19th April 2013
Boy Scouts of America proposes dropping gay ban for youth members but retaining it for gay adult leaders 21
5:07 PM — The Boy Scouts of America is proposing to lift the ban on gay youth members but continue to exclude gay adults as leaders.
US church: Thatcher ‘in Hell’ for doing ‘more than anyone else in the UK for fags’ 45
4:47 PM — The US Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), synonymous with its "God hates fags" slogan, prior to her funeral, circulated a document claiming Margaret Thatcher was a "fag enabler", and expressed a desire to picket her funeral, despite being banned from the UK.
Actor Joel McHale jokes: I deal with gay men hitting on me with ‘a quick, courteous blowjob’ 18
3:26 PM — Actor Joel McHale has humorously addressed rumours about him being gay, saying that he thought it was "flattering" when gay men came onto him, and that the best way to deal with men hitting on him was to offer them a "courteous blowjob".
US: As controversy dies down over anti-gay remarks, NFL’s Chris Culliver in trouble again 9
2:09 PM — NFL player Chris Culliver, who shortly before playing in the Super Bowl was involved in a controversy over his anti-gay remarks, is now facing trouble over publicly posting a text message conversation in which women are referred to as "bitch" and "hoes".
T-Pain slams ‘homophobic idiots’ on Twitter 8
1:31 PM — Rapper and music producer T-Pain slammed "homophobic idiots" on his Twitter account earlier this week, condemning people for misjudging his gay assistant.
US: Woman who faked homophobic hate crime given jail sentence 5
2:36 AM — A Nebraska woman who faked an anti-gay hate crime in an attempt to progress the gay rights movement, and claimed she was handcuffed, and had anti-gay slurs carved into her skin, has been found guilty of false reporting and sentenced to a week in prison.
18th April 2013
US: Basketball star Brittney Griner comes out as gay: ‘just be who you are’ 1
6:56 PM — US basketball star Brittney Griner has come out as gay, and offered advice for young women looking up to her to "just be who you are", and not worry about what other people might be thinking.
Governor of Montana to sign away obsolete gay sex ban 3
6:48 PM — Governor of Montana, Steve Bullock, will sign into law a bill that decriminalises gay sex, 16 years after the state’s Supreme Court ruled it to be unconstitutional.
US: Gay Ohio teacher fired from Catholic school after naming partner in her mother’s obituary 9
6:19 PM — Students and supporters have rallied behind a former teacher at a Catholic High School, who was fired when her school found out she was gay through her mother's obituary.
US: Major League Soccer player vows to use suspension for anti-gay slur ‘for the good’
6:11 PM — A Major League Soccer player in the US who was suspended for three games after using an anti-gay slur, has again expressed remorse, and said that he wants to use the opportunity of the media "for the good", and to make amends for his actions.
Gay police officer featured on Boston Marathon bombing Sports Illustrated cover 1
3:50 PM — An openly gay police officer of the Boston Police Department who was present during Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, has been featured in an iconic image which has been used on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated magazine.
US: Senator claims the media has ‘bamboozled’ the public into thinking gay relationships can be happy 30
1:53 PM — A Republican Senator in Iowa surprised colleagues by using time set aside for free discussion to declare that society, and in particular children, were "bamboozled" by portrayals of fulfilling gay relationships in the media.
US: Boy Scout leader fired for being gay delivers 64,000 petition for scouts to drop anti-gay policy 5
1:35 AM — A former scout leader who signed up to help at the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) when his son joined up, but who was made to step down because he is gay, has delivered a petition with over 64,000 signatures to one of the BSA's major donors.
17th April 2013
Nancy Reagan supports same-sex marriage says daughter Patti Davis 7
5:49 PM — Former First Lady Nancy Reagan supports same-sex marriages, says her daughter Patti Davis.
US: Appeals court to hear arguments around constitutionality of California ‘gay cure’ ban 8
5:43 PM — The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals is on Wednesday to hear arguments around California's law prohibiting "gay cure" therapy, as administered by mental health professionals.
US: Ohio Boy Scouts donors urged to push to allow gay members 1
4:36 PM — Members of a pro-gay advocacy group Scouts for Equality, has begun work to push gay-friendly donors to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), to question the organisation's ban on gay volunteers, members and staff.
Texas: El Paso Senator Jose Rodriguez urges repeal of sodomy law 2
4:34 PM — A Democratic lawmaker is proposing that Texas repeals an anti-gay law overturned by the US Supreme Court a decade ago.
Video: First major college American football coach speaks out in acceptance of gay players 1
1:35 AM — The first major college football coach has come out to invite gay athletes to play for his team, in a video advocating against homophobia in sport.
US: Major League Soccer player suspended for using homophobic slur
12:35 AM — A Major League Soccer (MLS) player in the US who previously apologised for using a homophobic slur against another player during a recent match, has been suspended for three games, and fined an undisclosed amount.
16th April 2013
Magic Johnson’s son EJ on coming out publicly: ‘I can only be myself’
6:17 PM — The son of US basketball star Magic Johnson has spoken out to express surprise at the public interest surrounding his sexuality, since he recently went out hand-in-hand with his boyfriend.