9th December 2013
Rio holds ‘biggest ever’ collective same-sex marriage ceremony 1
6:13 PM — One hundred and thirty same-sex couples have taken part in a mass civil marriage ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.
Germany’s President snubs Sochi Winter Olympics 12
5:21 PM — German President Joachim Gauck is boycotting the Winter Olympics and will not travel to Russia next year.
Christian Concern: Tom Daley came out because his father died so Jamaica should keep its buggery law 89
4:30 PM — Christian conservatives in Jamaica are being urged by activists from the US and UK to resist against calls for the country to repeal its buggery law.
Journalist: ‘It would be wrong to say Mandela was always comfortable with gay rights’ 4
4:20 PM — The late Nelson Mandela has been described by some as a “gay icon”, but South African author and journalist Mark Gevisser says Mandela’s approach to LGBT rights was less pronounced.
Trans woman footballer banned from local team until two years after gender confirmation operation 8
1:56 PM — A transgender footballer is prohibited by the Football Association from playing competitively for her local team in Leeds until two years after her gender confirmation surgery.
UK: Lesbian asylum seeker due to be deported to Uganda on Thursday 8
12:22 PM — An asylum seeker who claims she is at risk of homophobic persecution is due to be deported to Uganda on Thursday.
Times claims Church of England ‘on the brink of appointing its first openly gay bishop’ 27
11:13 AM — The Church of England is on the brink of appointing its first openly gay bishop, according to The Times.
8th December 2013
US preacher Rick Warren compares the ‘redefinition of marriage’ to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four 46
11:58 AM — Controversial US pastor Rick Warren has told CNN presenter Piers Morgan that same-sex marriage laws are attempting to "redefine marriage" in a manner similar to the dystopian reversal of meanings in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Australia: First same-sex marriages held in ACT despite High Court challenge to equal marriage law 2
11:10 AM — Australia’s first same-sex marriage ceremonies were celebrated on Saturday irrespective of a High Court challenge to the Australian Capital Territory’s equal marriage law.
Italy: Rainbow-themed Christmas lights blasted as ‘provocative and ideological’ 20
10:49 AM — Rainbow-themed Christmas lights set up in Rome to commemorate the recent suicide of a gay teenager have stirred controversy recently, after a far-right group blasted the idea as "provocative and ideological."
US: Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after applying to marry his partner 23
10:07 AM — A gay teacher in New Jersey has said he was recently fired from a Catholic school he worked at for 12 years after applying to marry his partner - a move the school said "contradicts the terms of his teaching contract."
7th December 2013
US judge rules bakery owner acted illegally in refusing service to gay couple 13
3:45 PM — A judge in the US state of Colorado has ruled that a bakery owner who refused service to a gay couple because of their sexuality broke the law in doing so.
Waitress in anti-gay tip controversy apparently starts refunding donations 2
3:26 PM — A waitress who was given thousands of dollars in donations after an apparently made-up story about being refused a tip by anti-gay customers, has reportedly been issuing refunds to some who donated to her.
Video: Elton John speaks out for LGBT rights at Moscow concert 14
2:53 PM — Elton John took to the stage in Moscow last night, spoke of his support for LGBT rights, and dedicated the evening to murdered gay Russian Vladislav Tornovoi.
6th December 2013
Lady Gaga tells Tom Daley ‘We shouldn’t be going to Sochi at all’ because of anti-gay law 28
7:40 PM — Lady Gaga has urged Tom Daley to decline to compete in countries which have anti-gay laws, in order to boycott them.
Will Young becomes patron of LGBT mental health charity PACE 3
7:34 PM — Singer Will Young has been announced as a patron for an LGBT mental health charity.
Straight couple announce civil partnership engagement as statement supporting full marriage equality 22
7:31 PM — A straight couple from London have announced their engagement, but have said that they will get civilly partnered rather than married, in order to push for full marriage equality.
Bill Gates: I admire Nelson Mandela for speaking out against the stigma of HIV 2
7:05 PM — The philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela and says he will remember the former South African president most for raising awareness of HIV.
eBay removes listing for £500,000 Ford Fiesta because of ‘homophobic’ description 30
7:01 PM — Auction site eBay has removed a listing for a 13-year-old Ford Fiesta as it deemed that it contained offensive language.
Egyptian censors demand that 13 scenes be cut from first gay film 10
6:37 PM — Creators of the first film to come out of Egypt which directly tackles gay issues have been told they must delete a large chunk of scenes, despite that the film contains no sexually explicit content.