26th July 2012
Target releases a gay-friendly ad 15
11:33 PM — US retailer Target has been praised for advertising depicting a gay male couple on their wedding day. The ad, highlighting the company's wedding gift registry service, shows a male couple holding hands. The taglines say: "That's Love" and "Be Yourself. Together."
Small HIV study raises hopes of ‘functional cure’ 5
11:31 PM — A small HIV study carried out in France has raised hopes of finding a "functional cure". Twelve patients were able to stop taking HIV medication and maintained a low level of the virus in their bodies for a median of six years.
Glee star Chris Colfer set to top New York Times bestseller list 3
11:29 PM — Glee actor Chris Colfer's first book is set to top the New York Times bestseller list. The gay star's debut, The Land Of Stories, is a children's book.
Elton John thanked Jay-Z for marriage equality support 6
11:27 PM — Sir Elton John made a personal phone call to rapper Jay-Z to thank him for his support for marriage equality. In May, Jay-Z announced he agreed with President Obama's position on allowing gay couples to marry, saying: "What people do in their own homes is their business... It's no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination plain and simple."
Dan Gillespie Sells, Linda Riley and Charlie Condou new patrons of LGBT homelessness charity 1
5:16 PM — The Albert Kennedy Trust, the charity for young homeless gay, bi and trans people has announced Dan Gillespie Sells, Linda Riley and Charlie Condou are to join as patrons.
25th July 2012
California scouts staff return badges over dismissal of gay Eagle Scout 17
11:07 PM — Ten scouts staff in northern California have returned their badges to protest the firing of an openly gay 22-year-old Eagle Scout. The Eagle Scout, Tim Griffin, says his sexual orientation was not previously a problem.
New Hampshire speaker wants another attempt to ban equal marriage 12
11:05 PM — New Hampshire's House speaker has said that he will launch a second attempt to ban equal marriage if he wins another term. Speaking on New Hampshire Public Radio's the Exchange, Bill O'Brien claimed that allowing gay couples to marry weakens families, which in turn causes the government to spend more money fixing social problems.
Ryan Murphy says One Million Moms will like The New Normal 10
11:02 PM — After anti-gay campaign group One Million Moms attacked his new show, Glee creator Ryan Murphy has said they might like it if they try it. The online campaign group hit out at Murphy's show The New Normal, in which a surrogate mother carries a baby for a gay couple.
Chicago politician says he will block Chick-fil-A stores 9
11:00 PM — A Chicago politician says he will block fast food chain Chick-fil-A from opening stores in the city because of its anti-equality stance. Joe Moreno, an alderman who represents Chicago's Logan Square neighbourhood, says he will use his aldermanic privilege to block the restaurant's permit.
24th July 2012
Republicans join push for marriage equality in Maine 6
10:26 PM — Twenty Republican leaders have joined a Republican group pushing for marriage equality in Maine. At a press conference yesterday, state representative Stacey Fitts explained how he changed his mind on the issue.
US: Hedge fund managers back marriage equality in four states 1
10:23 PM — Pro-Republican hedge fund managers are backing marriage equality efforts in four US states. Marriage equality campaigns in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington have received financial support from hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer and Cliff Asness, the founder of AQR Capital Management, the Financial Times reports.
Bristol Palin says son, 3, did not use anti-gay slur 22
10:20 PM — Bristol Palin has denied that her three-year-old son Tripp used a homophobic slur on her reality TV show. A clip from Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp appeared on YouTube last week and seemed to show Tripp calling his aunt a "faggot".
Marriage equality boosts New York City economy by $259m 9
10:18 PM — One year of marriage equality in New York City has brought $259 million into the economy, it was announced today. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn said today that more than 8,000 gay couples had married since the law came into action - one tenth of all marriages in the city in the last year.
Multi-million pound investment in HIV testing outreach announced 89
12:52 PM — Almost £8 million is being invested in driving down HIV infections and providing information to improve people’s sexual health, Public Health Minister Anne Milton announced yesterday.
23rd July 2012
Illinois: Republican representatives want to defend gay marriage ban 3
9:59 PM — Two Republican representatives in Illinois, US, have introduced a joint resolution in support of the state's ban on equal marriage. David Reis and Thomas Morrison's resolution says marriage should be restricted to heterosexual couples.
EA Games backs removal of Defence of Marriage Act 5
9:57 PM — Gaming company EA Games has joined the growing list of American companies calling for the anti-gay Defence of Marriage Act to be repealed. Executives said that the law, which bans federal recognition of gay marriages, is unconstitutional and creates problems for companies around discrimination and tax.
Attacked Nebraska woman ‘had anti-gay slurs carved in her skin’ 6
9:54 PM — A lesbian in Lincoln, Nebraska, has reportedly told police that three attackers broke into her home, tied her up and carved homophobic slurs into her skin. The 33-year-old woman, who has not been named, was treated at a local hospital after the early Sunday morning attack, police said.
Elton John urges International AIDS Conference to show compassion 2
9:52 PM — Sir Elton John has called for more compassion to be shown to people living with HIV. The singer was addressing the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington on Monday.
Stonewall main sponsor of UK Black Pride again in 2012 19
4:41 PM — Stonewall has been confirmed as the main sponsor of UK Black Pride this year, the biggest celebration of African, Asian, Caribbean and Arab LGBT people in Europe.
In Photos: San Diego Pride 2012 4
3:37 PM — Thousands lined the streets of San Diego for the Californian city's Pride parade this weekend, the first such parade in US history where armed forces personnel have been allowed to wear their uniforms.