21st February 2013
US: California lawmaker introduces bill to remove tax-exempt status from Boy Scouts 8
1:57 PM — A Californian lawmaker has introduced a bill which would remove the tax exempt status from youth groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, if they uphold policies excluding gay members.
GLAAD: ‘What the hell is going on with the Associated Press guidance on gay couples?’ 14
1:55 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has struck out at the Associated Press over a recent announcement that it would uphold guidelines published on 11 February that stated that reporters should “generally” not refer to same-sex married couples as “husbands” or “wives”.
Puerto Rico: Supreme Court upholds gay adoption ban 2
1:24 AM — The Supreme Court in Puerto Rico voted on Wednesday to uphold a law banning same-sex couples from adopting children.
20th February 2013
Australia: Christian youth camp appeals against discrimination ruling 5
5:55 PM — A Christian youth camp which was ordered to pay damages for discriminating against a gay youth support charity in 2010 when it refused to accept its booking, has begun an appeal against the court's ruling.
Irish Education Minister: ‘Education plays a key role in tackling homophobia and transphobia’ 13
5:22 PM — The Irish Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn today opened a European Union conference on homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools, and emphasised the importance education plays in reducing such prejudice.
US: Poll shows that half of Illinois residents support equal marriage
4:59 PM — A poll of Illinois residents has found that half of people living in the state supported a bill to legalise equal marriage, with the percentage in opposition to it much lower.
Poll: 59% of Americans oppose the Defense of Marriage Act 4
3:44 PM — A new poll has found that almost two thirds of Americans registered to vote oppose the Defense of Marriage Act, and that just over half support equal marriage for same-sex couples.
Kelly Clarkson says bisexual producer Clive Davis bullied her and his memoir was ‘mixed up’ 3
2:53 PM — Singer songwriter Kelly Clarkson, has hit out at bisexual record executive Clive Davis, who produced some of her music, saying that he "bullied" her, and said she was a "sh*tty writer".
Tony Perkins: ‘The Boy Scouts should have a policy like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ 13
1:44 PM — The President of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins has again voiced his opinion that the Boy Scouts of America should leave intact its ban on gay volunteers members and staff, saying that a policy similar to the repealed ban on openly gay people serving int he military would be appropriate.
US: Washington DC bill could make legal birth certificate gender alterations easier 1
1:47 AM — A bill introduced on Tuesday could make it easier for transgender residents of Washington DC to legally alter the gender on their birth certificate, by eliminating the need for a court order to do so.
Hopeful for papal office: ‘African traditions protect against homosexual tendency’ 66
1:11 AM — The cardinal who many sources have named as favourite to become the next Pope, has said in an interview that he thinks African culture "protects against" homosexuality.
19th February 2013
US Head of Christian group suggests that same-sex parents should be ‘cast into the sea’ 45
6:08 PM — The executive director of a Christian anti-gay group in the US has referred to a study which claimed that children of gay parents were worse off than those with straight parents, and quoted scripture which read that those doubting God should be "cast into the sea".
US: Key player in Obama re-election campaign seeks to remove Ohio equal marriage ban
4:31 PM — One of the key players in President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has joined efforts in the US state of Ohio to repeal its ban on equal marriage.
Ireland: Kerry County Council votes in favour of marriage equality 3
3:46 PM — Kerry County Council passed a motion in support of equal marriage on Monday, becoming the latest local authority in Ireland to vote in favour of marriage equality.
Rapper Azealia Banks attacks GLAAD for criticism over calling Perez Hilton a ‘faggot’ 44
2:49 PM — American rapper Azealia Banks, has turned her attention to gay rights groups after receiving heavy criticism for an argument with blogger Perez Hilton, during which she called him a "faggot" for a second time.
Video, NBA star: ‘No one can tell me I can’t have two mothers, because I really do’ 3
1:49 PM — An American NBA star has recorded a video introducing his two mothers, and in it he says "Nobody can ever tell me that I can't have two mothers, because I really do."
Bahamas: Chief Justice predicts that equal marriage will be addressed in court soon 9
1:00 AM — The Bahamian Chief Justice has said that he believes that courts will address the issue of equal marriage soon in the country.
US: Texas lawmakers hope to repeal state ban on equal marriage 5
12:11 AM — Lawmakers in the US state of Texas are hoping to repeal the state's ban on equal marriage, despite strong opposition.
18th February 2013
Australia: Trans and intersex inclusive birth certificate amendments considered by lawmakers
9:02 PM — Birth certificates in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) could soon be more inclusive of transgender and intersex people, by ceasing to require gender reassignment before allowing people to alter the gender on a birth certificate.
US: Black Keys drummer receives homophobic abuse from Justin Bieber fans over feud 9
5:02 PM — The drummer of US band the Black Keys, has faced a tirade of homophobic abuse over Twitter from Justin Bieber fans, after he changed his picture and username, and pretended to be him.