14th December 2013
Human rights group urges Obama to include LGBT people in US Sochi delegation 2
2:31 PM — A human rights group has written to US President Barack Obama to urge him to include LGBT people in the delegation sent to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
13th December 2013
US: Pentagon announces that all states are now in compliance with equal benefits regulations 1
7:09 PM — The Pentagon has now confirmed that all 50 US states are in compliance with a directive to allow benefits to same-sex military couples, despite some states initially refusing to do so.
Liberace film Behind the Candelabra leads Golden Globe TV nominations with four nods 4
6:40 PM — HBO's film about gay pianist Liberace and its cast, are leading the nominations for the TV categories of the Golden Globes with four nods.
US: Federal college loan applications to be equalised for gay couples
4:09 PM — Students in the US who are in same-sex marriages will soon be treated equally to straight married couples in applying for federal college loans.
11th December 2013
US: Equal marriage supporters to launch Pennsylvania campaign
6:08 PM — Supporters of equal marriage in the US state of Pennsylvania have launched a campaign to legalise it.
US: Borough president calls Brooklyn, NY the ‘lesbian capital’ of the Northeast
3:32 PM — Brooklyn’s president, Marty Markowitz, lauded his district’s gay community and their contributions to the area by calling the borough the “lesbian capital” of the Northeast.
10th December 2013
US: Pastor sentenced for aiding lesbian in kidnap of daughter calls for case to be dismissed 8
6:51 PM — An American pastor who was sentenced for helping a woman flee to Central America to escape a custody battle with her lesbian partner has said the case should be dismissed as the crime did not take place in Vermont, where he was sentenced.
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 78
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.