28th June 2013
President Obama: Same-sex marriages should be recognised across all American states 3
3:36 PM — In the wake of this week's US Supreme Court rulings in two key equal marriage cases, President Obama said in a speech that he believes all marriages should be valid across state borders.
27th June 2013
President of Senegal rebukes President Obama’s call for tolerance of gay people 13
1:55 PM — Just one day after the US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, and undercut Proposition 8, President Obama made calls for tolerance whilst on a visit to Senegal, which were strongly rejected by the country's president.
25th June 2013
Google introduces rainbow search bar in commemoration of Stonewall riots 12
6:31 PM — Google has added a gay easter egg, which changes the search bar into rainbow colours when certain search terms are entered, to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots this week.
24th June 2013
US: Colorado Supreme Court rules that trans girl should be allowed to use girls’ toilets at school 10
2:45 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of Colorado has ruled to say that a decision to stop a trans girl from using the girls' bathrooms at her school, was discriminatory, and that she should be allowed to use facilities appropriate to her gender identity.
21st June 2013
Lesbian woman stabbed after being kicked out of McDonald’s for having sex in a bathroom 36
11:35 PM — Two women in the US state of Pennsylvania were attacked and beaten by a group of people, after they were caught having sex in a McDonald's bathroom.
20th June 2013
US: HIV and AIDS awareness campaign billboard accused of ‘promoting’ homosexuality 16
4:45 PM — A billboard as part of an HIV and AIDS awareness campaign in the US county of Dallas has been accused by some local residents of "promoting" homosexuality.
19th June 2013
Michelle Shocked to return to San Francisco during Pride Week, to clarify her feelings following anti-gay rant 25
2:16 PM — Several months after Michelle Shocked alarmed fans at a San Francisco gig by going on an anti-gay rant, during which she said "god hates fags", the country singer has been invited back to perform, and to have the chance to really explain what she meant.
11th June 2013
US: Gay 11-year-old succeeds with petition to have award rescinded from ‘Don’t Say Gay’ politician 3
5:11 PM — A petition started by an openly gay 11-year-old boy from Tennessee, to revoke an award given to a state Representative who sponsored the state's controversial 'Don't Say Gay' bill, has succeeded.
6th June 2013
US: Georgia allows ‘GAYPWR’ number plate in discrimination case settlement 5
11:16 PM — A gay man in the US state of Georgia, has been granted a personalised number plate containing the word 'gay', following a settlement by the state, when he sued for discrimination.
US: Lawsuit filed against bakery which refused to provide cake for same-sex couple 18
10:52 PM — A gay couple in the US state of Colorado has filed a discrimination lawsuit against a bakery, saying it refused to provide a cake for their wedding, and alleging a history of discrimination against same-sex couples.
30th May 2013
US: Bill to remove tax-exempt status from Boy Scouts passes California Senate 20
1:38 AM — A bill which would remove the tax-exempt status of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), unless it fully accepted gay members, volunteers, and staff, has been approved in the Senate in the US state of California.
29th May 2013
US: First college men’s basketball player to come out: ‘You’ve got to be comfortable with who you are’ 5
2:08 AM — Following the lead of other professional athletes to come out and continue playing in a US professional team sport, a Kansas college men's basketball player, appears to have become the first to come out during a college career, and said: "If you are comfortable with yourself, you can do anything."
25th May 2013
Obama praises Boy Scouts’ progress but wants gay leaders too 8
11:18 AM — US President Barack Obama has praised the Boy Scouts of America for opening up their membership to gay youth, but reaffirmed his belief that leadership opportunities in the organisation should be available to gay adults.
20th May 2013
Video: President Obama tells all-male college ‘Be the best husband to your boyfriend’ 7
6:01 PM — US President Barack Obama delivered a highly inclusive commencement address to students graduating from the all-male Morehouse College this weekend.
6th May 2013
US: Jason Collins and Michelle Obama to headline Democratic LGBT gala
10:38 PM — US First Lady Michelle Obama, and recently out openly gay NBA player Jason Collins, are to headline a gala held by the Democratic Party.
1st May 2013
US: Church cancels former NFL player’s speech over congratulatory tweet to Jason Collins 13
5:50 PM — A former NFL player and Super Bowl Champion, has had a speaking appearance cancelled by a church over a congratulatory tweet he sent to recently out NBA star, Jason Collins.
30th April 2013
Raul Castro’s daughter granted travel rights to attend LGBT conference 4
5:59 PM — Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, has been given the go-ahead to attend an LGBT conference in the US, where she will receive an award for her contributions to gay rights, after initially being barred from travelling within the US.
US: Lawmaker’s office says gay people should ‘just grow their own food’ if stores discriminate against them 22
1:01 PM — The office of Washington Senator Mike Hewitt had an unusual response to a constituent who was concerned about his backing of a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against gay people on the grounds of religious belief.
28th April 2013
US: Gay rights groups disappointed as immigration reform bill leaves out same-sex couples 10
3:07 PM — Gay rights organisations pushing for same-sex couples to be included in an immigration reform bill in Washington, have expressed worry as a version of the bill introduced this month makes no mention of same-sex couples.
26th April 2013
US: Philadelphia City Council passes landmark bill for LGBT benefits 2
2:26 AM — The City Council in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has approved a bill which has been hailed as landmark legislation for strengthening LGBT rights in the city.