28th February 2013
US: 68-year-old arrested after complaining that student was allowed to wear anti-gay t-shirt 23
1:59 AM — A 68-year-old man in the US has been charged with breach of peace and criminal trespass after causing a disturbance at two schools in an attempt to complain about a recent decision to allow a student to wear a t-shirt featuring an anti-gay message.
US: Perez Hilton announces the birth of his first child 18
1:16 AM — US Blogger Perez Hilton, has posted an announcement that his first child - a son- was born earlier in February.
27th February 2013
US: Study claims ‘same-sex cohabitors’ are less healthy than those in heterosexual marriages 7
6:56 PM — The 'Journal of Health and Social Behavior' says same-sex cohabitors are less healthy than heterosexual married people of the same socioeconomic status however same-sex marriage “may directly and indirectly influence the health of individuals in same-sex unions”.
US: ‘Most conservative Congress member’ denies claim she signed pro-equal marriage brief 3
6:52 PM — Marilyn Musgrove made news today when it was alleged the ultra-conservative former congresswoman had signed an amicus briefing backing same-sex marriage, only for it to emerge the New York Times had made a mistake.
US: College fraternity raises over $16,500 for trans brother’s surgery 5
6:26 PM — A college fraternity in the US has raised over $16,500 to cover the cost of surgery for new member Donnie Collins, who is transgender.
US: Illinois same-sex marriage bill narrowly moves forward 7
5:58 PM — The House Executive Committee barely cleared a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in the US state of Illinois on Tuesday with a 6-5 approval.
Anti-gay group leader: ‘School administrators allowing gender identity policy are like Nazi concentration camp guards’ 12
5:20 PM — The leader of an anti-gay conservative group in the US state of Massachusetts appeared on a Christian radio show yesterday and said teachers upholding a policy in Massachusetts which aims to protect trans students were like "Nazi concentration camp guards".
Chuck Hagel confirmed as US Defence Secretary despite past anti-gay remarks 2
11:11 AM — Having faced criticism over his previous homophobic views, the US Senate has confirmed Chuck Hagel as the new US Defence Secretary.
60 US companies call on Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans 4
10:34 AM — Some of America’s largest companies including Apple, Facebook, eBay, Intel, and Morgan Stanley are set to call on the US Supreme Court to strike down laws banning same-sex marriages.
US: School district backs down in fight to stop student wearing anti-gay t-shirt 26
1:00 AM — Connecticut school district officials have allowed a student to wear a t-shirt bearing an anti-gay message, following a fight to attempt to stop him.
26th February 2013
Texas teen boy fights to wear dress to high school prom 17
7:06 PM — A high school senior in Texas is fighting to wear a red dress, high heels and a blonde wig to a school prom.
US: 75 leading Republicans call on Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage Prop 8 ban 9
6:54 PM — Around 75 leading Republican figures have signed a briefing urging the Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8, in a move which could have a significant effect on the Republican Party and equal marriage in the US.
US: College fraternity campaigns to raise money for trans brother’s surgery 7
6:40 PM — A college fraternity in the US has defied the macho and unaccepting "frat boy" stereotype by campaigning to raise $4,800 for a transgender member's surgery.
US: Drag queen disinvited from reading to kids for being “inappropriate” 3
5:34 PM — A drag cabaret star in the US city of Philadelphia had an invitation to read to primary school aged children as part of an after school program, revoked, as officials deemed the invitation "inappropriate".
US radio host praises African countries for refusing to decriminalise homosexuality 24
4:27 PM — Linda Harvey, a host of the Ohio based Christian radio station WRFD has praised countries which refuse to decriminalise homosexuality and said that the "radical" effort of the White House to achieve equal human rights
US: Pro-marriage equality GOP lawmaker dismisses $500,000 threat from anti-gay group 11
2:42 PM — A Republican state Senator from Minnesota who said he would vote for equal marriage and was the target of a new pledge by anti-equality group the National Organization for Marriage to defeat him, has said he will not bow to the financial pressure.
US: Anti-equal marriage group pledges $500,000 to defeat pro-equality GOP legislators in Minnesota 2
1:39 PM — A group opposed to equal marriage in the US state of Minnesota has pledged half a million dollars to defeat any Republican legislator voting to legalise marriage equality in the state.
Video: Westboro Baptist Church faces counter protest at LA high school over tolerance of gay pupils 23
1:58 AM — A video has appeared online which shows a massive counter-protest against the adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church who were demonstrating outside an LA high school because of its tolerance of LGBT students.
25th February 2013
Louisiana Governor: The Republican Party doesn’t need to support same-sex marriage in order to win back power 42
6:45 PM — The Republican Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal says his party does not have to drop its opposition to equal marriage in order to win elections.
Sir Elton John’s son Zachary guest of honour at HIV/AIDS celebrity fundraiser 1
5:50 PM — Sir Elton John and David Furnish welcomed some of Hollywood's biggest names to their 21st Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party last night – but it was the couple’s two-year-old son who was the guest of honour.