7th March 2013
UK: MPs hear of Christian teacher disciplined for refusing to read pro-gay Penguin book to class 52
5:09 PM — A solicitor from the Christian Institute has told a committee of MPs that a primary school teacher was previously disciplined by a head teacher for refusing to read ‘And Tango Makes Three’ – a children’s book about two male penguins looking after a female chick.
TUC: Catholic gay teachers could be sacked by their schools for entering into same-sex marriages 19
11:27 AM — The TUC says it’s worried by the fear of gay teachers being sacked at Catholic Schools for entering into same-sex marriages.
4th March 2013
Gala celebrates Transport for London as champion of diversity 8
5:01 PM — The Transport for London LGBT Network hosted a gala event last week, which celebrated TfL as a diversity champion, and aimed to encourage fun and new friendships.
2nd March 2013
NFL player Scott Fujita: ‘A gay football player would not be an issue at all in the locker room’ 7
5:17 PM — NFL player Scott Fujita has spoken out about the issue of a lack of gay players in professional sport, and has said that he thinks it would "not be an issue at all" to have a gay player in the locker room.
27th February 2013
60 US companies call on Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans 4
10:34 AM — Some of America’s largest companies including Apple, Facebook, eBay, Intel, and Morgan Stanley are set to call on the US Supreme Court to strike down laws banning same-sex marriages.
25th February 2013
Thistle apologise to gay couple forced to take twin room at London hotel 39
10:53 AM — A gay couple claim that a receptionist at a Thistle hotel refused to let them stay in a double room.
22nd February 2013
US: Hollywood restaurant sued by lesbian ex-employee over homophobic and racist abuse 1
3:57 PM — A lesbian who left her job as a chef at a Hollywood restaurant due to racist and homophobic discrimination has launched a lawsuit against the establishment and its owner.
20th February 2013
UK: Equalities minister writes to Iain Duncan Smith after HIV positive man left feeling ‘ashamed’ at job centre 65
11:19 AM — Equalities Minister Helen Grant has written to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith after a gay HIV positive man in her Maidstone constituency was left humiliated by staff at a job centre.
16th February 2013
US Government allows first burial of same-sex military spouse in national cemetery 8
8:33 PM — The US government has permitted the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a military veteran in a nation cemetery, however whether or not this will affect other gay military couples is unknown.
15th February 2013
UK: Equality commission says Christian registrars cannot opt out of marrying gay couples 31
1:36 PM — Christian registrars will not be able to opt out of performing marriages for gay couples, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said.
14th February 2013
37 US Senators urge President Obama to outlaw homophobic discrimination by federal contractors
10:19 PM — President Obama is under pressure to issue an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
13th February 2013
US: Starbucks denies claims that it fired an employee who was wrongly perceived to be gay 8
10:06 PM — A former Starbucks manager, fired after allegedly being sexually harassed and called gay by fellow employees, is suing Starbucks for unlawful discrimination - but the coffee chain strenuously denies the allegations.
11th February 2013
US: Secretary of Defense announces extension of benefits to same-sex military couples 1
6:31 PM — The US Defense Secretary has confirmed recent reports that the Pentagon is to extend some benefits to same-sex military couples.
Ohio: Mayor resigns after calling police officer ‘queer’ 9
6:15 PM — The mayor of a small southeastern Ohio community has resigned over accusations that she repeatedly called a gay police officer "queer" in front of his colleagues.
Update: Cincinnati teacher sacked for refusing to recant statement supporting equal marriage 10
5:06 PM — The Assistant Principal at a Catholic school in Cincinnati has been sacked, for refusing to recant statements he made in support of equal marriage for gay people.
Former Navy chaplain: ‘Gay equal military benefits will lead to heterophobia’ 21
3:39 PM — A former Navy chaplain who was disgraced by the military for his role in a protest in 2006 has criticised the Pentagon's announcement that it may extend some equal benefits to same-sex partners of gay service members.
8th February 2013
Ellen DeGeneres criticises Boy Scouts of America for stalling on removing anti-gay ban 4
6:28 PM — Ellen DeGeneres is the latest celebrity to urge the Boy Scouts of America to change its anti-gay policy.
7th February 2013
West Midlands Police officer resigns after using force’s Twitter account to message gay men 14
11:07 AM — An award-winning Special Constable from the West Midlands has resigned after it emerged he used a police Twitter account to send messages to gay men that were "against force policy".
6th February 2013
Legal experts deny claim that ‘tens of thousands’ of teachers will be sacked for opposing equal marriage 17
5:16 PM — Employment law experts have denied claims made by the Coalition for Marriage that "tens of thousands" of teachers could be sacked if they refuse to define marriage as inclusive of same-sex couples.
US: Pentagon set to extend benefits to gay service members 1
1:23 AM — Reports suggest that that the Pentagon is to extend some benefits to same-sex partners of gay service members.