26th August 2013
Ireland: Non-sexually active gay man told he cannot donate blood 13
6:04 PM — A young gay man in Ireland claims he has been discriminated against from giving blood, despite never being sexually active.
Brighton: Gay vegetarian raises awareness of CJD following diagnosis 10
2:40 PM — A 28-year-old gay vegetarian living just outside of Brighton has been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the human form of Mad Cow Disease.
Russia may reintroduce gay blood ban and provide voluntary gay conversion therapy 30
1:42 PM — Russia may resurrect its ban preventing gay men from donating blood and also introduce measures for voluntary gay-to-straight conversion therapy, a senior Russian MP has said.
Exclusive: Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri says It’s Time for equal marriage in Scotland 1
12:04 PM — Scottish musician Sharleen Spiteri is the latest celebrity to speak out in support of equal marriage in Scotland.
25th August 2013
Video: Gay and lesbian people included in Martin Luther King’s ‘unfinished dream’ at 50th Anniversary 4
3:45 PM — Thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and pledging that his vision also included equality for gay and lesbian people.
US: Conservative churches change by-laws to avoid lawsuits from gay couples 21
2:50 PM — A growing number of US churches, worried they might be sued by gay couples, are changing their by-laws to reflect the view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.
France: Far-right mayor refuses to officiate at same-sex wedding 53
2:03 PM — A far-right mayor in the south of France has refused to officiate at the wedding of a lesbian couple, despite the government's recently passed same-sex marriage law.
Nepal: Government excludes gay community from HIV meeting 1
1:28 PM — Nepal’s interim government has been criticised for ignoring the country's gay community and misusing funds after it sent only three officials to a HIV conference in Bangkok.
Survey: Homophobic discrimination still ‘expected’ by a majority of gay UK citizens 14
12:20 PM — A new survey has revealed that despite the recent passing of same-sex marriage in England and Wales, a large majority of gay Britons still live in fear of discrimination.
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: I am not heartless, I understand gay people’s fears 66
11:32 AM — The outgoing Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, recently spoke in an interview about his reason for abstaining from the same-sex marriage debate earlier this year, and said he understands the fears that many gay people have.
24th August 2013
US: Murdered NYC trans woman was violently beaten in front of police precinct 12
10:02 PM — A 21-year-old trans woman who was violently beaten until brain damaged, and later taken off life support after being pronounced brain dead, was attacked just feet away from a New York Police Department precinct.
US: Jason Collins to introduce Ryan Lewis and Macklemore at VMAs for equal marriage hit
9:31 PM — Openly gay NBA basketball star Jason Collins will on Sunday evening take to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards to introduce Macklemore and Ryan Lewis when they perform their equal marriage themed summer hit.
23rd August 2013
US: 21-year-old trans woman dies after being brutally beaten in transphobic attack 8
6:42 PM — A transgender woman in New York City has died after being violently beaten in a transphobic attack.
David Cameron offers full support to Cardiff Mardi Gras featuring Beverley Knight and Rylan Clark 3
5:14 PM — British Prime Minister David Cameron has offered his support to this year's Mardi Gras in Cardiff, Wales which will take place on 31 August.
Israel to honour gay Holocaust victims with first monument 21
2:05 PM — Israel has announced that it is to erect a monument in the honour of gay victims of the Holocaust, the first of its kind in the country.
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.