28th October 2013
US: Pennsylvania equal marriage ban turns to challenge gay inheritance tax ban 1
5:22 PM — In the US state of Pennsylvania, two women are separately challenging a policy which bans same-sex couples from taking advantage of an inheritance tax waiver which covers straight couples.
Nancy Pelosi to receive pro-LGBT lifetime achievement award
4:56 PM — US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is receiving an award in recognition of her support for LGBT rights.
Chris Brown arrested after allegedly saying in altercation: ‘I’m not into this gay s**t’ 27
9:53 AM — Chris Brown has been accused of making a homophobic slur during an alleged attack on a man at the weekend.
27th October 2013
John McCain’s wife petitions him to support bill barring anti-gay workplace discrimination 2
9:14 AM — Cindy McCain, the wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, has signed a postcard petition addressed to her husband urging him to support legislation barring discrimination against gay and lesbian people in the workplace.
US: Several churches in North Carolina cut sponsorship of boy scouts following pro-gay policy 15
9:10 AM — Several churches in Charlotte, North Carolina have opted to cut ties with their sponsored boy scout groups following a decision earlier this year by Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay members.
US: Chairman of Jelly Belly donated $5,000 for California to repeal trans bathroom rights law 7
9:05 AM — The chairman of The Jelly Belly Candy Company has donated $5,000 (£3,091) to a campaign attempting to repeal an act allowing transgender students equal access to school facilities such as locker rooms and bathrooms.
25th October 2013
US: Waiter receives anti-gay message on Christian couple’s bill – ‘Your fag choices made you lose out’ 77
6:10 PM — A Christian couple in Missouri have stirred up controversy recently, when instead of providing a tip for a gay waiter's "excellent service," they left him a homophobic note on their bill, which condemned his "lifestyle choices" and called him a "fag."
Study shows HIV ‘much harder’ to cure than previously thought 23
1:44 PM — Scientists have become aware of new genetic obstacles in the fight for a potential cure of HIV.
US: 11-year-old boy planned to shoot classmate for calling friend ‘gay’ 11
11:29 AM — An 11-year-old boy in Vancouver, Washington, was arrested for first-degree attempted assault this week, after he took a handgun to his school, along with 400 rounds of ammunition, saying he heard voices telling him to shoot another student for calling his friend "gay".
Poll: 67% of Americans believe marriage equality is ‘inevitable everywhere in US’ 13
10:45 AM — Figures in a new Harris Poll show how the recognition of same-sex marriages in the US has led to significant changes in public attitudes.
Universal Studios pulls plug on ‘super homophobic’ Bill and Ted play 1
9:43 AM — After Universal Studios earlier this week defended their stance to host a new "homophobic" Bill and Ted play as part of their satirical Halloween Horror Night exhibit, the decision was made recently to pull the plug on the act.
24th October 2013
Interview Late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain: ‘I thought that I was gay’ 8
6:48 PM — A previously unbroadcast interview with Kurt Cobain has been released by PBS. In the interview, with the music journalist Jon Savage, Cobain said:"I even thought that I was gay. I thought that might be the solution to my problem [of feeling isolated]."
23rd October 2013
US: Gay couple move from Virginia to Maryland to adopt – then back again 1
3:49 PM — A gay couple from Virginia have gone to extraordinary lengths to adopt, after they moved from their home state to Maryland and then back again in order to bypass laws explicitly banning same-sex adoption.
US: Conservative activists say anti-gay violence in Russia is the fault of victims’ ‘public kissing’ 32
2:01 PM — Two US conservatives have defended bouts of anti-gay violence in Russia by claiming that they are "the natural way people react to homosexuality."
Universal Studios defends ‘super homophobic’ Bill and Ted play as satire 2
12:05 PM — After critics last week accused a new Bill and Ted play of homophobia due to its reliance on gay stereotypes, Universal Studios has since defended the performance, calling it a staple part of its intentionally "satirical" Halloween Horror Night.
22nd October 2013
Video: Texas judge dumps Republican Party over ‘petty’ and ‘bigoted’ views 10
8:43 PM — Texas judge Carlo Key released a video announcing his re-election bid, but saying he could not place himself on the ballot for the Republican party over its views, including anti-gay views.
US: Gay couple defy Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban by marrying with Native American tribe 3
8:34 PM — A gay couple in the US state of Oklahoma have defied their state's ban on equal marriage, and lack of recogition of out-of-state same-sex marriages by marrying with a Native American tribe.
US: Catholic school teacher sacked for marrying her girlfriend 45 minutes after the ceremony 9
7:49 PM — A lesbian Catholic school teacher in the US state of Arkansas has said she was told she could not return to work just 45 minutes after getting married to her girlfriend.
Anti-gay activists label New Jersey Governor ‘failure’ for dropping equal marriage challenge 6
5:31 PM — Governor Chris Christie’s decision to throw in the towel in his fight against equal marriage in New Jersey has infuriated America's leading anti-same-sex marriage group.
Video: Robbie Rogers says he was ‘consumed by fear’ before coming out
2:57 PM — Soccer player Robbie Rogers and basketball player Jason Collins took to the stage at the GLSEN Respect Awards on Friday and spoke of their individual coming out stories from earlier this year.