2nd August 2013
Foreign Office: The UK is extremely concerned over the continual persecution of gay people in Russia 26
3:48 PM — The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office tells PinkNews that it's alarmed by the "growing restrictions on LGBT freedoms in Russia".
Stage actor slams audience member for shouting homophobic abuse during performance 25
3:20 PM — An actor in London took it upon himself to take a stand against homophobia, as he chastised an audience member for making a homophobic comment during the embrace of two male characters.
Tel Aviv: Gay orthodox Jewish man is one of Israel’s few religious drag queens 4
2:46 PM — An Orthodox Jewish man reveals how he has come to accept himself as a gay person living in Israel, starting living life closeted in his early adulthood married to a woman, to becoming one of the few religious drag queens working in Tel Aviv's downtown circuit.
Human Rights Watch condemns killing of Jamaican transgender teenager 8
1:00 PM — Human Rights Watch has called on the authorities in Jamaica to conduct a "thorough, impartial and effective investigation" into last month’s killing of a transgender teenager.
Manchester Council calls on Russia’s St Petersburg to drop anti-gay laws 23
11:51 AM — Manchester City Council is urging the Russian city of St Petersburg to drop its homophobic censorship laws.
1st August 2013
US: Anti-equal marriage group protests Minnesota same-sex marriages with new ‘Marriage Majority’ campaign 14
4:51 PM — Despite celebrations today following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the US state of Minnesota, an anti-equal marriage campaign group has decided to launch a new protest to elect a "pro-marriage majority" to the state House in 2014.
Germany: Drag queen campaigner sews mouth shut over Russian anti-gay laws 9
3:28 PM — An online video has made the rounds recently, depicting a German drag queen sewing up her mouth in protest of the controversial anti-gay laws and violence in Russia.
Supporters of Robert Mugabe claim victory in Zimbabwe’s election 15
2:38 PM — Robert Mugabe, one of Africa's loudest opponents on gay rights, looks set to be re-elected as president of Zimbabwe.
Philippines: Archbishop agrees with Pope Francis about judging others, but says that gay people must ‘behave’ 37
2:20 PM — Archbishop-emeritus Oscar Cruz has said he agrees with Pope Francis that gay people should not be judged, but also urged they should avoid actions that would make them "laughing stocks".
France: Sperm donor granted visiting rights to the child of a same-sex couple 16
1:22 PM — A judge in France has granted visiting rights to the biological father of a lesbian couple's child, despite claims that they did not expect him to seek any rights as an acting sperm donor.
Russian sports minister: Gay athletes ‘must respect Russian law’ 25
12:02 PM — A Russian sports minister has said that gay athletes are welcome to participate in Russia's 2014 Winter Olympic Games, but must also obey the controversial law banning "gay propaganda".
31st July 2013
‘This closet is suffocating’, the life story of a young gay Muslim in Pakistan 55
6:08 PM — A young gay Muslim in Pakistan shares his experiences of life in the staunchly conservative country with PinkNews.co.uk.
Canada: Rainbow flags found burnt outside Alberta pride event 1
2:37 PM — Canadian Police are investigating an incident in which two rainbow flags were found burnt outside Fort McMurray's first gay pride event in Alberta on Saturday.
30th July 2013
Comment: When religious rights and LGBT rights conflict over equal marriage 28
6:11 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Powell says the campaign for equal marriage has brought out some of the worst examples of religious homophobia.
Government petition urging UK to boycott 2014 Winter Olympics due to Russian homophobia passes 8,000 10
4:42 PM — A petition calling on the UK Government to support a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics because of Russia’s increasingly homophobic stance has attracted more than 8,000 signatures.
Peter Tatchell: Pope Francis still presides over homophobia despite saying he won’t judge gay people 12
12:41 PM — Pope Francis has offered a "change of tone" on gay people "but not a change in substance," says Peter Tatchell.
Owen Jones: Cameron was courageous on equal marriage but it could have happened under Labour 43
11:39 AM — In an exclusive PinkNews interview, gay columnist Owen Jones praises David Cameron’s “courage” on equal marriage, claims the reform would have happened under Labour, and delivers some tough words to Ed Miliband on Labour's communication strategy.
Anti-discrimination group chairman: I resigned from the FA because I was frustrated about how abuse was dealt with
11:34 AM — The chairman of the FA's anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has launched a new campaign to tackle homophobia and other discrimination, and urged clubs to do more to support players who report abuse.
29th July 2013
Comment: The Russian vodka boycott is an example of passive gay activism 125
6:24 PM — Richard Smith believes we are living in an era of "passive gay activism" - and he points to the much-publicised boycott of Russian vodka by some in the LGBT community as proof.
App launched for football fans and players to report homophobic abuse 2
2:41 PM — An organisation established by the Football Association to eradicate abuse in football including homophobia, will launch a new mobile app which will allow players and fans to report racist or homophobic abuse.