16th January 2013
HBO’s Girls creator Lena Dunham said she won’t marry until gay people can 2
1:33 AM — Lena Dunham, star of HBO series, Girls, said at the Golden Globes that she was not engaged, despite wearing a diamond ring, and vowed that she won't marry until gay people can.
US: 30 Gay and lesbian lawyers to be sworn into the Supreme Court next week 1
1:00 AM — 30 openly gay and lesbian lawyers will be sworn into the US Supreme Court bar in a ceremony to be held next week. It will be the first time that representatives of the National LGBT Bar Association will take part in the mass swearing-in that occurs when the court is in session.
Chuck Hagel supports equal benefits for same-sex military couples
12:37 AM — The all but appointed defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, has said that he supports equal benefits for same-sex military couples in a letter to Senator Barbara Boxer who questioned his previous stance on LGBT rights, before she would endorse him for the post.
15th January 2013
Rhode Island State House prepares for equal marraige vote 2
7:16 PM — The diminutive American state of Rhode Island is set to stage a debate on whether to legalise equal marriage for same-sex couples, with a vote to be held by the House of Representatives later this month.
Maryland: Anti-gay Republican blames same-sex marriage for alcohol abuse 32
7:05 PM — A Republican Maryland politician says legislators who voted for the state’s same-sex marriage bill contributed to his alcohol abuse.
US Radio Host compares homosexuality to Sandy Hook shooting and alcoholism 18
6:29 PM — The host of a Christian information radio station, and the president of an anti-gay organisation in the US, likened homosexuality to alcoholism before comparing homosexual "behaviour" to that of the shooter in the Sandy Hook shooting.
Whoopi Goldberg to be honoured by Human Rights Campaign award 3
6:14 PM — Actress and activist Whoopi Goldberg will be the recipient of the Human Right's Campaign's 2013 Ally for Equality award, as recognition for her long term efforts to support gay rights.
Oregon & California health insurance companies told to cover transgender patients
1:31 PM — Regulators in Oregon and California have directed several health insurance companies to stop denying coverage for transgender patients because of their gender identity.
Argo actor Victor Garber comes out as gay 13
1:08 PM — Titanic actor, Victor Garber, has come out as gay, saying that it was common knowledge that he was living with his long-term partner.
San Francisco plans to rename airport after gay rights hero Harvey Milk 15
12:20 PM — David Campos of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has announced plans for a charter amendment to rename the city's largest airport in honour of the late gay rights activist Harvey Milk.
US: Activists apply for unattainable marriage licenses in Southern states to push for equality
5:58 AM — Gay couples in two North Carolina cities lined up at government counters to ask for marriage licenses they knew would be denied, in an effort to push the US South towards marriage equality, despite opposition being strong.
14th January 2013
Jodie Foster ‘comes out’ during Golden Globes acceptance speech 14
8:49 AM — The actress Jodie Foster last night used her acceptance speech for the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes to address her sexuality for one of the first times in public.
12th January 2013
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly mocks trans prisoner’s appearance and calls her ‘he’ 29
11:56 AM — Fox News hosts Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly have mocked the physical appearance of a transgender prisoner, repeatedly calling her 'he' and joked that she isn't attractive enough to be in danger of being physically assaulted in prison.
Illinois Republican party chairman refuses to resign over same-sex marriage support 12
12:45 AM — The Chairman of the Republican Party (GOP) in the state of Illinois has rejected calls for him to resign for supporting same-sex marriage.
11th January 2013
Anti-gay Rhode Island Catholic bishop criticises governor over equal marriage veto threat 23
7:18 PM — The leader of Rhode Island's Roman Catholic Diocese says state Governor Lincoln Chafee is wrong to threaten to veto legislation that would put equal marriage to a popular vote.
US: Lesbian couple handed letter condemning homosexuality by manager as they left his restaurant 32
3:59 PM — A lesbian couple from North Carolina have said a restaurant owner handed them a letter condeminig homosexuality as they paid and left.
US: Newark Mayor Cory Booker: I once ‘hated gays’ 11
2:46 PM — The mayor of the New Jersey city of Newark, Cory Booker, previously “hated gays” as a young man, according to a 1992 opinion piece republished by the Stanford Daily newspaper this week.
US: Brooklyn Dad starts new Boy Scout troop which allows gay members and girls 22
12:42 PM — A father of two from Brooklyn, New York, has started his own Boy Scouts troop, to allow his son to be a member without having to accept the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.
Survey: Big drop in Americans who say being gay is a sin 17
10:33 AM — Americans who believe being gay is a sin are now a minority, according to new research, which links the trend to President Obama’s decision to support equal marriage.
Gay former NFL player says there are many ‘semi-openly’ gay US athletes 6
3:57 AM — An openly-gay former National Football League (NFL) player has said that he thinks there is at least one gay "significant contributor" in the NFL.