27th August 2013
Walmart extends health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners 6
7:56 PM — The largest retailer in the US, Walmart, has announced that it is to offer health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners beginning next year.
US: Trans woman prisoner serving 73 year sentence appeals to be given gender reassignment 9
4:35 PM — A trans woman in the US state of Virginia who has been served a 73-year prison sentence is expecting a decision from a judge on whether she will be allowed evaluation to be given gender reassignment surgery.
US: Republican lawmakers consider legal action over New Mexico county issuing same-sex marriage licences 9
4:08 PM — Republican lawmakers in the US state of New Mexico have said they are considering legal action over a judge's decision to make a broad ruling that same-sex couples should not be excluded from being issue marriage certificates.
US: Judge rules that equal marriage must be recognised in state of New Mexico 9
2:02 PM — A judge in the US state of New Mexico has indirectly ruled that equal marriage be made legal, as he ruled that prohibiting same-sex marriages is a form of sexual discrimination.
Associated Press issues reporting memo for Chelsea E Manning stories 7
11:29 AM — The Associated Press has sent out a memo to all of its journalists and subscribers ensuring they use the correct female pronouns in stories involving Chelsea E Manning.
Ricky Martin: ‘I used to bully people I knew were gay’ 26
10:41 AM — Ricky Martin has admitted that he use to bully gay people before he came to terms with his own sexuality.
26th August 2013
Rap star Macklemore: ‘Gay rights are human rights. There is no separation’ 10
3:54 PM — Rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their pro-equal marriage track “Same Love” alongside Jennifer Hudson and Mary Lambert at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Bishop of Honolulu: Equal marriage could lead to polygamy and incest 85
12:44 PM — The Bishop of Honolulu has warned against attempts to legalise equal marriage in Hawaii.
25th August 2013
Video: Gay and lesbian people included in Martin Luther King’s ‘unfinished dream’ at 50th Anniversary 4
3:45 PM — Thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and pledging that his vision also included equality for gay and lesbian people.
US: Conservative churches change by-laws to avoid lawsuits from gay couples 21
2:50 PM — A growing number of US churches, worried they might be sued by gay couples, are changing their by-laws to reflect the view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.
24th August 2013
US: Murdered NYC trans woman was violently beaten in front of police precinct 12
10:02 PM — A 21-year-old trans woman who was violently beaten until brain damaged, and later taken off life support after being pronounced brain dead, was attacked just feet away from a New York Police Department precinct.
US: Jason Collins to introduce Ryan Lewis and Macklemore at VMAs for equal marriage hit
9:31 PM — Openly gay NBA basketball star Jason Collins will on Sunday evening take to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards to introduce Macklemore and Ryan Lewis when they perform their equal marriage themed summer hit.
23rd August 2013
US politician says free speech gives her the right to say gay people are ‘so disgusting’ 104
7:29 PM — A councilwoman in the US state of Texas has defended comments she made during which she said gay people are "disgusting", and should not be allowed to adopt children.
US radio host: ‘90% of Americans would find homosexual behaviour disgusting if they thought about it’ 45
7:14 PM — US radio host, Bryan Fischer, has claimed that if Americans stopped and thought about gay sex, 90% of the population would find it disgusting.
US: 21-year-old trans woman dies after being brutally beaten in transphobic attack 8
6:42 PM — A transgender woman in New York City has died after being violently beaten in a transphobic attack.
US: Porn production halted as actor tests HIV positive just days after ban on bareback filming upheld 23
6:04 PM — The making of porn films has been halted in Los Angeles County, just days after a judge upheld a ban on the filming of bareback porn in the county, because an actor has tested positive for HIV.
US: Anti-gay group attacks state Supreme Court’s ruling against photographer who refused gay wedding 10
5:35 PM — An anti-gay group in the US has attacked the New Mexico Supreme Court after it ruled that business owners have to offer the same services to gay couples as they would to straight couples.
American church kicks out mother for supporting her gay daughter 29
1:40 PM — Elders at Ridgedale Church of Christ in Tennessee have allegedly kicked out a mother who supported her lesbian daughter.
22nd August 2013
US radio host: Gays are ‘empty’ inside and want to ‘absorb the personality and identity of others’ 79
7:44 PM — A US radio host has again spoken out against gay and lesbian people, this time saying that they are "empty", and therefore want to "absorb the personality and identity of another person,"
US: New Mexico county begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite same-sex marriage ban 3
4:42 PM — A county in New Mexico has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the state not recognising same-sex marriages.