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.
Where do each of the G20 countries stand on LGBT rights? 36
3:23 PM — Today 20 of the world's leading economies meet to discuss issues of global importance, the G20 summit is to take place in Russia which has found itself at the centre of an international storm of controversy over its law which bans the promotion of "non traditional" relationships.
US: Bakery owners who refused same-sex wedding cake say ‘militant’ gay ‘mafia’ forced them to close 39
11:55 AM — The owners of Sweet Cakes, an Oregon Bakery which recently closed its doors after refusing to provide a wedding cake to a same-sex couple, have accused gay activists of using "militant, mafia-style tactics" to force their business to shut down.
4th September 2013
Two Derby County football fans punished with three year ban for homophobic chanting 6
4:23 PM — Two Derby County football fans have been banned from attending matches for three years, as well as fined, after they admitted shouting homophobic chants at Brighton supporters during an away game last month.
Video: Dan Savage launches his ‘Not All Like That’ project for Christians who support gay rights 20
3:46 PM — In a video posted online, gay activist and founder of the ‘It Gets Better Project’ Dan Savage has launched his new 'Not All Like That' (NALT) campaign for Christians who support LGBT civil rights.
US Priest: Christians should no longer ‘go gaily into the dark’ — the word gay has been ‘too distorted’ 32
11:28 AM — Father Paul Check, the director of a program which attempts to make gay Catholics live chaste lives, has said that Christians should now go "cheerfully" rather than "gaily" into the dark, as the word gay has been too "distorted."
3rd September 2013
Oman: Newspaper issues front page apology for publishing a sympathetic article about gay life 7
12:26 PM — A newspaper in Oman has printed a front page apology for a sympathetic article it published last week on the story of a young gay man in the country.
Jamaican police: Gay people are no more victims of crime than ‘the ordinary citizen’ 10
10:53 AM — A Jamaican Assistant Commissioner of Police has said LGBT are no more at risk of criminal abuse than any other group in the country, despite its current upsurge of homophobic hate crimes.
Portsmouth vicar refuses to baptise the son of a same-sex couple 37
9:34 AM — A vicar in Portsmouth has refused to baptise the son of a lesbian couple after he insisted that both of them could not be listed as the child's mother, saying "for all we know it they may have pinched the child."
2nd September 2013
Subtitle error goes viral: ‘Gaelic football’ transcribed as ‘gay football’ in Dublin and Kerry match 3
3:07 PM — A subtitling error during yesterday’s Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA) match between Dublin and Kerry has gone viral after being posted on Twitter.
Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant blasted for saying gay asylum cases ‘will always be messy’ 7
9:51 AM — A top barrister has criticised Chris Bryant’s previous comments in defence of the Home Office from claims LGBT asylum seekers have been deported in recent years - and he says the Shadow Immigration Minister needs to be better briefed.
Interview: S Chelvan – on protecting the rights of LGBT asylum seekers 3
9:27 AM — One of the country’s leading barristers talks to PinkNews.co.uk on how those fleeing homophobic and transphobic persecution abroad are still being failed by the UK when it comes to providing asylum.