30th August 2013
Russell Tovey lands gay role in US television series about gay men looking for love 12
2:54 PM — British actor Russell Tovey has taken on the role of a gay character in a US television series by HBO, after saying earlier this year that he thought it would be "more of a risk" to take on a gay role earlier this year.
US: IRS announces recognition of same-sex marriages for federal tax purposes 10
2:28 PM — The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), has announced that same-sex couples who are legally married will now be recognised for federal tax purposes, irrespective of their home state's legal position on equal marriage.
29th August 2013
Procter and Gamble announces support for federal US employment nondiscrimination legislation 3
7:44 PM — Consumer goods company Procter and Gamble has joined a coalition of businesses backing a bipartisan effort of end workplace discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity.
US: Appeals court upholds California ban on ‘gay cure’ therapy 7
7:12 PM — A federal appeals court in the US on Thursday upheld a ban in the US state of California on the extremely controversial practice of gay '"conversion" therapy for minors.
US: New Mexico GOP slams judge for ‘reckless’ ruling to allow equal marriage 5
6:41 PM — A Republican US Representative has heavily criticised a New Mexico judge's ruling earlier this week which paved the way to the legal recognition of same-sex marriage in the state.
US: New Mexico lesbian couple denied marriage licence file lawsuit against state 2
6:01 PM — A lesbian couple in the county of Sandoval, New Mexico, has filed a lawsuit after being denied a marriage licence.
Russian artist who painted Putin in women’s underwear flees to France for political asylum 18
5:35 PM — The artist behind a painting of Russian President Vladimir Putin wearing women's clothes which was seized by police earlier this week, has fled Russia seeking political asylum.
Yemen: Al-Qaeda suspects kill man they believed was gay 14
4:12 PM — Suspected members of Al-Qaeda on Thursday shot dead a Yemeni man who they believed was gay, a security official has said.
US: Hawaii Governor attempts to push lawmakers towards legalising equal marriage 2
3:51 PM — The Governor of the US state of Hawaii on Wednesday moved to push lawmakers into beginning the process of legalising equal marriage.
US: Judge rules that trans prisoner should be given assessment for gender reassignment
1:27 PM — The judge in a case of a trans woman prisoner serving a 73-year sentence has ruled that she should be evaluated for gender reassignment surgery.
28th August 2013
US: New Jersey Senate nominee: It’s funny when people question if I’m gay and I say ‘so what if I am?’ 25
7:41 PM — The mayor of Newark, New Jersey Cory Booker, who is the Democratic nominee in the state's US Senate special election has surprised some this week amid speculation about his sexuality.
Study: Two-thirds of US businesses want clarification on Supreme Court DOMA ruling 5
7:21 PM — Two-thirds of US employers are in need of clarification and guidance on the impact of a Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) from earlier this year, a new study has found.
Actress Michelle Hardwick: Starring in Emmerdale helped me to publicly come out as gay 3
6:59 PM — Star of British soap opera Emmerdale, Michelle Hardwick, has said that her role in the television series helped her to come out as gay publicly.
Singer Demi Lovato to join cast of Glee as lesbian lover during Beatles episode 6
6:29 PM — US singer songwriter Demi Lovato is to join the cast of hit television series Glee as the lesbian love interest of character Santana.
One Direction strip off to auction their clothes in aid of anti-bullying campaign 4
6:06 PM — UK boy band One Direction have teamed up with a US retailer in order to fight bullying, by taking off their clothes, and auctioning them in aid of the cause.
Gay rapper to Macklemore: ‘Gay people don’t care about your video about gay people’ 25
4:47 PM — An openly gay rapper and producer from New York City went on a tirade denouncing straight rap star Macklemore after his performance at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) at the weekend, of a hit which carries a strong message of support for equal marriage.
Mother of man accused of beating trans woman to death in NYC ‘forced his friend to confess’
4:00 PM — The mother of a man accused of beating a trans woman to death in a suspected transphobic attack in New York City, reportedly took one of his friends to the police station, and forced him to confess to the crime.
US televangelist: ‘Gay people purposely spread HIV by cutting people with special rings’ 33
3:19 PM — A US televangelist has claimed that gay men have been purposely spreading HIV using special rings which cut the hand of strangers they shake hands with.
27th August 2013
Walmart extends health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners 6
7:56 PM — The largest retailer in the US, Walmart, has announced that it is to offer health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners beginning next year.
Police seize painting of Russian President Vladimir Putin wearing women’s underwear 50
7:22 PM — Police in the Russian city of St Petersburg have seized a number of pieces of art, including a satirical portrait of President Vladimir Putin wearing women's underwear for violating undetermined laws.