13th February 2013
Associated Press updates its style guide on whether to call married gay couples ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ 24
10:49 AM — Same-sex couples in marriages or civil partnerships should not be classified as “husband” and “wife” according to the Associated Press’ style guide – unless they already use the terms.
12th February 2013
Indiana: Homophobic students and parents seek to ban gay classmates from attending prom 24
12:42 PM — A school in the US state of Indiana is in the spotlight after some students and parents urged for gay people to be banned from attending a prom.
US: Basketball player Kobe Bryant chastises Twitter fan for using ‘gay’ as an insult 8
1:55 AM — A US basketball player has been commended for voicing his disapproval at a fan's use of the word "gay" as an insult.
11th February 2013
Ohio: Mayor resigns after calling police officer ‘queer’ 9
6:15 PM — The mayor of a small southeastern Ohio community has resigned over accusations that she repeatedly called a gay police officer "queer" in front of his colleagues.
Fans call for boycott of DC Comics for hiring ‘homophobic’ writer for Superman 18
6:05 PM — DC comics has come under criticism for hiring an anti-gay Mormon writer for a new digital-first Superman comic book to be launched later this year.
US: Colorado Senate prepares for final vote on civil unions 2
5:25 PM — The Senate House in the US state of Colorado is preparing for what could be its final vote on a measure to introduce civil unions for same-sex couples.
Update: Cincinnati teacher sacked for refusing to recant statement supporting equal marriage 10
5:06 PM — The Assistant Principal at a Catholic school in Cincinnati has been sacked, for refusing to recant statements he made in support of equal marriage for gay people.
William Shatner: ‘I am appalled that Reddit allows homophobia and racism’ 7
4:39 PM — Actor William Shatner has criticised the user-generated news site, Reddit, for what he said were "homophobic", "sexist", and "racist" posts, which weren't adequately moderated.
Former Navy chaplain: ‘Gay equal military benefits will lead to heterophobia’ 21
3:39 PM — A former Navy chaplain who was disgraced by the military for his role in a protest in 2006 has criticised the Pentagon's announcement that it may extend some equal benefits to same-sex partners of gay service members.
Frank Ocean snubbed by Chris Brown at Grammy Awards 7
11:02 AM — Frank Ocean and Chris Brown still appear to be enemies after the latter refused to join his showbiz pals in giving a standing ovation to the bisexual R&B singer at last night’s Grammy Awards.
US: Seattle lawyer returns Eagle Scout badge in protest against scouts gay ban
12:55 AM — A Seattle civil rights and employment attorney has returned his Eagle Scout badge in protest against the Boy Scouts of America's ongoing ban on gay scouts, volunteers and staff.
Fox News uses lesbian kiss wedding photo in article about ‘traditional’ marriage 24
12:26 AM — Fox News appeared to have accidentally included a picture of a lesbian couple kissing at their wedding, to accompany an article written about traditional gender roles in marriage.
8th February 2013
Obama criticised for attending prayer breakfast with group linked with anti-gay Ugandan lawmakers 20
8:13 PM — Barack Obama has been criticised for attending the National Prayer Breakfast, a conservative-hosted event with alleged links to Ugandan anti-gay lawmakers, without addressing gay rights.
Miami: Judge rules gay man and lesbian couple can all be named on child’s birth certificate 24
7:05 PM — After a two year court battle a judge has ruled that a gay man who gave his sperm to a lesbian couple for artificial insemination can have his name on the child's birth certificate along with the two women.
Ellen DeGeneres criticises Boy Scouts of America for stalling on removing anti-gay ban 4
6:28 PM — Ellen DeGeneres is the latest celebrity to urge the Boy Scouts of America to change its anti-gay policy.
US Radio Host: ‘Equal marriage is a pernicious lie of Satan’ 42
6:06 PM — A US Christian radio host has said that equal marriage is a "pernicious lie of satan", and said that equal rights advocates wanted to "redefine humanity completely".
US: Man gets 18 months for homophobic petrol station assault 2
5:15 PM — The attacker in a homophobic assault at a petrol station in the US city of Detroit in 2011 has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty.
US Columnist: ‘Bowing to calls for equality is like letting a disabled child play with matches’ 38
4:34 PM — A columnist for a US conservative news site has written that bowing to pressure from a "militant homosexual lobby" on LGBT rights was like "capitulating to a developmentally disabled child who wants to play with matches".
Gay husband of Facebook co-founder announces plan to run for US Congress 16
3:12 PM — Sean Eldridge, the gay husband of Facebook founder Chris Hughes, has announced plans to run for the US Congress in 2014.
Lance Bass: Chris Brown should go to jail for calling Frank Ocean a ‘faggot’ 7
1:48 PM — Former 'Nsync star, Lance Bass, has spoken out about a recent alleged incident during which Chris Brown called Frank Ocean a "faggot", and said the R&B star should face jail as the "only way to" be rehabilitated.