24th July 2012
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EA Games has joined the growing list of American companies calling for the anti-gay Defence of Marriage Act to be repealed.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.
22nd July 2012
Ohio school agrees to pay $30,000 to student hurt in anti-gay attack 8
9:32 PM — A school in Ohio has agreed to pay $30,000 to a gay student who was attacked by a classmate. Zach King, who was 15 at the time of the November 2011 attack, suffered a concussion and lost several teeth in the incident, which was filmed and put on the internet.
New York celebrates one year of gay marriage 5
9:29 PM — New York will celebrate one year of marriage equality this week. The marriage equality law came into action on July 24th last year, making New York the sixth US state to give gay couples the right to wed. On the first day, 659 gay couples married.
US: Mothers’ group complains about Ryan Murphy sitcom The New Normal 27
9:25 PM — US mother's coalition One Million Moms has attacked Ryan Murphy's latest sitcom, The New Normal, for portraying a gay couple who have a baby by surrogate. The group, which has previously boycotted JC Penney and Gap for supporting gay rights, said Glee creator Murphy's new NBC show "subject[s] families to the decay of morals and values".
Boston mayor says ‘anti-gay’ Chick-fil-A not welcome 16
9:23 PM — The mayor of Boston has said that fast food chain Chick-fil-A will find it "very difficult" to open in Boston because of its statements on marriage equality. Mayor Thomas M Menino suggested he would block the chain from opening in the city because it "discriminates against a population".
20th July 2012
Protest planned over anti-gay Olympic states 19
5:28 PM — A protest is being planned outside an International Olympic Committee meeting this weekend to petition it to disqualify states which discriminate against citizens on the grounds of sexual orientation in sport.
Salesman unfairly dismissed after complaint over anti-gay bullying 10
1:55 PM — A married father has won £44,000 at an employment tribunal after suffering homophobic bullying at his workplace in Leeds.
19th July 2012
Chick-fil-A answers to criticism over gay rights 37
11:33 PM — US fast food store Chick-fil-A has released a statement after its chief operating officer declared the company was against marriage equality. On Monday, Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was “guilty as charged”, when asked about its perceived opposition to equal marriage.
US: Judge says Colorado State Patrol has ‘anti-gay culture’ 7
11:30 PM — A state administrative law judge in Colorado has delivered a scathing judgment on the State Patrol for having an "anti-gay culture".
14 openly gay and lesbian athletes to compete in London Olympics 47
11:29 PM — At least 14 out gay and lesbian athletes will be competing in London's Olympic Games. According to OutSports.com, which published the list, statistics suggest that there are many more gay or lesbian competitors.
Video: Warren Beatty’s transgender son speaks out 10
11:26 PM — The transgender son of actors Warren Beatty and Annette Bening has spoken about his life and experiences. Stephen Beatty, 20, who was born physically female, began transition at the age of 14. He has made a video for WeHappyTrans.com.