25th May 2013
Obama praises Boy Scouts’ progress but wants gay leaders too 8
11:18 AM — US President Barack Obama has praised the Boy Scouts of America for opening up their membership to gay youth, but reaffirmed his belief that leadership opportunities in the organisation should be available to gay adults.
Former Leeds player Robbie Rogers slated to return as first openly gay footballer 13
10:29 AM — Robbie Rogers, the former Leeds United and Stevenage player who retired from football earlier this year, is set to return to play Major League Soccer in the US.
24th May 2013
Bryan Fischer says forced drowning ‘would be better’ than inclusion in the Boy Scouts 40
6:29 PM — Anti-gay Christian radio host Bryan Fischer has tweeted his distaste at the decision to allow gay members into the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), tweeting a bible reference suggesting drowning would be better than inclusion.
Blackburn Rovers footballer charged with making a homophobic gesture at Brighton fans
3:16 PM — Blackburn Rovers footballer Colin Kazim-Richards has been charged with making a homophobic gesture to Brighton and Hove Albion fans.
UK: Card Factory accused of homophobia for selling offensive ‘fag’ birthday card 162
1:54 PM — The mother of a PinkNews.co.uk reader has spoken of her disgust after coming across an allegedly homophobic greeting card sold in a branch of Card Factory in Essex.
Petition urges Google search engine results to stop automatically linking ‘gayest’ with ‘worst’ 6
1:10 PM — An online petition is calling on Google to stop automatically including the word "worst" in the presentation of search results as a synonym when the word "gayest" is entered.
Nick Clegg and Francis Maude agree to fly rainbow flag from Cabinet Office for Pride week 7
12:30 PM — Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg both intend to demonstrate the government's commitment to equality by allowing the rainbow flag to fly from the Cabinet Office during Pride week in the capital.
Australia: Man who stalked footballer and talked of ‘gay orgy’ jailed 3
10:48 AM — A fake doctor who claimed he organised a "gay orgy" at the family home of an Australian rules football player has been jailed after pleading guilty to stalking.
Governor Rick Perry: ‘I am greatly disappointed’ that the Boy Scouts will allow gay members 25
1:09 AM — Texas Governor Rick Perry, has voiced his disappointment at the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) decision to lift its national ban on gay youth members.
US: Boy Scouts of America lifts national ban on gay youth members 18
12:04 AM — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) on Thursday ended its long-time ban on gay youth members, after its national council voted to lift the national ban.
23rd May 2013
US: LGBT activists protests against removal of gay protections from immigration reform bill
6:44 PM — LGBT rights activists gathered outside the office of a US Senator on Wenesday, in order to protest against the decision to withdraw an amendment to a broad immigration bill, which would have protected binational same-sex couples.
US: Boy Scouts council to vote on lifting ban on gay members 1
5:39 PM — The Boy Scouts of America will today decide on whether or not to lift a historic ban on gay members, as is national council will vote on a resolution to lift the ban.
US Boy Scouts President: Allowing gay boy scouts would be ‘the right decision’ 2
4:58 PM — The President of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has written an editorial piece explaining why he supports the potential decision to allow gay youth members into the organisation.
Ukraine: Gay pride rally cancelled by court for fear that it will spark violence 2
4:34 PM — A court in Ukraine has banned what had been set to be the country's first gay pride rally, for fear that it will spark violence.
22nd May 2013
US: Boy Scouts of America to vote on whether to allow gay members 3
6:48 PM — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is today to convene a two-day meeting, of 1,400 local leaders, in order to consider allowing gay members into the organisation.
Canada lifts lifetime ban on gay men giving blood, but they can only donate if celibate for five years 24
6:36 PM — Officials in Canada say men who have not had sex with other men within the last five years will be allowed to donate blood as part of new guidelines.
Russia: Council of Europe demands protection for gay pride rallies 5
5:14 PM — The head of the Council of Europe has asserted that Russia must allow demonstrations by LGBT people, and that it should protect the rights of citizens wishing to hold public rallies.
21st May 2013
Maria Miller: The time for equal marriage has finally come 12
7:59 PM — In her address to the Commons, shortly before MPs passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill), Culture Secretary and Equalities Minister, Maria Miller said “now is the time” for equal marriage.
Amendments to equal marriage bill on transgender rights withdrawn at request of Equality Minister 19
6:50 PM — Equality Minister Helen Grant asked for amendments on rights for trans people in same-sex couples to be withdrawn in today's House of Commons debate on the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill.
London: Gay sauna denies hosting ‘bareback’ sex parties 40
5:52 PM — The owner of a gay sauna in north London has denied claims that his business was prepared to host a “Bareback Party” and “Raw Heat Pig Party”.