13th May 2013
US: Rainbow flags flown on Minnesota ‘Freedom to Marry Bridge’ ahead of Senate vote on equal marriage 4
4:02 PM — Rainbow flags are being flown in St Paul, Minnesota ahead of today's Senate vote on equal marriage, and the city's mayor has renamed a bridge Freedom to Marry Bridge, in support of the measure.
Video: Adam Lambert honoured with top GLAAD Media Award by Mel B 2
2:47 PM — Melanie B has presented singer Adam Lambert with GLAAD's top Media Award, and he gave a speech calling on the LGBT community to "unify, and take it further".
NBC’s gay sitcom The New Normal cancelled after just one season 22
2:05 PM — US television network NBC has announced that its new sitcom The New Normal, which features a gay couple and the surrogate mother of their child, has been cancelled after just one season, amidst falling ratings.
12th May 2013
US: Minnesota Senate vote on equal marriage bill imminent 9
3:13 PM — The US state of Minnesota could soon become the twelfth to legalise equal marriage, as on Monday its Senate will vote on a measure to legalise it.
11th May 2013
New York: Two arrests follow homophobic attack
8:39 PM — A brutal attack on two gay men in New York City has led to two arrests, but police say they are still searching for three more suspects.
US: Minnesota Republican moved to tears over ‘heartbreaking’ same-sex marriage bill 74
9:03 AM — A Republican from Minnesota's House of Representatives was reported to be brought to tears by the progress of a bill that may see her state become the 12th in the US to legalise same-sex marriage.
Illinois Governor to the House: ‘It’s time to vote’ on our state’s equal marriage bill 3
1:10 AM — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday called for state lawmakers in the House to vote on, and approve a bill to legalise equal marriage, and said they have had enough time to consider the bill given that it passed in the Senate over two months ago.
10th May 2013
US: California Assembly passes two bills on transgender rights 4
5:47 PM — The California State Assembly has approved two transgender rights bills despite opposition from Republican members.
Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines: ‘I’m pro-gay marriage. I’m pro-gay everything’ 4
4:20 PM — Former Dixie Chicks star, Natalie Maines, has spoken out about about her political beliefs, saying that she is "pro-gay everything", and that she considers herself to be progressive.
University professor: Allowing gay Boy Scouts will put them ‘up for grabs’ by ‘sexual predators’ and communists 40
3:58 PM — A professor at a private Christian university in the US has said that allowing gay volunteers, members and staff in the Boy Scouts of America would lead to communism, and will "literally" put the scouts "up for grabs" to "sexual predators".
US: Jason Collins to receive courage award from LGBT organisation 2
1:59 PM — Jason Collins, the NBA star who came out as gay last week, to a huge amount of media attention, and became the first openly gay player in a US major team sport, is to receive a courage award from a leading gay-straight alliance organisation.
Governor says he feels uneasy that Chris Kluwe was dropped by Minnesota Vikings
12:44 PM — Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has said that he "doesn't feel good" about the fact that former Minnesota Vikings player and gay rights supporter Chris Kluwe was dropped by the team earlier this week.
9th May 2013
US: Bryan Fischer refuses to answer whether or not he has ever had a ‘gay impulse’ 22
11:21 PM — In an interview, US Christian radio host Bryan Fischer, has continually refused to answer the question of whether he had ever had a "gay impulse", saying it would "destroy" people if they "acted on... certain sexual impulses."
US: 50-year Boy Scout veteran resigns, citing anti-gay policy 2
10:19 PM — A member of the Boy Scouts of America for over 50 years has resigned over the organisation's discriminatory policy which does not allow openly gay volunteers, members or staff.
US: Following two-hour debate, Minnesota House passes equal marriage bill 11
9:36 PM — The House in the US state of Minnesota passed a bill to legalise equal marriage on Thursday, with a clear majority in favour.
Ricky Martin writes to Puerto Rican governor in LGBT rights call 3
6:58 PM — Ricky Martin has urged Puerto Rican lawmakers to back measures that would extend adoption and other legal protections to the US territory's LGBT residents.
Former Republican Governor Charlie Crist announces marriage equality support
5:54 PM — Charlie Crist, the former Governor of Florida, declared his support for marriage equality in what appears to be the latest stage of his evolution from Republican to Democrat politics.
US: Philadelphia Mayor to sign landmark LGBT protection bill into law 2
5:45 PM — The Mayor of the US city of Philadelphia is to sign a city-wide ordinance offering protections, and benefits for LGBT citizens into law, in a ceremony on Thursday.
Video: When did you choose to be straight? 14
5:39 PM — A four and a half year old YouTube video has gone viral after it was shared by the Facebook page Wipe Out Homophobia. The video asks people on the street when they decided to be straight, a question often asked to LGBT people.
US: Equal marriage supporters and opponents descend on Minnesota ahead of House vote 6
5:16 PM — Groups of supporters and opponents of equal marriage began to head for the House in Minnesota, as it gears up for today's vote on a measure to legalise it.