27th October 2013
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 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).
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.
16th September 2013
US: Louisiana won’t recognise same-sex marriage on state tax returns 13
7:10 PM — The US state of Louisiana’s Department of Revenue has announced it won’t recognise same-sex marriages on state tax returns, despite a new IRS rule that allows legally married gay couples to file joint federal tax returns.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: It would be ‘really tacky’ of me to clarify whether I am gay 17
1:56 PM — In an interview with OUT magazine, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has addressed gay rumours by saying "it would be really tacky" for him to clarify, saying he refuses to give the gossip any attention.
Actor Isaiah Washington ‘lost everything’ after calling a gay castmate ‘faggot’ 26
11:56 AM — Actor Isaiah Washington has said he "lost everything" after a heated scandal in 2007, in which he twice referred to a gay castmate as "faggot."
12th September 2013
Lady Gaga: ‘I’ve taken a few dips in the lady pond – lesbians are way more daring than straight men’ 24
11:28 AM — Bisexual pop singer Lady Gaga has opened up about her past romantic experiences with girls, saying she is attracted to lesbians because "they are way more daring than straight guys."
10th September 2013
Actress Chloe Moretz defends brothers from anti-gay bullies: ‘They were treated horrifically’ 10
5:02 PM — Kick-Ass star Chloe Grace Moretz has said she will not tolerate anti-gay bullying from her fans as two of her older brothers were "treated horrifically" with homophobic abuse growing up.
US: 13-year-old arrested over alleged anti-gay beatings outside gay bar in Ohio 5
12:08 PM — A 13-year-old boy in Cleveland, Ohio has been arrested in connection to a series of attacks against gay men outside a well-known cocktail bar over the past two weekends.
9th September 2013
US: Westboro Baptist Church’s local city council to hear gay rights proposal 16
4:10 PM — The city council of Topeka, Kansas – home to the adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church – will this week hear a proposal for a new gay rights initiative in the city.