26th July 2013
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.
Lesbian singer Beth Ditto shares first picture of wedding 8
4:42 PM — Singer Beth Ditto has shared the first picture from her wedding to her long term partner which took place last month.
US: First same-sex couples marry in Pennsylvania despite state ban on equal marriage 2
3:45 PM — A same-sex couple in Pennsylvania has become the first in the state to legally marry, despite a ban on equal marriage.
24th July 2013
US: United Methodist clergy members sign pact to perform same-sex marriages 7
11:17 PM — Dozens of retired clergy members across Northern California and Nevada have signed a pact saying they will perform same-sex marriages or holy unions in their churches across the two states.
Alec Baldwin is ‘shocked’ by negative reaction to ‘toxic little queen’ comments 17
5:39 PM — Actor Alec Baldwin, who sent a string of homophobic tweets to a British journalist last month, has said he is "shocked" that one reporter decided to call the incident "despicable."
US: Virginia couple challenge state-wide ban on equal marriage 1
5:29 PM — A couple from Norfolk, Virginia have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state's ban on equal marriage.
US: World Champion bisexual boxer Emile Griffith dies aged 75 8
4:22 PM — Bisexual former World Champion middleweight boxer Emile Griffith, who famously caused the death of a fellow boxer, who had previously uttered to him a homophobic slur, has died aged 75.
US: Two Pennsylvania same-sex couples to receive marriage licences despite state ban on equal marriage 2
3:37 PM — Two lesbian couples in the US state of Pennsylvania have applied for marriage licences, and look set to be issued them, despite a state-wide ban on equal marriage.
US: Homophobic speech at City Council meetings prompts response from human rights group 21
3:05 PM — Homophobic language used in the city of Richmond, California, has prompted action from the city's Human Relations Commission, but has also raise issues around free speech.
US radio host: All gays should resign from their jobs for being ‘perverse’ 45
2:30 PM — US radio host Bryan Fischer, has weighed in on controversy surrounding New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Wiener, who was caught for a second time sending inappropriate images, to say that all gay people should resign, as homosexuality is "perverse".
California’s Supreme Court denies latest bid to halt same-sex marriages in state 6
11:08 AM — For the second time in eight days, California’s highest court has again refused to block same-sex marriages in the state.
23rd July 2013
US: Pennsylvania county agrees to issue same-sex marriage licence 3
11:50 PM — Officials in the third-largest county in Pennsylvania have said same-sex couples will be able to be issued marriage licences, despite a state-wide ban on equal marriage.
US: New York to refund estate tax paid by same-sex spouses under DOMA 8
11:31 PM — The US state of New York has said that same-sex spouses who paid estate taxes under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), because their marriages were not recognised, will now receive refunds.
US: California county clerks urge court to continue to allow same-sex marriage licences 4
4:58 PM — County clerks in the US state of California have urged courts to continue to allow the issue of same-sex marriage licences, despite calls from some for further clarification on the Supreme Court's Proposition 8 ruling.
US: Trans activists hope new campaign group can help end transphobic military ban 5
4:47 PM — Several transgender campaigners have announced they are splitting away from America’s largest LGBT military service member advocacy group and forming a new organisation.