15th October 2014
Comment: Ignore the PR, the Catholic Church continues with its grotesque homophobia 59
2:58 PM — Suggestions the Catholic Church has this week changed its position on homosexuality are wide off the mark, writes National Secular Society President Terry Sanderson.
Benedict Cumberbatch says he’d defend gay rights ‘to the death’ 4
12:18 PM — In an interview with OUT magazine, the actor Benedict Cumberbatch has stated he would defend gay people “to the death”. Benedict is set to star in The Imitation Game as the lead role Alan Turing. Gay World War II codebreaker Alan Turing was convicted of ‘gross indecency’ in 1952 after having sex with a man, […]
14th October 2014
Tory MP: UKIP risks encouraging homophobia and racism in Britain 41
2:45 PM — Sarah Wollaston has condemned Nigel Farage’s remarks that migrants living with HIV should not be allowed to enter Britain and warns UKIP is "enabling" people to express "homophobic or racist sentiments".
UKIP deputy leader: ‘We face problems caused by migrants with HIV’ 37
12:51 PM — UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall has defended Nigel Farage’s remarks that migrants living with HIV should not be allowed to enter Britain.
Tory MP Conor Burns: I’m not defecting to UKIP
11:17 AM — Conservative MP Conor Burns says he’s not defecting to UKIP, despite a “good chat” with Nigel Farage.
13th October 2014
US embassy condemns Kyrgyzstan’s anti-gay ‘propaganda’ bill 3
1:04 PM — The United States embassy has condemned Kyrgyzstan for approving a bill which aims to outlaw gay “propaganda."
10th October 2014
Cameroon: Authorities release 7 trans people arrested in anti-gay house raid 2
4:23 PM — Authorities have released seven transgender men and women arrested on homosexuality-related charges, after police raided a house in Cameroon’s capital of Yaoundé.
Casey Stoney: ‘My life would probably be lot simpler if I was straight – It’s not a choice’ 2
3:36 PM — Former England women’s captain Casey Stoney has rebuked people who tell her being gay is a choice, saying her life would be a "hell of a lot simpler" if she could decide to be straight.
Tom Daley: Footballers who come out as gay ‘would be surprised by support’ 3
11:57 AM — Tom Daley has said that any footballer would be surprised by the support they would receive if they chose to come out as gay.
Amnesty urges President of Chad to scrap anti-gay bill 5
10:49 AM — In a letter to the President of Chad, Amnesty International has warned that passing a bill which criminalises homosexuality would show a "blatant disregard" for the country's human rights obligations.
UKIP narrowly loses Heywood and Middleton by-election 12
3:11 AM — UKIP has narrowly lost a by-election in the Labour seat of Heywood and Middleton.
Douglas Carswell becomes UKIP’s first elected MP 34
2:59 AM — UKIP's Douglas Carswell has become the party's first elected MP, following the Clacton by-election.
9th October 2014
Ireland: Fine Gael Councillor calls on Bishop to make up for ‘disgraceful’ anti-gay comments 8
1:53 PM — The Fine Gael Councillor for Galway West has condemned the actions of a Catholic Bishop who recently filed a complaint against a religious charity which awarded a grant to an LGBT community centre.
Morocco: UK tourism interest for Marrakesh plummets a ‘rare’ 46% after arrest of gay Briton 21
10:52 AM — Hotel searches for Marrakesh in Morocco have reportedly fallen by 46% just one week after the news broke that Ray Cole, a gay British man, was arrested for 'homosexual acts' in the city.
8th October 2014
RTÉ star Brendan Courtney left shaken after passers-by shout ‘there’s the faggot off the telly’ 5
12:06 PM — Broadcaster and designer Brendan Courtney says he "felt extremely angry" after being verbally assaulted in Dublin's city centre in broad daylight.
7th October 2014
Anti-gay minister named Free Church of Scotland Moderator 20
12:55 PM — A minister who warned that same-sex marriage will lead to "sexual confusion" has been named the next Moderator of Scotland's Free Church.
Jamaica: Poll finds 91% support anti-gay buggery law 11
12:37 PM — A recent poll in Jamaican media has reported that only 5% of Jamaicans say the country's buggery law should be repealed.
6th October 2014
Israeli Health Minister: ‘No scientific evidence’ supporting gay conversion therapies 4
11:18 AM — Israeli Health Minister Yael German was warned that "there is no scientific evidence" supporting gay conversion therapies, and that such practices "may also cause harm to the individual."
3rd October 2014
Ugandan President Museveni expresses fears of economic impact over anti-gay laws 13
11:05 AM — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has expressed second thoughts over proposed anti-gay legislation, saying 'the possibility of trade boycott' could harshly impact the nation's economic growth.
2nd October 2014
Philippines: Quezon City passes law banning anti-gay discrimination 3
3:31 PM — Philippines' largest city Quezon has approved ordinance that bans anti-gay discrimination.