12th December 2013
Labour calls on Director General to update BBC guidelines after Graham Norton disciplined for wearing AIDS ribbon 14
6:48 PM — The Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS has written to BBC Director General Lord Hall over the decision to discipline Graham Norton for wearing an HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon on his Friday night chat show.
Damian Lewis apologises for ‘fruity actor’ jibe at Ian McKellen 9
4:13 PM — Actor Damian Lewis has apologised to Sir Ian McKellen for saying he did not want to end up like a "fruity actor" who is known for playing wizards.
UN: Indian Supreme Court decision to ban homosexuality breaks international law 5
3:11 PM — The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has expressed her dismay at the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to recriminalise same-sex sexual activity.
Exclusive: Tory minister Baroness Warsi: I was ‘on the wrong side of history’ on gay rights 79
1:44 PM — Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Baroness Warsi has defended her decision to abstain in this summer's House of Lords vote on the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales, adding that she is "still on a journey" when it comes to issues of gay equality.
Putin: Anti-gay laws protect against the ‘destruction of traditional values’ 36
12:33 PM — President Vladimir Putin has defended Russia’s anti-gay laws by saying they protect against the “destruction of traditional values”.
India’s Law Minister slams Supreme Court’s decision to bring back ‘archaic’ anti-gay law 17
11:48 AM — In an encouraging sign, India's Law Minister Kapil Sibal says the country's government is considering decriminalising same-sex sexual activity, a day after the country's top court upheld a law which criminalised gay sex.
Australian High Court bans gay couples from marrying 25
11:06 AM — Australia's High Court has overturned legislation allowing same-sex marriages in the Australian Capital Territory.
11th December 2013
Martina Navratilova: The Olympic Committee is ‘putting their head in the sand’ on LGBT rights 10
9:21 PM — Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has slammed the International Olympic Committee for "putting their head in the sand" over LGBT rights.
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.