29th October 2013
Video: Rugby star Ben Cohen strips down in shower for anti-bullying charity calendar 8
2:14 PM — Rugby star Ben Cohen has stripped down for his StandUp Foundation's 2014 charity calendar. The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation aims to tackle bullying and homophobia.
Former Supreme Court chief judge urges Israel to legalise equal marriage 5
2:04 PM — A former president of the Supreme Court of Israel has announced his support for equal marriage and warns Israel's marriage laws are a "clear violation of basic human rights".
Russia: Group plans to hold gay-inclusive ‘open games’ just after Sochi Winter Olympics 5
2:03 PM — A group in Russia has announced plans to hold a "gay games" in Moscow just days after the Winter Olympics take place in Sochi in February 2014.
Facebook game depicts gay men as naked violent sexual predators 25
1:14 PM — Facebook has been criticised for hosting a gaming app that urges users to shoot gay men in a fictional wood in order to avoid sexual assault.
Chicago: Gay couple sue cab firm after driver evicts them for kissing 9
11:19 AM — A gay couple are suing a cab firm in Chicago after a driver booted them out of the vehicle for kissing.
28th October 2013
NFL player made to apologise for anti-gay slur on live radio 3
5:59 PM — A former NFL player has come under heavy criticism, and was made to apologise live on air on a radio station, after he used a homophobic slur to describe a fellow former player.
Nancy Pelosi to receive pro-LGBT lifetime achievement award
4:56 PM — US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is receiving an award in recognition of her support for LGBT rights.
Putin: Olympic athletes will feel ‘comfortable regardless of sexual orientation’ 19
3:34 PM — President Vladimir Putin has once again moved to dismiss concerns about LGBT athletes attending the Winter Olympics in light of Russia’s anti-gay laws.
Debt forces closure of Nottinghamshire Pride 5
1:13 PM — The charity that runs Nottingham's annual Pride festival has been forced to close amid debts of almost £17,000.
Italy: Gay medical student kills himself by jumping off a balcony 12
12:32 PM — A 21-year-old man has taken his own life in Rome with investigators saying he talked of suffering homophobia in a letter written before his death.
LGBT campaigner and Holocaust survivor Sharley McLean dies aged 90 12
11:38 AM — Tributes are being paid to the radical lesbian feminist and campaigner Sharley McLean, who died at the weekend.
Irish Deputy Prime Minister promises equal marriage referendum by 2015 23
10:33 AM — Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister has promised a referendum on same-sex marriage will be held before the next general election.
27th October 2013
John McCain’s wife petitions him to support bill barring anti-gay workplace discrimination 2
9:14 AM — Cindy McCain, the wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, has signed a postcard petition addressed to her husband urging him to support legislation barring discrimination against gay and lesbian people in the workplace.
US: Several churches in North Carolina cut sponsorship of boy scouts following pro-gay policy 15
9:10 AM — Several churches in Charlotte, North Carolina have opted to cut ties with their sponsored boy scout groups following a decision earlier this year by Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay members.
Graham Norton describes how he revisited the place he was once stabbed and left for dead in London 4
9:06 AM — Graham Norton, in a recent interview, revealed how he revisited the place where he was once stabbed and left for dead following a mugging in London.
US: Chairman of Jelly Belly donated $5,000 for California to repeal trans bathroom rights law 7
9:05 AM — The chairman of The Jelly Belly Candy Company has donated $5,000 (£3,091) to a campaign attempting to repeal an act allowing transgender students equal access to school facilities such as locker rooms and bathrooms.
26th October 2013
Sussex head teacher takes a stand against bullies who use ‘gay’ as derogatory insult 26
2:29 PM — A head teacher in Sussex has spoken out in the wake of singer Will Young's campaign to curb homophobic bullying in schools, by taking seriously the use of the word "gay" as a derogatory insult.
Australia: Health Alliance pubicly supports the 13th annual Intersex Awareness Day 3
1:35 PM — The National LGBTI Health Aliiance of Australia has publicly shown its support for Intersex Awareness Day (26th October), which sees intersex activists across the world raise awerness on important issues affecting intersex people.
Gay former figure skater Johnny Weir on Russia’s anti-gay laws: ‘You have to respect the culture’ 48
12:35 PM — Former figure skater Johnny Weir will be heading to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi as a sports commentator after he failed to register for the national championships, but said he will not be campaigning Russia's anti-gay laws in any way as "you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting."
Taiwan: Thousands march in campaign for same-sex marriage
11:58 AM — Thousands marched in Taipei on Saturday, holding rainbow flags, colourful placards and balloons, in support of a bill reviewing Taiwan's stance on same-sex marriages.