31st August 2013
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".
15th August 2013
US: Discrimination lawsuit filed against Oregon bakery which refused cake for same-sex wedding 13
7:09 PM — Another in a string of bakeries to refuse to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is being sued for doing so on religious grounds.
12th August 2013
US radio host: Nondiscrimination laws actually discriminate and ‘create a climate of suspicion, spite and revenge’ 19
3:24 PM — US Christian radio host Linda Harvey has spoken out on the issue of anti-discrimination laws, to say that they actually make discrimination worse, and that they "create a climate of suspicion, spite and revenge".
9th August 2013
US: ‘Ex-gay’ gospel singer to perform at Martin Luther King memorial 16
5:18 PM — A controversial gospel singer who claimed that sexuality is "a matter of choice", is expected to perform at a memorial for late civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr
Olympics still waiting on a ‘translation issue’ before it can take a stand on Russian anti-gay laws 10
3:17 PM — Following calls to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympic Games over controversial anti-gay legislation in Russia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has affirmed that "sport is a human right", but it is unable to take measures until a "translation issue" has been resolved in the Russian laws.
George Takei backs petition to move Russia Olympics to Canada over ‘horrific’ anti-gay laws 10
2:10 PM — Star Trek actor and gay rights activist George Takei has backed a petition to move the 2014 Olympic Winter Games from Russia to the 2010 host city Vancouver because of "horrific" anti-gay legislation.