22nd April 2013
New Zealand MP who gave viral pro-equal marriage speech invited onto Ellen Show 9
2:17 PM — A New Zealand MP whose powerful speech following the country's vote to legalise equal marriage last week went viral, has been invited onto the Ellen show by host Ellen DeGeneres.
21st April 2013
US: Anti-gay bullying tackled in 18th National Day of Silence
10:38 PM — Friday marked the 18th annual National Day of Silence in the US, in which students combat homophobia and transphobia through vows of silence.
GLAAD Awards feature DiCaprio, Theron, and Bill Clinton heckler 6
8:53 PM — The 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards took place in Los Angeles on Saturday, with awards for LGBT advocacy presented by Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron and Drew Barrymore, among others.
20th April 2013
Rock star Josh Homme: When Elton John offered to feature on my album I thought it was a joke 1
4:35 PM — Expressing his surprise at Elton John's desire to perform on his band's album, Josh Homme said he thought someone was playing a trick on him when he picked up the phone to the Tiny Dancer star.
US: Anti-discrimination bill to protect LGBT students introduced in Congress 1
4:11 PM — Two members of Congress introduced legislation which, if passed, would protect LGBT students against bullying and discrimination.
NFL player came out to a dozen teammates and coaches several years ago 2
3:47 PM — Reports have suggested that, for several years, a currently active NFL player has been openly gay to many teammates, and coaches.
US: Second lawsuit filed against florist which refused to serve same-sex wedding couple 34
1:30 AM — A second lawsuit has been filed against a florist in the US state of Washington which refused to provide its services to a same-sex wedding, citing religious objections.
US: Nevada equal marriage bill amended for religious protection ahead of Senate vote 19
12:52 AM — An equal marriage bill in the US state of Nevada has been subject to an amendment to add protections for religious groups, which says none would be forced to perform same-sex marriages.
19th April 2013
Florida: Gay publisher blasts GLAAD for giving award to Adam Lambert 29
6:53 PM — The decision of US LGBT advocacy group GLAAD to honour Adam Lambert with an award has angered the boss of a Florida gay publication.
Poll: US Republican Senator Rob Portman loses some support over pro-equal marriage stance 1
5:55 PM — Hardline US Republican Senator Rob Portman, who last month reversed his opposition to equal marriage, has lost some support, mainly from members of his own party, a survey has found.
Cast member: Jennifer Lopez will ‘definitely’ appear in lesbian TV drama
5:21 PM — Jennifer Lopez will "definitely" appear in a cameo in the lesbian television drama she is currently producing, although it might not be in the first few episodes, a cast-member has said.
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.