9th January 2014
NBA star John Amaechi: Football will always be ‘toxic’ towards gay players with Sepp Blatter in charge 5
1:35 PM — FIFA President Sepp Blatter is presiding over a 'toxic' atmosphere in football when it comes to gay players, says retired basketball star John Amaechi.
Italy: Police arrest suspect over death of gay rights activist 2
11:49 AM — Police in Italy have arrested a suspect in connection with the death of a gay rights campaigner.
Thomas Hitzlsperger: There’s ‘a long way to go’ before a premiership star comes out and continues playing 11
10:49 AM — Ex-premiership footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger says there is "a long way to go" before there will be an openly gay man playing in top league football.
8th January 2014
Aston Villa fan David Cameron: I admire Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out 8
6:46 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron has congratulated former premiership footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out as gay.
Minister for Sport: Great that Thomas Hitzlsperger is out but homophobia causes too many to hide 6
4:47 PM — Minister for Sport and Equalities Helen Grant has praised former West Ham and German international Thomas Hitzlsperger for announcing that he’s gay.
Nick Clegg: Football star Thomas Hitzlsperger’s decision to come out is brave and courageous 17
3:12 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has praised former premiership player Thomas Hitzlsperger for announcing that he’s gay.
Uganda’s central London High Commission faces protest over anti-gay law 1
2:33 PM — A protest has taken place outside Uganda’s High Commission in central London amid fears the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill could soon become law.
Football stars Joey Barton and Gary Lineker praise Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out 5
1:39 PM — Figures in the world of football are praising former West Ham player Thomas Hitzlsperger, over his decision to announce that he is gay.
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.