20th September 2013
Rome gay rights group: Pope Francis is ‘ahead of many politicians’ on gay issues 10
4:06 PM — Rome's Gay Center has said that the Pope is starting "a revolution" of open-mindedness towards gay issues, and that he as "ahead of many politicians" on such issues.
Singapore court denies Lord Goldsmith permission to defend gay rights case in country 6
1:15 PM — Tony Blair’s former attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, won't be allowed to enter Singapore in order to represent a same-sex couple in a gay rights case, the country’s High Court says.
18th September 2013
Obama named ‘hero of Russia’s gay rights movement’ by The Moscow Times 22
7:14 PM — President Barack Obama has been named one of Russia’s top gay rights heroes by The Moscow Times.
Desmond Tutu: God makes me fight for gay rights 48
12:24 PM — The former Archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, has said that he fights for gay rights because "It’s God catching me by my neck."
17th September 2013
Azerbaijanis take to the internet to condemn gay pride ‘mini rally’ in Baku 6
6:24 PM — Azerbaijani web users have condemned a gay pride 'mini rally' staged in the capital city of Baku on 7th September
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.