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.
30th January 2013
Oregon: Bar owner accused of discriminating against transgender customers
5:46 PM — The Oregon labor commissioner has filed discrimination charges against a Portland bar owner accused of telling transgender patrons to stay away.
29th January 2013
Finland media boss fined for discriminating against lesbian newspaper editor 3
2:46 PM — The chief executive of one of Finland’s largest media companies has been fined for discriminating on the grounds of sexual orientation.
28th January 2013
Catholic Church warns gay teachers they risk the sack if they marry or enter into civil partnerships 69
12:08 PM — Openly gay senior teachers at Catholic schools could face demotion or the sack if they fail to live according to the gospel of the Roman Catholic Church.
24th January 2013
US: Campaigners call on President Obama to legally protect LGBT workers 1
5:36 PM — Gay rights advocates are renewing their push for President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
23rd January 2013
US: Worker allegedly sacked from Ashley Furniture HomeStore for being a married lesbian 9
1:29 PM — A married lesbian in New Jersey is suing a local franchise of one of America’s largest furniture companies for unlawful termination after a Christian supervisor allegedly said: “lesbos and gays would be judged.”
Tory MP calls for Equality Act changes to prevent repeat of Facebook anti-equal marriage dismissal 19
11:37 AM — Conservative MP Edward Leigh wants to amend the Equality Act to prevent discrimination on the grounds of a person's definition of marriage, citing the case of a manager fired for saying he was against equal marriage on Facebook.
22nd January 2013
Ireland: Gay rights group welcomes employment discrimination ruling 2
1:44 PM — Ireland's Equality Tribunal has ordered an employer to pay €24,000 (£20,190) for discrimination and victimisation on the basis of sexual orientation.