2nd July 2014
US: Barack Obama to sign new executive order to outlaw anti-trans discrimination 4
4:20 PM — Barack Obama has announced he will sign a new executive order outlawing anti-trans discrimination people among federal contractors.
23rd June 2014
US: Attorney claims gay people are ‘absolute thugs’ for wanting discrimination protections 16
4:45 PM — An attorney from the anti-gay Christian legal group Liberty Counsel has said legislation to protect LGBT people against discrimination is "a tragedy", and that gay people are "absolute thugs" for trying to gain equality.
21st June 2014
US: White House says Congress needs to pass laws for further same-sex benefits changes 1
4:56 PM — The White House has confirmed that it has extended benefits to same-sex couples as far as possible following the repeal of DOMA, with further changes requiring legislation from Congress.
John Kerry: We must push back against violence and anti-gay laws globally 1
11:39 AM — US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the West needs to push back against the "global trend of rising violence and discrimination against LGBT persons."
20th June 2014
US: Obama urinal cakes at conference of anti-equal marriage Christian group 36
8:22 PM — A Christian Republican group that works to oppose same-sex marriage has Barack Obama urinal cakes at its national conference.
18th June 2014
US: White House officials to meet with gay rights activists
3:28 PM — Just days after President Barack Obama agreed to sign an executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors, White House officials are to meet with gay rights activists.
US Senate unanimously confirms first openly gay black federal judge 4
12:31 PM — The US Senate on Tuesday voted unanimously to confirm the appointment of the first openly gay black judge in the federal courts.
15th June 2014
Obama: My administration supports all fathers, gay or straight 1
11:11 AM — Barack Obama has paid tribute to gay fathers, during his annual Father's Day proclamation.
11th June 2014
Obama: It’s great that discrimination laws now protect trans students
3:37 PM — Barack Obama has welcomed a ruling that trans students should be protected from discrimination.
5th June 2014
US: Rights groups urge rejection of Obama-nominated judge opposed to equal marriage
8:50 PM — Pro-gay groups are urging the Senate to block Barack Obama's appointment of a district judge who opposes same-sex marriage.
18th May 2014
US: Obama nominates gay man as ambassador to Vietnam 6
12:52 PM — Barack Obama has nominated a gay diplomat to be the US ambassador to Vietnam, the first appointment of a gay US ambassador in Asia.
17th May 2014
Obama: We should reaffirm our commitment to equality to fight anti-gay laws 2
11:55 AM — Barack Obama has said the world needs to "recommit" to the principle of equality to halt an upsurge in anti-gay discrimination, in a statement commemorating IDAHOT.
11th May 2014
Obama: Michael Sam joining the NFL is an important step forward in our Nation’s journey 2
1:51 PM — Barack Obama has sent a message to Michael Sam, congratulating him on making history by being drafted to the St Louis Rams.
1st May 2014
Vice President Joe Biden: ‘No downside’ to an executive order banning anti-gay discrimination 1
10:12 PM — Vice President Biden has said there would be 'no downside' to an executive order banning anti-gay workplace discrimination, despite Obama's spokesman labelling it 'redundant'.
28th April 2014
US: President Obama appoints openly gay NBA star to fitness council 2
1:24 PM — US President Barack Obama at the weekend appointed the first openly gay NBA player to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.
26th April 2014
Human Rights Watch: Obama should use Malaysia visit to raise sodomy ban
1:50 PM — Human Rights Watch has said that Barack Obama should use his visit to Malaysia to raise gay rights issues in the country.
20th April 2014
Book: Biden’s backing of same-sex marriage sent Obama ‘scrambling’ to catch up 6
5:19 PM — A new book has claimed that Vice President Joe Biden's surprise backing of same-sex marriage in 2012 pushed Barack Obama into following suit faster than planned.
14th April 2014
US: White House ceremony to launch stamp in honour of gay rights hero Harvey Milk 1
8:19 PM — The White House will hold a ceremony next month to launch a stamp in honour of assassinated gay rights hero Harvey Milk.
4th April 2014
Obama spokesman: It would be ‘redundant’ to ban anti-gay workplace discrimination with executive order 2
9:19 PM — White House press spokesman Jay Carney has claimed it would be 'redundant' for Barack Obama to issue an executive order to ban workplace discrimination.
27th March 2014
Obama: Russia should protect gays, not target them 4
3:39 PM — Barack Obama has chided Russia for its continued anti-gay laws and policies, in a wide-ranging speech in Brussels.