1st November 2013
Hallmark apologises and removes ‘Deck the Halls’ jumper which omitted the word ‘gay’ 6
2:16 PM — Greetings card and ornament company Hallmark has issued an apology and withdrawn a sweater which contained lyrics from the Christmas song Deck the Halls, with the word "gay" omitted.
Petition puts pressure on Marriott to stop hosting ‘ex-gay therapy’ conference 6
1:56 PM — Despite historically supporting gay rights, Marriott has come under fire for hosting an ex-gay therapy conference.
Former US Defence Secretary Robert Gates appointed to lead Boy Scouts of America
1:27 PM — Former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates has been chosen to lead the Boy Scouts of America – an organisation which continues to find it difficult to accept gay people.
US: Defence Secretary says refusing same-sex IDs is ‘wrong’
1:14 PM — Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has criticised nine US states for failing to grant full spousal benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian members of America's armed forces.
31st October 2013
Orson Scott Card will not lose money from boycott of Ender’s Game film 23
7:29 PM — Anti-gay author Orson Scott Card will not make money from ticket sales of the Ender's Game film, which is based on his novel, potentially rendering a boycott of the film meaningless.
US: Thousands expected to turn out for Hawaii House committee on same-sex marriage 4
6:30 PM — Thousands are expected to turn out for a public hearing around a bill to legalise equal marriage in the House of the US state of Hawaii on Thursday.
US: Boy took gun to school with plans to shoot student for calling his friend ‘gay’ 7
6:12 PM — An 11-year-old boy from Vancouver was ordered to remain in custody today in a case around him bringing a gun and 400 rounds of ammunition to school as he planned to shoot a student who called his friend "gay".
US: Hawaii representative files lawsuit to halt equal marriage legislation
6:00 PM — As the House in the US state of Hawaii gears up to debate around Senate Bill 1, which could legalise equal marriage, one representative has filed a lawsuit which aims to halt it in its tracks.
Acadamics say polls underestimate both the size of gay population and anti-gay sentiment 13
3:59 PM — Researchers have called into question the accuracy of surveys which detail the size of the gay population and people's views on sexuality.
Hallmark changes lyrics of Deck the Halls, omitting the word ‘gay’ on sweater for fear of ‘misinterpretation’ 9
2:58 PM — US greetings card company Hallmark has come under heavy criticism for including lyrics from Christmas song Deck the Halls on a jumper, but omitting the word "gay".
Video: Anti-gay church makes debut on Vine including bizarre anti-gay Halloween message 11
2:07 PM — The adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) has made its debut on Vine, Twitter's video platform, posting a series of bizarre anti-gay messages.
US: Hawaii Senate approves equal marriage 5
12:26 PM — The Senate in the US state of Hawaii has overwhelmingly approved a measure to repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Facebook removes game that urged users to shoot gay men depicted as sexual predators 3
11:46 AM — Facebook has removed a gaming app that urged users to shoot gay men in a fictional wood - and depicted them as naked violent sexual predators.
30th October 2013
US: Ban on LGBT discrimination gains key Senate vote
6:37 PM — West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin's support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) means all 54 Democrats in the US senate are backing a pivotal piece of LGBT legislation.
US: Hawaii Senate to hold final vote on equal marriage as House prepares to receive bill
6:05 PM — A bill to legalise equal marriage in the US state of Hawaii will be subject to a final vote in the state's Senate on Wednesday.
Neil Patrick Harris speaks of ‘private’ right to come out as gay on own terms 9
5:50 PM — Actor Neil Patrick Harris has defended the right of everyone, particularly those in the public eye, to come out on their own terms.
US: Jon Stewart’s Daily Show explores South’s attitude towards gays with secret cameras 14
5:29 PM — Responding to statistician Nate Silver's prediction that Alabama and Mississippi would be the last states to approve equal marriage, Jon Stewart sent two men undercover, posing as a gay couple, to debunk the idea that people in the South were homophobic.
US: ACLU files brief challenging Nevada same-sex marriage ban
5:06 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada, has filed a brief challenging the state's ban on equal marriage.
US: Hawaii equal marriage bill passes second Senate reading 1
2:05 PM — The equal marriage bill in the US state of Hawaii has passed its second reading, and will now advance to a final reading on Wednesday.
29th October 2013
US: Equal marriage bill passes Hawaii Senate committee 2
5:16 PM — The equal marriage bill introduced in Hawaii has passed committee stage at the state Senate.