10th December 2013
Obama speaks at Mandela’s eulogy: ‘Around the world people are still persecuted for who they love’ 13
6:16 PM — Speaking at the eulogy for Nelson Mandela, President Obama made a powerful speech about equality around the world, noting LGBT rights as part of the speech.
US: Baker says he would rather go to prison than make a wedding cake for a gay couple 43
5:54 PM — A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and was told by a judge if he continued to do so he could face fines and worse, has said he would rather go to prison.
Viral video fakes that Justin Bieber is gay to save serial drink driver 6
4:45 PM — A viral video features a prank on a serial drink-driver in the US which shows him duped into thinking he has awoken from a ten-year coma into a world where Justin Bieber is gay.
9th December 2013
New York Times study names Mississippi as state least tolerant of gay people 9
7:48 PM — A new study published at the weekend analysed the places in the US where gay men take longer to come out, and found that Mississippi may be the least tolerant.
Former student sues college for damages following dismissal of abusive basketball coach
7:26 PM — A former student of a US university which sacked its athletic director and basketball coach when tapes emerged of abusive and violent behaviour towards students, is suing the college for damages.
US: Situation for LGBT people working for larger employees is improving 3
7:11 PM — The situation for LGBT people working in larger corporations is improving in the US, following the Supreme Court's decision to strike down DOMA six months ago.
Christian Concern: Tom Daley came out because his father died so Jamaica should keep its buggery law 89
4:30 PM — Christian conservatives in Jamaica are being urged by activists from the US and UK to resist against calls for the country to repeal its buggery law.
US: Waitress in anti-gay tip controversy agrees to resign from restaurant 9
1:56 PM — A waitress who was embroiled in a controversy after she allegedly falsely claimed a family denied her a tip after saying they did not agree with her "gay lifestyle", has decided to leave her post.
8th December 2013
US preacher Rick Warren compares the ‘redefinition of marriage’ to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four 46
11:58 AM — Controversial US pastor Rick Warren has told CNN presenter Piers Morgan that same-sex marriage laws are attempting to "redefine marriage" in a manner similar to the dystopian reversal of meanings in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
US: Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after applying to marry his partner 23
10:07 AM — A gay teacher in New Jersey has said he was recently fired from a Catholic school he worked at for 12 years after applying to marry his partner - a move the school said "contradicts the terms of his teaching contract."
7th December 2013
US judge rules bakery owner acted illegally in refusing service to gay couple 13
3:45 PM — A judge in the US state of Colorado has ruled that a bakery owner who refused service to a gay couple because of their sexuality broke the law in doing so.
Waitress in anti-gay tip controversy apparently starts refunding donations 2
3:26 PM — A waitress who was given thousands of dollars in donations after an apparently made-up story about being refused a tip by anti-gay customers, has reportedly been issuing refunds to some who donated to her.
6th December 2013
Lady Gaga tells Tom Daley ‘We shouldn’t be going to Sochi at all’ because of anti-gay law 28
7:40 PM — Lady Gaga has urged Tom Daley to decline to compete in countries which have anti-gay laws, in order to boycott them.
Bill Gates: I admire Nelson Mandela for speaking out against the stigma of HIV 2
7:05 PM — The philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela and says he will remember the former South African president most for raising awareness of HIV.
US: Department of Health asked by federal working group to look at removing lifetime gay blood ban 1
4:46 PM — A US federal working group on blood-donor policies has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a new plan to possibly allow blood donations from gay and bisexual men.
Outrage over failure of lesbian waitress to donate money given after she claimed she was refused tip 18
3:20 PM — A waitress who was given thousands of dollars in donations after she posted a photo of a receipt which she claimed proved that a family had declined to tip her because she is gay, has come under fire from many who have questioned why the money was not donated to charity, as she promised.
US: In Washington State 17% of all marriages in the last year were between gay couples 1
2:07 PM — A year ago today same-sex marriages began taking place in Washington State, a month after voters chose at a referendum to legalise it, and since then a large proportion of marriages were between gay couples.
5th December 2013
US investors put pressure on Sochi sponsors over Russian anti-gay law 9
8:45 PM — US investors with combined assets of hundreds of billions of dollars have urged corporate sponsors of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics to speak out against Russia's anti-gay laws.
US blogger Perez Hilton to appear in TV series about gay dads 3
8:33 PM — Blogger Perez Hilton is to appear in, and act as executive producer for, a new reality series about gay dads.
US: Large railroad conference to offer health coverage to same-sex spouses
7:28 PM — Members of a conference of some of the largest railroad operators in the US are to begin offering health benefits to same-sex spouses as of January.