23rd April 2013
US: New York Boy Scouts troop rejects exclusion of gay adult scout leaders 1
1:53 AM — A local troop of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in central New York, has commended the organisation for proposing to lift its ban on gay members, but has rejected the notion that it may maintain the ban on adult scout leaders.
Paraguay’s new President apologises for saying he would ‘shoot himself’ if his son were gay 14
1:12 AM — The newly elected Paraguayan President who said he would "shoot himself in the testicles", if his son got married to a man, has apologised for the comments.
22nd April 2013
US radio host: ‘STIs and anti-gay violence prove that God thinks homosexuality is wrong’ 45
5:57 PM — A US radio host, and leader of a prominient anti-gay group, has spoken on the radio to say that he takes "reassurance" that the gay community are affected by violence, and by STIs, suggesting it is a sign from God that being gay is wrong.
Video: German Football fans unite in demonstration against homophobia 5
5:39 PM — Fans of a German football team coordinated efforts at a recent match, and demonstrated against homophobia in professional sport.
Bill Clinton: My daughter Chelsea helped me change to support gay rights 9
5:15 PM — In his acceptance speech at the GLAAD Media Awards last weekend, former US President Bill Clinton, noted his daughter's part in his change in stance on the issue of equal marriage.
France: Couple plan to hold first same-sex wedding in Montpellier 6
3:45 PM — Ahead of the French Parliament's final vote on equal marriage, a couple are planning to wed in the southern city of Montpellier, in a ceremony which is set to prove to be symbolic, in the face of strong opposition to equal marriage.
US: Church considering recognition of same-sex marriages and ordination of gay priests 3
3:03 PM — The national conference of the Community of Christ Church has recommended that it change its policy to recognise same-sex marriages
New Zealand MP who gave viral pro-equal marriage speech invited onto Ellen Show 9
2:17 PM — A New Zealand MP whose powerful speech following the country's vote to legalise equal marriage last week went viral, has been invited onto the Ellen show by host Ellen DeGeneres.
20th April 2013
Lord Browne: I am still surprised at how cautious businesses are in accepting diversity 15
5:17 PM — Lord Browne, the former Chief Executive of BP, has spoken out about a current lack of acceptance of diversity in the world of business, and said that for years he was scared to come out as gay.
Rock star Josh Homme: When Elton John offered to feature on my album I thought it was a joke 1
4:35 PM — Expressing his surprise at Elton John's desire to perform on his band's album, Josh Homme said he thought someone was playing a trick on him when he picked up the phone to the Tiny Dancer star.
US: Anti-discrimination bill to protect LGBT students introduced in Congress 1
4:11 PM — Two members of Congress introduced legislation which, if passed, would protect LGBT students against bullying and discrimination.
NFL player came out to a dozen teammates and coaches several years ago 2
3:47 PM — Reports have suggested that, for several years, a currently active NFL player has been openly gay to many teammates, and coaches.
US: Second lawsuit filed against florist which refused to serve same-sex wedding couple 34
1:30 AM — A second lawsuit has been filed against a florist in the US state of Washington which refused to provide its services to a same-sex wedding, citing religious objections.
US: Nevada equal marriage bill amended for religious protection ahead of Senate vote 19
12:52 AM — An equal marriage bill in the US state of Nevada has been subject to an amendment to add protections for religious groups, which says none would be forced to perform same-sex marriages.
19th April 2013
Poll: US Republican Senator Rob Portman loses some support over pro-equal marriage stance 1
5:55 PM — Hardline US Republican Senator Rob Portman, who last month reversed his opposition to equal marriage, has lost some support, mainly from members of his own party, a survey has found.
Cast member: Jennifer Lopez will ‘definitely’ appear in lesbian TV drama
5:21 PM — Jennifer Lopez will "definitely" appear in a cameo in the lesbian television drama she is currently producing, although it might not be in the first few episodes, a cast-member has said.
US church: Thatcher ‘in Hell’ for doing ‘more than anyone else in the UK for fags’ 45
4:47 PM — The US Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), synonymous with its "God hates fags" slogan, prior to her funeral, circulated a document claiming Margaret Thatcher was a "fag enabler", and expressed a desire to picket her funeral, despite being banned from the UK.
France: MPs come to blows during equal marriage debate in parliament 38
4:00 PM — The equal marriage debate in France has come to blows as French Parliamentarians engaged in a heated debate around the issue.
Actor Joel McHale jokes: I deal with gay men hitting on me with ‘a quick, courteous blowjob’ 18
3:26 PM — Actor Joel McHale has humorously addressed rumours about him being gay, saying that he thought it was "flattering" when gay men came onto him, and that the best way to deal with men hitting on him was to offer them a "courteous blowjob".
Video: French filmmaker reaches out to those opposed to equal marriage: ‘Fear not’ 6
2:43 PM — A French filmmaker has posted a YouTube video of himself addressing those in France opposed to legalising equal marriage, in which he reaches out to them, and gives reassurances around common misconceptions linked to same-sex marriage.