9th September 2013
FIFA to urge Qatar to relax anti-gay legislation ahead of 2022 World Cup 26
6:19 PM — The international football governing body FIFA's taskforce is to put pressure on Qatar to relax its anti-gay legislation ahead of hosting the 2022 World Cup.
New trans support service launched in liverpool 2
5:56 PM — Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust has launched a new Trans Support Service for Merseyside.
Canada: Top Finnish filmmaker to direct ‘Tom of Finland’ biopic on life of gay artist 5
4:29 PM — One of the most successful Finnish film directors, Dome Karukoski, will direct an authorised biopic about the influential gay artist 'Tom of Finland' -- the man who inspired the look of Freddie Mercury and the Village People.
Video: Viral music video about unrequited gay love gets follow-up sequel with happy ending 7
3:36 PM — Steve Grand, the US singer who received over two million YouTube hits when he posted a music video featuring the story of a gay man's unrequited love for his straight friend, recently posted a follow-up video where his character finds romance.
James Franco responds to gay jokes: ‘I wish I was gay’ 20
2:47 PM — Outspoken equal rights advocate and Hollywood actor James Franco has responded to rumours and jokes about his sexuality, saying "I wish I was gay" because being gay is "awesome."
Fox TV presenter sacked for saying people who ‘choose to be gay will have to answer to the lord for their actions’ 25
2:13 PM — A Fox television sports commentator has been sacked after appearing just once, after footage surfaced of him saying that being gay "is a choice", and that gay people "will have to answer to the lord for their actions";
London HIV charity marks 25 years of nutrition services for people living with HIV 2
1:23 PM — London HIV charity The Food Chain is marking 25 years of nutrition services for people living with HIV with a 25km walk.
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller: ‘I tried to kill myself at 15 because I was gay’ 7
12:16 PM — British-born American actor Wentworth Miller, who came out as gay in a letter sent to the St Petersburg International Film Festival last month, has revealed that he attempted suicide at 15 by swallowing a "bottle of pills" because he was gay.
Guyana: Judge rules that crossdressing is legal unless it’s done for an ‘improper purpose’ 7
11:41 AM — A judge in Guyana has stirred controversy among human rights and trans activists by ruling on a 120-year-old law over crossdressing, stating it is only a criminal offence if it is done for an "improper purpose."
Russia: Sochi organisers persuade Olympics Committee to help ‘stop this campaign’ over anti-gay laws 42
10:41 AM — The head of the Sochi Olympics has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to "stop this campaign and this speculation" over Russia's controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws.
8th September 2013
Anti-gay MSP who said gay love isn’t ‘equal’ to straight love resigns seat over wife beating offences 32
2:53 PM — MSP Bill Walker, who is a vocal opponent to gay equality, has resigned from Scottish Parliament after being convicted of a series of domestic abuse offences against his three ex-wives.
US: ‘Sensational and inspirational’ funeral held for gay rights pioneer José Julio Sarria 4
2:19 PM — The funeral for Jusé Julio Sarria, who, before Harvey Milk, was the first openly gay person to run for the US public office in 1961, took place in San Francisco on Friday.
Russia: Lesbian activist pleads mass asylum over anti-gay laws — ‘get us the hell out of here’ 54
1:38 PM — A lesbian journalist and activist living in Russia has said that anti-gay violence and legislation has gotten so bad for the country, their only hope now is to get as many LGBT citizens to asylum as possible.
US: Student attempts suicide by ‘hanging himself’ after teacher bullied him with anti-gay slurs 19
11:57 AM — A student in South Carolina has attempted suicide after a school teacher allegedly used anti-gay slurs against him, calling him "gay," "gay boy," "Mrs Pete," and "Mrs Peters."
Tom Daley: ‘I am not gay — but I wouldn’t be ashamed if I were’ 45
11:16 AM — Olympic diver Tom Daley, who was named Attitude magazine's "sexiest man in the world," has said he is not gay, although he would not be ashamed if he were.
South Korea: Gay couple hold first ever public same-sex wedding despite anti-gay law
11:10 AM — Two gay filmmakers staged the first public same-sex wedding in South Korea on Saturday, despite laws which prohibit gay couples from marrying in the country.
Taiwan: Gay activists take part in mass ‘wedding banquet’ for same-sex unions
10:35 AM — More than 1,200 activists in Taiwan took part in a mock “wedding banquet” on Saturday in a bid to press for the legalisation of same-sex unions in the country.
7th September 2013
US: Alternate Christian-based scouting group launches after Boy Scouts of America includes gay members 24
8:05 PM — Over 1,200 disgruntled former Boy Scouts of America officials descended on Nashville, Tennessee this weekened, in order to launch a new, "Christian-based" alternative to the BSA, as it voted earlier this year to lift its ban on gay members.
6th September 2013
UK’s first transgender wrestler set to partake in first wrestling matches 7
5:11 PM — At 24 years of age Drew-Ashlyn Cunningham is set to become the UKs first transgender wrestler when she steps into the ring.
Photos: InterTech Diversity Forum panel discussion on LGBT start-ups at Google London
4:05 PM — The first in a series of panel discussions featuring LGBT members of the start up community took place at Google's Central Saint Giles offices in London on Wednesday evening, hosted by the InterTech Diversity Forum.