25th August 2013
Video: Gay and lesbian people included in Martin Luther King’s ‘unfinished dream’ at 50th Anniversary 4
3:45 PM — Thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and pledging that his vision also included equality for gay and lesbian people.
Nepal: Government excludes gay community from HIV meeting 1
1:28 PM — Nepal’s interim government has been criticised for ignoring the country's gay community and misusing funds after it sent only three officials to a HIV conference in Bangkok.
Survey: Homophobic discrimination still ‘expected’ by a majority of gay UK citizens 14
12:20 PM — A new survey has revealed that despite the recent passing of same-sex marriage in England and Wales, a large majority of gay Britons still live in fear of discrimination.
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: I am not heartless, I understand gay people’s fears 66
11:32 AM — The outgoing Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, recently spoke in an interview about his reason for abstaining from the same-sex marriage debate earlier this year, and said he understands the fears that many gay people have.
21st August 2013
GLAAD study reveals severe lack of LGBT characters in Hollywood films 13
2:21 PM — A study by the LGBT organisation GLAAD has found a huge lack of LGBT characters in Hollywood films, including zero identifiably trans characters, and very few lesbian, gay and bisexual characters.
17th August 2013
Swedish athlete at Moscow Athletics Championship advised to change her rainbow painted nails 35
4:36 PM — The Swedish high jumper who painted her fingernails in the colours of the rainbow to campaign against anti-gay laws in Russia has been told she could be in violation of the code of conduct at the world championships.
Free Schools reintroduce Section 28 style ban on ‘promotion’ of gay issues 61
3:36 PM — Two British schools have recently come under criticism for reintroducing terminology from Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Section 28 by banning the "promotion of homosexuality" in classrooms.
US: Gay porn studio to donate 100% of profits to gay Russian refugees 20
2:14 PM — A new porn studio has been launched with the aim to support the LGBT community in Russia by donating all profits made from its sales to gay Russian refugees.
US: New York Police releases sketch of suspects who violently attacked gay couple for holding hands 3
1:28 PM — New York Police Department has released two new sketches of the suspects involved in a homophobic attack in Chelsea on Tuesday night.
Pakistan: Reality show contestant says trans people ‘should be killed’ 13
12:47 PM — A young woman appearing on a popular Pakistani reality show has said that all trans people "should be killed" as they are "useless" burdens on society.
US Olympic Committee: Russia anti-gay laws are are wrong but must still be respected 53
11:29 AM — The US Olympic Committee (USOC) says that Russia's controversial anti-gay laws are "inconsistent with fundamental Olympic principles" but has also urged athletes to "respect the laws of the host country".
13th August 2013
Pakistan: New website helps gay men find ways to get around harsh anti-gay laws 3
6:31 PM — In one of the most dangerous places in the world to be gay, the LGBT community are finding ways to get around Pakistan's anti gay laws. In Pakistan a gay man can face life imprisonment in what is reported to be one of the most intolerant nations on the planet.
Transgender students to be granted more rights in California 2
1:41 PM — Legislation passed in California this week will grant sweeping new rights to transgender students attending public schools in the state.
9th August 2013
US: ‘Ex-gay’ gospel singer to perform at Martin Luther King memorial 16
5:18 PM — A controversial gospel singer who claimed that sexuality is "a matter of choice", is expected to perform at a memorial for late civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr
Gay couple stage a kiss in front of ‘Moscow’ — a hamlet in Scotland 2
4:17 PM — A gay couple has staged a kiss outside "Moscow", a small hamlet in Scotland, to campaign against the controversial anti-gay laws in Russia.
Olympics still waiting on a ‘translation issue’ before it can take a stand on Russian anti-gay laws 10
3:17 PM — Following calls to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympic Games over controversial anti-gay legislation in Russia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has affirmed that "sport is a human right", but it is unable to take measures until a "translation issue" has been resolved in the Russian laws.
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.