17th November 2013
Downing Street rejects calls to lower the age of consent to 15 24
1:38 PM — Downing Street and Nick Clegg have both rejected a call by a public health official to consider lowering the age of consent to 15 so that teenagers can have better access to sexual health advice and protections.
Former UKIP MEP reveals she is the UK’s first transgender Parliamentarian 46
1:00 PM — MEP Nikki Sinclaire has come out as Britain's first "sex change parliamentarian" after writing about her gender reassignment journey in a new autobiography.
16th November 2013
Jamaican anti-discrimination organisation calls for celebration of Day for Tolerance 2
2:47 PM — One of the first organisations in Jamaica formed solely to tackle discrimination based on perceived sexual orientation, has invited all Jamaicans to celebrate the international Day for Tolerance.
Actor Alec Baldwin suspended by MSNBC for calling photographer a ‘cocksucking fag’ 19
12:54 AM — Actor Alec Baldwin has been suspended from his MSNBC talk show after hurling anti-gay abuse against a New York photographer.
15th November 2013
Russian court fines Lady Gaga’s concert organiser for ‘promoting’ homosexuality to children 17
5:57 PM — Lady Gaga's promoters in Russia have been fined 20,000 rubles (£380 or $615) for violating the country's controversial anti-gay laws.
US: Hawaii judge defies ‘legal challenge’ against same-sex marriage law 3
4:43 PM — A Hawaii judge on Thursday denied a request from a House Republican to issue a temporary block against the state's new law legalising same-sex marriage.
US: Apple currently removing offensive definition of ‘gay’ from dictionary service 7
3:43 PM — Following outcry after a student discovered an offensive definition of the word “gay” in Apple's MacBook dictionary, the company now appears to be rolling out new versions of the service in an attempt to rectify the issue.
US: Bishop plans ‘exorcism’ for the day Illinois legalises equal marriage 25
2:55 PM — A Catholic bishop in Illinois has planned to hold an "exorcism" for the day the state legalises same-sex marriage.
Samuel L Jackson ‘had no idea’ upcoming role was a gay character 3
1:44 PM — Outspoken LGBT ally and actor Samuel L Jackson has said he was not aware his upcoming role in the film adaption of Stephen King’s ‘Cell' was a gay character.
Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert: ‘Luxembourg’s gay prime minister and deputy PM is LGBT progress for Europe’ 6
1:30 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert says the fact that Luxembourg is set to have both an openly gay prime minister and deputy PM shows “how far Europe has progressed on LGBT issues”.
Alec Baldwin forced to apologise after hurling anti-gay abuse at photographer 5
1:25 PM — Actor Alec Baldwin has been forced to apologise for hurling anti-gay abuse against a New York photographer, after backtracking from insisting he never used a homophobic slur to conceding he would "now retire" one of the words he used from his vocabulary.
Francis Bacon artwork breaks art auction world record at £89 million 8
12:12 PM — A triptych of portraits by the openly gay artist Francis Bacon has become the most expensive artwork ever sold at an auction, totalling £89.6 million.
Pope Francis distributes surveys to Catholics on ‘modern questions’ including gay relationships 48
11:29 AM — Pope Francis has urged members of the Catholic church to fill out surveys on the Vatican's teaching of "modern" topics, including same-sex sexual relationships, in order to gauge whether what the church preaches is still practical in today's society.
Lithuania: Homophobic politician delivers trousers with anal zip to LGBT group 72
11:28 AM — A pair of sexually provocative trousers, featuring a zip directly where a male's buttocks would meet, has been delivered to an LGBT group by a Lithuanian Member of Parliament who equates homosexuality with paedophilia.
US: Gay activists to campaign outside New York Stock Exchange during Russian government visit 1
10:48 AM — Gay activists in New York have planned a demonstration outside Wall Street's federal hall during an upcoming Russian government visit, to campaign against anti-gay laws in the country.
14th November 2013
Study: 238 trans people were murdered across the world in the past 12 months 9
7:16 PM — Brazil and Mexico lead the list for the most reported killings of trans people in the past year, according to the report published yesterday.
David Cameron urged to raise LGBT rights at Commonwealth summit 4
6:16 PM — David Cameron has been told to raise the issue of LGBT rights at the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which begins on Friday in Sri Lanka.
Swaziland confirms young black student suffered anti-gay and racist ‘trauma’ by Russian gang 8
5:22 PM — A young male student has returned to Swaziland having been allegedly tortured in a homophobic and racist fashion by a neo-Nazi Russian gang.
Video: Russian officials spy on LGBT activist meeting to portray Western ‘homosexualist infiltration’ 9
5:08 PM — Russian officials bugged a private strategy meeting of LGBT activists recently, and used the recording as part of a public television exposé on the “threat to Russia” posed by the “homosexualists who attempt to infiltrate our country.”
University of Sussex LGBTQ society removes the word ‘dyke’ over safe space policy 10
3:22 PM — The University of Sussex LGBTQ society has sparked controversy recently, after it asked local lesbian artists to remove the word "dyke" from an advertisement posted onto its Facebook page due to a recent "safe space" policy change.