3rd January 2014
UKIP Councillor admits to using wrong sized condoms and being ‘baffled’ by lesbians 103
12:08 PM — A UK Independence Party councillor in West Yorkshire is “baffled” by Britain’s social acceptance of homosexuality and says that he finds “female homosexuality” even stranger, whilst also going into great detail about his sex life.
2nd January 2014
New Chair of Lib Dem LGBT group takes up post 9
6:39 PM — Ed Fordham has taken over from Adrian Trett as the new Chair of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats.
Homophobic Twitter trolls blast Eastenders for featuring same-sex kiss scene 72
6:14 PM — The decision of Eastenders to broadcast a scene with two male characters kissing generated a predicable torrent of homophobic abuse from a small mindless minority on Twitter.
Germany gets its first out lesbian cabinet minister 4
4:33 PM — In low key fashion, Germany's new Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks came out this week in a newspaper interview – making her the country's first openly lesbian cabinet member.
Cumbria receives new LGBT community helpline service
3:20 PM — A new LGBT helpline has been launched for residents living in Cumbria.
Activists urge Nigerian President not to sign ‘catastrophic’ and ‘outrageous’ anti-gay law 6
1:57 PM — Campaigners have warned the President of Nigeria against signing a law to further criminalise same-sex marriages with prison terms of up to 14 years.
Facebook: It was an ‘error’ to remove photo of two men kissing 14
1:02 PM — Facebook has admitted that its decision to remove an innocuous image of two men kissing was an “error”.
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.