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".
30th January 2014
Transgender Senate-hopeful to take on only openly-gay Maryland senator
7:12 PM — A trans woman could become the first in the state of Maryland to hold a seat in the Senate, if she wins a battle with the Senate's only openly gay member.
15th December 2013
US: New Jersey Senate approves bill allowing trans people to obtain new birth certificates 1
1:14 PM — A New Jersey Senate panel has approved a bill which would allow the state's health department to re-issue birth certificates to trans or intersex people who have not undergone gender reassignment surgery.
8th November 2013
Obama praises Senate for passing bill against LGBT discrimination 1
12:00 PM — A bill banning workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans passed the US Senate last night with President Barack Obama describing it as an "important step" to "help end injustice".
5th November 2013
Video: Illinois Republican makes first Senate speech in two years, to endorse gay rights
6:08 PM — Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk took to the Senate floor this week for the first time in almost two years, to speak in favour of gay rights, in promoting his co-sponsored Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA).
US Senate passes bill protecting LGBT people from employment discrimination 7
10:55 AM — A bill banning workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans has passed the US Senate – but it faces immense hurdles in the House of Representatives where the Republican Party holds the balance of power.
31st October 2013
US: Hawaii Senate approves equal marriage 5
12:26 PM — The Senate in the US state of Hawaii has overwhelmingly approved a measure to repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
30th October 2013
US: Hawaii equal marriage bill passes second Senate reading 1
2:05 PM — The equal marriage bill in the US state of Hawaii has passed its second reading, and will now advance to a final reading on Wednesday.
3rd October 2013
US: Top officials urge the Pentagon to force National Guards to process same-sex benefits 1
7:39 PM — Top officials in the US are pushing the Pentagon to insist that state National Guards process benefits for same-sex couples in line with the a recent directive from the Defense Department to treat married same-sex service members equally.
24th September 2013
US Senate confirms highest-ranking gay judge 3
5:33 PM — Todd Michael Hughes has become the most senior openly gay judge in America.
9th September 2013
Fox TV presenter sacked for saying people who ‘choose to be gay will have to answer to the lord for their actions’ 25
2:13 PM — A Fox television sports commentator has been sacked after appearing just once, after footage surfaced of him saying that being gay "is a choice", and that gay people "will have to answer to the lord for their actions";
28th August 2013
US: New Jersey Senate nominee: It’s funny when people question if I’m gay and I say ‘so what if I am?’ 25
7:41 PM — The mayor of Newark, New Jersey Cory Booker, who is the Democratic nominee in the state's US Senate special election has surprised some this week amid speculation about his sexuality.
24th July 2013
Colombia: First ever civil union legally recognised 2
10:51 PM — For the first time in Colombia, a judge has recognised the civil union of a gay couple.