24th March 2013
US: Senator who reversed position to support equal marriage finds GOP crowd ‘very respectful’ 5
2:34 AM — US Senator Rob Portman, who came out in support of equal marriage last week, spoke at a Republican Party event this weekend, and said that the audience was "very respectful" of his change in stance.
Bishop of Buckingham: Church of England is ‘hypocritical’ for not blessing civil unions 17
1:52 AM — The Bishop of Buckingham, the Right Reverend Dr Alan Wilson, has criticised the Church of England's refusal to allow blessings for civil partnerships, and said that some parishes were ignoring the ban in order to avoid conflict.
23rd March 2013
Rick Perry attacks Madonna for GLAAD Awards boy scout costume appearance 12
2:27 AM — Texas Governor Rick Perry has voiced his distaste at Madonna's recent appearance at the GLAAD Awards, which she attended dressed as a boy scout, and spoke out against the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members.
Sony Pictures co-chairman: Hollywood has to ‘do better’ than allowing anti-gay slurs in films 20
1:55 AM — The co-chairman of Sony Pictures has spoken out about the damaging effect anti-gay slurs and offensive stereotypes can have, emphasising the importance of Hollywood's influence on changing public perception.
22nd March 2013
Starbucks CEO defends equal marriage backing and tells unhappy shareholder to sell stock 17
6:10 PM — The CEO of Starbucks took to defending the company's decision to back equal marriage, in the face of criticism from a shareholder at the company's shareholders meeting.
US: New Jersey Governor announces opposition to ‘gay cure’ therapy 7
5:27 PM — The Governor or New Jersey has official announced his opposition to gay conversion therapy, after previously saying he had been undecided on the issue.
US radio host: ‘Mitt Romney could have won more votes if he had more anti-gay ads’ 12
4:32 PM — Speaking for the Family Research Council (FRC), an adamantly anti-gay campaign group, Gary Bauer claimed that, despite many Republican losses, Mitt Romney only won in the state of North Carolina because of an anti-gay ad campaign.
Death of trans teacher Lucy Meadows prompts calls for Daily Mail to sack Richard Littlejohn 81
3:42 PM — More than 3,500 people have signed an online petition that calls for the Daily Mail to sack its columnist Richard Littlejohn, in the wake of the death of trans teacher Lucy Meadows.
Study: Schools in Colorado considered ‘hostile’ for LGBT students
3:39 PM — A report released this week has found that some schools in the US state of Colorado are considered "hostile" environments for LGBT students.
US: Colorado Governor signs civil unions bill into law 3
2:08 PM — In a historic day for the US state of Colorado, Governor John Hickenlooper signed civil unions into law on Thursday, following several attempts to pass the legislation in recent years.
US: Bill to lift ban on HIV positive organ donation passes Senate committee 7
2:12 AM — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), on Thursday praised a US Senate committee for approving a bill which would allow the donation of HIV positive organs to HIV positive recipients.
US Senator: ‘I’m not gay, so I’m not going to marry one’ 18
1:35 AM — A Republican Senator in the US answered the question of whether his views opposing equal marriage had changed briefly and frankly, saying that they had not.
21st March 2013
US: University pulls state funding from sex education week following Fox News ‘lesbian bondage’ complaint 14
5:25 PM — The University of Tennessee (UT) has made the decision to pull state funding from a week-long sex education event, following a complaint by a Fox News radio host who claimed that it was giving the money to a "lesbian bondage" expert.
Video: Pastor says Sodom and Gomorrah was God’s ‘pilot study’ for ‘homosexual society’ 30
4:39 PM — An anti-gay US pastor has responded to a question on his internet radio show, to say that the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah was meant as God to be a "pilot study", and a way of dealing with "homosexual society".
Conor Maynard and Boy George to perform at London gay festival 2
4:05 PM — Boy George and Conor Maynard have been confirmed as acts to perform at the upcoming As One in the Park festival, a gay outdoor festival in London, later this year.
Taiwan: Gay rights activist to reboot campaign for equal marriage following setback 1
3:22 PM — A gay rights activist in Taiwan has promised to appeal against the country's ban on equal marriage, after being turned down whilst attempting to register to marry his partner.
US: Ohio Methodist Church to launch LGBT-inclusive worship service 1
2:59 PM — A Methodist Church in the US state of Ohio is to launch a new worship service in April, which intends to be fully inclusive of the LGBT community, and to welcome those who may have felt unwelcome in other churches.
US Paediatricians: Equal marriage for same-sex parents is the most beneficial option 5
2:32 PM — A group of top US paediatricians on Thursday announced its endorsement of equal marriage, as a way of ensuring that children receive security and benefits in their upbringing.
US: Mexican food chain cancels sponsorship of key Boy Scouts fundraising event 4
2:02 PM — Mexican food chain Chipotle, has pulled its funding of a Boy Scouts of America event in Utah, after admitting that, due to the organisation's anti-gay policy, Chipotle was in breach of its corporate non-discrimination policy.
US: San Francisco bus ads featuring extreme anti-gay quotes get go ahead 70
1:16 PM — A series of adverts containing strong anti-gay messages are set to appear on buses in the US city of San Francisco later this month. Organisers of the campaign claim that it is intended to raise awareness of anti-gay oppression within Islam.