18th November 2013
Possession of rape porn will become punishable by up to three years in jail 41
6:16 PM — New Government plans would mean that anybody found with pornography depicting rape, could be jailed for up to three years.
15th November 2013
US: Apple currently removing offensive definition of ‘gay’ from dictionary service 7
3:43 PM — Following outcry after a student discovered an offensive definition of the word “gay” in Apple's MacBook dictionary, the company now appears to be rolling out new versions of the service in an attempt to rectify the issue.
13th November 2013
Dubai: Fireman on trial for allegedly accusing colleague of being gay with ‘perverted handshake’ 8
5:05 PM — A fireman in Dubai has gone on trial accused of insulting a colleague by "stroking his palm" during a handshake.
US poll: Americans find Confederate flag ‘more acceptable’ than rainbow gay pride flag 12
11:58 AM — A recent public policy poll has shown that a majority of US citizens believe it is "more acceptable" to publicly display the Confederate rebel flag, today commonly associated with the Ku Klux Klan and other racist hate groups, than it is to display the gay pride rainbow flag.
8th November 2013
US: Former Michigan lawyer fired for harassing gay student sues state for ‘wrongful termination’ 24
4:39 PM — A former Michigan lawyer who was fired after he launched an online harassment campaign against a gay University student has recently filed a "wrongful termination" suit against the state attorney general, asking for both compensation as well as his old job back.
6th November 2013
US: Houston Mayor Annise Parker wins third and final re-election
4:22 PM — Annise Parker was re-elected on Tuesday to her third and final term as mayor of Houston, Texas.
Samuel L Jackson confirmed to take on first ever gay role
2:12 PM — Outspoken LGBT ally and actor Samuel L Jackson has signed on to tackle his first ever role as a gay character in an upcoming film adaption of Stephen King's 'Cell.'
James Franco: It is not my ‘mission’ to act in gay roles – a lot of the figures that I love were gay 3
10:55 AM — Outspoken equal rights advocate and Hollywood actor James Franco has responded to discussions on why he chooses to opt for so many gay acting roles, saying "I guess that a lot of the figures that I love were gay."
3rd November 2013
Lady Gaga: ‘Bisexuality is not about marketing – this is who I am and who I have always been’ 30
11:57 AM — Lady Gaga has spoken out against critics who accuse her bisexual identity of being "marketing ploy," saying "this is who I am and who I have always been."
1st November 2013
Lord Tebbit blasted by Lib Dem MP for saying a pardon for Alan Turing would set ‘dangerous precedent’ 35
4:55 PM — Former Tory chairman Lord Tebbit has been criticised by the Lib Dem MP John Leech for stating that it would set a "dangerous precedent" to pardon gay codebreaker Alan Turning.
Hallmark apologises and removes ‘Deck the Halls’ jumper which omitted the word ‘gay’ 6
2:16 PM — Greetings card and ornament company Hallmark has issued an apology and withdrawn a sweater which contained lyrics from the Christmas song Deck the Halls, with the word "gay" omitted.
30th October 2013
US: Jon Stewart’s Daily Show explores South’s attitude towards gays with secret cameras 14
5:29 PM — Responding to statistician Nate Silver's prediction that Alabama and Mississippi would be the last states to approve equal marriage, Jon Stewart sent two men undercover, posing as a gay couple, to debunk the idea that people in the South were homophobic.
BBC survey: Tom Daley’s Splash! favourite for gay men whilst lesbians like Rules of Engagement 2
3:18 PM — ITV’s ‘Vicious’ and ‘Splash!’ have been rated the most popular programmes for young gay men in a BBC survey, whilst for lesbians in the same age category 'Rules of Engagement' followed by 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' are the most popular shows.
27th October 2013
US: Several churches in North Carolina cut sponsorship of boy scouts following pro-gay policy 15
9:10 AM — Several churches in Charlotte, North Carolina have opted to cut ties with their sponsored boy scout groups following a decision earlier this year by Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay members.
26th October 2013
Sussex head teacher takes a stand against bullies who use ‘gay’ as derogatory insult 26
2:29 PM — A head teacher in Sussex has spoken out in the wake of singer Will Young's campaign to curb homophobic bullying in schools, by taking seriously the use of the word "gay" as a derogatory insult.
25th October 2013
Police arrest man over ‘possible anti-gay’ stabbing in Chester
10:10 AM — A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a stabbing in Chester earlier this week, which detectives suspect may have been a homophobic attack.
24th October 2013
Interview Late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain: ‘I thought that I was gay’ 8
6:48 PM — A previously unbroadcast interview with Kurt Cobain has been released by PBS. In the interview, with the music journalist Jon Savage, Cobain said:"I even thought that I was gay. I thought that might be the solution to my problem [of feeling isolated]."
23rd October 2013
Ireland: Former Dublin Pride finance director to be sentenced for over €10,000 theft
11:42 AM — A former financial director for Dublin Pride has pleaded guilty to stealing more than €10,000 (£8,500) from the organisation, and is due to be sentenced next January.
21st October 2013
Australia: HIV infection rate for gay men at record high 9
10:56 AM — New figures show that a record number of gay and bisexual men were diagnosed with HIV last year in Australia.
20th October 2013
Morrissey: ‘Unfortunately, I am not homosexual – I am attracted to humans’ 39
12:04 PM — After revealing in a long-awaited memoir released earlier this month that his first ever serious relationship was with a man, Morrissey is now denying rumours about his sexuality, saying he is not gay, but simply "attracted to humans."