3rd May 2013
UK: Labour gay couple become council leader and civic mayor in Hartlepool 5
12:03 PM — A gay couple in Hartlepool are making history by becoming the first civil partnership in the country to hold the positions of council leader and civic mayor.
2nd May 2013
NFL player: I respect Jason Collins but ‘why does everybody have to announce their sexuality?’ 95
6:25 PM — An NFL player has spoken out to congratulate NBA star Jason Collins for coming out as gay, but has questioned why gay athletes felt the need to "flaunt" their sexuality.
Former NFL player: Unlike the NBA, ‘football isn’t ready’ for a gay player 10
6:07 PM — A former NFL player and Super Bowl MVP, has spoken out on the news that NBA star Jason Collins had come out as gay, and said that "football isn't ready", for openly gay players.
US: University basketball league ‘believes strongly in supporting equality’ 1
5:18 PM — A US University basketball conference has reiterated its support for equality, and has said it supports gay players who wish to come out and continue playing.
London: Barking & Dagenham LGBT Network alarmed over increase in anti-gay crime 10
3:17 PM — A rise in reported homophobic crime in the east London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has alarmed LGBT community activists.
Gay NBA player Jason Collins received Twitter death threats after coming out 9
2:29 PM — The first openly gay player in a major US team sport, Jason Collins, who came out on Monday, has been subject to a tirade of abuse on the social networking site Twitter, including a number of death threats.
US: Ohio trans woman killed, media coverage denounced by GLAAD 3
2:00 PM — The death of Cemia Dove, also known as Ci Ci, a transgender woman from Ohio, has highlighted both the hate crimes faced by the transgender community, and the "dehumanizing" effect of much of the media coverage of such crimes.
UK: Trans woman former councillor hopes to become Brighton MP 7
12:13 PM — Brighton and Hove could return the UK’s first ever openly transgender MP at the next general election.
Lance Bass: ‘At least one member of One Direction is probably gay’ 12
11:24 AM — In a TV interview where he was asked about One Direction, Lance Bass says it can be even harder for a gay boy band member to be open about their sexuality compared to a sports star.
US: Church to picket basketball playoff games because ‘the NBA is full of fags’ 38
12:50 AM — The adamantly homophobic US Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), synonymous with its “God hates fags” slogan, is to picket two NBA playoff games, denouncing Jason Collins for coming out, and saying that "God hates the NBA" because it is "full of fags".
1st May 2013
Rush Limbaugh: Jason Collins news ‘rammed down people’s throats’ 40
6:44 PM — US conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is not happy at the outpouring of support given to gay basketball player Jason Collins.
Rapper A$AP Rocky: ‘I have respect for gay men who come out of the closet’
6:28 PM — Rap star A$AP Rocky has commented on gay men coming out, saying that he has "more respect" for artists such as Frank Ocean, and sportsmen like Jason Collins, who come out as gay.
American Family Association: Gay rights has turned the world ‘upside down’ 15
6:11 PM — A spokesman for the anti-gay American Family Association has lamented about the advancement of gay rights, and expressed a distaste at the idea that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), may lift its ban on gay members.
US: Church cancels former NFL player’s speech over congratulatory tweet to Jason Collins 13
5:50 PM — A former NFL player and Super Bowl Champion, has had a speaking appearance cancelled by a church over a congratulatory tweet he sent to recently out NBA star, Jason Collins.
US: ESPN regrets ‘distraction’ of reporter’s ‘rebellion to God’ comments about Jason Collins 7
5:14 PM — US television network ESPN has responded to criticism arising from a reporter's recent claim that, in coming out as gay, NBA star Jason Collins was living an "open rebellion to God", to say that it became a "distraction".
Before coming out, Jason Collins wore ’98′ jersey in solidarity with gay community 1
2:31 PM — NBA star Jason Collins, who came out as gay this week, had been making a quiet statement of solidarity with the gay community, every time he stepped out onto the court.
Sky Sports News host accidentally calls FIFA President Sepp Blatter ‘queer’ 11
1:25 PM — A Sky Sports News presenter was left embarrassed when he accidentally referred to FIFA President Sepp Blatter as “queer”.
Former Leeds footballer who came out as gay in February may return to play in the US 3
2:10 AM — Former Leeds United footballer Robbie Rogers, who came out as gay in February shortly after retiring from the sport, may return to play, as he resumes training with a US team.
Russia: Parades to demonstrate for gay rights in Moscow and St Petersburg, despite anti-gay law 18
1:41 AM — Parades of gay rights demonstrators will take to the streets of Moscow and St Petersburg today, despite a law in the latter, which prohibits the "promotion" of homosexuality.
30th April 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘Pride ban on Bradley Manning is anti-democratic’ 9
6:58 PM — Peter Tatchell has criticised the organisers of San Francisco Pride for allegedly revoking the nomination of Private Bradley Manning as Grand Marshal for this year’s event.