14th July 2014
Belgium: First transgender parliamentarian appointed to Senate 3
4:38 PM — Professor Petra De Sutter has become Belgium’s first transgender Member of Parliament, making her the second serving transgender MP in Europe, following the country’s recent elections.
26th June 2014
US: Republican Senator announces support for equal marriage after HRC endorsement
12:09 PM — A Republican senator in Maine has become the fourth sitting Republican to indicate support for same-sex marriage, following an endorsement for her re-election from a major gay rights group.
21st June 2014
US: New York Senate blocks ‘gay cure’ therapy ban, trans anti-discrimination bill
11:18 AM — The New York Senate has blocked bills which banned 'gay cure' therapy for minors, and protected trans people from discrimination.
18th June 2014
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.
16th June 2014
US: Senate bill proposes creation of an LGBT rights envoy 2
1:01 PM — A Senate bill proposes the creation of an LGBT Envoy, to work against discrimination and violence around the world.
14th June 2014
US: LGBT groups drop support of anti-discrimination law ENDA over ‘religious freedom’ exemption 11
1:21 PM — Several prominent LGBT groups have dropped their support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act over a 'religious freedom' exemption.
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.
3rd June 2014
Netherlands: Same-sex wedding ‘opt out’ for officials removed 3
3:36 PM — A loophole which allowed officials to opt out of performing same-sex weddings in the Netherlands will be removed.
14th May 2014
US: South Carolina Senate tells universities to teach ‘American ideals’ instead of ‘gay books’ 1
11:38 AM — South Carolina's Senate has reversed cuts made to two Universities attacked by Republicans for stocking 'gay themed' books, but only if it spends the money teaching about 'American ideals' instead.
27th April 2014
Republican senator: John Kerry working against Ugandan anti-gay law would upset God 36
8:09 PM — A Republican state senator has claimed that God would be upset that Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to stop Uganda's anti-gay law.
US: South Carolina Senate could reverse House’s cuts to universities over ‘gay books’ 1
7:35 PM — The South Carolina Senate could step in to prevent savage cuts to two universities who stocked 'gay-themed' reading material.
26th April 2014
US: Michigan state representative quits GOP over party’s opposition to gay rights 3
2:18 PM — A former state Representative in Michigan has quit the Republican party, in protest at its opposition to gay rights.
16th April 2014
Australia: Departing pro-gay Senator attacks ‘deeply homophobic’ colleague 5
10:10 PM — A pro-gay Labor senator has laid into a colleague who will replace her, alleging that he is 'deeply homophobic' and 'disloyal'.
3rd April 2014
Mississippi Governor pledges to sign law legalising anti-gay discrimination 7
5:08 PM — The Governor of the US state of Mississippi has indicated that he will sign into law a bill which could legalise discrimination against gay people.
2nd April 2014
US: Newly out Arizona senator told to ‘act more gay’ by colleague 6
9:56 PM — Newly-out Arizona Senator Steve Gallardo has been told to 'act more gay' by a colleague attempting to have him removed as party whip.
26th March 2014
Tennessee: Bill to permit anti-gay religious discrimination in schools passes 24
8:34 PM — The Tennessee Senate and House of Representatives have both overwhelmingly passed a bill which will allow students in state-funded schools to discriminate against gay people on religious grounds.
14th March 2014
US: South Carolina hopeful attacks Republican Senator Lindsey Graham for being ‘ambiguously gay’ 3
2:11 PM — South Carolina hopeful Dave Feliciano has labelled the current GOP Senator Lindsey Graham "ambiguously gay" as part of his campaign for the senate seat.
5th March 2014
Arizona Senator comes out: ‘I’m gay, I’m Latino, and it’s okay’ 4
9:39 PM — An Arizona state Senator has come out as gay, after the state's governor had to veto a senate bill which would have legalised anti-gay discrimination.
3rd March 2014
US: Maryland to vote on trans anti-discrimination bill 1
9:08 PM — Lawmakers in Maryland are due to vote on a bill which would ban discrimination against trans people.
24th February 2014
Arizona Republicans who voted for anti-gay legislation call for Governor to veto it 9
7:38 PM — Amid voices of concern over a bill to legalise anti-gay discrimination by Arizona's religious business owners, were those of three Republican state Senators who voted for the bill, admitting they made a "mistake".