4th November 2013
Obama: Congress needs to ban LGBT discrimination in the workplace 6
1:21 PM — Ahead of a key vote, President Barack Obama has called on the US Congress to pass a law protecting workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
US: Hopeful to be Maine Governor comes out as gay: ‘I’m not ashamed of who I am’ 1
1:01 PM — A hopeful for the office of Governor in the US state of Maine has come out as gay, saying he wants to counter "whisper campaigns" raising questions about his sexuality.
US: Officials change procedure in Hawaii equal marriage testimony as opponents suspected of cheating
12:45 PM — After thousands of citizens testified at the House in the US state of Hawaii over the weekend, Monday's testimony may be off to a rocky start with allegations of cheating in the queue to speak.
Apple CEO Tim Cook calls on US Congress to ban LGBT discrimination 5
12:26 PM — Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has written an editorial in the Wall Street Journal urging US senators to support the Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA).
3rd November 2013
Lady Gaga: ‘Bisexuality is not about marketing – this is who I am and who I have always been’ 30
11:57 AM — Lady Gaga has spoken out against critics who accuse her bisexual identity of being "marketing ploy," saying "this is who I am and who I have always been."
US: Former owner of gay nightclub accused of setting it on fire 1
11:19 AM — The former owner of a Chicago-based gay nightclub was arrested recently charged with two counts of arson, after he allegedly scrawled anti-gay messages inside the club before dousing the building with alcohol and setting fire to it.
US: Obama urges Hawaii to pass same-sex marriage bill 2
10:20 AM — President Barack Obama has voiced his support for marriage equality in Hawaii, after the state recently approved legislation at senate stage aiming to repeal a ban on same-sex marriage, moving it to the Hawaii House stage for voting.
2nd November 2013
Rappers accuse Frank Ocean and Macklemore of using ‘gay agenda’ for fame 22
5:45 PM — Two rappers have accused stars Macklemore and Frank Ocean of exploiting gay culture in order to get ahead in the music industry.
US: Pennsylvania Governor released as defendant in equal marriage lawsuit
4:19 PM — The Governor of the US state of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, has been swapped out as a defendant in a federal case demanding equal marriage in the state.
1st November 2013
NOW: Comedian Aziz Ansari makes amusing but poignant point about racial stereotypes and homophobia 5
8:05 PM — Hit US comedian Aziz Ansari in a clip for his latest show makes an amusing yet poignant point about racial stereotypes, and homophobia.
Nike donates $200,000 towards ending homophobia in sports 2
3:42 PM — The world's largest sporting apparel company Nike, pledged to donate all proceeds from a special line of gear towards LGBT equality in sports, and has now donated $200,000 to an LGBT sporting charity.
Chelsea Manning threatens to sue US Army over its refusal to provide gender confirmation therapy
3:36 PM — Chelsea Manning has said she will take the US Army to court over its continued refusal to provide her with access to gender confirmation treatment.
US: New Jersey leaders may not immediately write equal marriage into law
3:31 PM — Legislators in the US state of New Jersey may not seek to write equal marriage into law immediately, despite a court ruling last month legalising it, as doing so could leave gay couples with less rights than if they do nothing.
Gay British banking chief appointed to board of GLAAD
2:31 PM — Barclays chief Anthony Watson has been elected to the board of GLAAD, becoming the first gay British citizen to join the US LGBT media advocacy group.
Hallmark apologises and removes ‘Deck the Halls’ jumper which omitted the word ‘gay’ 6
2:16 PM — Greetings card and ornament company Hallmark has issued an apology and withdrawn a sweater which contained lyrics from the Christmas song Deck the Halls, with the word "gay" omitted.
Petition puts pressure on Marriott to stop hosting ‘ex-gay therapy’ conference 6
1:56 PM — Despite historically supporting gay rights, Marriott has come under fire for hosting an ex-gay therapy conference.
Former US Defence Secretary Robert Gates appointed to lead Boy Scouts of America
1:27 PM — Former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates has been chosen to lead the Boy Scouts of America – an organisation which continues to find it difficult to accept gay people.
US: Defence Secretary says refusing same-sex IDs is ‘wrong’
1:14 PM — Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has criticised nine US states for failing to grant full spousal benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian members of America's armed forces.
31st October 2013
Orson Scott Card will not lose money from boycott of Ender’s Game film 23
7:29 PM — Anti-gay author Orson Scott Card will not make money from ticket sales of the Ender's Game film, which is based on his novel, potentially rendering a boycott of the film meaningless.
US: Thousands expected to turn out for Hawaii House committee on same-sex marriage 4
6:30 PM — Thousands are expected to turn out for a public hearing around a bill to legalise equal marriage in the House of the US state of Hawaii on Thursday.