15th January 2013
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.
US: Illinois Senate could ‘fast track’ and approve equal marriage ‘very soon’ 2
3:11 AM — After the new General Assembly was sworn in in Illinois this week, the House Sponsor of a bill to legalise marriage equality in the state said the measure could come to a vote "very soon".
10th January 2013
Gay playwright Tony Kushner receives Oscar nomination 1
7:05 PM — Tony Kushner has received an Oscar nomination for Lincoln, his current film about the former US president's life.
US: Gay former ambassador forgives Chuck Hagel for anti-gay remarks 2
6:21 PM — Former US ambassador James Hormel has forgiven Chuck Hagel for previously describing him as “aggressively gay” and is now supporting his defence secretary nomination.
US: Anti-gay pastor pulls out of Obama inauguration 10
5:21 PM — Reverend Louie Giglio, who had been announced as the pastor to give the benediction at President Obama’s second inauguration, has now pulled out of the ceremony, after criticism of his previous anti-gay comments.
US: Radio host Rush Limbaugh refuses to apologise for equal marriage ‘paedophila’ slur 9
4:41 PM — Rush Limbaugh is refusing to apologise for suggesting America’s growing acceptance of equal marriage could also pave the way for the “normalisation” of paedophilia.
Video: Bryan Fischer defends anti-gay evangelist who said gay rights brought Noah’s flood 8
4:37 PM — Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association has come to the defence of an anti-gay evangelist who is being sued for supporting a Ugandan bill to intensify punishments for homosexuality, and claimed that "the left" is trying to "destroy" him.