7th November 2013
UK: Ebay apologises to lesbian couple after banning pro-gay Christmas T-shirts 10
1:59 PM — Ebay has apologised to a lesbian couple from Yorkshire after it banned the sale of Christmas T-shirts featuring innocuous rainbow scarves because they were listed as items of “gay interest”.
12th October 2013
Amnesty slams Gulf countries’ proposed ‘medical tests’ to ‘detect’ and ban gay and trans people 9
2:55 PM — Amnesty International has heavily criticised the Gulf Cooperation Council for proposals for "medical tests" to attempt to block gay and trans people from entering, and working, in its member countries.
11th October 2013
Turkish Cypriot law criminalising homosexuality expected to be repealed by Christmas 7
6:51 PM — Efforts to repeal the ban on homosexuality in Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus are to be revived, with the decriminalisation expected to be in force by Christmas.
9th September 2013
US radio host celebrates launch of ‘gay free alternative to the Boy Scouts’ 15
2:34 PM — A US radio host has commented on the recent launch of a new scouting organisation, created after the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on gay members, to celebrate the launch of a "gay-free alternative to the Boy Scouts".
6th September 2013
US: Columnist says accepting gays in the Boy Scouts of America will descend it into ‘darkness of sin’ 13
1:30 PM — A columnist for the conservative World Net Daily website has attacked the vote taken earlier this year by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) who voted to allow openly gay scout members for the first time.
24th May 2013
Bryan Fischer says forced drowning ‘would be better’ than inclusion in the Boy Scouts 40
6:29 PM — Anti-gay Christian radio host Bryan Fischer has tweeted his distaste at the decision to allow gay members into the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), tweeting a bible reference suggesting drowning would be better than inclusion.
Boy Scouts of America: We will not ‘not sacrifice our mission’ over gay members 9
12:39 AM — The Boy Scouts of America has released an official statement noting that it has lifted its ban on gay youth members, saying that it would "not sacrifice its mission" over the "societal issue" of whether to allow gay members.
23rd May 2013
US: Boy Scouts council to vote on lifting ban on gay members 1
5:39 PM — The Boy Scouts of America will today decide on whether or not to lift a historic ban on gay members, as is national council will vote on a resolution to lift the ban.
US Boy Scouts President: Allowing gay boy scouts would be ‘the right decision’ 2
4:58 PM — The President of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has written an editorial piece explaining why he supports the potential decision to allow gay youth members into the organisation.
9th May 2013
Poll: Most Americans support lifting ban on gay scouts and on gay adult leaders 1
4:08 PM — 63% of Americans support allowing gay scouts to join the Boy Scouts of America, according to a new poll.
8th May 2013
US: LA Boy Scouts chapter breaks with national policy and wants to include gay leaders
5:52 PM — The Western Los Angeles County branch of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is the latest chapter to go against the BSA's proposed policy, which would lift its ban on gay members, but maintain its ban on gay leaders and staff.
26th April 2013
US radio host: Beware of plan to ‘homosexualize the Scouts’ through ‘boy-on-boy homosexual promotion’ 18
6:42 PM — A US radio host has spoken out against the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) recent announcement that it may lift its ban on gay members, but retain its ban on gay scout leaders, to say it would be "dangerous", and would "homosexualize" the organisation.
Mormon Church: We’re happy with Boy Scouts of America’s gay compromise 14
1:39 PM — The Boy Scouts of America’s decision to suggest lifting the ban on gay youth members, but maintaining a ban on gay adult leaders is a compromise welcomed by the Mormon Church.
25th April 2013
Video: Eagle Scout and LGBT activist speaks out against Boy Scouts anti-gay ban 1
5:47 PM — The founder of an organisation which advocates against the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) anti-gay policy, has released a video of himself telling his, and his mother's story, and has emphasised the importance of the organisation lifting its ban entirely.
22nd April 2013
US: Unitarian Universalist president condemns Boy Scouts for continuing with gay adult leaders ban 5
2:22 PM — The Boy Scouts of America’s decision to suggest lifting the ban on gay youth members “is a step in the right direction,” says the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
14th March 2013
Carly Rae Jepsen: ‘I’m praying’ that by cancelling I will help the Boy Scouts lift its gay ban 2
6:27 PM — Singer Carly Rae Jepsen has spoken out again about her decision to cancel her performance at the Boy Scouts of America's annual jamboree because of its anti-gay policy, and has said she hopes it will help the scouts to lift its ban.
12th March 2013
US: Boy Scouts of America to survey members and staff on whether to lift gay ban 9
11:27 PM — The Boy Scouts of America is putting the question of whether it should lift its national anti-gay policy to those it will directly affect - the members, volunteers and staff.
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.
21st February 2013
US: California lawmaker introduces bill to remove tax-exempt status from Boy Scouts 8
1:57 PM — A Californian lawmaker has introduced a bill which would remove the tax exempt status from youth groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, if they uphold policies excluding gay members.