29th July 2013
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3:53 PM — A Democratic US Senator who was one of the main opponents against the now repealed ban on gay and lesbian people serving openly in the military, has now set her sights on tackling the way sexual assaults are handled in the military.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.
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.