4th April 2013
UK: Hate crime charity welcomes Greater Manchester Police’s decision to record attacks on subculture groups 8
2:37 PM — Stop Hate Crime UK has welcomed Greater Manchester Police’s decision to recognise attacks on members of subcultures, such as goths, punks and emos, as hate crimes.
Greater Manchester Police to treat crimes against goths and punks as seriously as homophobia 12
10:27 AM — Greater Manchester Police is to become the first force in the country to recognise alternative subculture – such as “goths, emos, punks and metallers” as a recordable motivation for hate crime.
28th March 2013
US: Kentucky overrules veto on bill protecting actions motivated by religious belief 13
6:04 PM — The Senate and House of Kentucky have voted to override the Governor's veto on a religious freedom law, which opponents worry may protect those who discriminate against LGBT people.
21st March 2013
US: Ohio Methodist Church to launch LGBT-inclusive worship service 1
2:59 PM — A Methodist Church in the US state of Ohio is to launch a new worship service in April, which intends to be fully inclusive of the LGBT community, and to welcome those who may have felt unwelcome in other churches.
18th March 2013
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.
16th March 2013
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.
13th March 2013
US: Gay rabbi elected leader of his association for the first time in a national movement 2
10:52 AM — For the first time an openly gay man has been chosen to lead a national rabbinical association in the US.
11th March 2013
US Radio Host: Churches should fight to ‘abolish’ homosexuality as they did slavery 48
5:35 PM — Linda Harvey, a host of the Ohio based Christian group Mission America has again spoken out against equal rights for gay people, saying that churches should be more proactive in opposing it, in the same way they fought to abolish slavery.
8th March 2013
Comment: Benjamin Cohen’s Lent Talk wasn’t blasphemous, we should celebrate its broadcast by the BBC 11
5:46 PM — Having listened to the broadcast in full, Hannah Buchanan shares her thoughts on PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen’s BBC Radio 4 Lent Talk.
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.
6th March 2013
US: Kentucky Senate committee to hear ‘legalised discrimination’ anti-gay bill 9
7:04 PM — A bill purporting to uphold religious freedoms has been criticised by human rights groups, who say it amounts to legalising discrimination if it is in the name of religion.
4th March 2013
PinkNews founder labelled as ‘blasphemous’ for BBC Radio 4 programme likening abandonment of Christ to rejection of gays 136
11:18 AM — The BBC is facing controversy over an Easter message from PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen which likens the treatment of gay people in Britain to the crucifixion of Christ.
20th February 2013
Australia: Christian youth camp appeals against discrimination ruling 5
5:55 PM — A Christian youth camp which was ordered to pay damages for discriminating against a gay youth support charity in 2010 when it refused to accept its booking, has begun an appeal against the court's ruling.
6th February 2013
US: ‘Ex-gay’ preacher admits continuing to use Grindr to contact gay men 43
12:42 PM — An "ex-gay" preacher, who claimed to have "turned away" from his "homsexual desires" was discovered using the gay dating app, Grindr, and admitted that the profile was his.
30th January 2013
US: Churches may cease funding if Boy Scouts remove anti-gay policy 21
1:43 AM — Some churches have not taken kindly to the news that the Boy Scouts of American are to vote on whether to drop a national ban on gay members, volunteers and staff.
11th January 2013
US: Brooklyn Dad starts new Boy Scout troop which allows gay members and girls 22
12:42 PM — A father of two from Brooklyn, New York, has started his own Boy Scouts troop, to allow his son to be a member without having to accept the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.
9th January 2013
Mary J Blige: God says not to judge, so I don’t judge gay people 35
11:29 PM — Singer Mary J Blige has addressed comments from critics asking how she can consider herself a born again Christian, and still support marriage equality.
Senior Rabbi: Gay people are ‘unfortunate’ but public must rise above ‘aggressive’ attitude to them 32
1:46 PM — A top Religious Zionism rabbi has said that he thought gay people were treated too "aggressively" by religious society, but did describe them as "unfortunate".
8th January 2013
Horse McDonald: I came home to get married, even though I was bullied for being gay 14
3:54 PM — Singer Horse McDonald returned to her hometown she left because of homophobia, in order to wed her fiance in a civil partnership.
Dutch Priest posts photos of Catholic leavers to encourage them to stay, following Pope’s anti-gay speech 33
11:07 AM — The names and photographs of parish members attempting to leave the Catholic church will be displayed by a priest in the Netherlands, in an attempt to encourage them to stay.