15th November 2013
US: Apple currently removing offensive definition of ‘gay’ from dictionary service 7
3:43 PM — Following outcry after a student discovered an offensive definition of the word “gay” in Apple's MacBook dictionary, the company now appears to be rolling out new versions of the service in an attempt to rectify the issue.
12th November 2013
US: Student asks Apple to change dictionary defining gay as ‘foolish and stupid’ 16
11:52 AM — A student in Sudbury, Massachusetts, has launched a campaign asking Apple to remove an offensive definition of the word "gay" from its online dictionary service.
4th November 2013
Obama: Congress needs to ban LGBT discrimination in the workplace 6
1:21 PM — Ahead of a key vote, President Barack Obama has called on the US Congress to pass a law protecting workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Apple CEO Tim Cook calls on US Congress to ban LGBT discrimination 5
12:26 PM — Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has written an editorial in the Wall Street Journal urging US senators to support the Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA).
13th August 2013
Apple responds to petition to remove ‘bisexual’ from list of spam words for app developers 4
5:57 PM — Apple has promptly responded to calls from an app developer to remove the word "bisexual" from its warning list of words not to use for an app description in the iTunes store.
12th August 2013
Apple iTunes store warns developers not to use word ‘bisexual’ in app descriptions 15
11:14 PM — The Apple iTunes store has been criticised by a lesbian app developer, as she says when changing the description of an educational LGBT app, she was warned not to use the word "bisexual", as the app may be banned.
16th July 2013
Google Play store search links Mickey Mouse game to gay erotic fiction 4
3:09 PM — Users of the Google Play store searching for a Disney game featuring Mickey Mouse were surprised when search results returned included gay erotic fiction.
27th June 2013
Big brands come out in support of Supreme Court DOMA and Prop 8 decisions 3
12:44 AM — Following the US Supreme Court's decision in favour of same-sex couples in two landmark cases today, many large brands came out to show their support of the decision.
9th June 2013
Petition nears 150,000 target urging Google Play store to remove ‘gay cure’ app 10
10:57 AM — A petition started two weeks ago to urge the Google Play app store to ban a Christian app claiming to be able to "cure" homosexuality, has almost reached its 150,000 signatures target.
30th May 2013
iPhone and Android apps offer ‘cure’ to homosexuality 33
6:12 PM — A Christian iPhone and Android app has been criticised for claiming to help users 'cure' themselves of homosexuality.
11th April 2013
Frank Ocean named most powerful LGBT figure in US music 10
5:10 PM — Frank Ocean has been named the most powerful LGBT figure in America’s music industry.
10th April 2013
Apple criticised after banning comic because of gay sexual images 22
11:18 AM — Apple has banned the sale of a comic which features two small images of gay sex.
27th February 2013
60 US companies call on Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans 4
10:34 AM — Some of America’s largest companies including Apple, Facebook, eBay, Intel, and Morgan Stanley are set to call on the US Supreme Court to strike down laws banning same-sex marriages.
14th June 2012
Apple adds gay couples to emoji icons for iPhones and iPads in iOS6 18
7:12 PM — Apple has continued to associate itself with LGBT people with the introduction of same-sex couple related icons or emojis for the next version of its iPhone and iPad operating system, iOS 6.
27th September 2011
French smartphone app ‘tells mothers if their son is gay’ 39
5:01 PM — A new app for Android smartphones claims it can tell anxious mothers whether their son is gay. The 1.99 euro app asks 20 stereotypical questions, such as 'Does your son like to dress well?' and 'Does he like musicals?'
25th August 2011
Tim Cook succeeds Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple 27
12:18 AM — Tim Cook, appointed chief executive of Apple today, following the resignation of Steve Jobs, has in the past been described as the “most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley.” Although Mr Cook has never spoken publicly about his sexuality, he has long been described as gay and has never denied the claims.
21st January 2011
New Apple boss Tim Cook described as most “powerful gay man in Silicon Valley” 11
3:54 PM — The acting chief operating officer of Apple, Tim Cook, has been deemed the most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley. Cook, who takes over while Steve Jobs takes two years' medical leave, has not spoken publicly about his sexual orientation.
26th November 2010
Apple removes ‘anti-gay’ iPhone app 30
3:45 PM — Apple has apparently removed an app from its iTunes store which rails against gay marriage and LGBT rights. The app, created by a Christian group, disappeared from the online store after media attention, first reported on PinkNews.co.uk.
23rd November 2010
Apple approves ‘anti-gay’ iPhone app 48
5:54 PM — Apple has approved an iPhone app which calls on users to sign up to a declaration against LGBT rights and gay marriage. The app is based on the Manhattan Declaration, a manifesto released in 2009 by Christian and Catholic leaders which rails against the "erosion" of marriage.