22nd April 2013
New Zealand MP who gave viral pro-equal marriage speech invited onto Ellen Show 9
2:17 PM — A New Zealand MP whose powerful speech following the country's vote to legalise equal marriage last week went viral, has been invited onto the Ellen show by host Ellen DeGeneres.
20th April 2013
Lord Browne: I am still surprised at how cautious businesses are in accepting diversity 15
5:17 PM — Lord Browne, the former Chief Executive of BP, has spoken out about a current lack of acceptance of diversity in the world of business, and said that for years he was scared to come out as gay.
Rock star Josh Homme: When Elton John offered to feature on my album I thought it was a joke 1
4:35 PM — Expressing his surprise at Elton John's desire to perform on his band's album, Josh Homme said he thought someone was playing a trick on him when he picked up the phone to the Tiny Dancer star.
US: Anti-discrimination bill to protect LGBT students introduced in Congress 1
4:11 PM — Two members of Congress introduced legislation which, if passed, would protect LGBT students against bullying and discrimination.
NFL player came out to a dozen teammates and coaches several years ago 2
3:47 PM — Reports have suggested that, for several years, a currently active NFL player has been openly gay to many teammates, and coaches.
US: Second lawsuit filed against florist which refused to serve same-sex wedding couple 34
1:30 AM — A second lawsuit has been filed against a florist in the US state of Washington which refused to provide its services to a same-sex wedding, citing religious objections.
US: Nevada equal marriage bill amended for religious protection ahead of Senate vote 19
12:52 AM — An equal marriage bill in the US state of Nevada has been subject to an amendment to add protections for religious groups, which says none would be forced to perform same-sex marriages.
19th April 2013
Poll: US Republican Senator Rob Portman loses some support over pro-equal marriage stance 1
5:55 PM — Hardline US Republican Senator Rob Portman, who last month reversed his opposition to equal marriage, has lost some support, mainly from members of his own party, a survey has found.
Cast member: Jennifer Lopez will ‘definitely’ appear in lesbian TV drama
5:21 PM — Jennifer Lopez will "definitely" appear in a cameo in the lesbian television drama she is currently producing, although it might not be in the first few episodes, a cast-member has said.
US church: Thatcher ‘in Hell’ for doing ‘more than anyone else in the UK for fags’ 45
4:47 PM — The US Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), synonymous with its "God hates fags" slogan, prior to her funeral, circulated a document claiming Margaret Thatcher was a "fag enabler", and expressed a desire to picket her funeral, despite being banned from the UK.
France: MPs come to blows during equal marriage debate in parliament 38
4:00 PM — The equal marriage debate in France has come to blows as French Parliamentarians engaged in a heated debate around the issue.
Actor Joel McHale jokes: I deal with gay men hitting on me with ‘a quick, courteous blowjob’ 18
3:26 PM — Actor Joel McHale has humorously addressed rumours about him being gay, saying that he thought it was "flattering" when gay men came onto him, and that the best way to deal with men hitting on him was to offer them a "courteous blowjob".
Video: French filmmaker reaches out to those opposed to equal marriage: ‘Fear not’ 6
2:43 PM — A French filmmaker has posted a YouTube video of himself addressing those in France opposed to legalising equal marriage, in which he reaches out to them, and gives reassurances around common misconceptions linked to same-sex marriage.
US: As controversy dies down over anti-gay remarks, NFL’s Chris Culliver in trouble again 9
2:09 PM — NFL player Chris Culliver, who shortly before playing in the Super Bowl was involved in a controversy over his anti-gay remarks, is now facing trouble over publicly posting a text message conversation in which women are referred to as "bitch" and "hoes".
US: Woman who faked homophobic hate crime given jail sentence 5
2:36 AM — A Nebraska woman who faked an anti-gay hate crime in an attempt to progress the gay rights movement, and claimed she was handcuffed, and had anti-gay slurs carved into her skin, has been found guilty of false reporting and sentenced to a week in prison.
Canada: Imam who compared homosexuality with cancer said comments were taken out of context 37
1:54 AM — An imam who was recorded giving a speech to school children at a publicly-funded private school in Canada, during which he said homosexuality was a "special case" like cancer, AIDS and diabetes, has said his comments were taken out of context.
18th April 2013
US: Basketball star Brittney Griner comes out as gay: ‘just be who you are’ 1
6:56 PM — US basketball star Brittney Griner has come out as gay, and offered advice for young women looking up to her to "just be who you are", and not worry about what other people might be thinking.
US: Major League Soccer player vows to use suspension for anti-gay slur ‘for the good’
6:11 PM — A Major League Soccer player in the US who was suspended for three games after using an anti-gay slur, has again expressed remorse, and said that he wants to use the opportunity of the media "for the good", and to make amends for his actions.
Video: New Zealand MP: ‘We are only legalising equal marriage, not declaring nuclear war’ 14
4:27 PM — The video of a New Zealand MP's impassioned speech following a vote to legalise equal marriage in the country, has gone viral, as he poked fun at those opposed to the measure, and emphasised its importance.
Gay police officer featured on Boston Marathon bombing Sports Illustrated cover 1
3:50 PM — An openly gay police officer of the Boston Police Department who was present during Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, has been featured in an iconic image which has been used on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated magazine.