18th April 2013
US: Major League Soccer player vows to use suspension for anti-gay slur ‘for the good’
6:11 PM — A Major League Soccer player in the US who was suspended for three games after using an anti-gay slur, has again expressed remorse, and said that he wants to use the opportunity of the media "for the good", and to make amends for his actions.
Gay police officer featured on Boston Marathon bombing Sports Illustrated cover 1
3:50 PM — An openly gay police officer of the Boston Police Department who was present during Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, has been featured in an iconic image which has been used on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated magazine.
US: Senator claims the media has ‘bamboozled’ the public into thinking gay relationships can be happy 30
1:53 PM — A Republican Senator in Iowa surprised colleagues by using time set aside for free discussion to declare that society, and in particular children, were "bamboozled" by portrayals of fulfilling gay relationships in the media.
US: Boy Scout leader fired for being gay delivers 64,000 petition for scouts to drop anti-gay policy 5
1:35 AM — A former scout leader who signed up to help at the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) when his son joined up, but who was made to step down because he is gay, has delivered a petition with over 64,000 signatures to one of the BSA's major donors.
17th April 2013
Nancy Reagan supports same-sex marriage says daughter Patti Davis 7
5:49 PM — Former First Lady Nancy Reagan supports same-sex marriages, says her daughter Patti Davis.
US: Appeals court to hear arguments around constitutionality of California ‘gay cure’ ban 8
5:43 PM — The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals is on Wednesday to hear arguments around California's law prohibiting "gay cure" therapy, as administered by mental health professionals.
US: Ohio Boy Scouts donors urged to push to allow gay members 1
4:36 PM — Members of a pro-gay advocacy group Scouts for Equality, has begun work to push gay-friendly donors to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), to question the organisation's ban on gay volunteers, members and staff.
Texas: El Paso Senator Jose Rodriguez urges repeal of sodomy law 2
4:34 PM — A Democratic lawmaker is proposing that Texas repeals an anti-gay law overturned by the US Supreme Court a decade ago.
Video: First major college American football coach speaks out in acceptance of gay players 1
1:35 AM — The first major college football coach has come out to invite gay athletes to play for his team, in a video advocating against homophobia in sport.
US: Major League Soccer player suspended for using homophobic slur
12:35 AM — A Major League Soccer (MLS) player in the US who previously apologised for using a homophobic slur against another player during a recent match, has been suspended for three games, and fined an undisclosed amount.
16th April 2013
Magic Johnson’s son EJ on coming out publicly: ‘I can only be myself’
6:17 PM — The son of US basketball star Magic Johnson has spoken out to express surprise at the public interest surrounding his sexuality, since he recently went out hand-in-hand with his boyfriend.
Poll: 62% of New Jersey residents would vote in favour of equal marriage 3
4:39 PM — A new poll has revealed that almost two-thirds of voters in the US state of New Jersey would vote in favour of legalising equal marriage.
US: Texas bill introduced to tackle anti-LGBT workplace discrimination 2
2:56 PM — A bill to combat discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation, has been introduced in the US State of Texas, and despite knowing it is unlikely to pass, the bill's proponents hope it will spark a discussion on the issue.
Westboro Baptist Church blames same-sex marriage for Boston Marathon bomb attack 89
11:39 AM — The vehemently homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has threatened to picket the funerals of those killed in the Boston Marathon bomb attack.
Study: Equal marriage could bring $42 million to Minnesota economy over three years 8
1:10 AM — A new study has estimated that, if legalised, equal marriage could bring large economic boosts to the US state of Minnesota.
15th April 2013
US: Gay soldier files appeal over $100 White House protest fine 13
6:41 PM — Dan Choi – who was fined $100 for chaining himself to the White House fence in protest over America’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law – is refusing to pay the fine.
US: University sets up scholarship to support gay students and straight allies 4
6:10 PM — A US university has set up a fund to help out gay students who struggle financially after rejection from their families after coming out, as well as straight students who lose funding after supporting gay classmates.
US columnist: Gay-inclusive TV shows are part of Satan’s plan to destroy America 52
5:55 PM — A US columnist has appeared on a radio talk show to claim that TV, music and film are all parts of the Devil's plan for the "destruction" of America, and said that equal marriage would mean a Communist government in the US, which would kill its own citizens.
Video: Former US Navy chaplain says allowing openly gay players in the NFL is ‘demonic’ 8
5:23 PM — A former Navy chaplain who was disgraced by the military for his role in a protest in 2006, has weighed in on the argument over gay players being allowed to come out in the NFL, to say that he thinks the "Devil is afoot".
US: Major League Soccer player apologises for using homophobic slur
3:54 PM — A Major League Soccer player in the US has apologised for using a homophobic slur against another player during a recent match, before being sent off for two separate incidents.