7th November 2013
Russian conductor Valery Gergiev denies supporting anti-gay laws ahead of London protest 24
12:35 PM — Ahead of a protest planned to take place outside his concert, Russian conductor Valery Gergiev says “It is wrong to suggest that I have ever supported anti-gay legislation”.
European Court of Justice rules gay asylum seekers can seek sanctuary in EU 10
11:51 AM — The European Union’s highest court has ruled that gay people from three African countries, who feared persecution due to their sexual orientation, have grounds for asylum in the EU.
IOC President tells UN: ‘I oppose any type of boycott of the Winter Olympics’ 18
11:07 AM — The President of the International Olympic Committee has once again dismissed calls for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics because of Russia’s anti-gay laws during a United Nations debate.
6th November 2013
Man accused of killing Brighton gay man worked as rent boy
6:57 PM — The man accused of murdering a 62-year-old gay man in Brighton previously worked as a rent boy, a jury has heard.
Illinois Governor to sign equal marriage into law this month 4
5:56 PM — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state later this month.
Irish Labour MEP calls for equal marriage referendum to be held next year rather than 2015 10
4:03 PM — Dublin MEP Emer Costello has called for Ireland’s equal marriage referendum to be held on the same day as European and local elections in 2014 – rather than the planned date of 2015.
Gay director John Waters: Heterosexual porn has become ‘obscene’ 19
2:16 PM — Cult director and writer John Waters claims heterosexual porn - unlike gay porn - has now lost the notion of love-making; illustrated by the often violent portrayal of women.
Anti-gay Attorney General who tried to ban oral and anal sex loses Virginia governor race 21
1:34 PM — Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who unsuccessfully tried to maintain a ban on oral and anal sex and believes “homosexuality is wrong”, has been defeated in the race to become state governor.
Same-sex marriage opponent Chris Christie re-elected New Jersey governor 3
12:26 PM — Chris Christie, who fought against the arrival of equal marriage in New Jersey, has been re-elected governor of the state.
Northern Ireland Assembly calls on Edwin Poots to end blood ban, or resign 5
11:59 AM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots should resign if he is unable to end the ban on gay men giving blood, the country’s Assembly has warned.
5th November 2013
Saudi cleric who says consenting gay sex is as bad as ‘rape’ due to visit UK universities 83
7:30 PM — An Islamic cleric who says gay people are worse than “animals” and believes consenting gay sex is as bad as “rape” is visiting several British universities this month.
Scotland’s Health Secretary calls on MSPs to support equal marriage 1
6:02 PM — In a speech this evening at a reception for the Equality Network, Scotland’s Health Secretary will encourage Members of the Scottish Parliament to vote for equal marriage.
UK: Man who forced victim to drink urine in homophobic attack has jail sentence lengthened by 3 years 6
5:16 PM — The Court of Appeal has heard the case of a young man who carried out a sustained assault, poured bleach over the victim and made him drink urine, in an attack involving "homophobic hostility".
London protest planned for Russian conductor who says anti-gay laws protect ‘children from paedophiles’ 25
4:06 PM — Peter Tatchell is organising a public demonstration to be held this Thursday outside the Barbican against conductor Valery Gergiev, a friend of Vladimir Putin who supports the country’s anti-gay laws.
Irish Government confirms 2015 equal marriage referendum 29
3:10 PM — Ireland's cabinet has formally agreed to hold a referendum on equal marriage in 2015.
All Out releases pro-LGBT Russian Winter Olympics video 5
1:16 PM — A new video is seeking to raise awareness of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws by asking what would happen if a gay athlete wins gold at next year’s Winter Olympics.
Amnesty condemns anti-gay attack on Russian HIV group, leaving man blinded in eye 11
12:24 PM — Amnesty says those responsible for a homophobic attack on a St Petersburg HIV support group - which resulted in a man being shot in the eye - must be brought to justice.
Irish Deputy Prime Minister: ‘We must win a future referendum on equal marriage’ 3
11:57 AM — Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister says the government “must win” a future referendum on equal marriage and concedes that victory is by no means a certainty.
US Senate passes bill protecting LGBT people from employment discrimination 7
10:55 AM — A bill banning workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans has passed the US Senate – but it faces immense hurdles in the House of Representatives where the Republican Party holds the balance of power.
4th November 2013
Paul Gambaccini pulls out of hosting Annie Lennox event following arrest
6:02 PM — Paul Gambaccini, the gay radio and television presenter, has pulled out from hosting the 22nd Music Industry Trusts (MITs) Award dinner in London following his arrest last week on suspicion of sexual offences.