5th May 2013
Eight professional footballers reputed to be out to PFA, but won’t go public for fear of fan reactions 21
12:27 PM — At least eight professional footballers have come out as gay within the Football Association, but most say they fear going public because they anticipate a massive backlash.
Jason Collins and Michelle Obama to appear at Democrat LGBT fundraiser 3
11:48 AM — The first lady of the United States will appear along the recently-out NBA star Jason Collins at an LGBT fundraiser later this month.
Canada: Dozens protest as bridal shop refuses to allow trans woman to try on wedding dress 14
4:05 AM — Dozens have protested at a bridal store in Canada, after a trans woman said she was told she could not try on a wedding dress because the owner said she looked like a man.
4th May 2013
Zachary Quinto: I’ve ‘only worked more’ as an actor since coming out as gay 15
6:20 PM — Openly gay actor Zachary Quinto has revealed that he has "only worked more" since he came out as gay.
US: Gay rights protestors including a shirtless man photo-bomb ‘God Hates Fags’ demo 31
12:51 PM — A picket organised by the Westboro Baptist Church's 'God Hates Fags' campaign saw a counter demonstration by gay rights supporters including a shirtless musician named Chris.
3rd May 2013
Doncaster: Mayor who tried to cut Pride funding voted out of office 8
6:03 PM — Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies, who previously tried to cut funding for the town’s annual gay pride event, has been voted out of office.
US columnist: If it allows gay members the Boy Scouts will ‘indoctrinate’ children into ‘hedonism’ 32
4:58 PM — A US Christian columnist has taken aim a the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), saying that it should not change its policy to allow gay members, because straight boy scouts will be branded "bigots" if they do not succumb to the “sexual advances” of gay members.
NFL player LeRoy Butler: As a role model, I can’t take back my congratulations to Jason Collins 11
2:29 PM — Former NFL player and Super Bowl Champion LeRoy Butler, who had an appearance at a Wisconsin church cancelled over a congratulatory tweet to recently out gay NBA payer Jason Collins, has said he would not take back the tweet because of kids looking up to him.
Ms Dynamite, Stooshe, Alison Moyet & Paloma Faith to perform at Brighton Pride 3
1:42 PM — The organisers of Brighton Pride have unveiled several key acts for this year’s event, including the original Sugababes line-up.
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.