would allow gay men and women to become ministers.
Rio holds ‘biggest ever’ collective same-sex marriage ceremony 1
6:13 PM — One hundred and thirty same-sex couples have taken part in a mass civil marriage ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.
Journalist: ‘It would be wrong to say Mandela was always comfortable with gay rights’ 4
4:20 PM — The late Nelson Mandela has been described by some as a “gay icon”, but South African author and journalist Mark Gevisser says Mandela’s approach to LGBT rights was less pronounced.
Jury considering verdict of South African accused of murdering Brighton gay man
2:08 PM — The jury in the case of a man accused of murdering a 62-year-old Brighton gay man have begun their deliberations.
Putin’s new TV network boss believes gays should be banned from donating sperm and organs 17
1:21 PM — A TV presenter who said gay people should not be allowed to donate sperm or blood, and that their hearts should not even be used, as they are “unfit for extending anyone’s life”, will now run Vladimir Putin’s new TV network.
UK: Lesbian asylum seeker due to be deported to Uganda on Thursday 8
12:22 PM — An asylum seeker who claims she is at risk of homophobic persecution is due to be deported to Uganda on Thursday.
Times claims Church of England ‘on the brink of appointing its first openly gay bishop’ 27
11:13 AM — The Church of England is on the brink of appointing its first openly gay bishop, according to The Times.
6th December 2013
Will Young becomes patron of LGBT mental health charity PACE 3
7:34 PM — Singer Will Young has been announced as a patron for an LGBT mental health charity.
Bill Gates: I admire Nelson Mandela for speaking out against the stigma of HIV 2
7:05 PM — The philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela and says he will remember the former South African president most for raising awareness of HIV.