4th June 2013
Bradley Manning trial opens with accusations of ‘systematically harvesting’ Wikileaks documents 3
4:05 PM — Gay US soldier Bradley Manning, headed to trial on Monday, where military prosecutors said he "systematically harvested" secret documents to share with anti-secrecy site Wikileaks.
US: Human Rights Campaign welcomes anti-equality protesters to rally head office 3
3:41 PM — US pro-equality group the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has put up a sign to welcome anti-equality protesters, including the fiercely anti-gay Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality.
US: High School ‘cutest couple’ finds internet fame and inspire other teens to come out 10
2:23 PM — A gay high school couple who were voted "cutest" in their yearbook, became an internet sensation, finding a huge wave of support, and saying they had received messages saying they had inspired people to come out.
Glee star Charice Pempengco comes out as gay in TV interview 3
12:41 AM — Former Glee star Charice Pempengco, has come out as a lesbian during a recent television interview on a talk show in the Phillipines.
3rd June 2013
US: Illinois lawmakers apologise to equal marriage advocates for no vote on bill 2
11:36 PM — Lawmakers in the US state of Illinois have written an open letter apologising to advocates of equal marriage in the state because on Friday, the last day in the legislative session, a bill to legalise marriage equality failed to be called for a vote, despite passing in the Senate in February.
NBA’s Roy Hibbert fined $75,000 for homophobic slur and swearing
2:26 PM — Professional basketball player Roy Hibberts has been fined $75,000 (£49,173) by the National Basketball Association for swearing and using homophobic language in a press conference.
Rapper Azealia Banks attacks GLAAD: ‘You don’t stand for anything and have no integrity’ 30
1:37 PM — US rapper Azealia Banks, has attacked GLAAD, the LGBT media advocacy organisation, on Twitter, accusing it of 'picking and choosing when to be offended', since she was criticised earlier this year for using the word 'faggot' towards Perez Hilton, and UK journalists.
2nd June 2013
NBA player Roy Hibbert apologises after using homophobic slur 7
8:01 PM — Professional basketball player Roy Hibbert has apologised for swearing and using homophobic language in an interview, saying the remarks were "not a reflection of my personal views".
Illinois same-sex marriage bill given lifesaving deadline extension 8
10:05 AM — In a move that may save the state's same-sex marriage bill from failure, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan quietly moved on Friday to extend the bill's deadline to August.
1st June 2013
US: NFL player Andrew Luck: If coming out as gay makes a teammate happy, I have no problem 1
6:23 PM — Prominent NFL offensive player Andrew Luck, has spoken out to say that, if it makes a teammate happy to come out as gay, "they should do it", and that he has no problem with it.
US: Anger as Illinois equal marriage vote delayed, but supporters confident the fight is not over 11
4:18 AM — Supporters of the equal marriage bill in the US state of Illinois were angry to find that the bill was not called on Friday, the final day of the current legislative session, but seem confident that when it returns, it will succeed, and noted it as an example of why the Defense of Marriage Act should be repealed.
Video: Illinois equal marriage bill sponsor breaks down in tears during vote delay announcement 9
3:48 AM — Upon announcing that the equal marriage bill for the US state of Illinois would not be called for vote on Friday, the bill's sponsor Representative Greg Harris broke down in tears during his impassioned speech.
Illinois: Same-sex marriage bill withdrawn as ‘not enough votes’ to pass it 9
12:40 AM — The House in the US state of Illinois did not vote on a bill which would have legalised equal marriage, following a tense two days of speculation over whether the bill would be called at all.
31st May 2013
US: Teen charged for hate crime shooting of trans woman 1
5:44 PM — A 16-year-old has been arrested for robbing and shooting a 22-year-old transgender woman in an attack she says was motivated by him finding out about her gender identity.
US: Bakery which refused service to lesbian brides caught offering divorce celebration cake 18
4:41 PM — Undercover reporters calling an Oregon bakery which refused service to a lesbian couple because of their religious beliefs found that they were willing to provide services to a host of other "controversial" ceremonies - including a divorce party, and a stem cell research celebration.
US radio host: Allowing gay Boy Scouts will mean ‘condom training and cross dressing members’ 28
4:38 PM — Anti-gay Christian radio host Linda Harvey, has claimed that the number of incidents of abuse within the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), will dramatically increase, as well as the beginning of "condom training and cross-dressing troop members", since it has allowed gay members.
US: Equal marriage bill appears on calendar for Illinois House in last day of session 4
2:16 PM — With only one day left before the current Illinois legislative session ends, a bill to legalise equal marriage has appeared on the calendar for today.
President Obama: Legalising equal marriage in Illinois is ‘the right thing to do’ 1
12:58 PM — With only one day left before the current Illinois legislative session ends, President Barack Obama has said that legalising equal marriage in the state is something he "deeply supports" and the "right thing to do".
Michael Douglas: ‘It’s probably more difficult’ to be an actor and openly gay 4
12:28 PM — Veteran actor Michael Douglas has spoken about gay actors coming out, and said it is "probably a little bit more difficult", to come out as an actor in Hollywood, and suggested he knew some actors who had stayed in the closet to protect their careers.
US: Illinois House to vote on equal marriage bill on Friday before end of session 7
3:11 AM — Advocates of equal marriage in the US state of Illinois were disappointed as the House adjourned on Thursday, until 09:30 on Friday, leaving only one day for a vote on a bill to legalise equal marriage, before the current session ends.