5th November 2013
Video: Illinois Republican makes first Senate speech in two years, to endorse gay rights
6:08 PM — Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk took to the Senate floor this week for the first time in almost two years, to speak in favour of gay rights, in promoting his co-sponsored Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA).
Hawaii police officer: ‘You would have to kill me’ before I would enforce an equal marriage law 18
5:45 PM — Monday's equal marriage debate in the House of Representatives in the US state of Hawaii saw over 5,000 testify both for and against equal marriage, but one police officer shocked with his statement.
US: Texas Supreme Court to take up arguments around equal marriage ban 1
5:19 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of Texas on Tuesday will hear arguments in a case which could challenge the state's constitutional ban on equal marriage.
Ender’s Game author’s anti-gay controversy does not deter audiences as film takes number one spot at US box office 17
2:43 PM — Despite calls for a boycott of the Ender's Game movie release last weekend, due to the book's author being involved in an anti-gay controversy, the film still opened at the top spot.
US Senate passes bill protecting LGBT people from employment discrimination 7
10:55 AM — A bill banning workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans has passed the US Senate – but it faces immense hurdles in the House of Representatives where the Republican Party holds the balance of power.
4th November 2013
Video: Children react to same-sex proposals 18
7:21 PM — This video, uploaded by the Fine Bros, explores the issue of equal marriage, and same-sex relationships, with children, and documents their (mainly quite adorable) reactions to same-sex proposal videos.
US: Couple sue New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for signing law to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy 13
6:46 PM — A couple has sued New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, because he signed a law banning "gay conversion" therapy for minors, saying it violates their constitutional rights.
Eminem denies homophobic intent behind lyrics: ‘I never equated those kinds of words’ with homophobia 35
6:31 PM — Rapper Eminem has defended his latest single “Rap God” which has been heavily criticised because it contains violently homophobic lyrics.
Speaker John Boehner says LGBT discrimination law would ‘cost US jobs’ 10
5:37 PM — Republican US House Speaker John Boehner has described proposals to outlaw LGBT discrimination as an attack on small businesses, ahead of a Senate vote.
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.