30th January 2014
US retail giant Barneys launches new catalogue featuring 17 transgender models 6
3:34 PM — The spring catalogue and magazine campaign for Barneys New York has been praised for its inclusion of 17 transgender models.
Shadow Commons leader Angela Eagle: ‘We can’t ignore homophobic Russian laws at Sochi’ 2
12:45 PM — The Shadow leader of the House of Commons Angela Eagle has spoken out about the persecution of LGBT people in Russia ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics and has asked for the Government to outline what will be done to express those views.
Archbishops of Canterbury and York urge Nigeria and Uganda to drop anti-gay laws 29
10:59 AM — The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to the presidents of Nigeria and Uganda in protest at the countries anti-gay laws.
29th January 2014
UK government channeling support to Russian LGBT activists to fight oppression 12
10:38 PM — The UK is sending a message to Russia that "very clearly that as a country we believe in freedom of speech and we believe in the importance of universal human rights."
Man accused of plot to derail train attacks Canada’s legal code: ‘Donkey males marry donkey females’ 15
7:51 PM — A man accused of plotting to derail a train from New York to Toronto has criticised Canada's Criminal Code because it is "written by humans".
Kyrgyzstan: Report documents widespread physical and sexual abuse of gay men by police 4
7:30 PM — A report by a leading human rights group has claimed that gay and bisexual men in Kyrgyzstan face extortion, beatings, illegal detentions and even rape from the police force.
Amnesty: Ivory Coast authorities must investigate violent attacks against HIV workers
7:29 PM — Amnesty International has urged authorities in the Ivory Coast to investigate what it calls an "unprecedented wave of homophobic attacks", which have forced HIV workers into hiding.
Amnesty stages ballet protest outside Russian embassy over anti-gay laws 1
7:19 PM — Amnesty International has staged a protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws by getting ballet dancers to perform outside the Russian embassy in London.
Princess Anne to attend Winter Olympics, but David Cameron is too busy 4
6:32 PM — Downing Street says David Cameron turned down Vladimir Putin’s invitation to attend the Winter Olympics, but not because of Russia’s stance on gay rights.
Watch: Radius ‘Fuelling the future’ energy and corporate responsibility panel discussion
5:58 PM — This evening sees the latest event from Radius, the London based LGBT professional networking organisation; a talk on the future of energy and corporate responsibility.
Lesbian daughter tells Hong Kong billionaire dad: Stop trying to make me straight 1
3:33 PM — The lesbian daughter of a Hong Kong billionaire who offered a dowry of over £78 million to any man who married her has written an emotional open letter to her father, asking him to accept her for who she is.
Nigeria: Trial of men accused of being gay suspended due to ‘mob justice’ fears 12
12:06 PM — Two Islamic courts in Nigeria have suspended the trials of 10 men accused of breaking laws against homosexuality over fears stones will once again be thrown at the defendants.
28th January 2014
Former Arsenal goalkeeper: Coming out ‘would be nuts’ because football ‘is a man’s sport’ 36
6:53 PM — Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann says gay footballers should stay in the closet.
Broadcaster Alice Arnold: It would be ‘bizarre’ to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics 23
4:44 PM — Former Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold says it would be “bizarre” to boycott the Winter Olympics over Russia’s position on gay rights.
Ellie Goulding ‘won’t play in Russia’ over gay propaganda law 6
3:05 PM — Ellie Goulding has said she won't perform in Russia any time soon, due to the country's poor gay rights record and homophobic legislation.
Ugandan President tells angry MPs: People are born gay just like albinos 34
2:03 PM — President Yoweri Museveni will reportedly only sign Uganda’s anti-gay bill into law if he has proof that gay people are ‘made’ and ‘not born’ into their sexuality.
Coca Cola pulls plug on ad campaign that banned the word ‘gay’ 3
1:55 PM — Coca-Cola has pulled the plug on a 'virtual coke' website after a row erupted over the site filtering the word "gay".
Indian Supreme Court refuses to review decision to ban gay sex 15
11:34 AM — India's Supreme Court has refused to review its decision to reinstate a 153-year-old law that criminalises homosexuality.
27th January 2014
Gay Russian artist makes statement against anti-gay discrimination with ‘black woman’ chair parody 21
7:49 PM — A gay Russian artist has responded to a controversy involving a magazine editor who was pictured sitting on a "black woman" chair, with a parody which he says is meant as a demonstration against discrimination.
Pastor who helped woman flee US custody battle with lesbian partner appeals sentence 3
7:02 PM — Lawyers acting on behalf of a US pastor who was sentenced for helping a woman flee to Central America to escape a custody battle with her lesbian partner, have filed an appeal against his sentencing in the state of Vermont, saying he should have been sentenced elsewhere.