28th August 2013
Jamaican singer Sizzla defends fellow anti-gay artist by saying ‘gays should burn’ 40
12:13 PM — Jamaican reggae artist Sizzla has defended fellow singer Queen Ifrica from criticism over her recent use of homophobic language.
Exclusive: Total Politics apologises for running ‘gay cure’ Core Issues Trust advert 30
10:54 AM — The publisher of Total Politics magazine has apologised for running an advert advocating gay conversion therapy by Core Issues Trust.
27th August 2013
Kaleidoscope Trust welcomes Australian Foreign Minister’s LGBT rights pledge 3
6:03 PM — The Kaleidoscope Trust has welcomed the signing of a pledge by Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr to uphold LGBT rights on behalf of Australia’s governing Labor Party.
Home of Russian LGBT activist Nikolai Alekseyev raided by police 17
4:21 PM — Police in Moscow have reportedly searched the home of the Russian LGBT activist Nikolai Alekseyev.
Belfast: Director of gay restaurant called staff ‘poofs’ and ‘dykes’ 19
3:33 PM — An employment tribunal has heard how a Belfast businessman groped a gay male employee’s groin, asked a lesbian manager for sex, and routinely used homophobic language.
York Pride honours memory of transgender singer Chrisie Edkins in charity fundraiser 5
2:24 PM — A donation has been made to the Beaumont Society in memory of a popular transgender singer and entertainer.
Gay sitcom Vicious gets second series 31
1:17 PM — ITV sitcom Vicious, featuring gay actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi, has been recommissioned for a second series.
Kenya criminalises homosexuality but allows for straight polyandry and polygamy 18
12:43 PM — When opponents claim same-sex marriage could lead to polygamy maybe they should look at Kenya – the country criminalises homosexuality – yet two Kenyan men have signed an agreement to marry the same woman.
Associated Press issues reporting memo for Chelsea E Manning stories 7
11:29 AM — The Associated Press has sent out a memo to all of its journalists and subscribers ensuring they use the correct female pronouns in stories involving Chelsea E Manning.
26th August 2013
IOC Vice President: There will be no discrimination at the Sochi Winter Olympics 34
7:03 PM — A Vice President of the IOC says he’s confident the rights of LGBT athletes and spectators will be protected at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Ireland: Non-sexually active gay man told he cannot donate blood 13
6:04 PM — A young gay man in Ireland claims he has been discriminated against from giving blood, despite never being sexually active.
Colin Murray: I regret that Clare Balding was insulted on my BBC show 25
5:07 PM — Colin Murray has spoken for the first time about his regrets on allowing homophobic jokes to be made at the expense of sports presenter Clare Balding on his former Five Live radio show.
Rap star Macklemore: ‘Gay rights are human rights. There is no separation’ 10
3:54 PM — Rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their pro-equal marriage track “Same Love” alongside Jennifer Hudson and Mary Lambert at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Brighton: Gay vegetarian raises awareness of CJD following diagnosis 10
2:40 PM — A 28-year-old gay vegetarian living just outside of Brighton has been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the human form of Mad Cow Disease.
Russia may reintroduce gay blood ban and provide voluntary gay conversion therapy 30
1:42 PM — Russia may resurrect its ban preventing gay men from donating blood and also introduce measures for voluntary gay-to-straight conversion therapy, a senior Russian MP has said.
Bishop of Honolulu: Equal marriage could lead to polygamy and incest 85
12:44 PM — The Bishop of Honolulu has warned against attempts to legalise equal marriage in Hawaii.
Exclusive: Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri says It’s Time for equal marriage in Scotland 1
12:04 PM — Scottish musician Sharleen Spiteri is the latest celebrity to speak out in support of equal marriage in Scotland.
22nd August 2013
Exclusive: Coronation Street actor John Michie backs equal marriage for Scotland 4
2:20 PM — Coronation Street star John Michie has voiced his support for equal marriage in Scotland as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time video campaign.
London teacher: ‘Why shouldn’t faith schools criticise gays?’ 104
1:49 PM — A college teacher in north-west London has argued that faith schools should be allowed to criticise people’s sexual orientation.
Amnesty documents widespread harassment of Armenia’s LGBT community 9
12:41 PM — A new report by Amnesty International has revealed an alarming culture of persecution in Armenia against the country’s LGBT community.