30th April 2013
Snoop Lion: There will be an openly gay rap star ‘in the near future’ 2
12:45 AM — Snoop Lion, rap-turned-reggae artist, who has been vocal in supporting gay rights, but who has in the past noted the difficulty faced by a gay rap artist wanting to come out, has said that he thinks "in the near future" it will be much easier.
US: NFL player tweets homophobic message hours after first NBA player comes out as gay 26
12:30 AM — Just hours after the NBA's Jason Collins became first openly gay athlete in any major US team sport came out, a player from the NFL tweeted to say that he didn't understand why a male athlete would "wanna mess with other guys".
Michelle Obama to first gay US basketball player: ‘We’ve got your back’ 4
12:04 AM — First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, as well as thousands of others, have tweeted their support for Jason Collins, the professional basketball player who became the first openly gay athlete in any major US team sport.
29th April 2013
Bill Clinton congratulates NBA star Jason Collins for coming out and says ‘it’s an important moment for sport’ 1
5:34 PM — Bill Clinton has praised Jason Collins for going public about his sexuality, becoming the first NBA player to come out as gay and continue their career.
Jason Collins becomes NBA’s first gay player to come out and continue playing 23
4:39 PM — American basketball star Jason Collins has become the first openly gay athlete in one of the big-four American team sports to come out as an active player.
Elton John: My feud with Madonna is now over 10
1:01 PM — Sir Elton John has managed to end his showbiz feud with Madonna.
28th April 2013
US: Gay rights groups disappointed as immigration reform bill leaves out same-sex couples 10
3:07 PM — Gay rights organisations pushing for same-sex couples to be included in an immigration reform bill in Washington, have expressed worry as a version of the bill introduced this month makes no mention of same-sex couples.
US: Republican donor group lends financial clout to equal marriage efforts 4
2:37 PM — A national group of donors to the US Republican Party is funnelling new money into an effort to lobby Republican lawmakers into voting in favour of legalising equal marriage.
27th April 2013
US: Bill prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination to be introduced in South Carolina 12
5:59 PM — The US State of South Carolina is looking to make discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace illegal.
‘Desperate Housewives’ actor Tuc Watkins: I always knew I was gay and would be a dad 4
5:33 PM — Actor Tuc Watkins came out in a discussion of how he always "knew" he was gay, and that he wanted to be a parent.
US: Bill introduced in Washington would allow businesses to discriminate against gay people 55
4:12 PM — A bill introduced by Washington state legislators on Thursday is seeking to allow businesses to be exempt from anti-discrimination laws in cases that contradict with the owner's "sincerely held religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs, or matters of conscience."
US: San Francisco Pride backtracks on announcement of Bradley Manning as grand marshal 11
2:41 PM — Reports that San Francisco Pride would honour Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning as an honorary grand marshal of their parade have been promptly denied by organisers.
26th April 2013
US radio host: Beware of plan to ‘homosexualize the Scouts’ through ‘boy-on-boy homosexual promotion’ 18
6:42 PM — A US radio host has spoken out against the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) recent announcement that it may lift its ban on gay members, but retain its ban on gay scout leaders, to say it would be "dangerous", and would "homosexualize" the organisation.
US: Fourth grade student on equal marriage: ‘If it creeps you out just get over it’ 5
6:22 PM — An essay by a fourth grade student in the US which was posted on the internet has gone viral, as it tells opponents to equal marriage to "get over it", if it "creeps them out".
Mormon Church: We’re happy with Boy Scouts of America’s gay compromise 14
1:39 PM — The Boy Scouts of America’s decision to suggest lifting the ban on gay youth members, but maintaining a ban on gay adult leaders is a compromise welcomed by the Mormon Church.
US State Department bars Raul Castro’s daughter from visiting Philadelphia to pick up LGBT rights award 15
11:37 AM — The daughter of Cuba’s president is being prevented by the US State Department from visiting Philadelphia in order to pick up an LGBT rights award.
US: Openly gay basketball star lands endorsement deal with Nike 2
2:44 AM — An openly-gay basketball star in the US, who came out last week in an interview, has signed an endorsement deal with sports giant Nike.
US: Philadelphia City Council passes landmark bill for LGBT benefits 2
2:26 AM — The City Council in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has approved a bill which has been hailed as landmark legislation for strengthening LGBT rights in the city.
25th April 2013
US: Attacker used dating apps to rob and rape gay men 4
6:59 PM — Police in the US state of Washington say a man used gay dating phone apps to set up encounters with gay men at remote locations and then robbed them at gunpoint.
Jennifer Lopez’s new television show inspired by late lesbian aunt
6:19 PM — A new television drama, produced by singer-turned-actor Jennifer Lopez, was inspired by her late aunt, who was gay, the star has revealed.