24th September 2013
Russian anti-gay groups call on authorities to ban Elton John concert 36
7:15 PM — Several Russian homophobic groups have called on the authorities to ban an upcoming Elton John concert, saying that allowing the pop icon to perform would make a "mockery" of the country's anti-gay laws.
New York: Protest against Russian anti-gay laws disrupts opening night of Tchaikovsky opera 1
5:01 PM — A protest against Russia's anti-gay laws disrupted the Metropolitan Opera's opening night gala for Tachaikovsky's Eugene Onegin last night. While a demonstration occurred outside, four protesters were asked to leave the venue after shouting anti-Russian statements as the lights dimmed before the performance.
Gay couple to have sex on live Channel 4 show 41
3:02 PM — A new Channel 4 show where couples have sex in an opaque, sound-proofed box before being interviewed about the experience will include a gay couple, it has been announced.
Cameroon: Ambassador to the UN denies gay rights activist was murdered because of his sexuality 4
2:54 PM — The Cameroonian ambassador to the UN has denied claims that prominent gay rights and HIV campaigner Eric Ohena Lembembe was murdered because of his sexuality and activism.
23rd September 2013
Cameroon rejects UN Human Rights Council’s gay rights recommendations 6
6:39 PM — Cameroon has rejected the United Nations Human Rights Council's recommendation that it decriminalise homosexuality.
Video: NRA commentator compares Starbucks’ anti-gun policy to gay discrimination 32
6:05 PM — A commentator for the National Rifle Association (NRA) has compared Starbucks' new anti-gun policy to homophobic discrimination. Colion Noir filmed his response "in the wake of Starbucks coming out the proverbial anti-gun closet."
UNAIDS Official: HIV epidemic could be over by 2030 4
4:58 PM — The Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS, the United Nations' HIV/AIDS agency, says the epidemic could potentially be over by 2030.
Man hit in the face with a bottle in homophobic attack in Edinburgh
12:49 PM — A man has been hit in the face with a bottle in Edinburgh in what police are treating as a homophobic attack. The 27-year-old man had been at CC Blooms, a gay bar in the city centre, before the attack, which occurred just after 1am on Sunday morning.
Countries around the world mark Bi Visibility Day 3
12:36 PM — Countries including the US, Britain, Australia, Germany, Japan and New Zealand are marking Bi Visibility Day.
20th September 2013
Grindr to fight against Turkish court ban 1
6:57 PM — Popular gay dating app Grindr, which was banned by a Turkish court last week, is set to fight against the ban and get back online. The company has announced that it is working with Kaos GL, a Turkish gay-rights organisation, and campaigning group All Out to launch a petition to force the Turkish government to rescind the ban.
Catholic League President: Abusive priests aren’t paedophiles, they’re just gay 73
6:42 PM — The president of US civil rights organisation the Catholic League has said that priests who molest children are not paedophiles, but simply gay.
Labour MP Chris Bryant: Baroness Shirley Williams is ‘sickeningly homophobic’ 77
3:59 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant has described Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Shirley Williams "sickeningly homophobic," following her appearance on BBC1's Question Time last night.
Vladimir Putin: ‘Europeans are dying out so why would we want gay marriage?’ 114
1:22 PM — Vladimir Putin has denied that the LGBT community faces discrimination in Russia. Speaking at the Valdai International Discussion Club on Thursday, Mr Putin insisted that there was "no infringement on the rights of sexual minorities" in the country.
19th September 2013
Vladimir Putin: ‘If Silvio Berlusconi were gay he would have escaped prosecution’ 34
6:14 PM — Vladimir Putin has said that the only reason former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been prosecuted in court is because he straight, and that, were he gay, he would not have faced the same.
Australia: PM asks for legal advice over Australian Capital Territory’s equal marriage bill 8
5:15 PM — The Australian Captial Territory's equal marriage bill was tabled today to rapturous applause, but Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned that he is seeking legal advice as to "how far the ACT can go with this."
Australia: Incoming Catholic Archbishop calls for halt to equal marriage legislation 34
5:11 PM — The incoming Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn has said that he wants a moratorium called to stop the passage of any new laws on same-sex marriage in Australia.
Mel B admits she once had lesbian romance and says ‘women are crazy’ 6
2:58 PM — Former Spice Girl Mel B has confirmed rumours that she had a lesbian relationship with friend Christa Parker, but said that the relationship ended because "women are crazy".
Russia: LGBT teachers forced out of schools because of their sexuality 14
2:49 PM — Two LGBT teachers in Russia were forced out of the schools where they worked because of their sexuality, it has been alleged.
18th September 2013
Bradford City FC will fly rainbow pride flag on match days 4
6:19 PM — Bradford City Football Club will fly the rainbow flag at its stadium on match days, the club has announced.
Russian culture minister: ‘There is no proof that Tchaikovsky was gay’ 31
6:08 PM — Russia's culture minster has denied that world-renowned composer Peter Tchaikovsky was gay, saying that there is "no evidence" to suggest that he was. Though his homosexuality long being regarded as historical fact, Vladimir Medinsky has said that nothing about Tchaikovsky suggests he was anything other than a lonely old man who failed to marry.