18th September 2013
Rugby star Gareth Thomas backs rainbow laces anti-homophobia in football campaign 1
5:16 PM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas is supporting a new campaign against homophobia in football, which encourages professional footballers to wear rainbow laces on their boots.
Gay man jailed for attacking husband on wedding day following row about mother-in-laws 10
3:01 PM — A 22-year-old man in the northern French city of Alencon has been jailed for attacking his new husband just hours after tying the knot.
Mayor of London: I won’t end twinning arrangement with Moscow despite anti-gay laws 18
1:33 PM — Boris Johnson believes it would be wrong to break the capital's cultural ties with Moscow because of anti-gay legislation passed by the Russian Parliament - although the senior Tory "is deeply concerned" by the situation.
G4S apologises to LGBT Lib Dem group after demanding to see banner 17
11:55 AM — Security firm G4S has apologised to LGBT delegates at the Lib Dem conference after it was accused of trying to stifle freedom of expression.
Gay MP Nigel Evans appears in court over sex charges
10:54 AM — Nigel Evans, the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, has made his first court appearance after being charged with sex offences.
Amnesty report shows Germany, Czech Republic and Italy poor against hate crime 5
10:43 AM — Amnesty International has launched a new report in Brussels on the state of homophobia and transphobia across the European Union.
17th September 2013
Elton John and David Furnish named as London’s fifth most influential couple 3
5:50 PM — Sir Elton John and David Furnish have come fifth in the London Evening Standard's 10 most influential couples.
National Student Pride moves to London for 2014 2
4:38 PM — After five years in Brighton, it's been announced Student Pride 2014 will take place in London on 21-23 February.
Exclusive: Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd backs equal marriage for Scotland 6
3:37 PM — Actor and musician Billy Boyd is the latest celebrity to speak out in favour of equal marriage in Scotland as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
Northern Ireland: Petition calls on Health Minister to be sacked over anti-gay views 32
1:26 PM — Nearly 3,000 people have signed an online petition urging Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots to be sacked for “squandering public money in the pursuit of a personal agenda against unmarried and same-sex couples.”
Joey Barton: ‘The bureaucrats in football aren’t taking homophobia seriously’ 8
11:39 AM — QPR midfielder Joey Barton says the “bureaucrats” in football have been guilty of not taking a tough enough stance against homophobia.
Elton John: ‘I need to perform in Russia to help gay people’ 47
10:42 AM — Sir Elton John says he won't cancel a planned Moscow concert because he wants to support Russia's gay community.
16th September 2013
Fake gay couple were never removed from McDonald’s, says company 64
6:27 PM — Two students, who pretended to be gay, weren't banned or asked to leave a McDonald's in Kingston, south-west London, the fast food chain has said.
Gay Football Supporters’ Network applauds rainbow laces campaign 8
6:06 PM — The Gay Football Supporters' Network has praised a new campaign on tackling homophobia in football by encouraging players to wear rainbow laces.
Behind the Candelabra wins 8 awards at the Creative Arts Emmys 2
4:00 PM — Behind the Candelabra, the film about iconic gay pianist Liberace, has won eight awards at the Creative Arts Emmys - but will it win more at the main Emmys this weekend?
Joey Barton becomes first footballer to wear anti-homophobia rainbow laces 17
2:09 PM — Football star Joey Barton says “people’s sexuality shouldn't be an issue” in the sport
‘The Man Who Couldn’t Catch HIV’ dies of suicide at 66 20
12:57 PM — Stephen Crohn, previously dubbed “The Man Who Can't Catch AIDS” because of his resistance to HIV, has committed suicide.
UK: Footballers urged to wear rainbow laces in support of gay players 16
10:49 AM — Stonewall has teamed up with bookmaker Paddy Power to encourage players to show their support for gay footballers by wearing rainbow coloured boot laces.
13th September 2013
Scottish singer Michelle McManus: ‘I’m Catholic and I support equal marriage’ 25
2:02 PM — Scottish singer Michelle McManus has said she disagrees with the Catholic Church’s opposition to equal marriage, in a video recorded for the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
Pelosi tells Putin: When you talk about people being created equal – don’t forget gays and lesbians 15
12:41 PM — US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has responded to Vladimir Putin's statement on all people being created equal under God by saying the Russian President needs to include gay citizens too.