26th January 2014
Russian MPs submit proposal to exclude the term ‘non-traditional relationships’ from propaganda law 17
1:52 PM — Russian MPs from several political parties have jointly submitted a proposal to amend the country's notorious anti-gay propaganda law by throwing out the term "non-traditional relationships."
Martina Navratilova: Anti-gay laws make it ‘impossible’ to separate sport from politics at Sochi Games 8
1:16 PM — Tennis star Martina Navratilova has warned that anti-gays laws in Russia will make it "impossible" to separate sport from politics at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Coca-Cola bans the word ‘gay’ in new ad campaign – ‘Oops. Let’s pretend you didn’t just type that’ 49
12:46 PM — Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has launched a new media marketing campaign which bans users from printing the word "gay" on the side of a can of Coke.
Ugandan boyfriend of deported British man receives death threats from neighbours 8
12:14 PM — The Ugandan boyfriend of Bernard Randall, a gay British man arrested in Uganda after pictures of him having sex appeared in a newspaper, is fearing for his life after receiving death threats from neighbours.
25th January 2014
Football fans on gay semi-pro player coming out: ‘If you live in the real world, it’s not an issue’ 10
8:17 AM — Fans of Gainsborough Trinity, the team of a recently out semi-professional footballer, have offered a supportive response to his announcement that he is gay.
US: Virginia Republicans urge appointment of lawyers to defence of same-sex marriage ban 11
7:39 AM — Republican politicians in the US state of Virginia have asked for legal counsel to be appointed in order to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban, now that the Attorney General has said he will not.
24th January 2014
McDonald’s #CheersToSochi Twitter hashtag hijacked by LGBT activists 5
6:41 PM — McDonald's has faced a backlash from LGBT rights advocates as it launched the hashtag #CheersToSochi on Twitter, in promotion of the Winter Olympics.
Video: TV and Broadway stars in Russia ‘gay propaganda’ law spoof
6:00 PM — Some of the biggest TV and Broadway stars have starred in a spoof video to protest Russian propaganda laws.
MP Nigel Evans pleads not guilty to sex charges
5:51 PM — Former Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans denies committing sexual offences against seven men at a pretrial hearing.
Russia accuses EU of ‘not respecting’ Olympics and of ‘aggressively promoting’ homosexuality 20
5:10 PM — A Russian offical has accused the European Union of trying to impose an "alien view" of homosexuality on other countries.
Nigel Farage: The media only cares if someone compares homosexuality to bestiality when it’s UKIP 30
4:18 PM — UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been asked about the views of a former local UKIP chairwoman who previously compared homosexuality to bestiality.
US: Obama has mentioned the word ‘gay’ more than any other president 4
4:16 PM — A report has found that Barack Obama has used the word 'gay' more times than any other US president in recent history.
Labour MEP Michael Cashman pays tribute to Stonewall CEO by applauding him for letting go 14
2:10 PM — One of the co-founders of Stonewall, Labour MEP Michael Cashman, has paid tribute to its chief executive, Ben Summerskill, following his decision to leave the charity, saying “you have to have the courage to let go”.
Hong Kong billionaire doubles dowry offer to £78million for a man to marry his lesbian daughter 18
1:42 PM — The dowry offered by a Hong Kong billionaire to any man who 'can successfully court' his lesbian daughter has been doubled to £78 million.
UK: Six relatives who tried to kidnap sister’s lesbian partner await sentencing
1:38 PM — Six members of a family, who admit to attempting to kidnap their sister's lesbian partner await sentencing in Preston.
A quarter of all same-sex marriages in New Zealand are by Australians 3
1:11 PM — Nearly a hundred Australian same-sex couples have resorted to travelling to New Zealand to get married since August, due to Australia's equal marriage ban.
Manchester: Calls to close off cruising site after man dies in canal 5
12:27 PM — A cruising site in Manchester may have to be closed off, following the death of a man who fell into nearby water, according to officials.
UK: Gay couple threaten to sue government over delay in turning their civil partnership into a marriage 44
11:26 AM — A gay couple in Barnsley have threatened the UK Government with legal action over the delay in being able to turn their civil partnership into a marriage.
23rd January 2014
Comment: Stonewall does great work for gay kids but what about anti-trans bullying? 27
7:21 PM — Transgender broadcaster and journalist Paris Lees writes on trans bullying in schools, and asks why Stonewall campaigns only against anti-gay bullying, and not anti-trans.
Eastenders actress slams Nigeria’s anti-gay law as ‘absurd’ 2
7:00 PM — Actress Luisa Bradshaw-White has criticised Nigeria and other African countries for pushing ahead with anti-gay legislation.