19th December 2013
US: Reality TV actor Phil Robertson suspended indefinitely for anti-gay rant in GQ magazine 19
10:49 AM — US reality star Phil Robertson has been suspended indefinitely from his TV show for questioning in an interview to GQ why gay men would prefer “a man’s anus” over a vagina.
18th December 2013
Vigil held for trans girl aged 14 who committed suicide 14
6:42 PM — A vigil was held in the US town of Racine yesterday in memory of a teenager who took their own life on Sunday.
Airline apologises for confirmation code which read ‘H8GAYS’ 5
6:21 PM — A US airline has apologised after a customer was offended by a confirmation code which read "H8GAYS".
US: Ohio equal marriage ban challenge case to go to court 1
5:50 PM — Today the legal debate over whether equal marriage should be recognised on death certificates in the US state of Ohio will go to court.
US: Reality TV actor slammed by human rights group for ‘vile and extreme’ gay stereotypes 17
4:47 PM — A US reality television actor has been heavily criticised by LGBT rights groups for an interview given in GQ magazine in which he questioned why gay men would prefer "a man's anus", over a vagina.
Obama won’t attend Russian Winter Olympics in Sochi but will send gay inclusive delegation 14
10:47 AM — US President Barack Obama has named two gay sports stars as part of America's delegation to the Winter Olympics in Russia - but in a significant move has confirmed that he will not be attending the event himself.
17th December 2013
US: University of Maryland insurance plans may soon include cover for gender reassignment 1
8:55 PM — Gender reassignment surgery may be covered by the University of Maryland's student insurance plans.
US: Pennsylvania judge in equal marriage challenge case rejects state appeal 4
8:45 PM — A federal judge in the US state of Pennsylvania has refused a state appeal to cease a case challenging the state's ban on equal marriage.
US TV host Jay Leno compares Sochi Olympics to Nazi Germany 31
8:29 PM — US television host Jay Leno has made a stark comparison between the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Nazi Germany.
Campaigners remember Chelsea Manning on 26th birthday 3
6:52 PM — Vigils have taken place in London, Philadelphia and Germany for Chelsea Manning on her fourth birthday behind bars.
Video: Google celebrates equal marriage with gay couple’s wedding in Zeitgeist roundup 2
5:26 PM — Google has celebrated the marriage of a same-sex couple in its Zeitgeist video of 2013.
Video: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Martina Navratilova back Free & Equal campaign 1
4:45 PM — A United Nations campaign group has released a video featuring UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, tennis legend Martina Navratilova and NBA star Jason Collins speaking on the importance of defending LGBT rights.
Pope Francis removes anti-equal marriage cardinal from Vatican Committee 6
1:29 PM — Pope Francis has replaced a US conservative cardinal who is strongly against equal marriage and abortion with an American cardinal who is less outspoken.
US: In lawsuit based on sodomy ruling, judge rules that Utah’s polygamy law is unconstitutional 12
1:07 PM — A federal judge has ruled that a law banning polygamy in the state of Utah is unconstitutional.
American LGBT magazine The Advocate names Pope Francis as ‘Person of the Year’ 29
12:07 PM — One of America’s most influential LGBT magazines has named Pope Francis as its “Person of the Year”.
16th December 2013
US: Illinois judge tells county clerk to issue marriage licences early for the terminally ill
7:18 PM — A federal judge has instructed a county clerk in the US state of Illinois to issue marriage licences early to any same-sex couple who wish to wed immediately if one of them has a terminal illness.
US: Pastor refuses to quit voluntarily for officiating at gay son’s wedding 1
6:23 PM — A Methodist minister in the US state of Pennsylvania has refused to voluntarily step down after he was put "on trial", for officiating at his gay son's wedding, and after saying he would not renounce his actions.
US: New Jersey officials end push to codify equal marriage in law 2
4:11 PM — Officials in the US state of New Jersey have ended a campaign to have equal marriage written into state law through extra legislation.
15th December 2013
US: New Jersey Senate approves bill allowing trans people to obtain new birth certificates 1
1:14 PM — A New Jersey Senate panel has approved a bill which would allow the state's health department to re-issue birth certificates to trans or intersex people who have not undergone gender reassignment surgery.
US: Comedian Bob Newhart scheduled to attend anti-gay Catholic conference 14
11:38 AM — US comedian Bob Newhart has been warned by gay activist groups against his scheduled appearance at the summit of a Catholic magazine which calls homosexuality a "disorder" that must be "cured."