22nd December 2013
US: California group files lawsuit after ‘signatures’ fail to ballot trans bathroom rights law 5
10:58 AM — A California organisation who claimed to have gathered enough signatures to ballot a new law supporting trans students is now filing a lawsuit against the state government, after officials found that only 77 percent of the signatures actually qualified.
Feature: The top 17 stories that changed LGBT life in the UK in 2013 12
10:16 AM — As 2013 draws to a close, PinkNews looks back at the stories which have had the biggest impact on the life of LGBT people in the UK in the last year (and some which just raised a lot of eyebrows).
21st December 2013
Feature: Why was 2013 the year of coming out? 6
5:08 PM — As well as a landmark year for equal marriage around the globe, we also saw a record number of notable coming out stories.
US: GLAAD hails veteran comedian for cancelling Catholic gig, citing ‘rabid anti-gay’ agenda 6
4:02 PM — A gig for a group of Catholic business leaders has been cancelled by a long time US comedian, in a decision hailed by LGBT rights group GLAAD.
US: Utah judge strikes down equal marriage ban and same-sex couples begin to wed 28
10:59 AM — Same-sex couples in the US state of Utah began queuing to marry after a judge ruled that the state's equal marriage ban was unconstitutional.
20th December 2013
UK Government: Uganda’s anti-gay law will damage the country’s international reputation 19
6:27 PM — The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has condemned the Ugandan Parliament for passing its Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
More than 2,700 write to Director General over BBC ban on World AIDS Day ribbons 9
5:18 PM — More than 2,700 people have written to BBC Director General Lord Hall, calling on presenters to be able to wear red ribbons on-screen for World AIDS Day.
TalkTalk apologises for using ‘porn filter’ to block access to Lib Dem LGBT website 4
4:02 PM — TalkTalk has apologised for blocking access to the Liberal Democrats’ official LGBT group website, after the internet service provider incorrectly classified the site as “pornographic”.
BT gives parents tool to block kids from learning about sexual health and gay rights 34
3:36 PM — Parental controls for users of BT broadband includes an option to block "gay and lesbian lifestyle" sites, as well as sexual health information.
Kaleidoscope Trust: Uganda’s passing of anti-gay law represents a terrible fortnight for LGBT rights 10
3:15 PM — The Kaleidoscope Trust says today’s news out of Uganda represents a “terrible fortnight in the struggle for LGBT rights.”
Tennis legend Billie Jean King to gay Russians: ‘You are not alone’ 3
2:16 PM — Tennis legend Billie Jean King, two days after being selected as part of the US delegation to attend the Sochi Winter Olympics, has spoken out in support of gay people in Russia.
Peter Tatchell: Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill breaks country’s own Constitution 11
1:53 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the decision of Uganda’s Parliament to pass the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill violates constitutional law.
Netherlands bans forced sterilisation to change gender identity on official documents 1
1:22 PM — The Dutch Parliament this week passed a law meaning that trans people who wish to change their gender identity on official documents will not be forced to be sterilised or undergo gender reassignment surgery.
Activists urge Ugandan President not to sign Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law 8
1:01 PM — Campaigners are calling on Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni not to sign the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, following today’s vote by the Uganda Parliament.
Ugandan Parliament passes bill that could mean gays face life in prison 22
11:30 AM — Uganda's Parliament has passed the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
19th December 2013
New Mexico Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage legal 20
6:58 PM — The Supreme Court in New Mexico has legalised equal marriage, declaring it is unconstitutional to deny marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Scottish Parliamentary committee rejects attempts to waterdown same-sex marriage bill 3
5:52 PM — The Scottish Parliament's Equal Opportunities Committee has rejected amendments supported by opponents of same-sex marriage.
TalkTalk apologises for blocking access to LGBT charity website by incorrectly labelling it as porn 4
5:33 PM — TalkTalk has apologised for blocking access to the website of London Friend, after the internet service provider incorrectly classified the LGBT charity's site as “pornographic”.
US: Ohio bill would allow same-sex couples to file joint tax returns
3:25 PM — Despite a ban on same-sex marriage, a new bill would allow same-sex couples to enjoy the benefits of filing joint tax returns.
TalkTalk blocks access to LGBT website by incorrectly classifying it as ‘pornographic’ 9
3:21 PM — LGBT charity London Friend says access to its website has been blocked by the internet service provider Talk Talk because it has incorrectly been classified as "pornographic".