24th June 2013
US: 67 Congress members take part in NOH8 on The Hill III 1
6:57 PM — Ahead of the US Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Defence of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 ban on equal marriage, the NOH8 Campaign has today released NOH8 portraits for the 67 Members of Congress who took part in its third NOH8 on The Hill event.
14th June 2013
US: Anti-gay congressman accidentally takes wrong door and attends pro-LGBT event 8
4:24 PM — A Republican congressman, who is an adamant defender of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies equal benefits to married same-sex couples, accidentally attended a pro-gay event when he took the wrong door at Capitol Hill.
Son of US Senator under fire for posting racist and homophobic tweets 12
1:44 PM — A US Republican Senator has come under fire after his 15-year-old son posted homophobic and racist comments on several social media sites.
US: President Obama urges Congress to pass bill to end anti-LGBT workplace discrimination 6
1:22 AM — US President Barack Obama on Thursday urged Congress to pass legislation to ban anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace, saying "I want to sign that bill."
29th May 2013
US: Michele Bachmann will not seek re-election to Congress 27
7:02 PM — Anti-gay Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she will not run for another term in the US House of Representatives.
4th May 2013
President Obama: Including gay couples in immigration bill is ‘the right thing to do’ 5
1:45 AM — US President Barack Obama has said that he thinks recognising gay couples in a broad immigration bill currently pending in Congress is "the right thing to do".
2nd May 2013
US: Anti-gay pastor Greg Laurie to lead National Day of Prayer events at the Pentagon 5
4:43 PM — LGBT campaigners say a pastor who has preached against equal marriage shouldn't be allowed to lead today’s National Day of Prayer events at the Pentagon and Capitol Hill.
20th April 2013
US: Anti-discrimination bill to protect LGBT students introduced in Congress 1
4:11 PM — Two members of Congress introduced legislation which, if passed, would protect LGBT students against bullying and discrimination.
22nd March 2013
US: LGBT anti-discrimination law under review before introduction next month 2
5:40 PM — Gay Representative Jared Polis will be responsible for introducing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to Congress in April. Mr Polis said he is currently working with the LGBT community to create the most inclusive bill possible.
20th December 2012
Gay Democrat Barney Frank: It was wrong to take same-sex marriage case to Supreme Court 16
11:47 PM — The retiring Democrat Congressman Barney Frank has said that gay rights campaigners were wrong to take a case about equal marriage to the Supreme Court.
6th August 2012
US Congress ‘lags behind’ public on marriage equality 6
10:13 PM — Research suggests that US Congress members lags behind the public on marriage equality. According to a database compiled by Human Rights Campaign, only 34 per cent of Congress supports marriage equality, compared to polls which suggest more than 50 per cent of Americans back the rights of gay couples to marry.
9th November 2011
Video: All gay members of US Congress tell teens ‘It Gets Better’ 11
12:55 PM — The four gay members of the 112th US Congress tell LGBT youth that life gets better.
12th October 2011
Gay rights campaigner Frank Kameny dies aged 86 25
10:14 AM — Frank Kameny, the US gay rights campaigner, has died aged 86. The activist, who was sacked from his government job as an astronomer in 1957 for being gay, was one of the leading lights of the US gay rights movement.
20th September 2011
US military gay ban ends today 23
10:10 AM — The ban on openly gay and lesbian US troops ends today after nearly two decades. The law, known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military if they kept their sexual orientation a secret.
6th September 2011
Lesbian congresswoman Tammy Baldwin hopes to become first out gay senator 21
5:00 PM — US congresswoman Tammy Baldwin has entered the race to win retiring Wisconsin senator Herb Kohl’s seat in 2012. If she is successful, she will become the first openly LGBT senator.
16th November 2010
Thirteen gay activists arrested after White House DADT protest 7
3:10 PM — Thirteen gay rights campaigners have been arrested after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest at the ban on out gay troops.
15th December 2009
Washington DC council votes to legalise gay marriage 10
9:45 PM — As predicted, the Washington DC council has voted 11-2 to legalise gay marriage in the district. Mayor Adrian Fenty has promised to sign the bill when it reaches his desk, which is the next stage.
Hundreds attend gay marriage rally ahead of Washington DC council vote 2
1:14 PM — Washington DC's council will today vote on a bill allowing gay marriage in the district. Advocates are quietly confident, as nine of the council's 13 members are listed as co-sponsors and mayor Adrian Fenty has clearly signalled he will sign it.