10th April 2013
Video: Israeli gay couple in YouTube plea for help to start a family 4
4:15 PM — A gay couple in Israel have started a campaign, asking for help to start a family after spending their entire savings on several failed surrogacy and adoption attempts, as Israel forbids surrogacy for gay couples.
Australia: Sydney’s rainbow crossing dug up despite 15,000 strong petition to save it 3
3:32 PM — The rainbow road crossing in Sydney’s LGBT district, which was painted for the city’s 35th Mardi Gras celebrations, has been dug up, officials noting a safety hazard, despite a 15,000 strong petition to save it.
Iceland PM asked to meet with gay rights activists in Chinese visit 2
1:31 PM — Iceland’s Johanna Sigurdardottir, the world’s first openly gay prime minister, has been asked to meet with the parents of gay children in next week's visit to China.
US: Mixed martial arts fighter suspended for calling trans woman a ‘disgusting freak’ 16
1:18 AM — The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) moved to suspend one of its fighters after he referred to a transgender fighter as "a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak."
9th April 2013
Sussex Police tipped to become the next force to record attacks on subculture groups 2
5:45 PM — Sussex Police could become the next force in the country to recognise alternative subculture as a recordable motivation for hate crime.
Sussex: Survey shows many LGBT residents feel isolated and equality undermined by austerity
3:35 PM — A new survey shows the majority of LGBT people in East Sussex feel isolated and believe the government’s austerity policies are hindering moves towards equality.
Scotland: Equality Network writes to chief public prosecutor after trans man sentenced over sex ‘by fraud’ 2
2:56 PM — An LGBT rights group has written to Scotland’s chief public prosecutor over the decision to prosecute a trans man on the charge of “obtaining sexual intimacy by fraud”
8th April 2013
Wheatus criticise The Wanted for ‘hateful and homophobic’ tweet about One Direction 10
4:52 PM — US rock music group Wheatus, has slammed UK boyband the Wanted, after one of its members tweeted a 'homophobic' message about a member of rival band One Direction, and used the hashtag #itgetsbetter.
South Africa: Gay couple hope their traditional wedding will inspire the black community 13
12:58 PM — A gay couple in South Africa have married in a wedding ceremony uniting their Zulu and Tswana traditions, which they say they hope will send a message to others that "Being gay is as African as being black."
Video: David Letterman says opposition to equal marriage is ‘beyond embarrassing’ 2
11:56 AM — US television host David Letterman has voiced his annoyance at the equal marriage debate in America, saying it is "beyond embarrassing" that opposition to it remains, and says that it is "absolute stupidity" to oppose it.
7th April 2013
American Decency Association: Magic Johnson is ‘damaging’ his gay son by supporting him 21
9:50 PM — An evangelical Christian group has attacked basketball star Magic Johnson, for speaking out earlier this week in support of his gay son who publicly came out last weekend.
US: Brendon Ayanbadejo speaks to Anderson Cooper about four NFL players coming out 2
8:04 PM — Former Baltimore Ravens player and equal marriage advocate, Brendon Ayanbadejo has expanded on his announcement earlier this week that four NFL players might soon come out as gay.
Snoop Lion: ‘In the rap world, I don’t know if being gay will ever be acceptable’ 19
5:02 PM — Rap star turned reggae artist Snoop Lion has said that, in the rap music industry, being gay may never be "acceptable" in the way it is for singers.
UK’s first youth crime commissioner urged to resign and apologises over homophobic tweets 62
4:29 PM — The UK's first teenage crime commissioner has apologised in the face of calls to resign, despite not having even started in the role, because she posted a string of homophobic, racist and violent tweets.
5th April 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo says four gay NFL players may soon come out, all at the same time 6
10:44 PM — American football player and equal rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo has said that he thinks several NFL players could come out "sooner than you think", and that he was in talks with four players who might all come out on the same day.
Plymouth Argyle Football Club supports anti-homophobia event 2
7:21 PM — The Communication Workers Union (CWU) equalities wing will be leafleting about the importance of tackling homophobia in sport at Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park Stadium this weekend
US: University Athletic Director follows basketball coach and is fired for abuse video
5:10 PM — The Athletic Director of Rutgers University has been sacked following the dismissal earlier this week of a basketball coach who was caught on camera subjecting students to homophobic and physical abuse.
US: NFL’s Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo honoured with equality award 1
4:30 PM — NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe were honoured on Thursday with an award from Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), for their work advocating for the LGBT community.
Paraguay: Judge refuses to recognise gay couple’s marriage 5
3:44 PM — A judge in Paraguay has refused to register the marriage of a gay couple who legally tied the knot in neighbouring Argentina.
US: Brendon Ayanbadejo denies being cut by his team for supporting equal marriage 1
1:44 PM — Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, and equal marriage advocate, Brendon Ayanbadejo, said he does not think he was cut by the team for his open support for equal marriage.