20th September 2013
Rome gay rights group: Pope Francis is ‘ahead of many politicians’ on gay issues 10
4:06 PM — Rome's Gay Center has said that the Pope is starting "a revolution" of open-mindedness towards gay issues, and that he as "ahead of many politicians" on such issues.
Singapore court denies Lord Goldsmith permission to defend gay rights case in country 6
1:15 PM — Tony Blair’s former attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, won't be allowed to enter Singapore in order to represent a same-sex couple in a gay rights case, the country’s High Court says.
18th September 2013
Obama named ‘hero of Russia’s gay rights movement’ by The Moscow Times 22
7:14 PM — President Barack Obama has been named one of Russia’s top gay rights heroes by The Moscow Times.
17th September 2013
Northern Ireland: Petition calls on Health Minister to be sacked over anti-gay views 32
1:26 PM — Nearly 3,000 people have signed an online petition urging Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots to be sacked for “squandering public money in the pursuit of a personal agenda against unmarried and same-sex couples.”
16th September 2013
UNISON set to challenge workplace biphobia by launching new fact sheet for Bi Visibility Day 12
3:15 PM — UNISON, one of the UK's largest trade unions, is preparing to challenge the discrimination of bisexual workers by launching a new fact sheet to mark Bi Visibility Day on September 23rd.
Trade Union Congress launches new guide for combating homophobia in the workplace 3
1:04 PM — The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has launched its new guide for union reps on how to combat homophobia in the workplace after it was found earlier this month that one in four Britons still described same-sex relationships as "always wrong."
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
Married couple shout anti-gay abuse at neighbour and threaten to ‘sort him out’ over noise from party 10
2:06 PM — A married couple in County Durham shouted homophobic abuse at a neighbour, calling him "disgusting," and threatened to get their son to "sort him out" after frustrations over noise at a late night party.
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.
Video: Anti-gay preacher arrested in Basildon after ‘homophobic remarks’ 23
12:05 PM — A christian preacher was arrested by police in Basildon town centre on suspicion of making homophobic remarks while giving a sermon.
Azerbaijan: First ever gay pride ‘mini rally’ held in country capital with no arrests or harassment 4
11:35 AM — In what is believed to be the first ever pride celebration in Azerbaijan, a group of gay marchers recently paraded a "mini rally" through the capital city Baku, with no arrests, reports of harassment, or violence at the demonstration.
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.
Turkey: Court bans access to gay dating app Grindr as a ‘protection measure’ 13
10:45 AM — A Criminal Court in Turkey has issued a countrywide "protection measure" which blocks access to the popular gay dating app Grindr.
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.
Man in Lancashire ‘flipped’ and attacked his ex-girlfriend for having an affair with a woman 6
4:32 PM — A 25-year-old man in Accrington, Lancashire "flipped" and attacked his ex-girlfriend after finding out she was having an affair with another woman.
India: First LGBT community radio station launched to ‘create awareness and acceptance’ in the country 1
3:37 PM — The first ever LGBT community radio station has been launched in Bangalore, India which aims to "create awareness and acceptance about alternate sexualities" and to "bridge the gap" between various sexualities in the country.
Japan: Government district in Osaka becomes first to support LGBT human rights 5
1:13 PM — A local government ward in the city of Osaka has become the first Japanese district to officially support LGBT human rights.
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.
10th September 2013
US: 13-year-old arrested over alleged anti-gay beatings outside gay bar in Ohio 5
12:08 PM — A 13-year-old boy in Cleveland, Ohio has been arrested in connection to a series of attacks against gay men outside a well-known cocktail bar over the past two weekends.
US: Study reveals transgender workers are at greater risk for unemployment and poverty 11
11:08 AM — A new report has revealed that transgender workers in the US experience unemployment at twice the rate of the population as a whole, and are four times more likely to have a household income under $10,000 (£6,400).