9th September 2013
In 29 US states you can be fired for being gay, Obama says this must end 43
11:30 PM — President Obama has reignited the campaign for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that will make it illegal for employers to sack workers for being gay.
US: Campaign for equal marriage in Ohio heats up with announcement of three-city campaign 2
5:48 PM — Moves to overturn the equal marriage ban in the US state of Ohio are building momentum, with a three-city announcement of the Why Marriage Matters campaign.
DC Comics publisher: Batwoman can’t have a gay wedding as heroes ‘shouldn’t have happy personal lives’ 8
4:48 PM — A DC Comics co-publisher has responded to the resignation of two writers of the Batwoman comic books over the character's lesbian wedding which was "prohibited", to say that the reason was really because "heroes shouldn't have happy personal lives."
Canada: Top Finnish filmmaker to direct ‘Tom of Finland’ biopic on life of gay artist 5
4:29 PM — One of the most successful Finnish film directors, Dome Karukoski, will direct an authorised biopic about the influential gay artist 'Tom of Finland' -- the man who inspired the look of Freddie Mercury and the Village People.
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.
Video: Viral music video about unrequited gay love gets follow-up sequel with happy ending 7
3:36 PM — Steve Grand, the US singer who received over two million YouTube hits when he posted a music video featuring the story of a gay man's unrequited love for his straight friend, recently posted a follow-up video where his character finds romance.
US: Mayor in Tennessee offers support for health benefits for gay partners of city employees
2:48 PM — The mayor of a city in the US state of Tennessee has thrown his support behind a push towards providing equal health benefits for same-sex partners of city employees.
James Franco responds to gay jokes: ‘I wish I was gay’ 20
2:47 PM — Outspoken equal rights advocate and Hollywood actor James Franco has responded to rumours and jokes about his sexuality, saying "I wish I was gay" because being gay is "awesome."
US radio host celebrates launch of ‘gay free alternative to the Boy Scouts’ 15
2:34 PM — A US radio host has commented on the recent launch of a new scouting organisation, created after the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on gay members, to celebrate the launch of a "gay-free alternative to the Boy Scouts".
Fox TV presenter sacked for saying people who ‘choose to be gay will have to answer to the lord for their actions’ 25
2:13 PM — A Fox television sports commentator has been sacked after appearing just once, after footage surfaced of him saying that being gay "is a choice", and that gay people "will have to answer to the lord for their actions";
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller: ‘I tried to kill myself at 15 because I was gay’ 7
12:16 PM — British-born American actor Wentworth Miller, who came out as gay in a letter sent to the St Petersburg International Film Festival last month, has revealed that he attempted suicide at 15 by swallowing a "bottle of pills" because he was gay.
8th September 2013
US: ‘Sensational and inspirational’ funeral held for gay rights pioneer José Julio Sarria 4
2:19 PM — The funeral for Jusé Julio Sarria, who, before Harvey Milk, was the first openly gay person to run for the US public office in 1961, took place in San Francisco on Friday.
Russia: Lesbian activist pleads mass asylum over anti-gay laws — ‘get us the hell out of here’ 54
1:38 PM — A lesbian journalist and activist living in Russia has said that anti-gay violence and legislation has gotten so bad for the country, their only hope now is to get as many LGBT citizens to asylum as possible.
US: Student attempts suicide by ‘hanging himself’ after teacher bullied him with anti-gay slurs 19
11:57 AM — A student in South Carolina has attempted suicide after a school teacher allegedly used anti-gay slurs against him, calling him "gay," "gay boy," "Mrs Pete," and "Mrs Peters."
7th September 2013
US: New Mexico Supreme Court agrees to take on equal marriage case
8:23 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of New Mexico has agreed to decide whether equal marriage should be legal across the state, after several counties began recently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
US: Alternate Christian-based scouting group launches after Boy Scouts of America includes gay members 24
8:05 PM — Over 1,200 disgruntled former Boy Scouts of America officials descended on Nashville, Tennessee this weekened, in order to launch a new, "Christian-based" alternative to the BSA, as it voted earlier this year to lift its ban on gay members.
US: Anti-gay group announces end of three year boycott of retailer over pro gay rights stance 18
7:37 PM — An adamantly anti-gay group in the US has announced it is to end its three year boycott of American retailer Home Depot over the company's positive stance on LGBT rights.
Gay activists say Obama ‘sent a signal’ to LGBT Russians by meeting them at G20 in St Petersburg 14
7:31 PM — As President Obama met with LGBT activists as his last official engagement during his trip to St Petersburg for the G20 summit, the activists noted the significance of the fact that he met with them.
6th September 2013
US: New Mexico clerk issuing same-sex marriage licences asks for support for legal case against him 3
6:27 PM — A county clerk from Dona Ana in the US State of New Mexico, the first to begin issuing same-sex marriage licences, has asked for financial support in order to defend himself in a lawsuit from Republican lawmakers.
US: Southern Baptist military chaplains banned from performing or supporting same-sex weddings 9
4:41 PM — Military chaplains from the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) will not be allowed to perform, attend or support the weddings of gay couples, even if they are held away from military installations, the agency which commissions religious leaders has confirmed.