18th May 2013
US: Owner of florist sued for refusing same-sex wedding files lawsuit against state 33
4:10 PM — The owner of a florist which is the subject of two lawsuits for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, has filed a lawsuit against Washington state, claiming her religious beliefs are being violated.
Georgia: Prime Minister denounces violence against IDAHOT rally 5
2:23 PM — Georgia's Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishili has condemned violence against a peaceful LGBT rally yesterday in Tbilisi, and called for tolerance, respect, and the right to freedom of expression for all.
17th May 2013
Georgia: IDAHOT rally attacked by thousands of violent protesters 20
4:09 PM — A rally in the Georgian city of Tbilisi to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), has been taken over by a violent mob of thousands who chased down demonstraters, forcing police to evacuate gay rights supporters.
William Hague marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 9
11:22 AM — Foreign Secretary William Hague has released a statement of support to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
16th May 2013
Ukraine: Amnesty pushes urgent introduction of anti-LGBT discrimination laws
5:56 PM — Amnesty International has published a report which urges the Ukrainian Government to introduce legislation to tackle discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, following a number of attacks.
ILGA-Europe releases 2013 European LGBT rights map 53
11:56 AM — ILGA-Europe has unveiled its European LGBT rights map for this year.
15th May 2013
Labour MP Diane Abbott: ‘Crisis of masculinity is leading to the normalisation of homophobia’ 21
4:12 PM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott believes British men are facing a “crisis of masculinity” brought on by economic anxiety, which is contributing to the “normalisation of homophobia”.
Zambia: Trial of gay rights activist Paul Kasonkomona delayed
3:24 PM — The trial of a prominent gay rights activist in Zambia has been postponed, as his lawyers argued that the charges brought against him were too vague and that the case should be heard by the High Court.
Vatican says Cardinal Keith O’Brien to leave Scotland for ‘spiritual renewal, prayer and penance’ 23
3:01 PM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien is to leave Scotland for several months after admitting improper sexual conduct, the Vatican has announced.
14th May 2013
London: Gay former Barnet Mayor Brian Coleman facing expulsion from Tory Party 5
6:53 PM — Brian Coleman, the gay former London Assembly Member and ex-mayor of Barnet, is facing expulsion from the Conservative Party.
Video: UN Secretary General launches new anti-homophobia campaign: ‘you are not alone’ 7
5:25 PM — The United Nations has released a new strong message against homophobia, and in solidarity with the LGBT community.
France: Watchdog reports 27% spike in homophobia leading up to equal marriage debate 7
2:57 PM — A leading gay rights watchdog has reported that, in 2012 leading up to the French Parliament's approval of a bill to allow equal marriage and adoption, homophobic attacks and slurs increased by over a quarter.
Russia: Family and friends of male rape beer bottle murder victim say he wasn’t gay 23
12:47 PM — The parents of a man who was killed and raped with beer bottles in Russia say the victim was not gay.
Cyprus: Gay couple dragged from car and beaten by gang of eight 31
11:02 AM — A gay couple have been brutally attacked by a group of eight people in Cyprus.
Scotland: Teacher tells student ‘it’s ok to be gay’ and drunkenly climbs into bed with pupil 35
10:31 AM — A male teacher who admitted asking a pupil if he was "camp" and then advising him that it was "ok to be gay these days" has been struck off for indecent conduct.
13th May 2013
Russia: Identity of man killed and raped with beer bottles revealed 17
7:35 PM — A photograph has emerged which is believed to show the 23-year-old gay man tortured and killed in a brutal attack in Russia on Friday.
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans’ House of Commons duties put on hold
5:39 PM — The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans, will not resume his duties in the chamber while police continue to investigate allegations against him.
Ohio: Police charge man over murder of trans woman 2
4:02 PM — Police in the US state of Ohio have charged a man in connection with the murder of a trans woman.
Georgia: Government minister arrested for secretly filming male journalists having a threesome 3
1:54 PM — Georgia's deputy interior minister Gela Khvedelidze has admitted posting a video online of three journalists engaging in a threesome.
Northern Ireland: 80% of homophobic crime is not reported 4
12:15 PM — Eight out of 10 people who experienced homophobic discrimination in Northern Ireland do not report the crime, a report by the Northern Ireland Equality Commision revealed.