30th July 2013
Christian church performed same-sex marriages almost 2,000 years ago 31
9:37 PM — A book by historian John Boswell around the origins of equal marriage is being released in digital edition for the first time in August, and discusses that almost 2,000 years ago, the Christian church performed same-sex weddings.
NYC mayoral candidate Christine Quinn: Pope Francis’ comments about gay people are ‘terrific’ 8
7:13 PM — Christine Quinn, the gay Democratic candidate who’s leading the field to become the next mayor of New York City says Pope Francis' latest comments on gay people are "terrific".
US: Gay solider Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy 31
6:16 PM — The gay US soldier accused of leaking large numbers of secret documents to Wikileaks has been found not guilty of aiding the enemy - but he has been found guilty on five espionage counts.
US: Colorado sets precedent with out-of-state civil union dissolution 2
5:03 PM — The US state of Colorado this week allowed a groundbreaking dissolution of a same-sex civil union which was entered into out of state.
US teacher: ‘Gay-inclusive curricula are like teaching children how to use crack’ 13
2:58 PM — Speaking on a Christian radio programme, a South Carolina teacher and pastor has likened curricula which are inclusive of LGBT people to "teaching people how to use crack".
US: Louisiana Sheriff denies using out-of-date sodomy law to specifically target gay men 7
12:51 PM — The sheriff's office in Baton Rouge, the capital of the US state of Louisiana, has issued a statement denying that its officers used a defunct law to specifically target gay men, but admitted possibly using the wrong approach.
29th July 2013
Poll: Majority of US residents now support equal marriage 2
11:11 PM — A new poll has found that a majority of US voters are in favour of legalising equal marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
US: Nebraska lawmakers set to discuss equal marriage 5
10:44 PM — Lawmakers in the US state of Nebraska are set to begin discussions around equal marriage.
US: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell opponent Senator to challenge military handling of sexual assaults 2
3:53 PM — A Democratic US Senator who was one of the main opponents against the now repealed ban on gay and lesbian people serving openly in the military, has now set her sights on tackling the way sexual assaults are handled in the military.
Comic creator Stan Lee dismisses idea of a bisexual Spider-Man 30
2:05 PM — Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee has poured cold water on suggestions that the superhero should be bisexual in a future movie.
28th July 2013
US: Kansas sperm donor asks judge for ruling in his favour without trial 6
8:59 PM — A Kansas man who was previously ordered to pay child support for a child born through sperm he donated to a lesbian couple, has asked for the judge in his case to make a ruling in his favour without a trial.
US: Police use invalid anti-sodomy law to arrest gay men for ‘crimes against nature’ 55
8:49 PM — Police officers from the Sheriff's office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana have made at least a dozen arrests of gay men since 2011 using an anti-sodomy law which was struck down ten years ago.
26th July 2013
New York: Gay mayoral candidate Christine Quinn regains poll lead 13
7:00 PM — Christine Quinn, the gay Democratic candidate who’s vying to become the next mayor of New York City has recaptured her lead in the latest opinion poll of Democratic voters.
Andrew Garfield: Gay Spider-Man is ‘just not going to work’ 25
5:31 PM — British actor Andrew Garfield has revisited his stance on introducing a gay Peter Parker in the forthcoming Amazing Spider-Man sequel, and said "it's just not going to work."
Petition to have Bradley Manning awarded Nobel Peace Prize reaches 95,000 signatures 19
5:00 PM — A petition to have the gay US soldier accused of leaking large numbers of secret documents to Wikileaks, Bradley Manning, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year, has reached almost 100,000 signatures.
John Barrowman received ‘vile’ online abuse over his marriage 54
4:49 PM — John Barrowman was bombarded with homophobic messages after he shared the news of his surprise wedding with Scott Gill earlier this month.
Study: Gay teachers are less likely to challenge homophobic bullying 11
11:25 AM — A new US study has shown that gay teachers are less likely to challenge homophobia in schools for fear of drawing attention to their sexuality and putting their careers at risk.
25th July 2013
US: Legalising equal marriage could boost tourism in Hawaii by $217 million 4
11:14 PM — A new study has found that legalising same-sex marriage in Hawaii could boost tourism by $217 million (£141 million) over three years.
US: Deportation of gay man halted as he could face persecution in Philippines 2
7:02 PM — A gay Filipino immigrant living in the US who had been ordered to be deported, on Wednesday was given permission to stay on the grounds that he would face persecution if he returned to the Phillipines, because he is gay.
US: Dan Savage calls for a boycott of Russian vodka over ‘gay propaganda’ controversy 33
4:59 PM — In an article posted online, gay activist and founder of the ‘It Gets Better Project’ Dan Savage has called for buyers to boycott Russian vodka in an effort to oppose the country's controversial anti-gay legislation.