2nd September 2013
South Africa plans to introduce hate crime legislation to protect LGBT people 2
2:45 PM — South Africa is set to introduce hate crime legislation, which would protect LGBT people against hate crimes, including laws to prosecute following physical or verbal attacks.
1st September 2013
Homophobic Big Brother contestant evicted to boos and soaring ratings 9
3:41 PM — A contestant on Big Brother US who made racist and homophobic slurs on live television was evicted on Thursday, and was met with boos when she denied any knowledge of making the comments.
8th August 2013
Petition calls for 2014 Winter Olympics to be relocated to Vancouver 13
2:12 PM — A petition which has gathered almost 80,000 signatures, calls for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to be relocated to Vancouver, following the passage of anti-gay laws in Russia.
1st August 2013
Petition started to urge Team GB to wear rainbow colours at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics 8
4:00 PM — A petition has been started to urge Team GB to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics so as not to put athletes at a disadvantage, but calls for them to wear rainbow colours in solidarity with the Russian LGBT community.
8th July 2013
US: Big Brother airs footage of homophobic and racist comments by housemates 5
3:58 PM — Big Brother in the US has aired footage taken of a housemate who made homophobic and racist comments, following calls for the comments to be revealed to the public.
24th June 2013
Rapper Macklemore joins support for gay student expelled from university for proposing to her girlfriend 1
1:17 PM — US rap star Macklemore has showed his support for a Nebraska student who was expelled from her university after she proposed to her girlfriend at one of his concerts.
24th May 2013
Petition urges Google search engine results to stop automatically linking ‘gayest’ with ‘worst’ 6
1:10 PM — An online petition is calling on Google to stop automatically including the word "worst" in the presentation of search results as a synonym when the word "gayest" is entered.
18th April 2013
US: Boy Scout leader fired for being gay delivers 64,000 petition for scouts to drop anti-gay policy 5
1:35 AM — A former scout leader who signed up to help at the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) when his son joined up, but who was made to step down because he is gay, has delivered a petition with over 64,000 signatures to one of the BSA's major donors.
3rd April 2013
US: Alabama lawmakers urged to repeal law which requires schools to teach that being gay is illegal 7
11:01 PM — Alabama lawmakers have come under pressure to repeal a law which technically requires schools to incorrectly teach students that being gay is illegal, and that it is "not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public."
27th March 2013
Over 200,000 sign petition for sacking of Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn over Lucy Meadows article 12
6:39 PM — A petition calling for the sacking of Richard Littlejohn, the Daily Mail columnist who wrote an offensive article about a transgender teacher, has been delivered to the paper's offices.
22nd March 2013
Death of trans teacher Lucy Meadows prompts calls for Daily Mail to sack Richard Littlejohn 81
3:42 PM — More than 3,500 people have signed an online petition that calls for the Daily Mail to sack its columnist Richard Littlejohn, in the wake of the death of trans teacher Lucy Meadows.
5th March 2013
Carly Rae Jepsen pulls out of Boy Scouts performance due to anti-gay policy 8
4:33 PM — Singer Carly Rae Jepsen has answered calls to pull out of a performance at a Boy Scouts of America jamboree because of its anti-gay policy, and said she will not perform because she believes in equality.
4th March 2013
Carly Rae Jepsen still to answer gay rights group call to boycott Boy Scouts concert 4
6:00 PM — GLAAD has called on singer Carly Rae Jepsen to turn down headlining an event for the Boy Scouts of America until they lift their ban on gay scouts and leaders.
8th January 2013
US: Gay teenager allowed to continue as a Boy Scout following 460,000 strong petition 12
5:31 PM — A Boy Scout Council in California has approved a gay Scout’s Eagle application to be allowed to continue as a boy scout after coming out as gay, following a petition of more than 460,000 signatures, started by his mother.
3rd December 2012
Barclays discusses anti-gay bill with Ugandan officials 10
10:57 AM — Barclays has raised the subject of Uganda’s pending Anti-Homosexuality Bill with the country’s government, after coming under pressure from the online social activist group Change.org.
28th November 2012
445,000 people urge Citibank and Barclays to condemn Uganda’s anti-gay bill 11
5:56 PM — More than 445,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling on Citibank and Barclays to condemn Uganda's pending Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
11th September 2012
Australian amateur gay footballer comes out and starts pro-gay petition 4
1:23 PM — Aussie Rules player Jason Ball has begun a campaign on Change.org to have a ‘No to Homophobia ad’ aired during the AFL Grand Final.
14th August 2012
Thousands join campaign to oppose American Scouts’ anti-gay policy 14
1:02 PM — A campaign has begun on Change.org to urge California’s Golden Empire Council to reinstate 22-year-old Eagle Scout Tim Griffin and to reject the Boy Scouts of America’s policy barring LGBT scouts and leaders.
7th June 2012
Boy Scouts of America to review gay leader ban 15
4:03 PM — Presented with a 275,000 strong petition, the Boy Scouts of America will review a motion to allow individual units to lift the ban on gay leaders if they choose, but a spokesman has said there is no plan to amend the policy.
24th January 2012
Ecuador’s new lesbian health minister to close ‘gay cure clinics’ 8
12:36 PM — The appointment of a lesbian politician as Ecuador’s new health minister has caused a stir this week.