31st December 2013
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.
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.