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.
22nd January 2014
US: Catholic school president resigns after ‘firing’ vice principal for being in a same-sex marriage 14
2:47 PM — The president of a Catholic school in Seattle has resigned following lengthy protests over the decision to fire the former vice principal for marrying his same sex partner.
30th December 2013
Michelle Obama to newly out TV host: ‘You continue to make us all proud’ 1
7:04 PM — The US First Lady Michelle Obama has tweeted her support for a TV host who publicly revealed that she is gay this week.
4th October 2013
US: Pennsylvania Governor compares same-sex marriage to incest 4
5:22 PM — The Governor of Pennsylvania has restated his opposition to same-sex marriage by comparing it to incest.
3rd October 2013
US Vice President cancels speech at LGBT event due to government shutdown 3
5:21 PM — US Vice President Joe Biden has cancelled a planned appearance with gay rights group the Human Rights Campaign, because of issues surrounding the current government shutdown in the country.
Grandfather’s letter to homophobic daughter who disowned gay son goes viral 55
1:17 PM — A letter in which a grandfather denounces his daughter's decision to disown her gay son has gone viral after being posted online. In the letter, which has accumulated over 10,000 'likes' on Facebook, the unnamed grandfather tells his daughter Christine that the only "shame" in the family is her decision to kick her son out of home after he came out.
US: Equal marriage bill to be introduced in Pennsylvania 1
12:35 PM — Two state lawmakers from Philadelphia are to introduce a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in the US state of Pennsylvania. Brian Sims and Steve McCarter, both Democrat members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, will formally announce the introduction of the Pennslyvania Marriage Equality Act during news conference at 10am local time (3pm BST).
7th September 2013
US: Anti-gay group announces end of three year boycott of retailer over pro gay rights stance 18
7:37 PM — An adamantly anti-gay group in the US has announced it is to end its three year boycott of American retailer Home Depot over the company's positive stance on LGBT rights.
6th September 2013
US: Columnist says accepting gays in the Boy Scouts of America will descend it into ‘darkness of sin’ 13
1:30 PM — A columnist for the conservative World Net Daily website has attacked the vote taken earlier this year by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) who voted to allow openly gay scout members for the first time.
President Obama set to meet Russian gay rights activist today 1
12:28 PM — US President Barack Obama is today set to meet Russian LGBT activist while attending the G20 summit that is currently taking place in Russia.
4th September 2013
US: Survey reveals that 68% of Ohio voters support discrimination protections for gay employees 2
6:08 PM — Amid debate around a US Senate bill that would extend discrimination protections to LGBT people in the workplace a survey has found overwhelming support for the measure among Ohio voters.
US county clerk: I’m ‘on the right side of history’ by defying state ban on equal marriage 1
11:05 AM — A county clerk who is defying Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples has said he is only doing what is right.
30th August 2013
US: Republican Governor admits comparison between equal marriage and child marriage was ‘inappropriate’ 2
4:29 PM — Pennsylvanian Governor, Tom Corbett has admitted that his lawyers used an "inappropriate analogy", when they said the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples was no different from issuing marriage licenses to children.
23rd August 2013
American church kicks out mother for supporting her gay daughter 29
1:40 PM — Elders at Ridgedale Church of Christ in Tennessee have allegedly kicked out a mother who supported her lesbian daughter.
11th April 2013
Uruguay votes to make same-sex marriage legal nationwide 15
8:22 AM — Uruguay is to become the 12th country in the world to make it legal for same-sex couples to marry nationwide after Congress ratified a bill passed last week in the Senate.
15th March 2013
Gay former US Air Force Major settles ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ lawsuit 6
6:54 PM — A former airman who was discharged from the US Air Force under ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ has settled his lawsuit against the Defense Department.
3rd December 2012
Gay GOP lawmaker: ‘I thought my same-sex attraction would simply go away’ 29
12:50 PM — A gay central Pennsylvania state Republican, who was married to a woman for almost a decade, says his Christian faith kept him from coming out for years.
8th November 2012
Analysis: A new dawn for LGBT America 5
9:40 PM — After an extraordinary US election result with voters in three states passing equal marriage rights for gay couples, Scott Roberts sums up the highlights of an incredible week for America.
5th October 2012
UK: Anti-gay cleric Abu Hamza can be extradited to the US, says High Court 59
4:19 PM — The High Court has ruled radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza can now be extradited immediately to the US to face terror charges.
4th October 2012
Puerto Rican pro boxer comes out as gay 26
11:40 AM — Puerto Rican featherweight Orlando Cruz has said that he is indeed a gay man.