17th September 2013
Northern Ireland: Petition calls on Health Minister to be sacked over anti-gay views 32
1:26 PM — Nearly 3,000 people have signed an online petition urging Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots to be sacked for “squandering public money in the pursuit of a personal agenda against unmarried and same-sex couples.”
Joey Barton: ‘The bureaucrats in football aren’t taking homophobia seriously’ 8
11:39 AM — QPR midfielder Joey Barton says the “bureaucrats” in football have been guilty of not taking a tough enough stance against homophobia.
16th September 2013
Gay Football Supporters’ Network applauds rainbow laces campaign 8
6:06 PM — The Gay Football Supporters' Network has praised a new campaign on tackling homophobia in football by encouraging players to wear rainbow laces.
Canada: Waitress ‘humiliated’ gay couple in restaurant by telling them they cannot sit together 26
5:10 PM — A gay couple in Mimico, Toronto have spoken out over an incident where they were "embarrassed" and "humiliated" by a waitress who told them they cannot sit together, accusing them of indecent behaviour and of touching one another.
UNISON set to challenge workplace biphobia by launching new fact sheet for Bi Visibility Day 12
3:15 PM — UNISON, one of the UK's largest trade unions, is preparing to challenge the discrimination of bisexual workers by launching a new fact sheet to mark Bi Visibility Day on September 23rd.
US: Vice President Joe Biden calls same-sex marriage ‘the issue of our day’ 13
2:28 PM — US Vice President Joe Biden has come back at criticism for his defence of same-sex marriage, saying he "could not remain silent any longer" on what he is now calling "the issue of our day."
Joey Barton becomes first footballer to wear anti-homophobia rainbow laces 17
2:09 PM — Football star Joey Barton says “people’s sexuality shouldn't be an issue” in the sport
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: It would be ‘really tacky’ of me to clarify whether I am gay 17
1:56 PM — In an interview with OUT magazine, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has addressed gay rumours by saying "it would be really tacky" for him to clarify, saying he refuses to give the gossip any attention.
Trade Union Congress launches new guide for combating homophobia in the workplace 3
1:04 PM — The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has launched its new guide for union reps on how to combat homophobia in the workplace after it was found earlier this month that one in four Britons still described same-sex relationships as "always wrong."
‘The Man Who Couldn’t Catch HIV’ dies of suicide at 66 20
12:57 PM — Stephen Crohn, previously dubbed “The Man Who Can't Catch AIDS” because of his resistance to HIV, has committed suicide.
Actor Isaiah Washington ‘lost everything’ after calling a gay castmate ‘faggot’ 26
11:56 AM — Actor Isaiah Washington has said he "lost everything" after a heated scandal in 2007, in which he twice referred to a gay castmate as "faggot."
Scotland: Delegate slams ‘discriminatory views’ of Lib Dems who vote against same-sex marriage 18
11:19 AM — A delegate for the Scottish Liberal Democrats has said that in-party opposition to same-sex marriage is not a matter of free speech, and that "discriminatory views" cannot be defended or justified through religious "belief in a sky being."
UK: Footballers urged to wear rainbow laces in support of gay players 16
10:49 AM — Stonewall has teamed up with bookmaker Paddy Power to encourage players to show their support for gay footballers by wearing rainbow coloured boot laces.
Mexico: First openly gay mayor sworn into office in conservative Zacatecas 2
10:40 AM — The first openly gay mayor in Mexico, who made history when he was elected in July, has been sworn in at a ceremony in Fresnillo, Zacatecas - a city known for its anti-gay conservative values and drug-related warfare.
15th September 2013
Russia: Viral video allegedly shows gay student beaten, stripped, and raped with bottle at gunpoint 38
12:46 PM — A series of short clips currently circulating on the social media service WhatsApp reportedly show a student in Russia being forced to admit he is gay at gunpoint, then being stripped, beaten, and raped with a bottle by a gang of anti-gay "vigilantes."
Russia: ‘Olympic Truce’ altered after pressure from United Nations to include gay equality 26
12:19 PM — Russia has altered its version of the "Olympic Truce" to a more inclusive statement after UN members criticised the original draft for leaving out gay people, although it still fails to mention sexual orientation specifically.
Canada: Manitoba passes anti-bullying bill for gay-straight alliances into law 2
11:32 AM — The New Democratic Party in Manitoba, Canada has passed an anti-bullying bill requiring schools to accommodate gay-straight alliances, as well as clubs promoting equality between students of different genders, races, and abilities.
New book claims Matthew Shepard was a meth addict, murdered by his bisexual lover 37
11:01 AM — An award winning journalist is set to release a book on the young man Matthew Shepard who was tied to a fence and killed in 1998, arguing against original accounts that the murder was in fact not an anti-gay hate crime, but was committed by his bisexual lover.
Lib Dems’ Baroness Williams defends opposition to same-sex marriage as an ‘issue of conscience’ 71
10:12 AM — Liberal Democrat peer Shirley Williams, who previously called the same-sex marriage debate a "conflict between equality and liberty," has defended her position after being challenged by an openly gay Church of Scotland minister.
13th September 2013
No nudity, erections or underwear at Dallas Pride, say organisers 69
6:55 PM — Officers in Dallas, Texas, will enforce a 'no indecent exposure' policy at the city's Pride event this weekend, organisers and local police chiefs have said.