23rd December 2013
Gay British man facing porn charges in Uganda fears for safety over anti-gay law 2
12:13 PM — A gay retired British banker charged with possessing a video depicting a sexual act fears the passing of Uganda’s Anti Homosexuality Bill could lead create greater danger for him.
US: Utah lawyers place same-sex marriage ban back in court 11
11:54 AM — A federal judge on Monday is to consider a pending appeal from the state of Utah to block same-sex weddings just days after the state's ban on equal marriage was overturned.
Pussy Riot member freed from prison – slams Russian amnesty law as a ‘PR stunt’ 2
11:28 AM — A member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who walked free from prison earlier today said she would rather have stayed behind bars, calling Putin's amnesty law a "PR stunt."
Gay rights activists stage campaign against ‘shocking’ Coca-Cola sponsorship of Sochi Winter Olympics 11
10:44 AM — Gay rights activists interrupted a Coca-Cola christmas advertising campaign in London's Covent Garden on Saturday, in opposition to the company's recent sponsorship of the Sochi Winter Olympics despite anti-gay laws.
UK Prime Minister will not attend Sochi Winter Olympics 13
10:28 AM — David Cameron will not attend February's Winter Olympics, Downing Street has said whilst insisting the move is not a boycott over Russia’s stance on LGBT rights.
Norwich pub landlords beaten and abused by anti-gay mob
10:10 AM — A gay couple who run a pub in Norwich said they were punched and kicked by a gang of 15 men recently, in an abuse they have called a homophobic hate crime.
22nd December 2013
US: Pastor defrocked for officiating at gay son’s wedding offered new minister job 11
12:03 PM — A pastor from Pennsylvania who was defrocked after a period of suspension for officiating at his gay son’s wedding out-of-state has now been offered to serve as an ordained minister under a different denomination.
US: Suspension of anti-gay reality star Phil Robertson rumoured to end in January 23
11:25 AM — US reality star Phil Robertson, who was recently suspended from his TV show after making controversial anti-gay comments, is now said to reappear when the show returns in January.
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.