30th April 2013
Raul Castro’s daughter granted travel rights to attend LGBT conference 4
5:59 PM — Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, has been given the go-ahead to attend an LGBT conference in the US, where she will receive an award for her contributions to gay rights, after initially being barred from travelling within the US.
NFL player Chris Kluwe on why he supports the gay community: ‘It’s the right thing to do’ 5
5:59 PM — NFL player and human rights campaigner Chris Kluwe has written an impassioned opinion piece in which he addresses the question of why, as a straight man, he supports the gay community.
Obama: ‘I couldn’t be prouder of NBA player Jason Collins’ decision to come out as gay’ 19
5:56 PM — President Obama says he told basketball player Jason Collins that he "couldn't be prouder of him" for coming out as gay while playing in a major US sports league.
Video: Project launched to ‘eradicate homophobia’ from Christian teachings 22
5:30 PM — A new project has been launched in the US, in an attempt to end homophobia in the Christian church, to reform Christian teachings on homosexuality, and to give gay Christians a voice in the church.
Bryan Fischer: Jason Collins will be rejected by teammates for ‘eyeballing’ them in the shower 26
5:00 PM — US Christian radio host Bryan Fischer, has weighed in on media attention surrounding NBA star Jason Collins' coming out, to say that teammates, and teams would reject him because he would be "eyeballing" men in the shower.
US: ACLU demands apology for trans student after ‘prom queen’ controversy 2
4:09 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has set Friday 3 May as the deadline for a Pennsylvania school to apologise for having listed a trans student on a 'prom queen' ballot, when he had campaigned to be 'prom king'.
US radio host: If they allow gay members, ‘what will Boy Scout leaders say to Jesus when they meet him?’ 23
3:59 PM — A US Christian radio host has questioned what the "monster" Boy Scouts of America's leaders will "say to Jesus when the meet him", if they allow gay members.
Video: ESPN reporter says Jason Collins’ coming out is an ‘open rebellion to God’ 37
3:33 PM — A reporter on US television sports channel ESPN, has commented on the coming out of NBA star Jason Collins, to say that he thinks it is an "open rebellion to God", and that "lifestyle", is "a sin".
NBA player Jason Collins: ‘I hope other sports stars will follow my lead and come out’ 7
2:04 PM — In his first interview since coming out as gay, basketball player Jason Collins says he hopes other professional athletes will follow his lead.
US: Lawmaker’s office says gay people should ‘just grow their own food’ if stores discriminate against them 22
1:01 PM — The office of Washington Senator Mike Hewitt had an unusual response to a constituent who was concerned about his backing of a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against gay people on the grounds of religious belief.
John Amaechi: The NBA is light years ahead of British football when it comes to dealing with gay players 8
11:05 AM — British football still has a long way to go in accepting gay players, retired basketball star John Amaechi has said.
Snoop Lion: There will be an openly gay rap star ‘in the near future’ 2
12:45 AM — Snoop Lion, rap-turned-reggae artist, who has been vocal in supporting gay rights, but who has in the past noted the difficulty faced by a gay rap artist wanting to come out, has said that he thinks "in the near future" it will be much easier.
US: NFL player tweets homophobic message hours after first NBA player comes out as gay 26
12:30 AM — Just hours after the NBA's Jason Collins became first openly gay athlete in any major US team sport came out, a player from the NFL tweeted to say that he didn't understand why a male athlete would "wanna mess with other guys".
Michelle Obama to first gay US basketball player: ‘We’ve got your back’ 4
12:04 AM — First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, as well as thousands of others, have tweeted their support for Jason Collins, the professional basketball player who became the first openly gay athlete in any major US team sport.
29th April 2013
Bill Clinton congratulates NBA star Jason Collins for coming out and says ‘it’s an important moment for sport’ 1
5:34 PM — Bill Clinton has praised Jason Collins for going public about his sexuality, becoming the first NBA player to come out as gay and continue their career.
Jason Collins becomes NBA’s first gay player to come out and continue playing 23
4:39 PM — American basketball star Jason Collins has become the first openly gay athlete in one of the big-four American team sports to come out as an active player.
Elton John: My feud with Madonna is now over 10
1:01 PM — Sir Elton John has managed to end his showbiz feud with Madonna.
28th April 2013
US: Gay rights groups disappointed as immigration reform bill leaves out same-sex couples 10
3:07 PM — Gay rights organisations pushing for same-sex couples to be included in an immigration reform bill in Washington, have expressed worry as a version of the bill introduced this month makes no mention of same-sex couples.
US: Republican donor group lends financial clout to equal marriage efforts 4
2:37 PM — A national group of donors to the US Republican Party is funnelling new money into an effort to lobby Republican lawmakers into voting in favour of legalising equal marriage.
27th April 2013
US: Bill prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination to be introduced in South Carolina 12
5:59 PM — The US State of South Carolina is looking to make discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace illegal.