17th April 2013
Texas: El Paso Senator Jose Rodriguez urges repeal of sodomy law 2
4:34 PM — A Democratic lawmaker is proposing that Texas repeals an anti-gay law overturned by the US Supreme Court a decade ago.
Liturgy for same-sex blessings published by Church of Scotland 5
3:26 PM — For the first time in its 450-year history, the Church of Scotland has published a liturgy – a formal ritual – for the blessing of those in civil partnerships.
Australian PM refuses to support equal marriage despite New Zealand victory 56
2:03 PM — Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, says she won’t be dropping her opposition to marriage equality, even though neighbouring New Zealand passed the measure on Wednesday.
European Parliament calls on European Commission to increase efforts against trans discrimination 7
1:21 PM — The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to step up its work against discrimination faced by transgender people.
UK: Thatcher opponents stage funeral protests 40
12:51 PM — A small group of protesters of Margaret Thatcher’s LGBT legacy have lined the route of the former PM's funeral in central London.
New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage 55
11:06 AM — New Zealand has become the 13th country in the world to legalise equal marriage.
16th April 2013
Church of Scotland to debate ordaining gay ministers 12
5:37 PM — The governing body of the Church of Scotland is to debate the issue of gay ministers.
Amal Fashanu: ‘I was getting ready to visit Elton John’s studio when I learnt Justin Fashanu had died’ 6
4:57 PM — The niece of gay footballer Justin Fashanu has spoken about the moment she was told her uncle had died.
Jeremy Irons: ‘I don’t know the difference between a same-sex marriage and a civil partnership’ 37
3:10 PM — Jeremy Irons says he should have “buttoned” his lip when he joked equal marriage could lead to fathers marrying their sons, although he now admits that he doesn’t know the difference between a same-sex marriage and a civil partnership.
Ian McKellen: ‘Margaret Thatcher misjudged the future with Section 28′ 23
1:46 PM — Actor Sir Ian McKellen says Margaret Thatcher "misjudged the future" with her support for Section 28.
Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss gay rights with Peter Tatchell on Thursday 50
12:33 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is set to discuss gay rights with Peter Tatchell on Thursday at Lambeth Palace.
Paris: Police arrest scores of anti-gay marriage protesters 20
10:36 AM — Around 70 protesters demonstrating against equal marriage have been arrested in Paris.
15th April 2013
US: Gay soldier files appeal over $100 White House protest fine 13
6:41 PM — Dan Choi – who was fined $100 for chaining himself to the White House fence in protest over America’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law – is refusing to pay the fine.
Former Commonwealth human rights head becomes Kaleidoscope Trust chair
5:31 PM — LGBT charity the Kaleidoscope Trust has elected a former Commonwealth human rights senior official as its new chair.
Video: Man sentenced over Leicester gay pub fire attack 2
3:14 PM — A man has been sentenced for an attack at a Leicester gay pub which left two men with serious burns.
Joey Barton to appear before French FA committee following transphobic tweets 8
2:05 PM — Joey Barton is set to learn if he faces a ban over a string of comments – including some of a transphobic nature – he made about rival player Thiago Silva.
Manchester: Lib Dem MP tables Early Day Motion in support of tackling homophobic football chants 4
1:06 PM — Liberal Democrat MP John Leech is tabling an Early Day Motion calling on joint efforts by football clubs, supporters and the police to tackle homophobic chants during matches.
Zambia: Lawmakers seek to ban ‘homosexuality’ and ‘lesbianism’ in new constitution 14
12:18 PM — Lawmakers in Zambia are pushing ahead with plans to further ban same-sex activity in the country’s new constitution.
Anti-gay marriage protest takes place in Puerto Rico 5
10:51 AM — Hundreds of people have marched in Puerto Rico to demand that the governor approve a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
14th April 2013
California: Gay lawyer dies at 33 after contracting bacterial meningitis 29
4:08 PM — Officials in Los Angeles are warning gay sexually active men about a deadly strain of bacterial meningitis, following the death of a gay man in West Hollywood.