17th October 2013
Facebook to host Europe’s first LGBT hackathon
10:58 AM — It's been announced Facebook is to host Europe's first LGBT hackathon next month.
16th October 2013
Tory MP with mixed record on gay rights elected deputy speaker 8
7:01 PM — Eleanor Laing, who abstained from this year's vote on equal marriage, claiming people in her constituency still needed time to get used to civil partnerships, has been elected deputy speaker of the Commons.
Anti-gay marriage MP Nadine Dorries comes bottom in deputy speaker race 15
5:52 PM — Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, who rallied against the same-sex marriage act, has come last in the contest to replace Nigel Evans as one of the House of Commons’ deputy speakers.
Lesbian and Gay Foundation receives award for gonorrhoea poster
3:44 PM — Manchester’s Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) has been honoured for its sexual health advocacy work.
Russia ‘regrets’ homophobic graffiti attack on Dutch diplomat’s Moscow home 8
3:01 PM — Russia's foreign ministry has expressed regret after a Dutch diplomat was beaten up in Moscow – with the attackers scrawling the letters "LGBT" on a mirror.
Catholic bishops describe Malta’s civil unions bill as ‘novelty’ and warn against gay adoption 19
2:19 PM — Malta’s Catholic bishops have expressed concern over the country’s proposed civil partnership bill, stating “Children should preferably be brought up by their parents, a man and a woman.”
Killer of gay man denied right to vote by UK Supreme Court 17
1:42 PM — A prisoner serving a life sentence for the murder of a gay man should not be given the right to vote, the UK’s Supreme Court has ruled.
Moscow home of Dutch diplomat attacked with homophobic graffiti 9
12:58 PM — A senior Dutch diplomat has been attacked at his home in the Russian capital by unknown assailants who scrawled the letters "LGBT" on a mirror.
Plymouth: Man to appeal homophobic crime sentence next week
12:23 PM — A man jailed for repeatedly hurling homophobic abuse at his gay neighbours in Plymouth is to appeal his sentence next week.
Hillary Clinton: ‘We still have so far to go when it comes to helping those affected by HIV’
11:50 AM — Collecting an award from the Elton John AIDS Foundation Hillary Clinton says "we still have so far to go" when it comes to helping those affected by HIV.
15th October 2013
Campaigners applaud Moldova for overturning anti-gay propaganda law 4
4:58 PM — LGBT campaigners have welcomed the decision of Moldova to overturn its anti-gay propaganda law.
National AIDS Trust says Northern Ireland should match rest of UK on blood donation rules 2
4:39 PM — The National AIDS Trust has urged Northern Ireland’s government to accept Belfast High Court’s ruling against maintaining a lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.
Northern Ireland First Minister suggests fight to keep gay blood ban not over 3
4:09 PM — Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson has said last week’s decision to rule against the province’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men could be appealed.
Rugby star Gareth Thomas announces book deal
3:20 PM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas has announced a deal to write his memoirs with the publisher Ebury Press.
Conservative Catholics question Pope Francis’s approach on social issues 20
2:47 PM — Pope Francis’ conciliatory approach to discussing social issues involving the Catholic Church has generated concern among conservative Catholics in the US.
Met Police Commissioner warns against ‘complacency’ in tackling gay hate crime 3
2:19 PM — London’s most senior police officer has commented on new homophobic crime research by saying there should be “no complacency” in tackling the problem in London.
Calls to drop Scotland’s gay blood donation ban gather political momentum 3
1:27 PM — Calls by a Scottish National Party MSP to ease restrictions preventing gay and bisexual men donating blood in Scotland have gained cross-party support.
‘In an ideal society we would punish homosexuals’, says Islamic cleric in BBC interview 131
12:47 PM — The Chairman of the Islamic Centre in Luton believes gay people would be punished in an ideal world of Britain resembling an Islamic state.
Former Archbishop of Canterbury: The Church of England has been ‘appallingly violent’ towards gays 33
11:39 AM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury has accused the Church of England of an "appallingly violent" attitude towards gay people.
14th October 2013
France’s First Lady meets with LGBT campaigners in South Africa
6:46 PM — France's First Lady has met with LGBT campaigners in South Africa as part of a visit to the country.