18th December 2013
Brazil: Senator will defy government by calling for vote on LGBT discrimination bill
11:06 AM — A Brazilian Labor Party legislator will call for a vote on an LGBT discrimination bill on Wednesday, ignoring written warnings against it by the Minister for Institutional Relations.
17th December 2013
Pope Francis removes anti-equal marriage cardinal from Vatican Committee 6
1:29 PM — Pope Francis has replaced a US conservative cardinal who is strongly against equal marriage and abortion with an American cardinal who is less outspoken.
16th December 2013
University of Auckland creates first gay men’s sexual health group 3
7:32 PM — The University of Auckland's social and community health department has established a Gay Men's Sexual Health Research Group (GMSH) to focus on STI prevention among gay man.
Owner of gay club demands action from Putin following homophobic attack on premises 7
7:28 PM — Moscow's largest gay club owner has written to President Putin to demand a full investigation into the homophobic attack on his club.
Anti-gay activists to target pro-equal marriage MSPs with small majorities at ballot box 12
11:53 AM — Opponents of equal marriage in Scotland are being urged to vote out Members of the Scottish Parliament who support the measure at the next election - in seats where they have small majorities.
Maltese trans woman honoured for government challenge on marriage law 1
10:33 AM — A transgender woman in Malta whose challenge against the government led to changes in national marriage law, will be honoured as part of the country's Republic Day.
15th December 2013
India: Home Affairs Minister says ‘not now’ on ordinance against gay sex ban 6
10:52 AM — India’s Home Affairs Minister recently said that although his government opposes the Supreme Court’s recently reinstated gay sex ban, it will not act “now” towards nullifying the legislation.
12th December 2013
Japan: Supreme Court awards legal parental status to trans man
7:13 PM — The Japanese Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a trans man to be legally recognised as the father of his wife's child, after unsuccessful earlier decisions.
European Court of Justice: Civil partnerships must contain the same worker benefits as marriages 5
2:44 PM — The European Court of Justice has ruled that EU LGBT workers must get the same benefits as married employees if they have entered into a civil partnership.
Labour MP Geraint Davies publishes bill to ban gay ‘cure’ therapy 8
1:37 PM — Labour MP Geraint Davies has published a Private Members' Bill in Parliament aimed at banning gay-to-straight conversion therapy by regulating the psychotherapy sector.
Lib Dem MP backs initiative to combat LGBT bullying in schools 2
10:26 AM — Lewes MP Norman Baker supports a proposed Liberal Democrats initiative, introduced by Women and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson, to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.
11th December 2013
Church of Norway urged to produce liturgy for same-sex marriages
5:43 PM — The Norwegian Association of Clergy has asked the Church of Norway to create a separate marriage service tailored for the LGBT community.
London: Law firm challenges visa refusal for civil partner of British national 6
1:31 PM — A law firm has said the UK Border Agency made a mistake in refusing right to remain to their client from the Philippines, who is in a civil partnership with a
10th December 2013
EU Commissioner: ‘Russia’s anti-gay laws means I will certainly not go to the Winter Olympics’ 8
5:35 PM — Europe's Commissioner for Justice, Citizenship and Fundamental Rights has announced that she will not be attending the 2014 Winter Olympics as she opposes Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" laws.
Video: Facebook celebrates gay equality in key events of 2013 1
2:07 PM — Facebook has released a retrospective video looking at key events over the past year, which includes celebration of various LGBT news events.
9th December 2013
Trans woman footballer banned from local team until two years after gender confirmation operation 8
1:56 PM — A transgender footballer is prohibited by the Football Association from playing competitively for her local team in Leeds until two years after her gender confirmation surgery.
8th December 2013
Italy: Rainbow-themed Christmas lights blasted as ‘provocative and ideological’ 20
10:49 AM — Rainbow-themed Christmas lights set up in Rome to commemorate the recent suicide of a gay teenager have stirred controversy recently, after a far-right group blasted the idea as "provocative and ideological."
5th December 2013
Virginia Congressman accused of urging Republicans not to fund gay candidates
6:20 PM — Virginia Representative Randy Forbes is under fire for allegedly urging his Republican Party colleagues not to support gay congressional candidates.
4th December 2013
New book claims that Vladimir Putin is ‘latently gay’ 18
7:21 PM — An author has taken up Russian President Vladimir Putin as the subject of his new book in which he alleges that he is gay.
Survey: 74% of Americans oppose Russia’s anti-gay laws, but 59% against Olympic boycott 12
1:59 PM — 74% of Americans oppose Russia's anti-gay legislation, but an overwhelming majority are against a US boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a poll has found.