4th May 2012
Hillary Clinton and ILGA to receive World Pride awards 32
3:46 PM — Pride London will give US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the 'World LGBT Award' in recognition of her contribution to protecting the rights of LGBT people worldwide ahead of World Pride in London this July.
Methodist conference confirms view of ‘incompatible’ gay relationships 45
11:29 AM — A United Methodist Church conference in Florida has determined gay relationships are 'incompatible with Christian teaching'.
3rd May 2012
Missouri Republican Lawmaker comes out, denounces ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill 17
9:35 PM — A Republican legislator in the US state of Missouri has held a press conference where he first came out as gay, and then proceeded to denounce the infamous 'Don't Say Gay' bill.
Comment: The It Gets Better Project’s Dan Savage stands for hope, stop bullying him 42
6:41 PM — After Dan Savage's comments about the Bible, Chaim Levin argues that his message is one of hope, and he should not be referred to as the 'Westboro of the left'.
Pastor who suggested punching gay sons ‘sorry for offence but not for word of God’ 44
12:53 PM — A pastor in North Carolina has apologised for causing 'unintentional offence' by telling a congregation at the weekend they should 'crack the wrist' of an effeminate son, but said he was not sorry for church teaching on 'sexual immorality'.
Newt Gingrich’s exit from Republican race makes policies ’69 percent in favour of gay equality’ 2
11:11 AM — Marriage Equality USA has updated its spreadsheet of potential presidential policies today following the exit of Newt Gingrich from the bid for the Republican nomination.
2nd May 2012
Audio: Baptist pastor tells flock to ‘crack the limp wrists’ of their effeminate sons 109
11:35 AM — A South Carolina pastor has told his congregation they have 'special dispensation' to punch and crack the wrists of effeminate sons and tell their 'butch' daughters to 'dress themselves up'.
1st May 2012
Tennessee’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill to be dropped 11
9:50 PM — The so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill, which would have interdicted elementary and middle school teachers from discussion of homosexuality and gender identity, looks set to be dropped without a vote, after a key Republican sponsor announced that he simply would not bring it up, local media organisations report.
Romney’s openly gay spokesperson resigns due to anti-gay backlash 44
9:23 PM — Richard Grenell, the openly gay man who was appointed as foreign policy spokesperson by Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, has resigned from his position, due to fierce opposition from anti-gay conservatives, the Washington Post reports.
Boy Scouts of America official resigns in protest over expulsion of gay mother 14
2:44 PM — A regional official of the Boy Scouts of America has resigned in protest at the expulsion of a gay mother from her son's group for being a lesbian.
DJ apologises after telling man to have gay daughter ‘screwed straight’ 43
11:12 AM — US media company, Clear Channel Inc. has moved swiftly to distance itself from the storm created last week when Dominic Dieter, a DJ at their Cleveland radio station, WMMS, went on air and apparently advocated the 'corrective rape' of a young gay woman.
New York Assembly passes trans discrimination bill for fifth time 10
10:56 AM — The Assembly at the New York state legislature has passed an anti-discrimination bill to protect transgender citizens for the fifth time, but the senate may yet stall progress.
30th April 2012
UK issues global LGBT rights report, where US lags behind 28
11:45 PM — The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued its annual Human Rights and Democracy report today, where a separate section outlines the state of LGBT rights around the world, and the government's own commitment to it. The corresponding report from the US State Department, however, is three months overdue, and for the third time in a row.
New Hampshire Episcopalians may elect a second gay bishop 4
10:46 PM — One of the three priests nominated to succeed Bishop Gene Robinson at his Diocese of New Hampshire is an openly gay man and married to his partner, Boston Globe reports.
David Furnish calls marriage equality the ‘next great civil rights battle’ 51
11:29 AM — David Furnish has described the fight for marriage equality for gay couples as the 'next great battle' for civil rights.
29th April 2012
Video: President Obama and Jimmy Kimmel make gay-friendly jokes at reception 12
7:13 PM — During the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner yesterday, President Obama said that if his first term saw the repeal of the infamous 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, the second term would introduce a policy called 'It's Raining Men.'
Video: US Catholic school disinvites alumnus over his homosexuality 20
4:38 PM — A Catholic school in Michigan, US, has withdrawn the invitation it issued to one of its alumni to be the keynote speaker at his brother's graduation, after authorities there discovered he was gay and engaged to his partner.
28th April 2012
Utah: Gay teenager commits suicide 52
8:47 PM — A 17-year old from Mountain Green, Utah, has killed himself due to homophobic bullying, local media organisations report.
Video: Christian students walk out as Dan Savage attacks the Bible 180
6:20 PM — Several high school students walked out of a lecture by Dan Savage, the gay rights campaigner, after he linked certain passages in the Bible, which he called him "bulls**t," and homophobic bullying.
27th April 2012
Gay marine accepts navy veteran’s marriage proposal at base homecoming 28
3:59 PM — A gay US marine returning from a ten month tour of duty in Afghanistan was greeted with a marriage proposal in San Diego, California this week.