22nd March 2013
US: LGBT anti-discrimination law under review before introduction next month 2
5:40 PM — Gay Representative Jared Polis will be responsible for introducing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to Congress in April. Mr Polis said he is currently working with the LGBT community to create the most inclusive bill possible.
21st March 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss gay rights with Peter Tatchell 28
11:34 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has agreed to meet with Peter Tatchell after the human rights campaigner urged him to support LGBT equality in an open letter.
20th March 2013
Reuters poll: 55% of Americans believe gay couples should have equal social security benefits
12:58 PM — Support for equal partnership entitlements for same-sex couples in the US continues to rise, according to a new poll by Reuters.
Final push for Scotland’s equal marriage consultation ahead of 5pm deadline 8
10:45 AM — The public consultation on equal marriage in Scotland closes today at 5pm, and the Equality Network are reminding people to fill in the document online.
19th March 2013
US: Montana debates ending gay sex ban 16 years after ruling it unconstitutional 26
4:36 PM — Legislators in Montana are debating whether to end a controversial ban on gay sex, ruled unconstitutional by the state's own Supreme Court in 1997, but face opposition from critics who say ending the ban will turn Montana into "Gomorrah".
18th March 2013
US: Poll by anti-gay Christian group shows widespread support for gay rights 10
1:55 PM — A new poll by an anti-LGBT rights Christian campaign group has found that a clear majority of Americans, particularly younger people, support gay rights.
Canada: Teenager stands up for gay-straight alliances 7
12:40 PM — A student in Canada has pushed to set up a GSA following his Province's consideration of a bill supporting them in all schools, which is currently facing a growing backlash from faith groups.
John McCain: I won’t be changing my mind when it comes to opposing equal marriage 20
12:10 PM — John McCain says he doesn't think he'll be following the lead of fellow Republican Senator Rob Portman, who stunned so many last week when he announced his support for equal marriage.
16th March 2013
Video: Doctor claims promiscuity is a legitimate reason to discriminate against LGBT people 49
4:12 PM — A committee considering anti-discrimination laws in America have heard evidence that employers should be able to choose straight people over LGBT people because gay men are promiscuous and make "inappropriate models" for children.
Canada: Gay-straight alliance bill is as disrespectful as a ‘right to eat pork’ Jewish student group, say religious opponents 32
3:11 PM — A bill requiring all schools to allow gay-straight alliances in Canada's Manitoba province has come under fire from religious groups, who say it might as well require Jewish students to advocate for the right eat pork.
14th March 2013
Russian lawmaker tells Stephen Fry: ‘Gay teens pretend to be bullied’ 23
2:20 PM — As part of a documentary on gay rights around the globe, Stephen Fry has made a trip to Russia, where he interviewed LGBT people and the author of the notorious anti-gay propaganda bill currently being considered.
Iran, Russia and Egypt threaten to scupper UN women’s declaration due to gay rights opposition 23
11:41 AM — Iran, Russia and Egypt have threatened to derail a UN declaration urging an end to violence against women and girls by objecting to language concerning LGBT rights.
12th March 2013
Ecuador: Former presidential candidate fined for saying ‘gays are immoral’ 5
11:08 AM — A former presidential candidate in Ecuador has been fined around £2,014 for making homophobic comments.
11th March 2013
Justice for Gay Africans: ‘Queen’s Commonwealth charter is silent on sexuality’ 27
7:21 PM — Justice for Gay Africans says the new Commonwealth Charter – due to be signed by the Queen shortly – lacks teeth when it comes to protecting LGBT rights throughout the Commonwealth.
MEP Michael Cashman: Compassion for Cardinal O’Brien should be saved for victims of Catholic anti-gay discrimation 20
11:46 AM — Labour MEP Michael Cashman tweeted PinkNews today to state his disagreement with Baroness Kennedy's "huge compassion" for Cardinal O'Brien, saying her concern would be better suited to the LGBT people who suffer discrimination because of the Catholic Church.
10th March 2013
Peter Tatchell: The Queen’s silence on gay rights excludes and disrespects gay people 82
8:42 PM — Peter Tatchell writes that, although the Commonwealth Charter implicitly condemns homophobic discrimination, the Queen's lack of specific recognition of the LGBT community is a signal of exclusion and disrespect.
8th March 2013
Influential Christian blogger defends PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen against accusations of blasphemy 16
1:23 PM — Influential Christian blog Cranmer has defended a BBC Radio 4 programme presented by Benjamin Cohen, the founder of PinkNews, against accusations of blasphemy. He claims that those who accused Mr Cohen of blasphemy are the real blasphemers.
Canadian Government provides funding to Uganda’s embattled LGBT campaigners 8
10:59 AM — A leading Canadian newspaper has revealed that Canada is quietly supporting the efforts of LGBT Ugandans in their fight against the country’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
6th March 2013
UK: 22 cases of LGBT people made to enter into forced marriages in 2012 8
10:55 AM — Figures from the government’s Forced Marriage Unit show there were 22 cases of forced marriage involving victims who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender last year.
5th March 2013
Equality Network: The Catholic Church needs to separate the issue of sexual orientation and abuse’ 7
4:14 PM — The Equality Network, a Scottish LGBT rights group, says the fundamental problem facing the Catholic Church is its public message on issues of sexual morality, not simply the hypocrisy of any one individual.