31st August 2013
Taiwan: Gay activists plan ‘wedding banquet’ for same-sex unions
2:13 PM — Over 800 activists have pledged to support the "Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights" campaign this September, in a bid to press for the legalisation of same-sex unions.
US: Women’s basketball star protests against same-sex marriage 64
1:39 PM — A Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) player has spoke out against an LGBT anti-discrimination bill in San Antonio, saying she does not support same-sex marriages.
US: Bar owner fined £250,000 for denying service to transgender patrons 18
1:01 PM — A bar owner in Oregon has been ordered to pay $400,000 (£250,000) in compensation to a group of trans women who he told to stop visiting because he didn’t want his business to be known as a “tranny bar.”
US: Gay high school student punched and choked by anti-gay bully on school bus 14
12:19 PM — A gay rights group has filed a complaint on behalf of a high school student whose mother says he was punched and choked by a football player because of his sexuality.
Anti-gay pastor under investigation for homophobic protest at Norwich pride 46
11:44 AM — Police are investigating a controversial homophobic pastor for handing out anti-gay leaflets during Norwich pride celebrations.
US: Gay sergeant who criticised ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy dies in car accident 11
11:04 AM — Darren Manzella, a gay combat medic who was discharged from the US Army after criticising the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, has died in a traffic accident.
30th August 2013
Prime Minister of country that imprisons gays for 10 years calls for public to “be light” on gays 10
5:02 PM — The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Denzil Douglas has called for an increased tolerance of LGBT people in order to help tackle HIV.
29th August 2013
Procter and Gamble announces support for federal US employment nondiscrimination legislation 3
7:44 PM — Consumer goods company Procter and Gamble has joined a coalition of businesses backing a bipartisan effort of end workplace discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity.
25th August 2013
Video: Gay and lesbian people included in Martin Luther King’s ‘unfinished dream’ at 50th Anniversary 4
3:45 PM — Thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and pledging that his vision also included equality for gay and lesbian people.
US: Conservative churches change by-laws to avoid lawsuits from gay couples 21
2:50 PM — A growing number of US churches, worried they might be sued by gay couples, are changing their by-laws to reflect the view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.
France: Far-right mayor refuses to officiate at same-sex wedding 53
2:03 PM — A far-right mayor in the south of France has refused to officiate at the wedding of a lesbian couple, despite the government's recently passed same-sex marriage law.
Nepal: Government excludes gay community from HIV meeting 1
1:28 PM — Nepal’s interim government has been criticised for ignoring the country's gay community and misusing funds after it sent only three officials to a HIV conference in Bangkok.
Survey: Homophobic discrimination still ‘expected’ by a majority of gay UK citizens 14
12:20 PM — A new survey has revealed that despite the recent passing of same-sex marriage in England and Wales, a large majority of gay Britons still live in fear of discrimination.
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: I am not heartless, I understand gay people’s fears 66
11:32 AM — The outgoing Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, recently spoke in an interview about his reason for abstaining from the same-sex marriage debate earlier this year, and said he understands the fears that many gay people have.
23rd August 2013
London minicab driver sacked for calling gay couple “dirty” and throwing them out of cab 27
6:23 PM — A driver for London's largest minicab firm Addison Lee has lost his job for calling a gay couple "dirty" and ejecting them from his car for holding hands.
US: Anti-gay group attacks state Supreme Court’s ruling against photographer who refused gay wedding 10
5:35 PM — An anti-gay group in the US has attacked the New Mexico Supreme Court after it ruled that business owners have to offer the same services to gay couples as they would to straight couples.
17th August 2013
Free Schools reintroduce Section 28 style ban on ‘promotion’ of gay issues 61
3:36 PM — Two British schools have recently come under criticism for reintroducing terminology from Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Section 28 by banning the "promotion of homosexuality" in classrooms.
US: New York Police releases sketch of suspects who violently attacked gay couple for holding hands 3
1:28 PM — New York Police Department has released two new sketches of the suspects involved in a homophobic attack in Chelsea on Tuesday night.
Pakistan: Reality show contestant says trans people ‘should be killed’ 13
12:47 PM — A young woman appearing on a popular Pakistani reality show has said that all trans people "should be killed" as they are "useless" burdens on society.
US Olympic Committee: Russia anti-gay laws are are wrong but must still be respected 53
11:29 AM — The US Olympic Committee (USOC) says that Russia's controversial anti-gay laws are "inconsistent with fundamental Olympic principles" but has also urged athletes to "respect the laws of the host country".