25th August 2013
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.
Armenia: Authorities withdraw proposal to ban discussion of gay and lesbian relationships 4
12:42 PM — Armenian police proposed a ban on the discussion of gay and lesbian relationships last week, but just days after its submission, officials in the country have said they are withdrawing the bill due to "shortcomings".
US: Californian doctor diagnoses gay patient with ‘chronic homosexual disease’ 47
12:10 PM — A doctor in California has diagnosed a gay man with chronic "homosexual behaviour" after a routine medical examination, which she later defended was still medically classified as a "disease".
Philippines: Lawmaker seeks to ban same-sex adultery but says he is not anti-gay 5
11:13 AM — A Philippines House of Representatives member has filed a bill that would criminalise married people who cheat on their partners with a person of the same-sex, but said he not anti-gay and just wanted to see everyone treated equally.
8th August 2013
Australia: Court allows trans teenagers to undergo hormone therapy 3
5:06 PM — An Australian family court judge has given permission for two trans teenagers to undergo hormone treatment, after it was revealed that both teens had self-harmed and contemplated suicide.
Video: Friends of murdered Matthew Shepard launch campaign to screen 15th anniversary documentary 5
4:14 PM — A US filmmaker has turned to Kickstarter to fund her feature film "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine," a documentary to commemorate the passing of the young man Matthew Shepard who was murdered in a gay hate crime in 1998.
Armenia: Police seek to ban discussion of gay and lesbian relationships 9
1:55 PM — Armenia has become the latest former Soviet state to seek to ban discussion of "non traditional sexual relationships".
Scotland: Petition calls for Glasgow to cut cultural ties with Russian twin city over anti-gay laws 3
12:58 PM — A petition has been started to have Glasgow City Council break cultural ties with its Russian twin city Rostov on Don, over recently passed anti-gay legislation in Russia.
Russian Foreign Ministry: Anti-gay laws do not violate any ‘international obligations’ 24
12:11 PM — A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official has defended the recent controversial passing of anti-gay laws in Russia, saying they do not breach any "international obligations", and that any claims they violate human rights are "groundless".