15th November 2013
Samuel L Jackson ‘had no idea’ upcoming role was a gay character 3
1:44 PM — Outspoken LGBT ally and actor Samuel L Jackson has said he was not aware his upcoming role in the film adaption of Stephen King’s ‘Cell' was a gay character.
Alec Baldwin forced to apologise after hurling anti-gay abuse at photographer 5
1:25 PM — Actor Alec Baldwin has been forced to apologise for hurling anti-gay abuse against a New York photographer, after backtracking from insisting he never used a homophobic slur to conceding he would "now retire" one of the words he used from his vocabulary.
Francis Bacon artwork breaks art auction world record at £89 million 9
12:12 PM — A triptych of portraits by the openly gay artist Francis Bacon has become the most expensive artwork ever sold at an auction, totalling £89.6 million.
US: Gay activists to campaign outside New York Stock Exchange during Russian government visit 1
10:48 AM — Gay activists in New York have planned a demonstration outside Wall Street's federal hall during an upcoming Russian government visit, to campaign against anti-gay laws in the country.
14th November 2013
US: Texas county jail adopts new policy to protect LGBT inmates 1
12:43 PM — The sheriff of Houston's Harris County has adopted a new policy designed to protect the rights of LGBT inmates, including allowing trans inmates to be housed based on their gender identity.
US radio host insists story of homophobic Christian couple was a ‘ruse’ to support ENDA 20
11:31 AM — A US radio host and Fox news contributor has accused the story of a Missouri couple who called a gay waiter "fag" on their bill of being an elaborate "ruse" designed to garner support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
US: Texas school refuses allowing trans student to wear a tuxedo in graduation photo 3
10:33 AM — A trans student in Texas was denied being able to wear a tuxedo for his yearbook portrait, prompting the Human Rights Campaign to launch an online petition trying to convince the school to live up to its own non-discrimination policies.
13th November 2013
Governor of Hawaii signs equal marriage into law: ‘Another universe is about to change for all time’ 7
9:28 PM — The Governor of Hawaii has signed same-sex marriage into law, just a day after the state's Senate gave the legislation for its approval.
US: Man justifies attack on lesbian sister by saying her relationship goes against Islam 31
3:30 PM — A Muslim man in Nebraska has been charged with assault after he allegedly attacked his own sister and said her same-sex relationship was a disgrace to their family.
US televangelist Pat Robertson instructs mother to ask her gay son whether a coach ‘molested’ him 14
1:45 PM — Pat Robertson, the US televangelist named Stonewall's 2013 Bigot of the Year, recently explained to the mother a gay child that she should ask whether he was "molested" by a coach.
US: Legal group defends photographers who refused same-sex wedding on basis of ‘artistic freedom’ 8
1:19 PM — A New Mexico legal group has asked the Supreme Court to weigh in favour of a wedding photography company that discriminated against a same-sex couple, pleading that "an artist must be free to create work that expresses what he or she believes."
US poll: Americans find Confederate flag ‘more acceptable’ than rainbow gay pride flag 12
11:58 AM — A recent public policy poll has shown that a majority of US citizens believe it is "more acceptable" to publicly display the Confederate rebel flag, today commonly associated with the Ku Klux Klan and other racist hate groups, than it is to display the gay pride rainbow flag.
Viral: Lesbians react to sex scene in Blue is the Warmest Colour
11:17 AM — In a viral video currently making the rounds online, a group of gay women have shared their views on the ten minute lesbian sex scene in Blue Is The Warmest Color, the winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes film festival.
Obama applauds Hawaii for legalising same-sex marriage
10:08 AM — President Barack Obama has applauded his birthplace Hawaii for becoming the 15th US state to legalise same-sex marriage, saying "I have always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today's vote makes me even prouder."
12th November 2013
Hawaii to become latest US state to make same-sex marriage legal 5
11:41 PM — The Hawaii Senate has given its final approval to a bill to make marriage legal between couples of the same-sex.
US: California organisation claims to have enough signatures to ballot trans bathroom rights law 1
2:35 PM — A California organisation attempting to repeal an act allowing transgender students equal access to school facilities such as locker rooms and bathrooms now claims it has enough signatures to place the new law back on the ballot.
US: Florida senator set to feature as keynote speaker for ‘gay cure’ therapy fundraiser 7
1:33 PM — Republican senator Marco Rubio, a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2016, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at a fundraising dinner for an anti-gay council that promotes "conversion therapy," attempting to turn gay people straight.
GLAAD appoints first transgender co-chair 2
1:01 PM — Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan has become the first transgender woman to serve as co-chair of US LGBT media advocacy group, GLAAD.
30 Rock star Maulik Pancholy comes out as gay 2
12:47 PM — 30 Rock star Maulik Pancholy has come out as gay after celebrating a nine-year anniversary with his partner.
US: Student asks Apple to change dictionary defining gay as ‘foolish and stupid’ 16
11:52 AM — A student in Sudbury, Massachusetts, has launched a campaign asking Apple to remove an offensive definition of the word "gay" from its online dictionary service.