6th July 2013
US: LGBT groups call for Capital One to drop Alec Baldwin as spokesman over homophobic tweets 17
7:50 PM — A coalition of LGBT rights activists have called on credit card provider Capital One to sack actor Alec Baldin as its spokesman, as he sent a string of homophobic tweets to a British journalist last week.
5th July 2013
US: Miss South Carolina pageant features first openly gay contestant ever in Miss America system 1
5:37 PM — The Miss South Carolina Pageant in the US state of South Carolina, this year features its first openly gay contestant, who tackled potential criticisms from onlookers by simply saying "this is me".
Mixed martial arts fighter says UFC boss would ‘have fighters sucking dick’ if he were gay 19
1:58 AM — The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has again become embroiled in controversy after one of its fighters said the company's boss would force the fighters to perform sex acts on him, if he were gay, when commenting on the power he possesses over the organisation.
4th July 2013
Oregon: Five teenagers sentenced for attacking young gay man in a park 4
6:48 PM — Five teenagers in the US state of Oregon have been sentenced for attacking a 24-year-old gay man in a park.
US: Civil rights groups aim for New Mexico Supreme Court to legalise equal marriage 1
3:11 PM — A campaign to have the Supreme Court in the US state of New Mexico, legalise equal marriage has been started by several civil rights groups.
US: CBS condemns homophobic language used by Big Brother housemates 3
2:13 PM — US television network CBS has condemned abusive language, including homophobia, used by housemates in the Big Brother House, but has not suggested that anyone will be evicted for using such language.
Equal marriage rap song reaches top 20 in Billboard Hot 100 chart 4
1:53 PM — A rap song which carries a message of strong support for equal marriage, has reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
3rd July 2013
Microsoft plans to isolate homophobic Xbox gamers in online multiplayer games 10
11:36 PM — Microsoft last month announced plans for its new Xbox console- Xbox One, and has gone further to say it intends to tackle abusive players online by separating them from other gamers.
US: Supporters call on judge to immediately legalise equal marriage following Supreme Court ruling
10:52 PM — Equal marriage advocates in the US state of New Jersey have called on a state judge to immediately legalise same-sex marriage in the state, following the Supreme Court's strike-down of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
US: New Jersey Governor told to ‘step out of the way’ of vote on equal marriage 5
6:50 PM — A Democratic lawmaker in the US state of New Jersey has called on the state's Governor to "step out of the way", and allow Republican legislators to vote on an equal marriage bill.
John Barrowman marries his long-term partner Scott Gill 25
6:39 PM — John Barrowman and his partner Scott Gill were married yesterday after a 20-year committed relationship.
US: Pastors blame photograph of gay politician kissing partner for Colorado wildfires 31
6:27 PM — Two pastors in the US state of Colorado have blamed a newspaper cover which featured the openly-gay State House Majority Leader kissing his partner, for recent Colorado wildfires.
US: Catholic school president quits his job after revealing he has been in a same-sex relationship for 18 years 22
5:09 PM — The president of a Catholic school in Minnesota has resigned after revealing that he has been in a same-sex relationship for nearly two decades.
US: Big Brother contestant dropped by modelling agency for homophobic slur 30
5:08 PM — A contestant on the new series of Big Brother, has caused controversy during the first week, by using homophobic and racist slurs against fellow housemates, and has been dropped by her modelling agency for doing so.
Terrence Higgins Trust: Latest bone marrow transplant development ‘by no means a workable’ HIV cure 5
3:07 PM — Two cancer patients have been taken off their HIV medication after bone marrow transplants seemed to clear the virus from their bodies, but campaigners say it is “by no means a workable cure.”
Film director Roland Emmerich offers up to $250,000 towards US equal marriage efforts 3
12:16 AM — Independence Day director Roland Emmerich has offered substantial financial support towards equal marriage efforts in the US, and will match donations by the public.
US congressman slams Lady Gaga for ‘defiling’ national anthem at New York Pride 35
12:03 AM — A US Congressman has attacked Lady Gaga for her performance of the US national anthem at the weekend's New York Pride, saying she "defiled" it by substituting some words with a reference to the gay community.
2nd July 2013
US radio host: Children ‘suffer the most’ from equal marriage Supreme Court rulings 21
11:40 PM — US Christian radio host Linda Harvey, has attacked the US Supreme Court for its rulings in two key equal marriage cases last week, to call the justices “clueless, immoral leadership”.
Robbie Rogers: I wish I’d know that everything would be okay after I came out as gay 2
5:11 PM — Openly gay US footballer Robbie Rogers has written a moving letter to his 14-year-old self, which carries a reassuring message and says that "people are becoming more accepting.
Poll: US support for equal marriage at record high in wake of Supreme Court rulings 5
4:37 PM — A poll conducted in the week following the US Supreme Court's ruling in two key equal marriage cases has found that support for same-sex marriage across the US is at a record high.