25th August 2013
Video: Gay and lesbian people included in Martin Luther King’s ‘unfinished dream’ at 50th Anniversary 4
3:45 PM — Thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and pledging that his vision also included equality for gay and lesbian people.
US: Conservative churches change by-laws to avoid lawsuits from gay couples 21
2:50 PM — A growing number of US churches, worried they might be sued by gay couples, are changing their by-laws to reflect the view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.
24th August 2013
US: Murdered NYC trans woman was violently beaten in front of police precinct 12
10:02 PM — A 21-year-old trans woman who was violently beaten until brain damaged, and later taken off life support after being pronounced brain dead, was attacked just feet away from a New York Police Department precinct.
US: Jason Collins to introduce Ryan Lewis and Macklemore at VMAs for equal marriage hit
9:31 PM — Openly gay NBA basketball star Jason Collins will on Sunday evening take to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards to introduce Macklemore and Ryan Lewis when they perform their equal marriage themed summer hit.
23rd August 2013
US politician says free speech gives her the right to say gay people are ‘so disgusting’ 104
7:29 PM — A councilwoman in the US state of Texas has defended comments she made during which she said gay people are "disgusting", and should not be allowed to adopt children.
US radio host: ‘90% of Americans would find homosexual behaviour disgusting if they thought about it’ 45
7:14 PM — US radio host, Bryan Fischer, has claimed that if Americans stopped and thought about gay sex, 90% of the population would find it disgusting.
US: 21-year-old trans woman dies after being brutally beaten in transphobic attack 8
6:42 PM — A transgender woman in New York City has died after being violently beaten in a transphobic attack.
US: Porn production halted as actor tests HIV positive just days after ban on bareback filming upheld 23
6:04 PM — The making of porn films has been halted in Los Angeles County, just days after a judge upheld a ban on the filming of bareback porn in the county, because an actor has tested positive for HIV.
US: Anti-gay group attacks state Supreme Court’s ruling against photographer who refused gay wedding 10
5:35 PM — An anti-gay group in the US has attacked the New Mexico Supreme Court after it ruled that business owners have to offer the same services to gay couples as they would to straight couples.
American church kicks out mother for supporting her gay daughter 29
1:40 PM — Elders at Ridgedale Church of Christ in Tennessee have allegedly kicked out a mother who supported her lesbian daughter.
22nd August 2013
US radio host: Gays are ‘empty’ inside and want to ‘absorb the personality and identity of others’ 79
7:44 PM — A US radio host has again spoken out against gay and lesbian people, this time saying that they are "empty", and therefore want to "absorb the personality and identity of another person,"
US: New Mexico county begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite same-sex marriage ban 3
4:42 PM — A county in New Mexico has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the state not recognising same-sex marriages.
US Wikileaks soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning: I will live out the rest of my life as a woman 22
1:39 PM — The US soldier who was yesterday sentenced to 35 years in prison for her involvement in leaking large numbers of secret documents to Wikileaks, formerly known as Bradley Manning, has now revealed she will live out the rest of her life as a woman, and wishes to be referred to as Chelsea E Manning.
21st August 2013
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller comes out as gay and declines Russian film premiere 37
11:23 PM — British-born American actor Wentworth Miller has come out as gay in a letter sent to the St Petersburg International Film Festival.
Video: Reporter cut off on Russian state TV: ‘Gay people will not be silent in the face of repression’ 26
7:05 PM — A US reporter invited onto Russian state-funded TV to talk about Bradley Manning who used his time to speak out against the repression of LGBT people in the country was cut off by the host, but not before saying "we're not going to be silent of horrific repression".
US conservative commentator: New Jersey’s law banning ‘gay cure’ therapy has ‘banned chastity’ 41
5:00 PM — A conservative social commentator has criticised New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's decision to sign into law a bill banning the practice of "gay cure" therapy on minors, saying he has "banned chastity".
Video: Ke$ha sends backing dancers to counter Westboro protest at concert 12
3:39 PM — US singer Ke$ha turned the tables on members of the adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church earlier this week, when they picketed her concert and played a parody of one of her songs, she sent out her backing dancers for an impromptu performance.
US Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years 30
3:33 PM — Bradley Manning, who faced bullying over his sexuality, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for his involvement in leaking large numbers of secret documents to Wikileaks.
GLAAD study reveals severe lack of LGBT characters in Hollywood films 13
2:21 PM — A study by the LGBT organisation GLAAD has found a huge lack of LGBT characters in Hollywood films, including zero identifiably trans characters, and very few lesbian, gay and bisexual characters.
Nickelodeon star Lucas Cruikshank reveals he’s gay and asks why straight people don’t come out too 25
12:05 AM — The US children's TV presenter Lucas Cruikshank has publicly come out as gay in a YouTube video shot with British actress Jennifer Veal.