28th April 2013
US: Gay rights groups disappointed as immigration reform bill leaves out same-sex couples 10
3:07 PM — Gay rights organisations pushing for same-sex couples to be included in an immigration reform bill in Washington, have expressed worry as a version of the bill introduced this month makes no mention of same-sex couples.
US: Republican donor group lends financial clout to equal marriage efforts 4
2:37 PM — A national group of donors to the US Republican Party is funnelling new money into an effort to lobby Republican lawmakers into voting in favour of legalising equal marriage.
26th April 2013
US radio host: Beware of plan to ‘homosexualize the Scouts’ through ‘boy-on-boy homosexual promotion’ 18
6:42 PM — A US radio host has spoken out against the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) recent announcement that it may lift its ban on gay members, but retain its ban on gay scout leaders, to say it would be "dangerous", and would "homosexualize" the organisation.
US: Fourth grade student on equal marriage: ‘If it creeps you out just get over it’ 5
6:22 PM — An essay by a fourth grade student in the US which was posted on the internet has gone viral, as it tells opponents to equal marriage to "get over it", if it "creeps them out".
US: Bill to ban ‘ex-gay’ therapy to be introduced in New York 3
5:47 PM — Two Democratic Senators in the US state of New York have announced plans to introduce legislation to outlaw the practice of controversial "gay conversion therapy".
Vladimir Putin: Russia may change its law to stop foreign gay couples from adopting our orphans 8
4:33 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin, has confirmed reports that the country may change its agreements for the foreign adoption of Russian children, in the light of France legalising equal marriage, to prevent gay, married couples from adopting.
US: ‘Ex-gay’ 1990s ambassador says he’s always been gay and apologises for campaign 41
4:02 PM — The former face of an "ex-gay conversion therapy" campaign from the 1990s, has left his wife and said he has always been gay, despite claiming throughout the campaign that he had "turned" straight.
Sweden: High school to open gender-neutral changing room 1
2:07 PM — A high school in Sweden is opening a gender-neutral changing room, in order to cater for trans, students and those who "aren't comfortable being divided into gender stereotypes."
US: Openly gay basketball star lands endorsement deal with Nike 2
2:44 AM — An openly-gay basketball star in the US, who came out last week in an interview, has signed an endorsement deal with sports giant Nike.
US: Philadelphia City Council passes landmark bill for LGBT benefits 2
2:26 AM — The City Council in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has approved a bill which has been hailed as landmark legislation for strengthening LGBT rights in the city.
25th April 2013
Jennifer Lopez’s new television show inspired by late lesbian aunt
6:19 PM — A new television drama, produced by singer-turned-actor Jennifer Lopez, was inspired by her late aunt, who was gay, the star has revealed.
Video: Eagle Scout and LGBT activist speaks out against Boy Scouts anti-gay ban 1
5:47 PM — The founder of an organisation which advocates against the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) anti-gay policy, has released a video of himself telling his, and his mother's story, and has emphasised the importance of the organisation lifting its ban entirely.
US: Nevada Senator who came out during equal marriage debate ‘didn’t expect to’ 4
5:21 PM — A US Senator in the state of Nevada has addressed the fact that he came out during a debate around the state's equal marriage bill, and has said he did not plan to, but that he acted on "impulse".
US radio host: It was right for school to discriminate against gay teacher, like they would against a shoplifter 16
3:48 PM — Bryan Fischer a US radio host, and spokesman for the American Family Association, has weighed in on the debate around a gay teacher who was fired by a Catholic school for naming her same-sex partner in her mother's obituary.
France: Anti-gay MP accidentally votes in favour of equal marriage 31
3:00 PM — An anti-gay French MP, who strongly opposes equal marriage, accidentally voted in favour of it during a parliamentary debate on Tuesday.
Topless anti-homophobia protesters soak Belgian archbishop with water during debate 31
2:05 PM — Topless activists from human rights protest group FEMEN have demonstrated during a Catholic Church debate in Brussels, Belgium, soaking the country's Catholic leader with water.
Colombia: Senate defies Supreme Court to reject equal marriage bill 25
12:39 AM — The Colombian Senate on Wednesday rejected a bill which would have allowed same-sex couples the right to marry.
US: Connecticut Senate votes to restore benefits to veterans denied them under ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ 3
12:19 AM — The Senate in the US state of Connecticut on Wednesday voted to approve a bill which would restore state benefits to gay and lesbian veterans who were previously refused them under the US military's former Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
24th April 2013
Vatican newspaper: ‘Francois Hollande did not pay attention to French opposition to equal marriage’ 44
11:36 PM — The Vatican's semi-official newspaper has taken a swipe at French President Francois Hollande, claiming that he ignored the "many voices" of French people who opposed equal marriage.
US: Rhode Island Senate passes equal marriage bill 2
11:06 PM — The Senate in the US state of Rhode Island today voted to pass a bill to legalise equal marriage, putting the state in a position to become the tenth to legalise same-sex marriage.