3rd January 2014
Dr Rosemary Gillespie appointed chief executive of Terrence Higgins Trust 4
1:08 PM — Dr Rosemary Gillespie has been announced as the new CEO of Terrence Higgins Trust, Britain's largest sexual health and HIV charity.
Indian Supreme Court defends anti-gay ruling after government criticism 12
12:27 PM — The Supreme Court of India has criticised government ministers for speaking out against last month’s decision of the court to re-criminalise homosexuality.
2nd January 2014
Football Association’s new Equality Adviser apologises for calling gays ‘detestable’ 135
9:37 PM — The Football Association's new Inclusion Advisory board member has apologised for telling the BBC that homosexuality is detestable. One of the board's primary roles is to tackle homophobia within the sport.
US: Lesbians named without permission ask for lawsuit against Utah and Mormon Church to be struck down 9
7:41 PM — A lesbian couple in the US state of Utah have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit against the state and Mormon Church which listed their names without permission.
New Chair of Lib Dem LGBT group takes up post 9
6:39 PM — Ed Fordham has taken over from Adrian Trett as the new Chair of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats.
Homophobic Twitter trolls blast Eastenders for featuring same-sex kiss scene 72
6:14 PM — The decision of Eastenders to broadcast a scene with two male characters kissing generated a predicable torrent of homophobic abuse from a small mindless minority on Twitter.
Germany gets its first out lesbian cabinet minister 4
4:33 PM — In low key fashion, Germany's new Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks came out this week in a newspaper interview – making her the country's first openly lesbian cabinet member.
Cumbria receives new LGBT community helpline service
3:20 PM — A new LGBT helpline has been launched for residents living in Cumbria.
Activists urge Nigerian President not to sign ‘catastrophic’ and ‘outrageous’ anti-gay law 6
1:57 PM — Campaigners have warned the President of Nigeria against signing a law to further criminalise same-sex marriages with prison terms of up to 14 years.
Bahrain court gives initial approval to gender reassignment for two trans men 3
1:34 PM — Two trans men working for the government in Bahrain have been given initial approval for gender reassignment.
Facebook: It was an ‘error’ to remove photo of two men kissing 14
1:02 PM — Facebook has admitted that its decision to remove an innocuous image of two men kissing was an “error”.
US: Police investigate suspected arson attack on gay club packed with New Year revellers
12:22 PM — Police are investigating a suspected arson attack following a fire at a packed gay club on New Year’s Day in the US city of Seattle.
Vicar tells Church of England to ‘Keep calm and support equal marriage’ 9
11:04 AM — A north London vicar has condemned the Church of England for its “unacceptable” opposition to equal marriage by using an iconic slogan.
1st January 2014
NFL player denies being gay amid rumours about his sexuality 17
7:06 PM — NFL player Aaron Rodgers has publicly denied being gay following much speculation around his sexual orientation.
31st December 2013
US: Gay couples sue Kansas to be allowed to file joint tax returns 1
6:57 PM — Two gay couples in the US state of Kansas are suing the state which does not allow them to take advantage of the benefits of filing a joint tax return.
Video: Homophobic Duck Dynasty star says ‘you’ve got to marry girls when they are 15′ 12
5:53 PM — Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson who was suspended for homophobia before being reinstated has in the past advocated for underage marriage.
United Nations warns Ugandan President against signing anti-gay law 22
4:29 PM — The United Nations has warned the President of Uganda against signing the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law.
Canadian Foreign Minister urges Russia to drop anti-gay laws and protect human rights 9
3:47 PM — Ahead of February’s Sochi Winter Olympics, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has written to his Russian counterpart to denounce Russia’s anti-gay laws.
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.