30th April 2013
John Amaechi: The NBA is light years ahead of British football when it comes to dealing with gay players 8
11:05 AM — British football still has a long way to go in accepting gay players, retired basketball star John Amaechi has said.
US: NFL player tweets homophobic message hours after first NBA player comes out as gay 26
12:30 AM — Just hours after the NBA's Jason Collins became first openly gay athlete in any major US team sport came out, a player from the NFL tweeted to say that he didn't understand why a male athlete would "wanna mess with other guys".
Michelle Obama to first gay US basketball player: ‘We’ve got your back’ 4
12:04 AM — First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, as well as thousands of others, have tweeted their support for Jason Collins, the professional basketball player who became the first openly gay athlete in any major US team sport.
29th April 2013
Bill Clinton congratulates NBA star Jason Collins for coming out and says ‘it’s an important moment for sport’ 1
5:34 PM — Bill Clinton has praised Jason Collins for going public about his sexuality, becoming the first NBA player to come out as gay and continue their career.
Jason Collins becomes NBA’s first gay player to come out and continue playing 23
4:39 PM — American basketball star Jason Collins has become the first openly gay athlete in one of the big-four American team sports to come out as an active player.
Q&A: LGBT professional business networking with Radius 5
4:02 PM — Tuesday evening sees the latest event for Radius, the London based LGBT professional networking event, this time held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Admiral Duncan pub nail bomb memorial ‘missing’ 8
1:41 PM — The memorial plaque installed to commemorate the victims of a nail bomb at central London pub the Admiral Duncan, has disappeared.
28th April 2013
France: First wedding trade show for gay male couples takes place in Paris 4
5:44 PM — Just four days after France's Parliament passed a bill to allow equal marriage and adoption for gay couples, the first wedding trade show aimed at gay male couples took place.
Japan: Thousands march in Tokyo in support of LGBT rights 3
3:41 PM — Thousands marched in Tokyo this weekend as Japan kicked off its first Rainbow Week, which aims to reach out to LGBT people in the country.
27th April 2013
US: San Francisco Pride backtracks on announcement of Bradley Manning as grand marshal 11
2:41 PM — Reports that San Francisco Pride would honour Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning as an honorary grand marshal of their parade have been promptly denied by organisers.
26th April 2013
London: Exhibition of LGBT stories told through the barber’s chair 7
6:19 PM — A Camden-based hairdresser is running an exhibition to tell the stories of LGBT clients who open up to her while sitting in the barber's chair.
Yvette Cooper: ‘Parliament does not have enough openly gay and lesbian MPs’ 9
6:06 PM — Labour's Yvette Cooper has called on British businesses and the world of politics to do more to celebrate diversity and not merely to “tolerate” LGBT staff.
Sweden: High school to open gender-neutral changing room 1
2:07 PM — A high school in Sweden is opening a gender-neutral changing room, in order to cater for trans, students and those who "aren't comfortable being divided into gender stereotypes."
MEPs welcome European Court of Justice ruling on anti-gay Romanian football owner George Becali 7
12:40 PM — A European Court of Justice preliminary ruling on the homophobic conduct of a football club owner in Romania has been welcomed by MEPs.
US: Openly gay basketball star lands endorsement deal with Nike 2
2:44 AM — An openly-gay basketball star in the US, who came out last week in an interview, has signed an endorsement deal with sports giant Nike.
US: Philadelphia City Council passes landmark bill for LGBT benefits 2
2:26 AM — The City Council in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has approved a bill which has been hailed as landmark legislation for strengthening LGBT rights in the city.
25th April 2013
UK: Gay novelist tops bestseller list with haunted debut 11
5:58 PM — A debut novel by gay author Neil Spring, based on the true story of Borey Rectory, "the most haunted house in England," has rocketed to the top of Amazon's new releases.
Video: Eagle Scout and LGBT activist speaks out against Boy Scouts anti-gay ban 1
5:47 PM — The founder of an organisation which advocates against the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) anti-gay policy, has released a video of himself telling his, and his mother's story, and has emphasised the importance of the organisation lifting its ban entirely.
US radio host: It was right for school to discriminate against gay teacher, like they would against a shoplifter 16
3:48 PM — Bryan Fischer a US radio host, and spokesman for the American Family Association, has weighed in on the debate around a gay teacher who was fired by a Catholic school for naming her same-sex partner in her mother's obituary.
US: Fired lesbian teacher tells LGBT youth to have hope 11
3:19 PM — A lesbian teacher seeking reinstatement after the Catholic school at which she had taught for 19 years fired her for naming her partner in an obituary has said the support she has received has been inspiring.