8th June 2013
US: Same-sex military partners to receive limited benefits from September 9
9:24 AM — The Pentagon has announced that benefits for the spouses of military personnel in same-sex relationships will begin from 1 September. However, they will not be able to receive housing or healthcare benefits, leading many to feel that the changes are inadequate.
7th June 2013
US: Illinois delayed vote on equal marriage a ‘stunning victory’, say opponents 11
9:39 PM — Opponents to equal marriage in the US state of Illinois have celebrated the fact that the bill to legalise same-sex unions never went to a vote a week ago.
US: Radio DJs advocate transphobic murder 7
6:16 PM — Two radio presenters in the US have been criticised for advocating the murder of transgender women.
Rap star Eve: Frank Ocean was ‘ridiculously brave’ to come out as bisexual
5:24 PM — Rap star Eve has commented on hip hop artist Frank Ocean's 2012 decision to come out as bisexual, saying he was "ridiculously brave" to do so, and that she thought more hip hop stars should come out.
Poll: Large majority in US believe equal marriage should be decided on state level 18
2:47 PM — With the US Supreme Court expected to give a decision in two landmark cases this month, a large majority of US citizens believe that equal marriage laws should be decided on state level, rather than the federal government.
6th June 2013
US: Georgia allows ‘GAYPWR’ number plate in discrimination case settlement 5
11:16 PM — A gay man in the US state of Georgia, has been granted a personalised number plate containing the word 'gay', following a settlement by the state, when he sued for discrimination.
US: Lawsuit filed against bakery which refused to provide cake for same-sex couple 18
10:52 PM — A gay couple in the US state of Colorado has filed a discrimination lawsuit against a bakery, saying it refused to provide a cake for their wedding, and alleging a history of discrimination against same-sex couples.
US: NFL player Brendon Ayanbadejo to edit sports edition of LGBT newspaper 2
6:03 PM — Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, and LGBT rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo, has announced that he is to take up an editor position of a sports-themed edition of an LGBT newspaper.
Lauryn Hill defends song accused of ‘homophobic’ lyrics 24
4:20 PM — US singer Lauryn HIll defended her latest track, which was slammed by critics, as some said it contains “homophobic” lyrics, and portrays drag queens, as a negative aspect of modern society.
US: Supreme Court ruling on equal marriage cases expected imminently 20
3:56 PM — The US Supreme Court is expected to rule on two cases surround equal marriage, in the next three weeks, potentially making a groundbreaking ruling for equal marriage in the state of California, and the whole of the US.
Poll: Majority of older generation Americans now support same-sex relations 2
2:29 PM — A new poll has found that a majority of older generation Americans now morally support gay and lesbian relations.
US: Arizona bill targeting transgender people temporarily shelved 7
12:56 AM — A bill introduced earlier this year in the US state of Arizona to allow businesses to refuse transgender people the right to use facilities appropriate to their gender identity, has been temporarily shelved by its sponsor, and will not go to vote in the House until next year.
5th June 2013
Behind the Candelabra producer Jerry Weintraub says film will ‘change’ Hollywood 5
6:58 PM — The executive producer of Behind the Candelabra, the new film about iconic gay pianist Liberace, which stars Michael Douglas as the lead character, says the movie “is going to change the film business in America”.
Chris Kluwe turns down White House LGBT event with humorous letter to Obama 2
5:47 PM — NFL star and LGBT rights campaigner Chris Kluwe, has made the headlines for the first time since being dropped by his team, and picked up by another, as he wrote a humorous letter to President Obama to decline an invitation to a White House LGBT event.
Robbie Rogers: Football in the UK is ‘more homophobic’ than in the US 4
3:01 PM — Openly gay professional US football player Robbie Rogers, has spoken in an interview to say that he thinks the football industry in the UK is "a bit more homophobic", than in the US.
US: Gay rights protester interrupts Michelle Obama’s speech 14
1:33 PM — A speech by US First Lady Michelle Obama at a Democratic Party fundraising event was briefly interrupted last night by a gay rights campaigner.
4th June 2013
US: Gay rights march in Salt Lake City joined by 400 Mormons 7
5:52 PM — Four hundred members of the Mormon Church joined a gay rights march in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the church is based, on Sunday.
Bradley Manning trial opens with accusations of ‘systematically harvesting’ Wikileaks documents 3
4:05 PM — Gay US soldier Bradley Manning, headed to trial on Monday, where military prosecutors said he "systematically harvested" secret documents to share with anti-secrecy site Wikileaks.
US: Human Rights Campaign welcomes anti-equality protesters to rally head office 3
3:41 PM — US pro-equality group the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has put up a sign to welcome anti-equality protesters, including the fiercely anti-gay Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality.
US: High School ‘cutest couple’ finds internet fame and inspire other teens to come out 10
2:23 PM — A gay high school couple who were voted "cutest" in their yearbook, became an internet sensation, finding a huge wave of support, and saying they had received messages saying they had inspired people to come out.