18th April 2013
US: Boy Scout leader fired for being gay delivers 64,000 petition for scouts to drop anti-gay policy 5
1:35 AM — A former scout leader who signed up to help at the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) when his son joined up, but who was made to step down because he is gay, has delivered a petition with over 64,000 signatures to one of the BSA's major donors.
Andrew Garfield: Of course I support equal marriage, how can you argue against compassion? 6
1:00 AM — British actor Andrew Garfield has come out in strong support of equal marriage, questioning how anybody can "argue against compassion and understanding".
17th April 2013
Over a thousand Australian same-sex couples to travel to New Zealand to wed 8
6:44 PM — According to a survey by an equal marriage advocacy group, over a thousand Australian gay and lesbian couples are to travel to New Zealand in order to get married, now that equal marriage is set to become law there.
Trans mixed martial arts fighter to make television debut since being forced to come out 2
6:17 PM — A mixed martial arts fighter, who was forced out as transgender last month, is to make her television debut in what will be her third fight since she came out.
US: Appeals court to hear arguments around constitutionality of California ‘gay cure’ ban 8
5:43 PM — The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals is on Wednesday to hear arguments around California's law prohibiting "gay cure" therapy, as administered by mental health professionals.
US: Ohio Boy Scouts donors urged to push to allow gay members 1
4:36 PM — Members of a pro-gay advocacy group Scouts for Equality, has begun work to push gay-friendly donors to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), to question the organisation's ban on gay volunteers, members and staff.
Video: New Zealand Parliament breaks into song as equal marriage bill is passed 44
4:09 PM — As the Parliament of New Zealand passed a bill to allow equal marriage in the country, those in attendance of the reading broke into song, once it was announced that it had passed.
France: Newly appointed Archbishop of Paris continues anti-equal marriage legacy 6
3:37 PM — The new Archbishop of Paris, the highest position in French Catholicism, has been appointed, and as the outgoing archbishop used his final speech to voice strong opposition to equal marriage, his replacement holds similar views.
Video: First major college American football coach speaks out in acceptance of gay players 1
1:35 AM — The first major college football coach has come out to invite gay athletes to play for his team, in a video advocating against homophobia in sport.
US: Major League Soccer player suspended for using homophobic slur
12:35 AM — A Major League Soccer (MLS) player in the US who previously apologised for using a homophobic slur against another player during a recent match, has been suspended for three games, and fined an undisclosed amount.
16th April 2013
Magic Johnson’s son EJ on coming out publicly: ‘I can only be myself’
6:17 PM — The son of US basketball star Magic Johnson has spoken out to express surprise at the public interest surrounding his sexuality, since he recently went out hand-in-hand with his boyfriend.
France: Archbishop of Paris warns that equal marriage will lead to a more violent society 87
5:56 PM — France's top Catholic bishop has warned against legalising equal marriage, saying that it could lead to a more violent society.
Poll: 62% of New Jersey residents would vote in favour of equal marriage 3
4:39 PM — A new poll has revealed that almost two-thirds of voters in the US state of New Jersey would vote in favour of legalising equal marriage.
DIY rainbow crossings pop up across the world to protest removal of Sydney LGBT landmark 10
3:17 PM — Since the removal of a rainbow road crossing in Sydney, which became an iconic symbol for the LGBT community, those protesting the decision have taken matters into their own hands, creating their own crossings across Australia, and around the world.
US: Texas bill introduced to tackle anti-LGBT workplace discrimination 2
2:56 PM — A bill to combat discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation, has been introduced in the US State of Texas, and despite knowing it is unlikely to pass, the bill's proponents hope it will spark a discussion on the issue.
New Zealand expected to give final approval to equal marriage bill 23
2:36 PM — New Zealand's Parliament is on Wednesday expected to give final approval to a bill which would legalise equal marriage in the country.
Hawaii: Judge rules in favour of lesbian couple turned away by B&B 6
1:46 AM — The judge in the case of a US lesbian couple who sued a bed and breakfast in Hawaii which denied them a room because of their sexuality, has ruled in favour of the couple.
US: Baseball team is first professional sports franchise to receive GLAAD award
1:30 AM — A Major League Baseball team from San Francisco is to become the first professional sports franchise to be honoured with a GLAAD Media Award at the 24th annual ceremony next month.
Study: Equal marriage could bring $42 million to Minnesota economy over three years 8
1:10 AM — A new study has estimated that, if legalised, equal marriage could bring large economic boosts to the US state of Minnesota.
15th April 2013
US: University sets up scholarship to support gay students and straight allies 4
6:10 PM — A US university has set up a fund to help out gay students who struggle financially after rejection from their families after coming out, as well as straight students who lose funding after supporting gay classmates.