27th April 2012
UFC sponsor condemns homophobic comments 5
12:17 PM — A major sponsor of the Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts events has complained to organisers about homophobic comments made by competitors and staff.
26th April 2012
Pennsylvania set to get its first openly gay lawmaker 13
10:49 PM — Pennsylvania is set to get its first openly gay state lawmaker, as a 33 year old is set to win a Democratic State House primary, leaving him with an open path to election this November, unless an independent candidate decides to compete for the seat.
Robert Spitzer apologises to the gay community for ‘ex-gay’ study 35
9:52 PM — The author of the controversial study on 'conversion therapy' for gay men and lesbians, Dr Robert Spitzer, has issued an apology to the gay community, and to those who underwent so-called 'gay cure therapies,' for having made the study public in the first place.
US 2010 census reveals gay couples more likely to be interracial 15
6:23 PM — Newly analysed data from the US' 2010 census has revealed gay couples are more likely to be interracial in their make-up than straight couples.
25th April 2012
New York: Mayor-hopeful to marry her partner
11:00 PM — Christine Quinn, the speaker of the New York City Council, will marry her partner of eleven years, Kim Catullo, in a civil ceremony on May 19, it has been announced.
Fred Karger’s video pulled (briefly) from YouTube 18
10:22 PM — Fred Karger, who hopes to be the party's first openly gay, Jewish, Republican nominee for the US presidential elections this year, has had his recent campaign video pulled by YouTube, before being reinstated with a warning of 'explicit content.'
US: Poll finds majority support for equal marriage 21
9:49 PM — A US poll has found that 47 percent of people are in favour of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, with 43 percent opposed, adding to a growing body of evidence that the country is increasingly moving towards the direction of equality.
Mother banned from being US Cub Scout leader for being a lesbian vows to fight on 15
6:07 PM — Jennifer Tyrrell, a leader of a Cub Scouts pack in Bridgeport, Ohio, who was banned from being a leader due to her sexuality says that she will fight the Boy Scouts of America for its discrimination against gay and lesbian leaders and members.
Colorado bill to introduce gay civil unions expected to move forward 7
5:42 PM — A bill to allow same-sex couples to form civil unions in Colorado is expected to move forward following months of stalling in the Colorado legislature. The bill to give gay couples almost identical rights to straight married couples is expected to pass in the Democratic controlled Senate because a similar bill passed comfortably there last year by 23 to 12 votes.
Hillary Clinton: In Asia and Africa gay rights is a ‘totally foreign concept’ 30
11:32 AM — Echoing her landmark speech to the United Nations, to an audience at Syracuse University, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said that many foreign leaders in Africa and Asia consider gay rights and indeed womens' rights to be a "totally foreign concept."
24th April 2012
California pushes for a partial ban on ‘gay conversion therapies’ 27
11:49 PM — A bill passing through Californian Senate seeks to ban so-called 'reparative therapy' for gay men and women below the age of 18, and would force psychiatrists to inform older patients of the many mental and physical harms such 'therapies' might cause.
Video: Gingrich endorses anti-gay amendment, as public support drops 7
11:07 PM — Within a day of launching a high-profile campaign to oppose the anti-gay Amendment One in North Carolina, the Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has launched a video encouraging citizens of the state to approve the bill on May 8 — even as two different polls suggest that the support for the amendment is dropping.
In Photos: Alan Cumming, Christina Perri and other celebs join NOH8 campaign 1
10:25 PM — More famous faces have taken part in the NoH8 campaign including Alan Cumming and Christina Perri. The campaign was launched following the passing of anti-gay marriage measure Proposition 8 in California and has seen scores of celebrities take part to raise awareness for the cause.
Gay presidential candidacy hopeful Fred Karger unveils ‘Sexy Frisbee’ campaign video 26
3:13 PM — Fred Karger, the Republican presidential candidate who has hopes to become the party's first openly gay, Jewish nominee has unveiled his new campaign video.
23rd April 2012
Video: Ad against North Carolina’s Amendment One 17
11:29 PM — LGBT and heterosexual parents have joined forces in North Carolina to launch a high-profile advertisement campaign against so-called Amendment One, which proposes to outlaw all recognition of same-sex relationships in the state.
Romney appoints a gay man as foreign policy spokesperson 35
11:00 PM — Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican contender to fight incumbent Barack Obama at the 2012 elections, has appointed Richard Grenell, an openly gay man as the national security and foreign policy spokesperson, which has proved doubly controversial, partly due to outrage from social conservatives, and partly because of apparently sexist tweets he had sent prior the appointment.
22nd April 2012
Chaz Bono, Josh Hutcherson win GLAAD awards
8:29 PM — Chaz Bono, Josh Hutcherson, and the US show 'Modern Family' emerged as winners of the 23rd annual Media Awards by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
21st April 2012
An influential US rabbi ‘comes out’ as an LGBT ally 8
1:48 PM — Rabbi Shmuli Yanklowitz, who was chosen by Newsweek as one of the most influential rabbis in the United States, has declared that he is "coming out of the closet," not as a gay man, but as a "proud ally with those of LGBT orientation."
20th April 2012
Walt Disney Studios’ gay chief steps down 3
11:14 PM — The head of Walt Disney Studio, Rich Ross, has resigned as chairman of the film-making company, just a month after the film John Carter became one of the company's biggest flops.
Video: Parents and friends of gay Mormons release ‘It gets better’ video 35
10:45 PM — Following the popularity and widespread reporting of the 'It Gets Better' video made by Mormon students at Brigham Young University, several parents and friends of gay mormons have joined forces to add another video to the project.