1st August 2013
France: Sperm donor granted visiting rights to the child of a same-sex couple 16
1:22 PM — A judge in France has granted visiting rights to the biological father of a lesbian couple's child, despite claims that they did not expect him to seek any rights as an acting sperm donor.
Russian sports minister: Gay athletes ‘must respect Russian law’ 25
12:02 PM — A Russian sports minister has said that gay athletes are welcome to participate in Russia's 2014 Winter Olympic Games, but must also obey the controversial law banning "gay propaganda".
31st July 2013
LGBT sports and human rights coalition rules out Winter Olympics boycott in favour of visibility option 21
11:44 PM — An international coalition of sport and human rights organisations have rejected calls for a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, in favour of long-term change and visibility action.
Liverpool FC bans staff from using anti-gay slurs 1
5:30 PM — Liverpool Football Club has issued a new set of rules to its workers banning the use of "unacceptable" words and phrases such as "faggot", "fairy", and "that's gay".
Ministry of Defence LGBT Network: Biphobia and transphobia are ‘new frontiers’ for workplace equality 2
4:28 PM — A Human Resources professional for the Ministry of Defence LGBT Network has said that although workplace equality has come a long way since the ban of gay people in the military, ‘B’ and ‘T’ still represent significant hurdles for full LGBT acceptance.
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.