31st July 2013
US: Study to find out how transgender troops would affect military ‘readiness’ 7
1:36 PM — An independent group that studies gender, sexuality and the military has announced that they are to research whether the inclusion of trans people into the US armed forces would affect the "readiness" of its troops.
30th July 2013
Canada: Vancouver unveils permanent rainbow crossings to celebrate pride week 5
11:20 AM — The city of Vancouver has unveiled rainbow street crossings amid this week's Pride Week celebrations, and unlike similar crossings in Sydney earlier this year which were later removed, the local council says they are permanent.
27th July 2013
Archbishop Desmond Tutu: I would rather go to Hell than worship a homophobic God 94
12:30 PM — Archbishop Desmond Tutu, famous for his role in ending Apartheid, has said that he would rather go to Hell if he discovered that God was homophobic.
26th July 2013
Microsoft and Google join forces to launch LGBT geeks forum 4
3:47 PM — Some of the biggest names in technology joined forces last night to launch InterTech, the new LGBT group for those working in the technology industry.
Ku Bar joins campaign to ‘dump Russian vodka’ over anti-gay laws 17
12:58 PM — Ku Bar, a gay bar in Soho London, has joined the battle against the controversial anti-gay “propaganda” laws in Russia with an advertisement echoing Dan Savage's message to "dump russian vodka".
US: Stoli vodka ‘upset and angry’ at Russian anti-gay laws 23
12:08 PM — Stolichnaya, one of the most popular vodkas in the United States, has joined the battle against the controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia with a worldwide message of support for the LGBT community.
Study: Gay teachers are less likely to challenge homophobic bullying 11
11:25 AM — A new US study has shown that gay teachers are less likely to challenge homophobia in schools for fear of drawing attention to their sexuality and putting their careers at risk.
25th July 2013
Russia: Author publishes gay themed children’s book in spite of anti-gay laws 7
5:09 PM — An author in Russia has published a children's book that prominently features a gay character and his struggle to find acceptance in the country.
US: Dan Savage calls for a boycott of Russian vodka over ‘gay propaganda’ controversy 33
4:59 PM — In an article posted online, gay activist and founder of the ‘It Gets Better Project’ Dan Savage has called for buyers to boycott Russian vodka in an effort to oppose the country's controversial anti-gay legislation.
Exclusive: Scottish Green Party leader says ‘It’s Time’ for MSPs to back equal marriage 2
11:23 AM — In a video recorded in Glasgow’s St Enoch Square for the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign, Scottish Green Party Co-Convenor Patrick Harvie MSP has urged Scotland to follow England and Wales towards legalising equal marriage.
24th July 2013
Denmark: Forum established to help more LGBT people from ethnic minority groups come out 7
4:28 PM — A new national forum will be launched in Denmark, in order to help LGBT people come out to their friends and family.
US: World Champion bisexual boxer Emile Griffith dies aged 75 8
4:22 PM — Bisexual former World Champion middleweight boxer Emile Griffith, who famously caused the death of a fellow boxer, who had previously uttered to him a homophobic slur, has died aged 75.
Italy: Gay activists to campaign against ‘dangerous’ anti-homophobia bill 2
3:28 PM — LGBT activists have criticised the new bill set to criminalise homophobic hate crimes in Italy, saying that it is a "dangerous compromise" that will not change homophobic attitudes in the country.
22nd July 2013
Tumblr blocks searches for ‘gay’ ‘lesbian’ and ‘bisexual’ on mobile apps 17
5:45 PM — Blogging site Tumblr has come under criticism for recent changes to the way it classifies adult material, including search terms, as the word 'gay' is currently classified as not safe for work, and does not return any results using the site's mobile platform.
18th July 2013
Kaleidoscope Trust: Equal marriage could make ‘life worse’ for gay people in developing countries 29
2:52 PM — LGBT rights charity the Kaleidoscope Trust has warned that gay rights in the West, including the recent Same Sex Marriage Act, could lead to an erosion of LGBT freedoms in the developing world.
Montenegro: Minister of Labour and Welfare backs country’s first ever Pride parade 2
2:46 PM — The Labour and Welfare Minister of Montenegro has said that he is willing to support the country's first ever Pride parade planned to be held for October.
Maria Miller: Equal marriage would have made suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst proud 6
12:23 PM — Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller says that Wednesday's Royal Assent of equal marriage fits a proud tradition of British social reform, including the suffragette campaigns of the women's rights activist Emmeline Pankhurst.
11th July 2013
US: American Idol star Adam Lambert to join the cast of Glee 3
4:41 PM — Gay former American Idol singer Adam Lambert will be joining the cast of Glee, it was revealed yesterday.
10th July 2013
Turkey: 24-year-old trans woman stabbed to death in her own home 4
1:16 PM — A 24-year-old trans woman was found dead at her home in Turkey yesterday following yet another attack in a long line of transphobic violence in the country.
3rd July 2013
Russia: Putin signs same-sex adoption ban into law 18
4:12 PM — The Russian President Vladimir Putin has imposed a ban on child adoption by same-sex couples in Russia.