23rd August 2013
BBC asks whether tougher bans for homophobic football fans are an ‘overreaction’ 41
12:27 PM — A Twitter question from BBC Newsbeat has asked followers whether bans for football fans who use homophobic language is an "overreaction", and questions whether homophobic chants constitute "abuse", or whether it is just "banter".
New police policy set out to tackle ‘frighteningly often’ occurrences of homophobia at football matches 3
11:47 AM — A new policy for tacking homophobic abuse by football supporters has been set out, which names homophobia as the last major form of discrimination at football mateches, and which, including a "robust prosecution policy" for dealing with both online and offline abuse.
22nd August 2013
Why did the Daily Star ‘out’ actor Charlie Condou as a gay parent given that it wasn’t a secret? 28
6:54 PM — Openly gay Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou, has become involved in a confusion started by a Daily Star front page which suggested that his children were a secret, despite him regularly writing a popular column about them.
Scotland: Police investigation launched as trans woman barred from female toilets in shopping centre 16
4:22 PM — A police investigation has been launched as a trans woman said she was barred from the female toilets of a shopping centre in Edinburgh.
Russia defends anti-gay law in open letter to International Olympic Committee 5
3:16 PM — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today received a letter from the Russian Government defending an anti-gay law introduced in the country in June, saying it will remain in place during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, but also saying gay people will not be discriminated against at the games.
Nepal: LGBT community march for greater rights
3:08 PM — Yesterday over a thousand LGBT campaigners marched through the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu to demand more rights and greater recognition from the country.
US Wikileaks soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning: I will live out the rest of my life as a woman 22
1:39 PM — The US soldier who was yesterday sentenced to 35 years in prison for her involvement in leaking large numbers of secret documents to Wikileaks, formerly known as Bradley Manning, has now revealed she will live out the rest of her life as a woman, and wishes to be referred to as Chelsea E Manning.
Amnesty documents widespread harassment of Armenia’s LGBT community 9
12:41 PM — A new report by Amnesty International has revealed an alarming culture of persecution in Armenia against the country’s LGBT community.
London vigil for murdered Jamaican trans teenager 4
11:59 AM — A vigil will be held next week outside the Jamaican Embassy in London in memory of murdered transgender teenager Dwayne Jones.
21st August 2013
Comment: We must guard against the return of Section 28 6
7:01 PM — LGBT Labour co-chair James Asser says "attempts at reinstating Section 28 by the back door must be quashed" and he's calling on Prime Minister David Cameron and Education Secretary Michael Gove to act.
International Olympic Committee urged to select Madrid for 2020 games due to LGBT inclusivity 17
6:09 PM — Amid a storm of controversy surrounding the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will soon choose the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games, and is being urged to use LGBT inclusivity as a key deciding factor.
Comment: Porn or better sex education? 35
5:48 PM — The chief executive of Brook writes for PinkNews on why ministers should be focussing more time on providing LGBT inclusive sex education rather than just filtering access to online pornography.
UK Government removes gender identity in new draft National Curriculum 8
3:14 PM — Campaigners have expressed outrage at the Department for Education’s decision to remove gender identity from the latest draft of the National Curriculum for Schools.
Norway: Rainbow crossing pops up outside Russian embassy in Oslo 9
1:17 PM — A pedestrian crossing outside the Russian embassy in Oslo has been coloured in with rainbow colours, the latest in a string of installations to protest Russia's anti-gay laws introduced in June.
Footballer suffers anti-gay backlash over male kiss photo 13
12:51 PM — A footballer photographed kissing another man is suffering a homophobic backlash from supporters and rival fans.
Alice Arnold: ‘Britain’s homophobia needs to be tackled before Russia’s’ 47
12:03 PM — Former BBC Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold says “Britain's homophobia needs to be tackled before we turn to Russia's.”
Stonewall Cymru welcomes investigation by Welsh Government into Section 28 school concerns
10:56 AM — Stonewall Cymru has welcomed the Welsh Government's decision to investigate claims that two schools in Wales have sought to ban the promotion of homosexuality.
20th August 2013
New book on the life of gay footballer Justin Fashanu to be released in the UK 4
7:09 PM — A British journalist and writer based in Canada has written a book about the life of the late gay footballer Justin Fashanu.
BHA: UK Government must ‘urgently update’ sex education policies over Section 28 fears 22
5:11 PM — The British Humanist Association has cautiously welcomed the Department for Education's decision to investigate claims that more than 40 schools have polices in place reminiscent of Section 28 legislation.
Welsh Government launches probe over fears schools have reintroduced Section 28 policies 8
3:51 PM — The Welsh Government is to investigate reports that two schools in Wales still have sex education policies which ban the promotion of homosexuality.