2nd May 2013
US: Church to picket basketball playoff games because ‘the NBA is full of fags’ 38
12:50 AM — The adamantly homophobic US Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), synonymous with its “God hates fags” slogan, is to picket two NBA playoff games, denouncing Jason Collins for coming out, and saying that "God hates the NBA" because it is "full of fags".
1st May 2013
Rapper A$AP Rocky: ‘I have respect for gay men who come out of the closet’
6:28 PM — Rap star A$AP Rocky has commented on gay men coming out, saying that he has "more respect" for artists such as Frank Ocean, and sportsmen like Jason Collins, who come out as gay.
American Family Association: Gay rights has turned the world ‘upside down’ 15
6:11 PM — A spokesman for the anti-gay American Family Association has lamented about the advancement of gay rights, and expressed a distaste at the idea that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), may lift its ban on gay members.
US: Church cancels former NFL player’s speech over congratulatory tweet to Jason Collins 13
5:50 PM — A former NFL player and Super Bowl Champion, has had a speaking appearance cancelled by a church over a congratulatory tweet he sent to recently out NBA star, Jason Collins.
US: ESPN regrets ‘distraction’ of reporter’s ‘rebellion to God’ comments about Jason Collins 7
5:14 PM — US television network ESPN has responded to criticism arising from a reporter's recent claim that, in coming out as gay, NBA star Jason Collins was living an "open rebellion to God", to say that it became a "distraction".
Before coming out, Jason Collins wore ’98’ jersey in solidarity with gay community 1
2:31 PM — NBA star Jason Collins, who came out as gay this week, had been making a quiet statement of solidarity with the gay community, every time he stepped out onto the court.
Video: Paul Ryan shifts to support gay adoption but still opposes equal marriage 20
2:40 AM — Former US Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, has shifted his stance to support same-sex couples being allowed to adopt, but has said that he still opposes equal marriage.
Former Leeds footballer who came out as gay in February may return to play in the US 3
2:10 AM — Former Leeds United footballer Robbie Rogers, who came out as gay in February shortly after retiring from the sport, may return to play, as he resumes training with a US team.
Russia: Parades to demonstrate for gay rights in Moscow and St Petersburg, despite anti-gay law 18
1:41 AM — Parades of gay rights demonstrators will take to the streets of Moscow and St Petersburg today, despite a law in the latter, which prohibits the "promotion" of homosexuality.
30th April 2013
NFL player Chris Kluwe on why he supports the gay community: ‘It’s the right thing to do’ 5
5:59 PM — NFL player and human rights campaigner Chris Kluwe has written an impassioned opinion piece in which he addresses the question of why, as a straight man, he supports the gay community.
Video: Project launched to ‘eradicate homophobia’ from Christian teachings 22
5:30 PM — A new project has been launched in the US, in an attempt to end homophobia in the Christian church, to reform Christian teachings on homosexuality, and to give gay Christians a voice in the church.
Bryan Fischer: Jason Collins will be rejected by teammates for ‘eyeballing’ them in the shower 26
5:00 PM — US Christian radio host Bryan Fischer, has weighed in on media attention surrounding NBA star Jason Collins' coming out, to say that teammates, and teams would reject him because he would be "eyeballing" men in the shower.
US radio host: If they allow gay members, ‘what will Boy Scout leaders say to Jesus when they meet him?’ 23
3:59 PM — A US Christian radio host has questioned what the "monster" Boy Scouts of America's leaders will "say to Jesus when the meet him", if they allow gay members.
Video: ESPN reporter says Jason Collins’ coming out is an ‘open rebellion to God’ 37
3:33 PM — A reporter on US television sports channel ESPN, has commented on the coming out of NBA star Jason Collins, to say that he thinks it is an "open rebellion to God", and that "lifestyle", is "a sin".
Brazil: Catholic priest excommunicated after resigning over church opposition to homosexuality 23
12:43 PM — A Catholic priest in Brazil has been excommunicated after he publicly resigned in protest against the church's opposition to gay rights.
Snoop Lion: There will be an openly gay rap star ‘in the near future’ 2
12:45 AM — Snoop Lion, rap-turned-reggae artist, who has been vocal in supporting gay rights, but who has in the past noted the difficulty faced by a gay rap artist wanting to come out, has said that he thinks "in the near future" it will be much easier.
US: NFL player tweets homophobic message hours after first NBA player comes out as gay 26
12:30 AM — Just hours after the NBA's Jason Collins became first openly gay athlete in any major US team sport came out, a player from the NFL tweeted to say that he didn't understand why a male athlete would "wanna mess with other guys".
Michelle Obama to first gay US basketball player: ‘We’ve got your back’ 4
12:04 AM — First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, as well as thousands of others, have tweeted their support for Jason Collins, the professional basketball player who became the first openly gay athlete in any major US team sport.
29th April 2013
South Africa: Dead teen was beaten, starved and forced to eat faeces at camp linked to ‘gay conversion’ 67
6:17 PM — A court has heard how a teenage boy in South Afica died from severe and substantial injuries sustained while attending a camp which has been linked to "gay conversion", after allegedly being beaten, starved, and forced to eat his own faeces.
Northern Ireland: Protests take place at Assembly as equal marriage measures fail again 11
5:07 PM — Northern Ireland's Assembly on Monday voted narrowly to reject legislation to legalise equal marriage in the country.