15th July 2012
US: Lesbian Super-PAC aims to support pro-LGBT and women candidates 4
10:14 PM — A pro-lesbian Super-PAC (political action committee) has been launched to support political candidates in the US who back LGBT and women's rights. L-PAC has already secured high-profile backing from figures such as Billie-Jean King and actress Jane Lynch.
Argentina: Gay couples celebrate second anniversary of marriage law 4
10:11 PM — Gay couples in Argentina are celebrating the second anniversary of a law giving them the right to marry. More than 6,000 gay couples have tied the knot since Argentina's president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the law on July 21st 2010.
Thomson Reuters says Minnesota gay marriage ban ‘would be bad for business’ 6
10:09 PM — One of the world's biggest news outlets, Thomson Reuters, has joined a number of companies in protesting Minnesota's proposed gay marriage ban. In a statement, the firm said the proposed constitutional amendment would not "be good for Thomson Reuters or the business community in the state".
US store Target stocks cards for gay couples 20
10:06 PM — US retailer Target has begun selling greetings cards for same-sex couples. The Star-Tribune reports that cards with messages such as 'Mr & Mr' and 'For two special women' went on sale in mid-June.
14th July 2012
US: Three Atlanta men jailed for anti-gay attack 16
11:59 PM — Three men in the Georgia city of Atlanta, US, have been sentenced to five years in jail and a further five on probation for an assault on a gay man.
Russian gay rights campaigners appeal to European court over Pride bans 10
11:56 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights after being banned from holding Pride marches in St Petersburg.
Adam Lambert: ‘America is in the middle of a big civil rights movement’ 11
11:53 PM — Pop star Adam Lambert says American attitudes to homosexuality are changing so fast, the country is in the middle of a "big civil rights movement".
Elton John says he ‘wasted a big part’ of his life on drugs 4
11:51 PM — Sir Elton John has spoken candidly about his past drug use, saying he "wasted a big part" of his life. The singer, speaking to the Today show for a forthcoming broadcast, said he was "consumed by cocaine, booze and who knows what else" earlier in his career.
13th July 2012
LGBT book prize longlist announced 4
12:08 PM — Organisers of the Polari First Book Prize have announced the long list for 2012.
12th July 2012
Chile’s president signs hate crime legislation into law 15
10:14 PM — Chile's president Sebastian Pinera signed anti-discrimination legislation into law today. The move comes after the Neo-Nazi killing of a gay man, Daniel Zamudio (pictured), in March. Mr Zamudio's killing shocked Chile and sparked a national debate on hate crime.
US: 12 Episcopal bishops speak out against gay blessings 11
9:08 PM — Twelve US Episcopal bishops have spoken out against the church's decision to approve a blessing for gay unions.
US: Maryland will vote on marriage equality 11
8:06 PM — Maryland will vote on the issue of marriage equality this November after opponents gathered enough support to challenge the state's new gay marriage law.
Chloe Sevigny worried about reactions to trans assassin role 18
7:05 PM — Chloe Sevigny says she feared trans people would be disappointed with her for playing a trans character in TV series Hit & Miss. The actress, 37, told Out magazine she was concerned there would be anger that a transgender performer wasn't playing the part of Mia, an assassin.
Video: Kirk Cameron’s anti-gay marriage film criticised 23
5:46 PM — Kirk Cameron has come in for criticism after recording an anti-gay marriage video for the National Organization for Marriage.
Jon Voight backs Brad Pitt’s mother on anti-gay marriage letter 40
4:56 PM — Jon Voight, Angelina Jolie's father, has backed her husband's mother's opposition to gay marriage.
11th July 2012
Canada: Toronto trans community pays tribute to leader who killed himself 3
11:45 PM — Tributes have been paid to a Canadian transgender community leader who killed himself last week. Kyle Scanlon, who was the education, training, and research coordinator at the 519 Church Street Community Centre in Toronto, died on July 3rd. Reports said he had suffered long-term chronic depression.
Video: Anti-gay American Family Association ponders Google ban 31
11:36 PM — The American Family Association is pondering whether to boycott all Google products in response to the internet giant's Legalise Love campaign. Google's campaign, unveiled at the weekend, will push for the decriminalisation of homosexuality around the world.
US: Mitt Romney tells NAACP he will fight against marriage equality 26
11:30 PM — US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told the annual NAACP convention today that he will oppose marriage equality, despite the civil rights group's board of directors endorsing the right of gay people to marry.
Glee’s Chris Colfer says he was bullied ‘every day’ at school for being gay 6
11:27 PM — Glee actor Chris Colfer has revealed he was bullied every day at school for being gay. Speaking to men's fashion website Mr Porter, Colfer said he didn't tell his parents about the harassment because his sister had a severe form of epilepsy and he didn't want to trouble them with his own problems.
10th July 2012
US: Most Utah voters back legal recognition for gay couples – but not marriage 7
11:55 PM — Polling shows that 71 per cent of Utah voters support some form of legal recognition for gay couples. The survey, by Brigham Young University, found that 43 per cent of respondents thought civil unions should be legal, while 28 per cent wanted full marriage equality.