30th October 2013
US: Hawaii Senate to hold final vote on equal marriage as House prepares to receive bill
6:05 PM — A bill to legalise equal marriage in the US state of Hawaii will be subject to a final vote in the state's Senate on Wednesday.
Neil Patrick Harris speaks of ‘private’ right to come out as gay on own terms 9
5:50 PM — Actor Neil Patrick Harris has defended the right of everyone, particularly those in the public eye, to come out on their own terms.
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.
US: ACLU files brief challenging Nevada same-sex marriage ban
5:06 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada, has filed a brief challenging the state's ban on equal marriage.
US: Hawaii equal marriage bill passes second Senate reading 1
2:05 PM — The equal marriage bill in the US state of Hawaii has passed its second reading, and will now advance to a final reading on Wednesday.
29th October 2013
US: Equal marriage bill passes Hawaii Senate committee 2
5:16 PM — The equal marriage bill introduced in Hawaii has passed committee stage at the state Senate.
Nebraska: Straight man left with bloody face after protecting gay friends from thugs 12
4:48 PM — A straight man in Nebraska who protected his gay friends from being attacked says he would do it again despite suffering a bloody face.
Chris Brown denies anti-gay slur and pleads not guilty to assault charges 1
2:44 PM — R&B star Chris Brown is denying claims of making a homophobic slur during an alleged attack on a man outside a Washington DC hotel.
Chicago: Gay couple sue cab firm after driver evicts them for kissing 9
11:19 AM — A gay couple are suing a cab firm in Chicago after a driver booted them out of the vehicle for kissing.
Ellen DeGeneres developing new lesbian comedy 8
10:53 AM — US TV star Ellen DeGeneres is developing a sitcom featuring a lesbian lead character.
28th October 2013
US: Hawaii officials to take up equal marriage bill in special session today 7
6:14 PM — Officials in the US state of Hawaii are to take up the issue of equal marriage in a special session held on Monday.
NFL player made to apologise for anti-gay slur on live radio 3
5:59 PM — A former NFL player has come under heavy criticism, and was made to apologise live on air on a radio station, after he used a homophobic slur to describe a fellow former player.
US: Pennsylvania equal marriage ban turns to challenge gay inheritance tax ban 1
5:22 PM — In the US state of Pennsylvania, two women are separately challenging a policy which bans same-sex couples from taking advantage of an inheritance tax waiver which covers straight couples.
Nancy Pelosi to receive pro-LGBT lifetime achievement award
4:56 PM — US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is receiving an award in recognition of her support for LGBT rights.
Chris Brown arrested after allegedly saying in altercation: ‘I’m not into this gay s**t’ 27
9:53 AM — Chris Brown has been accused of making a homophobic slur during an alleged attack on a man at the weekend.
27th October 2013
John McCain’s wife petitions him to support bill barring anti-gay workplace discrimination 2
9:14 AM — Cindy McCain, the wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, has signed a postcard petition addressed to her husband urging him to support legislation barring discrimination against gay and lesbian people in the workplace.
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.
25th October 2013
US: Waiter receives anti-gay message on Christian couple’s bill – ‘Your fag choices made you lose out’ 77
6:10 PM — A Christian couple in Missouri have stirred up controversy recently, when instead of providing a tip for a gay waiter's "excellent service," they left him a homophobic note on their bill, which condemned his "lifestyle choices" and called him a "fag."
Study shows HIV ‘much harder’ to cure than previously thought 23
1:44 PM — Scientists have become aware of new genetic obstacles in the fight for a potential cure of HIV.