5th March 2013
James Franco slams Australia’s Classification Board for banning gay film 8
6:22 PM — James Franco has lashed out at Australia’s Classification Board for banning a film because of its gay sex scenes.
US: Gay couple asked to leave shopping centre for kissing and holding hands 11
2:54 PM — A gay couple was asked to leave a California shopping centre for innocently kissing and holding hands in public, it is claimed.
4th March 2013
US: Health spa refuses to allow ‘abnormal’ gay and transgender customers 13
7:00 PM — A Virginia spa has stated that it has a policy not to accept “abnormal sexually orientated customer” after it kicked out a trans woman.
28th February 2013
US: Family of trans girl lodge complaint because school denied her use of girls’ toilets 17
10:20 PM — The parents of a trans girl in Colorado have filed a complaint because their daughter's elementary school refused to allow her to use the girls' toilets.
25th February 2013
Thistle apologise to gay couple forced to take twin room at London hotel 39
10:53 AM — A gay couple claim that a receptionist at a Thistle hotel refused to let them stay in a double room.
22nd February 2013
Australia: Religious groups could lose exemption from anti-discrimination law 7
6:07 PM — Religious organisations in Australia could lose exemptions to anti-discrimination laws, under recommendations from an inquiry which suggested that the ruling Labor Party's proposed legal changes needed to remove protections for groups to discriminate, where it would otherwise be unlawful.
US: Hollywood restaurant sued by lesbian ex-employee over homophobic and racist abuse 1
3:57 PM — A lesbian who left her job as a chef at a Hollywood restaurant due to racist and homophobic discrimination has launched a lawsuit against the establishment and its owner.
20th February 2013
Australia: Christian youth camp appeals against discrimination ruling 5
5:55 PM — A Christian youth camp which was ordered to pay damages for discriminating against a gay youth support charity in 2010 when it refused to accept its booking, has begun an appeal against the court's ruling.
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.
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.
Ukraine promises to ban anti-gay discrimination 6
9:42 PM — The Ukrainian foreign minister, Leonid Kozhara, has promised that the country will soon ban all anti-gay discrimination in an interview with a Polish newspaper.
1st February 2013
UK: Housing association refuse to relocate trans woman away from phobic neighbours and say it is ‘lifestyle choice’ 33
10:13 AM — A trans woman who was harassed by neighbours was told by a housing association that it was not a good enough reason to relocate her, as her gender identity was a "lifestyle choice".
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.
UK: Government minister Sayeeda Warsi condemns anti-gay east London ‘Muslim vigilante’ groups 22
4:00 PM — Faith and Communities Minister Sayeeda Warsi has condemned Muslim vigilante groups in east London – some of whom recently targeted a gay man with homophobic abuse.
29th January 2013
Ireland: Gay couple kicked out of SPAR store by security guard for kissing 41
6:31 PM — A security guard in a store in Dublin allegedly called two gay customers "faggots" after they kissed.
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
Exclusive: Defence Secretary Philip Hammond links incest with same-sex marriage 122
11:12 AM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has told students in Surrey that allowing gay couples to marry would be like sanctioning incest.
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
Scottish Catholic charity must accept adoption applications from gay couples – says regulator 25
7:15 PM — A ruling by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator has said that a Catholic adoption agency must accept applications from gay couples, or risk losing its charity status.
GLAAD attacks National Geographic for new Boy Scouts reality show over anti-gay policy 3
5:33 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has criticised a television station for commissioning a new reality series based around the Boy Scouts of America, as the BSA has an anti-gay policy.