In the city of Chachapoyas, Peru, gay 18-year-old Joel Molero Sanchez is tortured, murdered, dismembered and burned. His killer, Jorge Davila, claims it was done in self-defense. Last July, Peruvian congress voted not to include sexual orientation or gender identity in their hate crime legislation. Michael Griffin, a Spanish and French teacher with a 12-year tenure at Holy Ghost Catholic School in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, is fired after he files for a same-sex marriage license. Griffin’s long-term relationship with his partner was known to the school, but by obtaining a marriage license, Headmaster James McCloskey says he, “violated the terms of his teaching contract”. Appealing his conviction for involuntary manslaughter, Michael Jackson’s former doctor Conrad Murray tells a Daily Mail interviewer how close they really were. “I held his penis every night. I had to put a condom catheter on him because Michael dripped urine.” German President Joachim Gauck informs the Kremlin he will not attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi due to Russia’s human rights abuses including the anti-gay propaganda law. He becomes the first head of state to boycott the Russian games and his lead is soon followed by French President Francois Hollande and American President Barack Obama. Luxembourg swears in Xavier Bettel, the country’s first openly gay prime minister. In Canberra, WA Labor MP Stephen Dawson and his partner Dennis Liddleton become the first gay couple to be legally married in Australia. The federal government challenges the ACT’s marriage equality law and Australia’s High Court nullifies the weddings.