26th September 2013
US: Washington National Cathedral to mark Matthew Shepard’s death with ‘Honouring LGBT Youth’ weekend 1
4:10 PM — Washington National Cathedral has announced that it will mark the fifteenth anniversary of Matthew Shepard's murder with a weekend of events to honour LGBT youth who have suffered bullying, discrimination and violence.
Pennsylvania: Gay couples challenge anti-equal marriage law in court 1
11:02 AM — 21 same-sex couples are calling on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania to declare their marriages valid and the Pennsylvania Marriage Law unconstitutional.
Former US President George H Bush is official witness for same-sex marriage ceremony 18
8:20 AM — Former President George H Bush and his wife, Barbara, have served as two of the official witnesses at a same-sex marriage ceremony of two long standing friends.
25th September 2013
US: Man charged in Denver hookah bar hate crime assault 5
7:44 PM — A man has been charged with a hate crime following an assault in a hookah bar in the US city of Denver, Colorado.
US: Conservatives rally around bill to protect anti-equal marriage groups ‘from discrimination by the government’ 16
7:02 PM — Conservative groups in the US have rallied around a House Bill introduced to protect groups opposed to equal marriage, religious and otherwise, from "discrimination by the government".
Catholic US Military Chaplains are banned from conducting gay funerals, weddings, or counselling 48
6:47 PM — Catholic military chaplains are banned form performing funerals, counselling or weddings for gay people.
Lance Bass: I know ‘tons’ of gay celebrities in the closet but I would not out any of them 4
6:10 PM — Lance Bass has claimed that he knows "tons" of gay celebrities who are in the closet, but that he would not out them.
US: State governor and attorney general given 7 extra weeks to answer challenge to equal marriage ban 1
4:40 PM — A judge has allowed the governor and attorney general of the US state of South Carolina to have seven extra weeks to consider a lawsuit filed against a state-wide ban on equal marriage.
Texas: Gay man viciously attacked after meeting man on phone app 10
3:34 PM — Police in Texas are treating a vicious attack on a young gay man as a possible hate crime.
US: Pennsylvania pastor sacked for officiating at same-sex wedding 1
3:00 PM — A pastor in the US state of Pennsylvania has been sacked by his congregation after conducting a same-sex wedding.
Interview: They are GLAAD to meet you 4
2:17 PM — On a recent trip to New York City, PinkNews’ Scott Roberts dropped by the offices of GLAAD – an organisation campaigning for stronger LGBT inclusion by the US media industry.
24th September 2013
US: Pennsylvania school denies trans man student right to run as homecoming king 1
7:52 PM — A student in the US state of Pennsylvania has been denied the right to run for homecoming king, despite identifying as male.
US Senate confirms highest-ranking gay judge 3
5:33 PM — Todd Michael Hughes has become the most senior openly gay judge in America.
New York: Protest against Russian anti-gay laws disrupts opening night of Tchaikovsky opera 1
5:01 PM — A protest against Russia's anti-gay laws disrupted the Metropolitan Opera's opening night gala for Tachaikovsky's Eugene Onegin last night. While a demonstration occurred outside, four protesters were asked to leave the venue after shouting anti-Russian statements as the lights dimmed before the performance.
US: New Jersey Democrats to attempt override of governor’s veto of equal marriage after election 3
3:04 PM — Democrats in the US state of New Jersey have said they will attempt to override Governor Chris Christie's veto of an equal marriage bill last year, but that they will do so after November's election.
US: Judge rules woman must testify against civil partner in murder trial despite spousal privilege law 5
1:18 PM — A judge in the US state of Kentucky has ruled that the wife of a murder defendant must testify against her civil partner, despite state law exempting spouses from being compelled to testify against each other, because of a lack of legal recognition of same-sex marriages in the state.
US: Gay black judge’s nomination blocked by Republican senator 4
1:13 PM — The nomination of a gay black Miami judge to the US federal bench has effectively been blocked after a Republican senator announced he was withdrawing support.
US: Catholic College cancels pro-equal marriage lecture citing need for opposing viewpoint 6
12:55 PM — A Catholic college in the US state of Rhode Island has rescinded its invitation to a gay philosophy professor who was to speak in support of equal marriage, just days after the pope called for Catholics to "find a new balance" by refraining from frequent condemnation on gay issues.
23rd September 2013
US radio host: Pope Francis shouldn’t doubt Satan’s gay minions’ intention to destroy Catholic Church 30
7:33 PM — A US anti-gay radio host has said that Pope Francis was "naive" to doubt gay people, or "Satan's earthly minions'" intentions to destroy the Catholic Church by promoting homosexuality.
US: New Jersey could be close to overturning Governor’s veto on equal marriage bill 2
6:28 PM — Advocates of equal marriage in the US state of New Jersey are moving gradually closer to overriding the state Governor's veto of a bill to legalise equal marriage, officials have said.