9th August 2013
George Takei backs petition to move Russia Olympics to Canada over ‘horrific’ anti-gay laws 10
2:10 PM — Star Trek actor and gay rights activist George Takei has backed a petition to move the 2014 Olympic Winter Games from Russia to the 2010 host city Vancouver because of "horrific" anti-gay legislation.
Armenia: Authorities withdraw proposal to ban discussion of gay and lesbian relationships 4
12:42 PM — Armenian police proposed a ban on the discussion of gay and lesbian relationships last week, but just days after its submission, officials in the country have said they are withdrawing the bill due to "shortcomings".
US: Californian doctor diagnoses gay patient with ‘chronic homosexual disease’ 47
12:10 PM — A doctor in California has diagnosed a gay man with chronic "homosexual behaviour" after a routine medical examination, which she later defended was still medically classified as a "disease".
Philippines: Lawmaker seeks to ban same-sex adultery but says he is not anti-gay 5
11:13 AM — A Philippines House of Representatives member has filed a bill that would criminalise married people who cheat on their partners with a person of the same-sex, but said he not anti-gay and just wanted to see everyone treated equally.
8th August 2013
Video: Friends of murdered Matthew Shepard launch campaign to screen 15th anniversary documentary 5
4:14 PM — A US filmmaker has turned to Kickstarter to fund her feature film "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine," a documentary to commemorate the passing of the young man Matthew Shepard who was murdered in a gay hate crime in 1998.
Armenia: Police seek to ban discussion of gay and lesbian relationships 9
1:55 PM — Armenia has become the latest former Soviet state to seek to ban discussion of "non traditional sexual relationships".
Scotland: Petition calls for Glasgow to cut cultural ties with Russian twin city over anti-gay laws 3
12:58 PM — A petition has been started to have Glasgow City Council break cultural ties with its Russian twin city Rostov on Don, over recently passed anti-gay legislation in Russia.
Russian Foreign Ministry: Anti-gay laws do not violate any ‘international obligations’ 24
12:11 PM — A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official has defended the recent controversial passing of anti-gay laws in Russia, saying they do not breach any "international obligations", and that any claims they violate human rights are "groundless".
7th August 2013
Gay US figure skater: I am a ‘hardcore Russophile’ — don’t boycott the Olympics 91
11:30 AM — A gay professional figure skater from the US has said he is a "hardcore Russophile" and that boycotting the Winter Olympics over Russian anti-gay laws is "silly".
6th August 2013
Scarborough: ‘Fixers’ campaign to stop homophobic bullying in schools 6
2:56 PM — Two gay youngsters from Scarborough are leading a new campaign to tackle homophobic bullying in the town’s schools.
5th August 2013
Uganda: LGBT activists bravely stage pride parade in Kampala 20
10:57 AM — LGBT activists staged a Pride parade in Uganda at the weekend - despite the country being known for its widespread and violent homophobic and transphobic persecution
2nd August 2013
Ed Miliband: ‘Brighton Pride is our opportunity to speak with one voice against homophobia’ 16
6:11 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband says "Pride is our opportunity to speak with one voice against homophobia, hate crimes and discrimination" - in a message of support for Brighton Pride.
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.