US: Restaurant says family which said they did not agree with lesbian waitress’s ‘lifestyle’ can return 14
1:21 PM — A restaurant at which a lesbian waitress was told by a family that she would not receive a tip because of her "lifestyle", has said they can return, as they legally can't turn them away.
14th November 2013
US: Texas county jail adopts new policy to protect LGBT inmates 1
12:43 PM — The sheriff of Houston's Harris County has adopted a new policy designed to protect the rights of LGBT inmates, including allowing trans inmates to be housed based on their gender identity.
8th November 2013
Bisexual musician Lou Reed left $500,000 to mother who used electroshock therapy to ‘cure’ him 9
3:50 PM — Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed has left a quarter of his estate in his will to his sister, urging her to use a portion for their of their mother, who at an early age subjected Reed to electroshock therapy in an attempt to "discourage" his bisexuality.
6th November 2013
Study: Straight men are ‘three times more likely’ to not believe in bisexuality 21
10:19 AM — According to a new US study, men who identify as heterosexual are three times more likely to classify bisexuality as "not a legitimate sexual orientation."
4th November 2013
Video: Children react to same-sex proposals 15
7:21 PM — This video, uploaded by the Fine Bros, explores the issue of equal marriage, and same-sex relationships, with children, and documents their (mainly quite adorable) reactions to same-sex proposal videos.
30th October 2013
US: Jon Stewart’s Daily Show explores South’s attitude towards gays with secret cameras 14
5:29 PM — Responding to statistician Nate Silver's prediction that Alabama and Mississippi would be the last states to approve equal marriage, Jon Stewart sent two men undercover, posing as a gay couple, to debunk the idea that people in the South were homophobic.
27th October 2013
US: Several churches in North Carolina cut sponsorship of boy scouts following pro-gay policy 15
9:10 AM — Several churches in Charlotte, North Carolina have opted to cut ties with their sponsored boy scout groups following a decision earlier this year by Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay members.
US: Chairman of Jelly Belly donated $5,000 for California to repeal trans bathroom rights law 7
9:05 AM — The chairman of The Jelly Belly Candy Company has donated $5,000 (£3,091) to a campaign attempting to repeal an act allowing transgender students equal access to school facilities such as locker rooms and bathrooms.
18th October 2013
US: Republican politician brands school ‘failure’ due to students supporting Spirit Day 12
6:56 PM — A state representative in Missouri has called a school a "failure" on Twitter after seeing pupils wearing T-shirts promoting “harmony” between gay and straight people.
San Francisco backs out of historic Russian commemoration event following pressure from LGBT groups 2
10:46 AM — San Francisco has cancelled plans for a ceremony recognising the Russian Navy for its assistance in fighting a huge fire in the US city in 1863, allegedly due to pressure from several gay rights activists.
17th October 2013
US: New IVF procedure helps lesbian couples become parents 1
2:48 PM — An increasing amount of female same-sex couples are undergoing a new IVF procedure which allows both women to share the biological role when having a child.
11th October 2013
Video: Stephen Fry reflects on travelling to some of the world’s most homophobic countries 20
7:42 PM — Ahead of the broadcast of a two-part BBC documentary next week, Stephen Fry sets out his experiences as a gay celebrity as he travels the world exploring the issue of prejudice against LGBT people.
8th October 2013
Video: Conservative group attacks Republican Liz Cheney on equal marriage 1
7:45 PM — A Conservative Political Action Committee (PAC) in the US has attacked the Republican daughter of former Vice President, Liz Cheney, for not being conservative enough on the issue of equal marriage.
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 51
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).
26th September 2013
US: Washington National Cathedral to mark Matthew Shepard’s death with ‘Honouring LGBT Youth’ weekend 1
4:10 PM — Washington National Cathedral has announced that it will mark the fifteenth anniversary of Matthew Shepard's murder with a weekend of events to honour LGBT youth who have suffered bullying, discrimination and violence.
25th September 2013
US: Conservatives rally around bill to protect anti-equal marriage groups ‘from discrimination by the government’ 16
7:02 PM — Conservative groups in the US have rallied around a House Bill introduced to protect groups opposed to equal marriage, religious and otherwise, from "discrimination by the government".
22nd September 2013
US: San Francisco to launch its first ever support event for homeless LGBT people 3
1:24 PM — San Francisco is set to launch its first ever support event for homeless LGBT people, enabling them to access medical, dental, employment, and housing services in a one-day walk-in convention.
18th September 2013
California court to decide whether gay juror was wrongly dismissed from HIV drug case
3:28 PM — A federal appeals court in San Francisco will today consider whether a constitutional ban on excluding someone from a jury due to race or gender should be extended to cover sexual orientation.