25th December 2013
Sarah Palin admits to defending anti-gay reality star without reading his comments 13
5:41 PM — Sarah Palin has admitted that she hasn't read US reality star Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments, despite speaking out to defend them last week.
India: ‘Gay sex ban will harm fights against AIDS’ say activists
12:49 PM — Gay rights activists and health workers in India have warned that the Supreme Court's ruling earlier this month criminalising gay sex will undo the recent progress made towards fighting AIDS in the country.
4th October 2013
Nigeria: Two men charged with ‘homosexual behaviour’ face up to 14 years in prison 6
6:30 PM — Two men have been arrested and charged with "homosexual behaviour" in Nigeria.
US: Pennsylvania Governor compares same-sex marriage to incest 4
5:22 PM — The Governor of Pennsylvania has restated his opposition to same-sex marriage by comparing it to incest.
Poland: Group blocked by authorities for trying to pass off anti-gay protest as ‘pro-egg’ rally 9
4:53 PM — Authorities in Poland have blocked plans for an anti-gay protest after realising that an application to hold a rally promoting the benefits of eggs was submitted by a prominent nationalist group. The protest had been scheduled to to coincide with a gay pride march in the city of Wroclaw on Saturday.
3rd October 2013
Two Church of Scotland ministers resign over decision to allow gay clergy 23
7:05 PM — Two Church of Scotland ministers have decided to leave the Church over its decision to allow gay ministers to be ordained.
Belgian trans man helped to die after failed gender reassignment operations 23
6:18 PM — A transgender man has been helped to die by doctors in Belgium after a series of failed gender reassignment operations.
US Vice President cancels speech at LGBT event due to government shutdown 3
5:21 PM — US Vice President Joe Biden has cancelled a planned appearance with gay rights group the Human Rights Campaign, because of issues surrounding the current government shutdown in the country.
Grandfather’s letter to homophobic daughter who disowned gay son goes viral 55
1:17 PM — A letter in which a grandfather denounces his daughter's decision to disown her gay son has gone viral after being posted online. In the letter, which has accumulated over 10,000 'likes' on Facebook, the unnamed grandfather tells his daughter Christine that the only "shame" in the family is her decision to kick her son out of home after he came out.
US: Equal marriage bill to be introduced in Pennsylvania 1
12:35 PM — Two state lawmakers from Philadelphia are to introduce a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in the US state of Pennsylvania. Brian Sims and Steve McCarter, both Democrat members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, will formally announce the introduction of the Pennslyvania Marriage Equality Act during news conference at 10am local time (3pm BST).
2nd October 2013
Interview: London Assembly Labour member Tom Copley on Boris, Tories and better sex ed 2
5:01 PM — Tom Copley became the youngest person ever to join the London Assembly when he was elected as a Labour member in 2012. Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, the City Hall Labour housing spokesperson talks the Tories, Russia, holding Boris to account, and the need for better sex and relationship education in schools.
27th September 2013
London Assembly Member Tom Copley: Tesco Gay Best Friend inflatable doll ‘reinforces stereotypes’ 13
7:11 PM — Speaking exclusively to PinkNews, London Assembly Member Tom Copley has said that the "Gay Best Friend" doll previously listed on the Tesco website reinforces stereotypes about gay men.
26th September 2013
Serbian Pride set to go ahead on Saturday despite threats of violence 5
6:12 PM — Gay rights activists in Serbia have said that they expect to hold their first Pride march in three years on Saturday, despite the threat of violence from right-wing extremists.
Scottish Parliament told that parents should be able to withdraw kids from equal marriage lessons 31
5:49 PM — MSPs scrutinising the impact of the Scottish Government's Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill have been told that parents should have the right to withdraw children from classes where same-sex marriage is discussed.
Elton John keen to wed after passing of equal marriage bill 8
4:47 PM — Sir Elton John has revealed that he is keen to marry his civil partner David Furnish, describing equal marriage in England and Wales as a "gift."
US: Washington National Cathedral to mark Matthew Shepard’s death with ‘Honouring LGBT Youth’ weekend 1
4:10 PM — Washington National Cathedral has announced that it will mark the fifteenth anniversary of Matthew Shepard's murder with a weekend of events to honour LGBT youth who have suffered bullying, discrimination and violence.
Police release CCTV image after homophobic abuse on Leeds-Huddersfield train
11:28 AM — Police have released an image of a man they want to trace in connection with an incident of homophobic abuse on a train between Leeds and Huddersfield on 10 September.
25th September 2013
Canada: Church volunteer dismissed for being gay in case he made parents ‘feel uncomfortable’ 57
6:23 PM — Officials at a Canadian church have dismissed a man volunteering with their children's ministry because he was gay, it has been reported.
Northern Ireland: Man stands trial for allegedly raping woman in a Belfast gay club
1:44 PM — A man has gone on trial for the alleged rape and sexual abuse of a woman in a Belfast gay club in 2010.
Gay parents make up 12.5% of adoption applications in York 3
1:34 PM — Adoptions by gay and lesbian couples in York are on the rise: Data from York City Council shows that 12.5 per cent of all York's adoption applications in 2013 have been from LGBT couples or individuals, with all applications proving successful