31st December 2013
Facebook blocks more than 100 users for posting photo of two men kissing 52
1:44 PM — Facebook has been accused of banning scores of users from posting an innocuous image of two men kissing because it “violates” the social networking platform’s “community standards”.
US: Boy Scouts of America set to accept gay youth members 1
12:18 PM — On 1 January the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is to enact an historic change in policy to allow openly gay youth members to join its ranks.
Blackpool: Gay nightclub owner receives MBE for services to the LGBT community 9
11:39 AM — A gay nightclub owner in Blackpool has been recognised with an MBE in the New Year Honours list.
Sandi Toksvig: I am honoured to have received an OBE 10
10:41 AM — Comedian and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig says she is “honoured” to be recognised with an OBE in the New Year Honours list.
30th December 2013
Surrey Police defends record amid rise in homophobic crime 5
7:05 PM — A rise in reported homophobic crime in Surrey has alarmed LGBT community activists - with the county's police force defending its record.
US: Connecticut health insurers ordered to provide gender reassignment cover
6:28 PM — All providers of health insurance in the US state of Connecticut will now be required to cover gender reassignment and hormone therapy for those with gender dysphoria, the state insurance department has ordered.
Comment: The word Gay 17
5:53 PM — Journalist Patrick Cash writes on why it is not acceptable to use gay as an insult.
Kaleidoscope Trust: 2013 has been a ‘terrible year for LGBT rights’
5:07 PM — 2013 has been overshadowed by serious challenges to the rights of LGBT people, according to the Kaleidoscope Trust's annual review.
Ugandan central London High Commission to face protest over anti-gay law 3
2:28 PM — A protest is due to take place on 8 January outside the Ugandan High Commission in London's Trafalgar Square, over the Ugandan Parliament's decision to pass its Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
Irish government minister comments on equal marriage by saying ‘we have had enough of this s**t’ 19
1:12 PM — Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny says he will be actively campaigning in favour of the referendum on equal marriage – as an unnamed minister from his party is quoted as saying "we have had enough of this s**t."
US: Florida Democrats hope to push forward with LGBT rights bills in 2014 2
12:39 PM — Democrats in the US state of Florida have expressed an interest in pushing forward with bills to extend civil rights to LGBT people in 2014.
Home Office: Homophobic crime down but transphobic crime up across England and Wales 10
11:57 AM — Figures released this month by the Home Office show there has been a fall in the number of homophobic crimes recorded in England and Wales.
Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts confirms she’s in a same-sex relationship 2
10:48 AM — Robin Roberts, co-host of Good Morning America, has acknowledged publicly for the first time her long-standing relationship with a woman.
29th December 2013
Gay playwright Alan Bennett: ‘Margaret Thatcher was a seriously flawed human being’ 23
2:04 PM — Gay playwright Alan Bennett has blasted Tory MPs who excuse the actions of the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher, calling her a "seriously flawed human being" whose lack of humour shut her off from humanity.
Coca-Cola publishes photos of gay rights activists against its Sochi 2014 sponsorship 30
1:35 PM — Coca-Cola has published photos online of a group of gay rights activists who recently interrupted its Christmas advertising campaign with a surprise demonstration against the company's decision to sponsor the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
England Women’s football captain: ‘I’d like to see a day when male players aren’t afraid to come out’ 10
12:43 PM — The captain of the England Women’s football squad has said she would like to see the day when men's football can be just as accepting of gay players as women's football, emphasising the need for fans of the sport to "get some perspective."
28th December 2013
Boy Scouts of America hopes inclusion of gay scout members will be a non-event like Y2K scare 2
5:12 PM — A member of the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) national executive board has spoken out about the organisation's 1 January change of policy to allow gay members, to say the organisation hopes it will be a non-event.
27th December 2013
Emmerdale cuts transphobic scene after trans actress complains 14
7:00 PM — A trans woman, who was asked to appear in the ITV soap Emmerdale as a transgender barmaid, has received an apology after her gender was made to be the source of ridicule.
Former BP CEO Lord Browne: ‘The oil industry is so heterosexual’ 7
5:55 PM — The former chief executive of BP, Lord Browne, says the heterosexual atmosphere of the oil industry stopped him from being open about his sexuality.
Poem on Alan Turing: I Beg Your Pardon? 10
4:35 PM — Writer Dean Atta expresses his thoughts on the recent pardon given to Alan Turing in a poem.