19th May 2012
Virginia: Republicans block first openly gay judge 42
6:20 PM — Senior Democrats in Virginia have cried foul after Republicans in the general assembly moved to block the appointment of what would have been the state's first openly gay judge.
18th May 2012
New York mural compares gay rights in Israel to its neighbours 83
11:23 PM — A mural in New York's West Village has provoked controversy by depicting gay rights in Israel and comparing it to the status of LGBT people in the countries that neighbour and surround it.
Maryland: Equal marriage not legal yet, but divorce for gay couples is okay 8
10:41 PM — The highest court in Maryland has ruled today that while the state recognises only heterosexual marriages, gay couples married in other states can have their marriages dissolved in the state.
Video: Raggae star Beenie Man renounces homophobia, supports gay rights 74
10:06 PM — The Jamaican reggae singer Beenie Man, whose songs have often been the subject of pronounced controversy over its violently homophobic content, has released a new video where he appears to renounce his anti-gay stance, and proclaims support for gay rights.
Disneyland champions gay rights in Japan 17
9:23 PM — Disneyland has become an unlikely champion of gay rights in Japan, by allowing same-sex couples to marry on its premises, even though same-sex relationships have no legal recognition in the country.
13th May 2012
Newsweek names Obama as the first ‘gay’ president 76
9:07 PM — Within days of President Obama formally declaring his support for equal marriage, the American magazine Newsweek has named him the first 'gay' president in its front cover.
UK is the ‘best place in Europe’ to be gay 96
2:40 PM — For all the anti-equality campaigns by some politicians and right-wing religious groups, United Kingdom has been chosen as the best place in Europe for gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in terms of legal rights, according to a study by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) Europe.
12th May 2012
Update: ‘Homophobic’ woman from Nebraska ‘has mental health problems’ 151
11:22 PM — A woman who made startlingly graphic and homophobic comments during an anti-discrimination legislative hearing in Lincoln Nebraska, the video of which went viral within days, has been described as 'having mental health problems' and being diagnosed with schizophrenia.
North Carolina Governor denounces Amendment One 36
6:32 PM — The Governor of North Carolina, Democrat Beverly "Bev" Perdue, has denounced the recent passage of Amendment One, which outlaws all civil unions outside heterosexual marriage, which she said made the state "look like Mississipi."
Australia: Victims of a Facebook hate group sue the military 7
5:25 PM — Just as Australian military marks the twentieth anniversary of making it possible for gay men and women to serve openly in the military, the victims of a Facebook hate page that revealed and threatened gay members serving therein, have filed a law suit over the army's handling of the scandal.
Law Society bans anti-equality conference organised by World Congress of Families 67
4:12 PM — The Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, has banned a conference organised by the World Congress of Families, an organisation that considers only a heterosexual marriage as the centre of a "natural family."
11th May 2012
Costa Rica: Vice Presidents endorse equal rights for gay couples 4
10:58 PM — The vice presidents of Costa Rica, Alfio Piva and Luis Liberman have said, in an interview with Amelia Rueda, that gay couples deserve the same rights as heterosexuals, though they stopped short of endorsing equal marriage.
Poll: 51% of Americans agree with Obama’s support of equal marriage 13
9:46 PM — More than half of Americans have said that they approve of President Obama's support for equal marriage, though 60% of the respondents also said that this announcement would have no bearing on their voting decisions, according to a Gallup/USA Today poll released this evening.
Video: ‘Insanely homophobic’ public hearing on anti-discrimination in Lincoln, Nebraska 143
8:34 PM — A startlingly homophobic and inaccurately graphic video of a woman testifying at non-discrimination ordinance hearings in Lincoln, Nebraska, has gone viral in the LGBT blogosphere, within a day of its being put online.
10th May 2012
Leon Panetta: Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ going ‘very well’ 7
10:55 PM — The US Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta, said today that the repeal of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) policy, which prohibited openly gay personnel from serving in the military, has not affected military morale or readiness.
Chile passes hate crime bill in the wake of gay man’s killing 13
9:40 PM — In the wake of a national outcry over the homophobic killing of a young man, the Chilean Congress has approved an anti-discrimination bill that outlaws discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, gender, and/or sexual orientation.
Romney bullied gay classmates, US media reports 106
9:00 PM — The Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, was forced to apologise today, just hours after the Washington Post reported that he had held down a gay classmate, and cut off his bleached blond hair when he was a student at an elite private school.
9th May 2012
California set to pass a bill to ban ‘conversion therapies’ 37
11:13 PM — In a bill that is the first of its kind, California looks set to partially ban so-called 'conversion' or 'reparative' therapy that claims to 'wean people off' their homosexuality.
Reactions to Obama’s endorsement of equal marriage begin to flow 83
10:16 PM — Politicians and gay rights activists have begun to react to President Obama's announcement today that he supports equal marriage for same-sex couples.
Harvey Milk to be honoured with a street name in San Diego 5
9:53 PM — A two-block street in San Diego's Hillcrest neighbourhood will be re-named in honour of Harvey Milk to mark his 82nd birthday.