12th November 2013
Bangladesh: Third gender hijra to be recognised in official documents 3
4:29 PM — In a landmark decision, the government in Bangladesh has approved a proposal of the social welfare ministry to identify “Hijra” as a third possible gender identity.
London: Founder of Christian Concern to take part in equal marriage debate 65
3:54 PM — The founder of Christian Concern, who has previously blasted the “militant homosexual lobby”, will be debating the arrival of equal marriage in England and Wales at The Law Society in central London this evening.
Senegal: Five women arrested under anti-gay law
3:31 PM — A women's rights activist has said that police in Senegal have detained five women accused of violating the country's anti-gay law.
Israel: Interior Minister condemns Beit Shemesh mayor who said gays ‘do not exist’ in his city 9
3:02 PM — The Israeli Minister of Internal Affairs has denounced the mayor of Beit Shemesh after he recently claimed his city doesn’t have “things” like gay people because it is “holy and pure.”
US: Student asks Apple to change dictionary defining gay as ‘foolish and stupid’ 16
11:52 AM — A student in Sudbury, Massachusetts, has launched a campaign asking Apple to remove an offensive definition of the word "gay" from its online dictionary service.
Scotland: Government rebukes Tory leader and says equal marriage ‘proceeding on schedule’ 4
11:02 AM — The Scottish Government has hit back at claims that legalising equal marriage in Scotland has taken longer than in England because of the Scottish National Party’s pro-independence campaign.
11th November 2013
Russia: Man who shot LGBT activist in face avoids prison sentence 11
5:23 PM — A man who shot an LGBT rights activist in the face with a rubber bullet gun has been spared prison after a Russian court handed him a one-year suspended sentence.
LGBT community urged to mark 10-year repeal of Section 28 by wearing pink 4
3:59 PM — To commemorate 10 years since the repeal of Section 28 in England and Wales, campaigners are asking people all over the UK to wear pink “against prejudice” on Monday 18 November.
Shadow Foreign Secretary: Sri Lanka is ‘heading in the wrong direction’ on LGBT rights
12:01 PM — Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has criticised Sri Lanka’s record on LGBT rights ahead of a Commonwealth summit.
Kaleidoscope Trust: Commonwealth leaders are ‘turning a blind eye to homophobia’ 7
10:57 AM — A report by the Kaleidoscope Trust has accused Commonwealth leaders of turning a blind eye to widespread human rights abuses of LGBT citizens along with refusing to discuss the issue.
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.
5th November 2013
Scotland’s Health Secretary calls on MSPs to support equal marriage 1
6:02 PM — In a speech this evening at a reception for the Equality Network, Scotland’s Health Secretary will encourage Members of the Scottish Parliament to vote for equal marriage.
Irish Government confirms 2015 equal marriage referendum 29
3:10 PM — Ireland's cabinet has formally agreed to hold a referendum on equal marriage in 2015.
Irish Deputy Prime Minister: ‘We must win a future referendum on equal marriage’ 3
11:57 AM — Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister says the government “must win” a future referendum on equal marriage and concedes that victory is by no means a certainty.
4th November 2013
Irish Prime Minister warned ‘referendum fatigue’ could threaten result of equal marriage vote 6
3:39 PM — Ireland’s Prime Minister has been warned by some within his party that a referendum on equal marriage could be lost – simply because the Irish people are suffering from “referendum fatigue”.
1st November 2013
Alliance Party says Northern Ireland Equality Commission should have moved sooner on equal marriage 4
6:51 PM — The Northern Ireland Alliance Party Assembly Member, Stephen Farry, has said the country’s Equality Commission should have spoken out in support of equal marriage “much earlier”.
London: Peter Tatchell disrupts orchestral concert of Putin ally 25
4:18 PM — Peter Tatchell disrupted the opening of Valery Gergiev’s new London Symphony Orchestra concert season at the Barbican last night because of Gergiev’s support for Vladimir Putin.
US: Indiana National Guard says benefits were not denied to same-sex couples, just ‘delayed’
4:07 PM — The National Guard of Indiana has said that same-sex couples were not denied benefits following a Pentagon directive, but that the measure was simply delayed.
Vatican launches Catholic survey on gay relationships, equal marriage and other social issues 15
12:26 PM — The Vatican is conducting a worldwide survey on how Catholics interpret social issues such as same-sex marriage, gay relationships and birth control.
31st October 2013
Anti-equal marriage councillor made faith champion for Brighton 24
7:00 PM — A former Green councillor who sided against equal marriage has been appointed a champion of faith groups in Brighton.