4th November 2013
Irish Prime Minister warned ‘referendum fatigue’ could threaten result of equal marriage vote 6
3:39 PM — Ireland’s Prime Minister has been warned by some within his party that a referendum on equal marriage could be lost – simply because the Irish people are suffering from “referendum fatigue”.
Obama: Congress needs to ban LGBT discrimination in the workplace 6
1:21 PM — Ahead of a key vote, President Barack Obama has called on the US Congress to pass a law protecting workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Apple CEO Tim Cook calls on US Congress to ban LGBT discrimination 5
12:26 PM — Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has written an editorial in the Wall Street Journal urging US senators to support the Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA).
Russia: Man shot in eye during attack on LGBT activists in St Petersburg 24
11:52 AM — Several LGBT rights activists have been attacked in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg, with one man reportedly shot in the eye.
December date set for High Court challenge of Australian Capital Territory’s equal marriage law 6
11:08 AM — A legal challenge against the Australian Capital Territory’s same-sex marriage law will be heard in the country’s High Court less than a week before the first weddings are due to take place.
3rd November 2013
Lady Gaga: ‘Bisexuality is not about marketing – this is who I am and who I have always been’ 30
11:57 AM — Lady Gaga has spoken out against critics who accuse her bisexual identity of being "marketing ploy," saying "this is who I am and who I have always been."
US: Former owner of gay nightclub accused of setting it on fire 1
11:19 AM — The former owner of a Chicago-based gay nightclub was arrested recently charged with two counts of arson, after he allegedly scrawled anti-gay messages inside the club before dousing the building with alcohol and setting fire to it.
US: Obama urges Hawaii to pass same-sex marriage bill 2
10:20 AM — President Barack Obama has voiced his support for marriage equality in Hawaii, after the state recently approved legislation at senate stage aiming to repeal a ban on same-sex marriage, moving it to the Hawaii House stage for voting.
BBC presenter Paul Gambaccini denies sexual offences claims
9:46 AM — Paul Gambaccini, the gay BBC TV and radio presenter, has denied sexual offences claims after he was arrested on suspicion under Operation Yewtree.
2nd November 2013
Australia: Boxer criticised for suggesting people from Aboriginal origin can’t be gay 28
5:28 PM — A boxer in Australia has found himself at the receiving end of criticism as he made comments on Facebook which suggested that Aboriginal culture and homosexuality are mutually exclusive.
1st November 2013
Man banned from Facebook for declaring his love for pork faggots 22
8:27 PM — A man has been banned from Facebook after being accused of homophobia, because he wrote a comment about his favourite childhood dish, pork faggots.
NOW: Comedian Aziz Ansari makes amusing but poignant point about racial stereotypes and homophobia 5
8:05 PM — Hit US comedian Aziz Ansari in a clip for his latest show makes an amusing yet poignant point about racial stereotypes, and homophobia.
Alliance Party says Northern Ireland Equality Commission should have moved sooner on equal marriage 4
6:51 PM — The Northern Ireland Alliance Party Assembly Member, Stephen Farry, has said the country’s Equality Commission should have spoken out in support of equal marriage “much earlier”.
Lord Tebbit blasted by Lib Dem MP for saying a pardon for Alan Turing would set ‘dangerous precedent’ 35
4:55 PM — Former Tory chairman Lord Tebbit has been criticised by the Lib Dem MP John Leech for stating that it would set a "dangerous precedent" to pardon gay codebreaker Alan Turning.
London: Peter Tatchell disrupts orchestral concert of Putin ally 25
4:18 PM — Peter Tatchell disrupted the opening of Valery Gergiev’s new London Symphony Orchestra concert season at the Barbican last night because of Gergiev’s support for Vladimir Putin.
Portia DeGeneres: At first ‘I didn’t want to be a lesbian’, but not coming out affected my health 2
3:57 PM — Actress Portia DeGeneres has spoken out about her decision to come out, saying that at first she did not understand her sexuality and that she "didn't want" to be a lesbian.
Nike donates $200,000 towards ending homophobia in sports 2
3:42 PM — The world's largest sporting apparel company Nike, pledged to donate all proceeds from a special line of gear towards LGBT equality in sports, and has now donated $200,000 to an LGBT sporting charity.
Chelsea Manning threatens to sue US Army over its refusal to provide gender confirmation therapy
3:36 PM — Chelsea Manning has said she will take the US Army to court over its continued refusal to provide her with access to gender confirmation treatment.
Gay British banking chief appointed to board of GLAAD
2:31 PM — Barclays chief Anthony Watson has been elected to the board of GLAAD, becoming the first gay British citizen to join the US LGBT media advocacy group.
US: Defence Secretary says refusing same-sex IDs is ‘wrong’
1:14 PM — Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has criticised nine US states for failing to grant full spousal benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian members of America's armed forces.