3rd October 2013
US Vice President cancels speech at LGBT event due to government shutdown 3
5:21 PM — US Vice President Joe Biden has cancelled a planned appearance with gay rights group the Human Rights Campaign, because of issues surrounding the current government shutdown in the country.
27th September 2013
London Assembly Member Tom Copley: Tesco Gay Best Friend inflatable doll ‘reinforces stereotypes’ 13
7:11 PM — Speaking exclusively to PinkNews, London Assembly Member Tom Copley has said that the "Gay Best Friend" doll previously listed on the Tesco website reinforces stereotypes about gay men.
26th September 2013
London gay bar invites back man with MS who was denied entry due to his wheelchair 21
6:58 PM — The management of a gay bar in London's Old Compton Street is to apologise to a patron who said he was turned away because he was in a wheelchair, and has admitted the situation was badly handled.
US: Washington National Cathedral to mark Matthew Shepard’s death with ‘Honouring LGBT Youth’ weekend 1
4:10 PM — Washington National Cathedral has announced that it will mark the fifteenth anniversary of Matthew Shepard's murder with a weekend of events to honour LGBT youth who have suffered bullying, discrimination and violence.
25th September 2013
Interview: They are GLAAD to meet you 4
2:17 PM — On a recent trip to New York City, PinkNews’ Scott Roberts dropped by the offices of GLAAD – an organisation campaigning for stronger LGBT inclusion by the US media industry.
24th September 2013
US: Gay black judge’s nomination blocked by Republican senator 4
1:13 PM — The nomination of a gay black Miami judge to the US federal bench has effectively been blocked after a Republican senator announced he was withdrawing support.
23rd September 2013
Comment: Why bisexual visibility could be one of the defining LGBT rights struggles of our time 19
2:15 PM — Today marks the 14th annual Bi Visibility Day, an event held to challenge biphobia by promoting the rights and legitimacy of bisexual people alongside the rest of the gay community. In this article, PinkNews writer Aaron Day reflects on his experiences growing up inside two closets.
20th September 2013
Catholic League President: Abusive priests aren’t paedophiles, they’re just gay 73
6:42 PM — The president of US civil rights organisation the Catholic League has said that priests who molest children are not paedophiles, but simply gay.
Labour MP Chris Bryant: Baroness Shirley Williams is ‘sickeningly homophobic’ 77
3:59 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant has described Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Shirley Williams "sickeningly homophobic," following her appearance on BBC1's Question Time last night.
19th September 2013
Vladimir Putin: ‘If Silvio Berlusconi were gay he would have escaped prosecution’ 34
6:14 PM — Vladimir Putin has said that the only reason former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been prosecuted in court is because he straight, and that, were he gay, he would not have faced the same.
Mel B admits she once had lesbian romance and says ‘women are crazy’ 6
2:58 PM — Former Spice Girl Mel B has confirmed rumours that she had a lesbian relationship with friend Christa Parker, but said that the relationship ended because "women are crazy".
18th September 2013
Russian culture minister: ‘There is no proof that Tchaikovsky was gay’ 31
6:08 PM — Russia's culture minster has denied that world-renowned composer Peter Tchaikovsky was gay, saying that there is "no evidence" to suggest that he was. Though his homosexuality long being regarded as historical fact, Vladimir Medinsky has said that nothing about Tchaikovsky suggests he was anything other than a lonely old man who failed to marry.
16th September 2013
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: It would be ‘really tacky’ of me to clarify whether I am gay 17
1:56 PM — In an interview with OUT magazine, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has addressed gay rumours by saying "it would be really tacky" for him to clarify, saying he refuses to give the gossip any attention.
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.
13th September 2013
Toys ‘R’ Us to drop gender stereotypes from advertising 9
1:31 PM — Toy retail company Toys 'R' Us has said it plans to have a more inclusive approach in its marketing to children by dropping stereotypical gender representations from toy advertisements.
Sara Gilbert: Dating Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki made me realise I’m gay 13
1:21 PM — Actress Sara Gilbert has credited her former Roseanne and Big Bang Theory co-star Johnny Galecki with helping her come out as gay.
12th September 2013
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.
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.
India: First ever gay candidate for secretary at top university speaks out over LGBT discrimination
1:56 PM — The first ever gay candidate for general secretary at one of India's leading universities has called attention to LGBT discrimination on campus, including an incident where he was denied hostel accommodation because he was deemed too "effeminate."
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.