8th January 2014
Former West Ham and Everton midfielder comes out as gay 16
12:02 PM — Former Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has announced he is gay, saying "I've never been ashamed of the way I am".
Yemen: 25-year-old man shot dead for being gay 2
11:50 AM — Reports out of Yemen say a gunman in the southern province of Lahj has killed a man for being gay.
Russian actor who called for gays to be put in ovens urges Putin to ban homosexuality 39
11:32 AM — A Russian sitcom actor, who had previously proposed burning all gay people alive in an oven, has written an open letter to President Vladimir Putin, urging him to restore a Soviet-era law banning homosexuality.
Former Irish president praised for speaking out against homophobia in the Catholic Church 7
10:56 AM — Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese has been praised for calling on the Catholic Church to rethink its stance on homosexuality.
7th January 2014
BBC: Clip of Graham Norton wearing AIDS ribbon was among ‘highlights’ of 2013 6
6:07 PM — The BBC has defended its decision to include clips of Graham Norton wearing a red ribbon on the presenter’s 2013 compilation show – even though he was previously reprimanded by the corporation for doing so.
Australia: Anti-gay senator accused of having ‘obsession’ with gay people 9
3:44 PM — Australian Liberal Party Senator Cory Bernardi has been described as being obsessed with gay people due to his outspoken homophobic views.
Uganda: Former national football team coach charged with sodomy
2:10 PM — The former head of Uganda’s national football team has been charged with “sodomising both male and female youths” – although campaigners claim it could be just the latest example of a homophobic witch hunt.
South African activists demand action against ‘corrective rape’ epidemic 3
1:07 PM — Campaigners have warned that sexual attacks by men against lesbians in South Africa are continuing to increase.
Former Irish president urges Cardinal Keith O’Brien to tell life story in order to help gay people 27
12:03 PM — Ireland’s former president has strongly criticised the Catholic Church for its views on homosexuality and suggests Cardinal Keith O’Brien should share his life story in order to help gay people who have felt the need “to pretend to be heterosexual”.
Ewin Holyfield: My dad isn’t homophobic but he thinks ‘being gay is a choice’ 56
11:02 AM — The son of Celebrity Big Brother housemate Evander Holyfield has spoken out to defend his father, after the former boxer made homophobic remarks on the show.
6th January 2014
LGBT station Gaydio appoints DJ Phil Marriott as new evening presenter
6:00 PM — Gaydio has appointed club DJ Phil Marriott as its new evening presenter and head of music.
Republican Liz Cheney, who is against equal marriage, pulls out of senate race 2
3:26 PM — The eldest daughter of Dick Cheney, who’s been embroiled in a bitter rift with her lesbian sister for not support equal marriage, has abandoned her campaign to become a Wyoming senator.
Interview: Charlie Condou talks about leaving Coronation Street and being a gay parent 13
1:55 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Charlie Condou talks openly about being a gay parent and his reasons for leaving Coronation Street.
Scotland: School chaplain sacked for describing homosexuality as a ‘perversion’ and ‘disorder’ 14
1:24 PM — A Church of Scotland minister has been removed from his role as the chaplain of a school in Glasgow after he described homosexuality as a "disorder".
UKIP Councillor who was ‘baffled’ by lesbians and ‘queers’ says he respects ‘lifestyle choice’ 50
11:23 AM — A UK Independence Party councillor in West Yorkshire who was “baffled” by Britain’s social acceptance of homosexuality and said that he found “female homosexuality” even stranger – denies accusations of homophobia.
Former boxer Evander Holyfield tells Big Brother House: ‘Being gay ‘ain’t normal’ 81
10:42 AM — Former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield is facing a backlash from Celebrity Big Brother viewers after saying that being gay "ain't normal".
3rd January 2014
UK Government refuses to repeal Northern Ireland gay blood ban 14
8:19 PM — The UK Government has lodged an appeal against a ruling requiring Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to decide if Northern Ireland should continue with its lifetime ban on gay men giving blood.
Ireland: HIV infections among gay men at record high 9
4:25 PM — The number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV has reached the highest level ever recorded in Ireland, new figures show.
Former Florida governor: I was wrong to support a ban on equal marriage, please forgive me 5
3:15 PM — Former Republican Florida governor Charlie Crist has apologised for backing a 2008 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in the state.
Australia: Gay man in civil union faces deportation to Pakistan 14
2:38 PM — A gay man who has been living in Brisbane faces deportation to Pakistan.