1st May 2012
Romney’s openly gay spokesperson resigns due to anti-gay backlash 44
9:23 PM — Richard Grenell, the openly gay man who was appointed as foreign policy spokesperson by Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, has resigned from his position, due to fierce opposition from anti-gay conservatives, the Washington Post reports.
Boy Scouts of America official resigns in protest over expulsion of gay mother 14
2:44 PM — A regional official of the Boy Scouts of America has resigned in protest at the expulsion of a gay mother from her son's group for being a lesbian.
DJ apologises after telling man to have gay daughter ‘screwed straight’ 43
11:12 AM — US media company, Clear Channel Inc. has moved swiftly to distance itself from the storm created last week when Dominic Dieter, a DJ at their Cleveland radio station, WMMS, went on air and apparently advocated the 'corrective rape' of a young gay woman.
New York Assembly passes trans discrimination bill for fifth time 10
10:56 AM — The Assembly at the New York state legislature has passed an anti-discrimination bill to protect transgender citizens for the fifth time, but the senate may yet stall progress.
30th April 2012
UK issues global LGBT rights report, where US lags behind 28
11:45 PM — The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued its annual Human Rights and Democracy report today, where a separate section outlines the state of LGBT rights around the world, and the government's own commitment to it. The corresponding report from the US State Department, however, is three months overdue, and for the third time in a row.
New Hampshire Episcopalians may elect a second gay bishop 4
10:46 PM — One of the three priests nominated to succeed Bishop Gene Robinson at his Diocese of New Hampshire is an openly gay man and married to his partner, Boston Globe reports.
David Furnish calls marriage equality the ‘next great civil rights battle’ 51
11:29 AM — David Furnish has described the fight for marriage equality for gay couples as the 'next great battle' for civil rights.
29th April 2012
Video: President Obama and Jimmy Kimmel make gay-friendly jokes at reception 12
7:13 PM — During the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner yesterday, President Obama said that if his first term saw the repeal of the infamous 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, the second term would introduce a policy called 'It's Raining Men.'
Video: US Catholic school disinvites alumnus over his homosexuality 20
4:38 PM — A Catholic school in Michigan, US, has withdrawn the invitation it issued to one of its alumni to be the keynote speaker at his brother's graduation, after authorities there discovered he was gay and engaged to his partner.
28th April 2012
Utah: Gay teenager commits suicide 52
8:47 PM — A 17-year old from Mountain Green, Utah, has killed himself due to homophobic bullying, local media organisations report.
Video: Christian students walk out as Dan Savage attacks the Bible 180
6:20 PM — Several high school students walked out of a lecture by Dan Savage, the gay rights campaigner, after he linked certain passages in the Bible, which he called him "bulls**t," and homophobic bullying.
27th April 2012
Gay marine accepts navy veteran’s marriage proposal at base homecoming 28
3:59 PM — A gay US marine returning from a ten month tour of duty in Afghanistan was greeted with a marriage proposal in San Diego, California this week.
UFC sponsor condemns homophobic comments 5
12:17 PM — A major sponsor of the Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts events has complained to organisers about homophobic comments made by competitors and staff.
26th April 2012
Pennsylvania set to get its first openly gay lawmaker 13
10:49 PM — Pennsylvania is set to get its first openly gay state lawmaker, as a 33 year old is set to win a Democratic State House primary, leaving him with an open path to election this November, unless an independent candidate decides to compete for the seat.
Robert Spitzer apologises to the gay community for ‘ex-gay’ study 35
9:52 PM — The author of the controversial study on 'conversion therapy' for gay men and lesbians, Dr Robert Spitzer, has issued an apology to the gay community, and to those who underwent so-called 'gay cure therapies,' for having made the study public in the first place.
US 2010 census reveals gay couples more likely to be interracial 15
6:23 PM — Newly analysed data from the US' 2010 census has revealed gay couples are more likely to be interracial in their make-up than straight couples.
25th April 2012
New York: Mayor-hopeful to marry her partner
11:00 PM — Christine Quinn, the speaker of the New York City Council, will marry her partner of eleven years, Kim Catullo, in a civil ceremony on May 19, it has been announced.
Fred Karger’s video pulled (briefly) from YouTube 18
10:22 PM — Fred Karger, who hopes to be the party's first openly gay, Jewish, Republican nominee for the US presidential elections this year, has had his recent campaign video pulled by YouTube, before being reinstated with a warning of 'explicit content.'
US: Poll finds majority support for equal marriage 21
9:49 PM — A US poll has found that 47 percent of people are in favour of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, with 43 percent opposed, adding to a growing body of evidence that the country is increasingly moving towards the direction of equality.
Mother banned from being US Cub Scout leader for being a lesbian vows to fight on 15
6:07 PM — Jennifer Tyrrell, a leader of a Cub Scouts pack in Bridgeport, Ohio, who was banned from being a leader due to her sexuality says that she will fight the Boy Scouts of America for its discrimination against gay and lesbian leaders and members.