31st October 2013
US: Hawaii representative files lawsuit to halt equal marriage legislation
6:00 PM — As the House in the US state of Hawaii gears up to debate around Senate Bill 1, which could legalise equal marriage, one representative has filed a lawsuit which aims to halt it in its tracks.
Acadamics say polls underestimate both the size of gay population and anti-gay sentiment 13
3:59 PM — Researchers have called into question the accuracy of surveys which detail the size of the gay population and people's views on sexuality.
Hallmark changes lyrics of Deck the Halls, omitting the word ‘gay’ on sweater for fear of ‘misinterpretation’ 9
2:58 PM — US greetings card company Hallmark has come under heavy criticism for including lyrics from Christmas song Deck the Halls on a jumper, but omitting the word "gay".
Video: Anti-gay church makes debut on Vine including bizarre anti-gay Halloween message 11
2:07 PM — The adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) has made its debut on Vine, Twitter's video platform, posting a series of bizarre anti-gay messages.
US: Hawaii Senate approves equal marriage 5
12:26 PM — The Senate in the US state of Hawaii has overwhelmingly approved a measure to repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Facebook removes game that urged users to shoot gay men depicted as sexual predators 3
11:46 AM — Facebook has removed a gaming app that urged users to shoot gay men in a fictional wood - and depicted them as naked violent sexual predators.
30th October 2013
US: Ban on LGBT discrimination gains key Senate vote
6:37 PM — West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin's support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) means all 54 Democrats in the US senate are backing a pivotal piece of LGBT legislation.
US: Hawaii Senate to hold final vote on equal marriage as House prepares to receive bill
6:05 PM — A bill to legalise equal marriage in the US state of Hawaii will be subject to a final vote in the state's Senate on Wednesday.
Neil Patrick Harris speaks of ‘private’ right to come out as gay on own terms 9
5:50 PM — Actor Neil Patrick Harris has defended the right of everyone, particularly those in the public eye, to come out on their own terms.
US: Jon Stewart’s Daily Show explores South’s attitude towards gays with secret cameras 14
5:29 PM — Responding to statistician Nate Silver's prediction that Alabama and Mississippi would be the last states to approve equal marriage, Jon Stewart sent two men undercover, posing as a gay couple, to debunk the idea that people in the South were homophobic.
US: ACLU files brief challenging Nevada same-sex marriage ban
5:06 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada, has filed a brief challenging the state's ban on equal marriage.
US: Hawaii equal marriage bill passes second Senate reading 1
2:05 PM — The equal marriage bill in the US state of Hawaii has passed its second reading, and will now advance to a final reading on Wednesday.
29th October 2013
US: Equal marriage bill passes Hawaii Senate committee 2
5:16 PM — The equal marriage bill introduced in Hawaii has passed committee stage at the state Senate.
Nebraska: Straight man left with bloody face after protecting gay friends from thugs 12
4:48 PM — A straight man in Nebraska who protected his gay friends from being attacked says he would do it again despite suffering a bloody face.
Chris Brown denies anti-gay slur and pleads not guilty to assault charges 1
2:44 PM — R&B star Chris Brown is denying claims of making a homophobic slur during an alleged attack on a man outside a Washington DC hotel.
Chicago: Gay couple sue cab firm after driver evicts them for kissing 9
11:19 AM — A gay couple are suing a cab firm in Chicago after a driver booted them out of the vehicle for kissing.
Ellen DeGeneres developing new lesbian comedy 8
10:53 AM — US TV star Ellen DeGeneres is developing a sitcom featuring a lesbian lead character.
28th October 2013
US: Hawaii officials to take up equal marriage bill in special session today 7
6:14 PM — Officials in the US state of Hawaii are to take up the issue of equal marriage in a special session held on Monday.
NFL player made to apologise for anti-gay slur on live radio 3
5:59 PM — A former NFL player has come under heavy criticism, and was made to apologise live on air on a radio station, after he used a homophobic slur to describe a fellow former player.
US: Pennsylvania equal marriage ban turns to challenge gay inheritance tax ban 1
5:22 PM — In the US state of Pennsylvania, two women are separately challenging a policy which bans same-sex couples from taking advantage of an inheritance tax waiver which covers straight couples.