24th September 2013
US: Gay black judge’s nomination blocked by Republican senator 4
1:13 PM — The nomination of a gay black Miami judge to the US federal bench has effectively been blocked after a Republican senator announced he was withdrawing support.
UK: Police destroy DNA records of men convicted of historic consensual sex offences 7
12:01 PM — Greater Manchester Police says it has now destroyed dozens of DNA samples taken from men convicted of historic consensual same-sex sexual offences, following criticism of the practice earlier this year.
Godfrey Bloom MEP who called lesbian ‘queer’ & women ‘sluts’ quits UKIP 16
10:44 AM — UK Independence Party MEP Godfrey Bloom says he is quitting the party after becoming embroiled in another row about his outspoken language.
23rd September 2013
Charities: Gay men can benefit from PrEP but it shouldn’t replace condom use 14
5:48 PM — A group of the UK’s leading HIV charities have released a joint statement outlining their position on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).
Irish Deputy Prime Minister urged to challenge Russia on LGBT rights at Council of Europe meeting 3
4:00 PM — Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister (Tánaiste) Eamon Gilmore has been urged by Sein Fein to raise the widespread violation of LGBT rights in Russia at this week’s meeting of the Council of Europe.
Gay husband of Facebook co-founder formally running for US Congress 15
3:08 PM — Sean Eldridge, an investor and the husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, has officially launched his campaign for New York’s 19th Congressional District seat in 2014.
Former Commonwealth Head of Human Rights condemns Sri Lanka over gay harassment 7
1:53 PM — The former head of Human Rights at the Commonwealth, Dr Purna Sen, has condemned the Sri Lankan Government over the harassment of activists campaigning for LGBT rights.
Gay actor Jim Parsons wins best comedy actor Emmy for Big Bang Theory 11
11:07 AM — Jim Parsons won another Emmy award on Sunday evening, taking home the best comedy category at this year’s showbiz event in LA.
Behind the Candelabra wins 3 Emmys including best actor for Michael Douglas 10
10:35 AM — Behind the Candelabra, the film about iconic gay pianist Liberace, has won three Emmys, including one for best TV movie.
20th September 2013
Stephen Fry: Twitter allows me to avoid ‘loathsome bottom-feeder’ journalists 2
6:22 PM — Gay actor, author and comedian, Stephen Fry has described a journalist who questioned whether he wrote his own tweets as a “loathsome bottom-feeder”.
Godfrey Bloom MEP who called lesbian a ‘queer’ suspended for calling women ‘sluts’ & hitting reporter 30
6:01 PM — A UKIP MEP who allegedly called a lesbian politician “queer” has had the whip removed after joking that a group of female activists were "sluts".
Stonewall dismisses criticism of Paddy Power rainbow laces campaign 21
3:55 PM — Stonewall has dismissed criticism regarding its campaign against homophobia in football after several Premier League clubs said they wouldn’t be able to support it because of the involvement of Paddy Power.
Singapore court denies Lord Goldsmith permission to defend gay rights case in country 6
1:15 PM — Tony Blair’s former attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, won't be allowed to enter Singapore in order to represent a same-sex couple in a gay rights case, the country’s High Court says.
Anti-gay wife-beating former MSP Bill Walker jailed for 12 months 16
12:17 PM — A former MSP who said gay relationships are not in “any way equal” to straight ones has been jailed for 12 months after being convicted of attacking three former wives and a step-daughter.
Manchester United, Spurs and Norwich can’t support rainbow laces campaign due to Paddy Power 35
11:06 AM — Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Tottenham and Norwich, have refused to back the rainbow laces project because they believe it amounts to an advertising campaign for bookmaker Paddy Power.
19th September 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer: Hopefully the JCVI will recommend extending the HPV vaccine to gay men 6
7:32 PM — The decision of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to collate evidence on the merits of extending the HPV vaccine to young gay men has been welcomed by Conservative MP Mike Freer.
Pope Francis: The Catholic Church is ‘obsessed’ with same-sex marriage and abortion 66
5:07 PM — Pope Francis says the Roman Catholic Church has grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception – and that he is choosing to avoid discussing those subjects.
Terrence Higgins Trust ‘extremely disappointed’ at refusal to extend HPV vaccine to gay men 7
4:06 PM — The Department of Health's decision not to support extending the HPV vaccine to young gay men has been criticised by the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Critics warn ‘Right Behind Gay Footballers’ slogan relies on ‘innuendo’ about gay sex 36
2:07 PM — The “Right Behind Gay Footballers” campaign by Stonewall and Paddy Power is relying on "sexualised innuendo and stereotypes about gay men" – according to the group Football v Homophobia.
Gary Lineker to wear anti-homophobia rainbow laces on Match of the Day 5
12:34 PM — Gary Lineker has requested a pair of rainbow laces so he can wear them on Saturday night's Match of the Day in support of a campaign against homophobia in football.