13th February 2013
US: Obama State of the Union speech calls out to gay service members 3
4:03 PM — President Obama referred to gay soldiers in his State of the Union address last night and said that Americans should be able to get ahead "no matter who they love".
US: Senate renews Violence Against Women Act with new protections for gay people 7
1:48 PM — The US Senate has renewed the Violence Against Women Act while expanding it to cover gay, immigrant, and Native American victims - something it failed to do when it went up for a vote in 2011.
11th February 2013
Update: Cincinnati teacher sacked for refusing to recant statement supporting equal marriage 10
5:06 PM — The Assistant Principal at a Catholic school in Cincinnati has been sacked, for refusing to recant statements he made in support of equal marriage for gay people.
8th February 2013
Obama criticised for attending prayer breakfast with group linked with anti-gay Ugandan lawmakers 20
8:13 PM — Barack Obama has been criticised for attending the National Prayer Breakfast, a conservative-hosted event with alleged links to Ugandan anti-gay lawmakers, without addressing gay rights.
6th February 2013
Update: The Boy Scouts of America delays vote on gay ban until May 9
4:17 PM — The Boy Scouts of American has delayed a vote on whether or not to lift a ban on gay scouts, volunteers and staff, until May "due to the complexity of the issue".
Video: Christian TV host says Scouts lifting gay ban will allow ‘predators and paedophiles’ 13
1:06 PM — A Christian television host has questioned whether "predators and paedophiles" would be allowed to be Scout Masters if the Boy Scouts were to lift its ban on openly gay scouts, volunteers and staff.
5th February 2013
Yvette Cooper: Parliament has the chance today to support loving gay couples 7
2:10 PM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has given a robust defence of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – ahead of this evening’s vote.
4th February 2013
US: University unveils memorial centre plan for gay student suicide victim Tyler Clementi 1
2:47 PM — A university in New Jersey plans to create a centre named after Tyler Clementi, the gay student who killed himself after his roommate used a webcam to spy on him kissing another man.
Obama says Boy Scouts ban on gays must end 7
2:10 AM — President Barack Obama said on Sunday that gay people should be allowed in the Boy Scouts of America, and that "nobody should be barred" from the experience of being a scout.
30th January 2013
Senator John McCain: Same-sex family immigration protections are a ‘red herring’ 10
5:29 PM — Senator John McCain has attacked President Obama's plans for immigration reform, described the issue of same-sex binational families as "a red herring", and compared same-sex families to abortions.
US: Obama’s immigration reform plan aims to support same-sex families 2
4:49 PM — Plans laid out by President Barack Obama for immigration reform, include provisions for recognising same-sex families from different countries, and allowing visas for same-sex couples wishing to live in the US.
29th January 2013
US: Obama immigration reforms predicted to include same-sex couples 5
7:09 PM — Sources have claimed that President Obama will include measures to help binational same-sex couples when he unveils his plans for immigration reforms later.
Comment: The power of online activism & social media in the fight for LGBT equality 12
1:38 PM — Murray Lipp, administrator of the Facebook page ‘Gay Marriage USA,’ discusses his experience in maintaining America’s largest independent national equal marriage page on Facebook.
24th January 2013
US: Campaigners call on President Obama to legally protect LGBT workers 1
5:36 PM — Gay rights advocates are renewing their push for President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
Video: Bryan Fischer attacks Obama and says ‘nobody is created gay’ 61
5:10 PM — Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association has attacked President Obama's inauguration speech in which he referred to the importance of the gay rights movement, and said that it is "ludicrous" for gay people to expect equal rights, because "nobody is created gay."
US: 11-year-old trans girl says Obama should have mentioned trans people at his inauguration 11
3:06 PM — An trans girl has written a speech in response to that given by US President Barack Obama at his public inauguration on Monday, during which he referred to the gay community.
23rd January 2013
Ke$ha: I want to kiss Obama for supporting gay rights which are an issue ‘close to my heart’
2:30 AM — Singer, Ke$ha has said if she was elected, she would make the "funnest" US president ever, and that she would ensure equal rights for all, including gay and lesbian people, an issue "close to [her] heart".
22nd January 2013
US: Petition calls on White House to include LGBT questions in school survey 1
3:01 PM — Activists are petitioning the White House to include LGBT-specific questions in a proposed school climate survey.
Pro-gay pastor delivers Obama benediction and says gay people created in God’s image 7
12:54 PM — The pro-gay priest who delivered President Barack Obama's benediction as part of the official inauguration ceremony on Monday said that all people, were "created in God's image", whether "gay or straight".
Video: Gay poet performs reading at official Obama inauguration ceremony 5
12:29 PM — An openly gay Cuban-American poet delivered a moving poem at the official public inauguration of President Barack Obama yesterday.