22nd May 2013
US: Same-sex sponsorship amendment withdrawn from broad immigration bill 15
1:27 AM — An amendment to a broad immigration bill just passed by the US Senate Judiciary Committee, which would have allowed binational same-sex couples to sponsor their partners, was dropped in an effort to ensure that the bill passed.
21st May 2013
US church blames Oklahoma tornado on gay basketball player Jason Collins 63
3:19 PM — The homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has thanked God for a lethal tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, leaving at least 24 people dead, saying it’s because of gay basketball player Jason Collins.
Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins honoured with courage award
12:52 PM — Jason Collins, the NBA star who came out as gay earlier this month to a huge amount of media attention, and became the first openly gay player in a US major team sport, has received a courage award from leading gay-straight alliance organisation GLSEN.
New York: Thousands of protesters condemn murder of ‘gay angel Mark Carson’ 6
11:51 AM — Thousands of people marched in Manhattan on Monday to denounce a rise in violence against LGBT people, and in particular the brutal shooting on Saturday of Mark Carson.
Manager: Fined and suspended mixed martial arts fighter ‘doesn’t feel remorse’ for homophobic tweet 20
2:12 AM — The manager of a mixed martial arts fighter who was fined $20,000 and suspended for three months for a tweet in which he referred to a fellow fighter as a "fag", has said he is not remorseful for the slur.
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.
Brittney Griner: University basketball coach told me not to come out 1
5:42 PM — Recently out, openly lesbian US basketball star Brittney Griner, has spoken out to say that her college basketball coaches asked her not to come out, in case it damaged the reputation of the team for prospective recruits.
19th May 2013
New York: Police say man shot in Greenwich Village was victim of homophobic hate crime 1
12:01 AM — The shooting of a man in New York City's Greenwich Village early on Saturday has been called an anti-gay hate crime by the police commissioner.
18th May 2013
US: Owner of florist sued for refusing same-sex wedding files lawsuit against state 33
4:10 PM — The owner of a florist which is the subject of two lawsuits for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, has filed a lawsuit against Washington state, claiming her religious beliefs are being violated.
Mixed martial arts fighter fined $20,000 and suspended for three months for anti-gay slur 5
3:50 PM — A mixed martial arts fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship has been fined a substantial amount, and suspended for three months, for tweeting the word "fag".
17th May 2013
US: Mixed martial arts fighter suspended for tweeting the word ‘fag’ 3
6:12 PM — An Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts fighter has been suspended after he tweeted defending a fellow fighter who lost his bonus as a fine for smoking marijuana, in which he included the word "fag".
Daniel Radcliffe: When filming Kill Your Darlings, I was given ‘step-by-step’ gay sex scene instructions 22
3:23 PM — Actor Daniel Radcliffe has spoken in an interview about filming gay sex scenes for his latest film, about the life of poet Allen Ginsberg, saying that when filming an intimate gay scene, the director gave him "step-by-step" instructions.
Uma Thurman to star in biopic as anti-gay campaigner Anita Bryant 14
3:01 AM — Hollywood actor Uma Thurman is set to star as anti-gay Christian activist Anita Bryant, in a film about her life.
16th May 2013
Texas: Anti-trans marriage law gains Senate approval 6
6:20 PM — Senators in Texas passed a bill earlier this week that would dramatically affect transgender residents seeking a marriage licence.
US columnist: Homosexuality ‘has destroyed every civilisation it has touched’ 39
6:17 PM — Christian Post contributor Ken Hutcherson has attacked another contributor to the site for commending Jason Collins for coming out as gay, saying that homosexuality "has destroyed every civilisation it has touched", as well as "the family", and "the soul".
US: ACLU pushes ‘Modern Family’ TV show creators to allow gay characters to get married 6
5:05 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has begun pushing the producers of US television show Modern Family, to write an episode in which the gay couple featured on it, get married.
US: NFL player and gay rights advocate Chris Kluwe signs with new team 8
4:47 PM — Chris Kluwe, outspoken human rights campaigner and NFL punter, has announced that, after being dropped by the Minnesota Vikings last week, he has now been signed to the Oakland Raiders.
Media Matters: Fox News coverage of equal marriage legalisation in three US states totals only one minute 10
4:22 PM — US media watchdog Media Matters reports that Fox News' coverage of same-sex marriage bills passing in the states of Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota clocked in at one minute for all three combined.
US: Basketball star Jason Collins’ twin says he missed ‘red flags’ signalling that his brother is gay 2
4:14 PM — Appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, recently out gay NBA star Jason Collins and his twin brother Jarron, discussed their brotherly relationship, the latter joking that he missed "red flags" which suggested Jason was gay.
US: Studies show majority of voters support equal marriage in Michigan and Virginia 3
2:03 AM — Polls in two more US states have found that a majority of voters support equal marriage, as Michigan and Virginia join states with a majority in support.