17th September 2013
Northern Ireland: Petition calls on Health Minister to be sacked over anti-gay views 32
1:26 PM — Nearly 3,000 people have signed an online petition urging Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots to be sacked for “squandering public money in the pursuit of a personal agenda against unmarried and same-sex couples.”
16th September 2013
Actor Isaiah Washington ‘lost everything’ after calling a gay castmate ‘faggot’ 26
11:56 AM — Actor Isaiah Washington has said he "lost everything" after a heated scandal in 2007, in which he twice referred to a gay castmate as "faggot."
15th September 2013
Canada: Manitoba passes anti-bullying bill for gay-straight alliances into law 2
11:32 AM — The New Democratic Party in Manitoba, Canada has passed an anti-bullying bill requiring schools to accommodate gay-straight alliances, as well as clubs promoting equality between students of different genders, races, and abilities.
12th September 2013
Turkey: First ever openly gay mayoral candidate announces bid 2
4:08 PM — A Turkish man who studied in the United States is aiming to become the first openly gay person to hold public office in Turkey.
Video: Wentworth Miller talks staying closeted as an actor – ‘I chose a lie to keep my career’ 12
1:36 PM — British-born American actor Wentworth Miller, who came out as gay in a letter sent to St Petersburg last month, spoke recently on his reasons for staying closeted at the height of his fame, saying he "chose a lie" to keep his career.
Turkey: Court bans access to gay dating app Grindr as a ‘protection measure’ 13
10:45 AM — A Criminal Court in Turkey has issued a countrywide "protection measure" which blocks access to the popular gay dating app Grindr.
11th September 2013
Amnesty urges Zambia to drop charges against two men accused of having sex ‘against the order nature’ 7
5:02 PM — The human rights organisation Amnesty International has urged Zambia to drop charges against a gay couple "charged with the offence of sodomy or having sex against the order of nature" and release them from prison unconditionally.
Man in Lancashire ‘flipped’ and attacked his ex-girlfriend for having an affair with a woman 6
4:32 PM — A 25-year-old man in Accrington, Lancashire "flipped" and attacked his ex-girlfriend after finding out she was having an affair with another woman.
India: First LGBT community radio station launched to ‘create awareness and acceptance’ in the country 1
3:37 PM — The first ever LGBT community radio station has been launched in Bangalore, India which aims to "create awareness and acceptance about alternate sexualities" and to "bridge the gap" between various sexualities in the country.
Lithuania: Parliament to consider five separate anti-gay and anti-trans bills 48
11:56 AM — Five separate anti-gay and anti-trans bills are set to be considered in the Lithuanian parliament later this year, including a ban on gender reassignment, a ban on same-sex adoption, regulations of public events, and a legalisation of anti-gay hate speech.
10th September 2013
US: 13-year-old arrested over alleged anti-gay beatings outside gay bar in Ohio 5
12:08 PM — A 13-year-old boy in Cleveland, Ohio has been arrested in connection to a series of attacks against gay men outside a well-known cocktail bar over the past two weekends.
9th September 2013
Canada: Top Finnish filmmaker to direct ‘Tom of Finland’ biopic on life of gay artist 5
4:29 PM — One of the most successful Finnish film directors, Dome Karukoski, will direct an authorised biopic about the influential gay artist 'Tom of Finland' -- the man who inspired the look of Freddie Mercury and the Village People.
James Franco responds to gay jokes: ‘I wish I was gay’ 20
2:47 PM — Outspoken equal rights advocate and Hollywood actor James Franco has responded to rumours and jokes about his sexuality, saying "I wish I was gay" because being gay is "awesome."
8th September 2013
Anti-gay MSP who said gay love isn’t ‘equal’ to straight love resigns seat over wife beating offences 32
2:53 PM — MSP Bill Walker, who is a vocal opponent to gay equality, has resigned from Scottish Parliament after being convicted of a series of domestic abuse offences against his three ex-wives.
US: ‘Sensational and inspirational’ funeral held for gay rights pioneer José Julio Sarria 4
2:19 PM — The funeral for Jusé Julio Sarria, who, before Harvey Milk, was the first openly gay person to run for the US public office in 1961, took place in San Francisco on Friday.
6th September 2013
Malta: Law restricting IVF to opposite-sex couples slammed as ‘unashamedly homophobic’ 4
4:00 PM — Gay rights activists in Malta have criticised a new IVF law as "unashamedly homophobic" because it denies access to medical services to all but opposite-sex couples.
US: San Antonio passes anti-discrimination law for gay and transgender citizens 3
1:53 PM — Leaders in San Antonio, Texas approved a law yesterday providing nondiscrimination protections against gay and transgender residents.
US: Washington Ford’s Theatre to produce 15th Anniversary play on murdered Matthew Shepard
12:11 PM — The Ford's Theatre in Washington is to produce a play called "The Laramie Project," based on the young gay man Matthew Shepard murdered in a gay hate crime in 1998.
College students reduced to tears after being ‘pressured’ to disclose sexuality on enrolment forms 61
10:47 AM — A number of students in Barnsley were left in tears upon filling out their college enrolment forms, when one of the first questions they were forced to answer was whether they were gay, straight, or bisexual.
5th September 2013
Oman: News editor who published sympathetic article about gay life to face public prosecution 8
3:57 PM — Oman's ministry of information has referred the editor of a local newspaper to public prosecution for questioning over a sympathetic article he published last week on the story of a young gay man in the country.