31st May 2013
US: Pressure mounts on Illinois House to vote on equal marriage bill before end of session 1
1:13 AM — Equal marriage advocates in the US state of Illinois are pushing for the House to vote on equal marriage, before this session, on Friday.
New York mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn: I feel uneasy that people might judge me for being gay 4
12:56 AM — Openly gay New York City Mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn, has released an extract from her autobiography, in which she reflects on sometimes feeling "a faint sense of unease", that she might be judged for being gay.
US: New Jersey Senate delays vote on gay ‘cure therapy’ ban 1
12:22 AM — The Senate in the US state of New Jersey has delayed a vote on whether or not to ban the controversial practice of gay "conversion therapy" on minors.
30th May 2013
Author slams Cannes-winner lesbian film which was based on her graphic novel 17
6:06 PM — The author of the graphic novel on which the winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes film festival was based, has slammed the film, saying that its lesbian sex scenes were "ridiculous", and compared them to porn.
London counselling service awarded honour for LGBT inclusivity 2
4:05 PM — A counselling service in London has been honoured with an award for its inclusive practice and work with LGBT couples.
US: Michigan bill would repeal state ban on equal marriage 8
2:22 PM — Senators in Michigan are to attempt to repeal the state's constitutional amendment which bans same-sex marriage.
Australia: Equal marriage groups call for legal recognition of overseas same-sex marriages 5
1:02 PM — Following the first same-sex wedding to take place in France yesterday, Australian advocates of equal marriage are now calling for the recognition of overseas same-sex marriages.
Union J star Jaymi Hensley: David Cameron is right, equal marriage will change the lives of many 3
12:37 PM — Union J star Jaymi Hensley, has opened up to PinkNews.co.uk about his strong support from fans for being open about being gay, and that he is excited about the equal marriage debate in Parliament, as he feels strongly that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
Anti-equal marriage leader sends ‘best wishes’ to France’s first married gay couple 78
1:56 AM — One of the leaders of France's vocal anti-equal marriage campaign has sent her "best wishes" to the first gay couple to marry in the country, in a historic ceremony in Montpellier on Wednesday, but has vowed to keep fighting to now attempt a repeal of the country's new equal marriage law.
US: Bill to remove tax-exempt status from Boy Scouts passes California Senate 20
1:38 AM — A bill which would remove the tax-exempt status of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), unless it fully accepted gay members, volunteers, and staff, has been approved in the Senate in the US state of California.
29th May 2013
Party Whips accused of threatening an MP’s career over equal marriage opposition 21
6:27 PM — In a letter sent to peers ahead of next week's second reading of the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, a group of MPs have accused party Whips of threatening the careers of MPs opposed to equal marriage, despite there being a free vote on the Bill in the House of Commons.
France: Landmark first same-sex wedding takes place in Montpellier 33
5:12 PM — France's first same-sex wedding ceremony has taken place in the city of Montpellier, with the presence of the world's media, and which was described by the city's mayor as "historic".
France: Media awaits as guests arrive through security for first same-sex wedding 11
4:03 PM — The media are awaiting the beginning of France's first same-sex wedding in Montpellier, which is set to take place in less than an hour, as guests arrive, bags are checked, and security is on high alert.
Australia: Removed Sydney rainbow crossing to be replaced with permanent installation 6
3:52 PM — A permanent installation is to be made in Sydney, following outrage when a rainbow crossing was removed in April, despite strong calls to leave it in place.
Lauryn Hill condemned for ‘homophobic’ lyrics on new track 42
2:54 PM — US singer Lauryn HIll has been slammed by critics for her latest song, which some said contains "homophobic" lyrics, and portrays drag queens, as a negative aspect of modern society.
France: Montpellier on high alert as first same-sex couple get ready to marry 8
1:48 PM — The French city of Montpellier is on high alert for the country's first ever same-sex wedding, which is to take place later today, as supporters gear up for the landmark ceremony, and police are on high alert due to threats against the city's mayor.
US: First college men’s basketball player to come out: ‘You’ve got to be comfortable with who you are’ 5
2:08 AM — Following the lead of other professional athletes to come out and continue playing in a US professional team sport, a Kansas college men's basketball player, appears to have become the first to come out during a college career, and said: "If you are comfortable with yourself, you can do anything."
US: Louisiana bill would block gay couples from surrogate parenting 4
1:36 AM — A bill introduced in the Senate, in the US state of Louisiana will block gay, and unmarried couples from being able to become parents by using surrogates, by requiring that all parents using such a process, are married.
28th May 2013
US gay Catholic priest: ‘I can’t reconcile my silence as a gay priest, with anti-gay Catholic teaching’ 16
6:28 PM — Writing in his book, a gay Catholic priest in the US state of Missouri, has reflected on coming out as gay in within the church, and how he went against its official teachings against homosexuality to do so.
Chelsea Clinton: It is ‘fundamental’ to allow same-sex couples to marry
6:01 PM — Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea, has said she wants to dedicate her time towards international health efforts and towards gay rights, including equal marriage, which she said was a "fundamental human imperative".