18th March 2013
US: California bill would require schools to allow trans students to use appropriate toilets and locker rooms
1:04 PM — Under a newly introduced bill in California, schools would have to allow transgender students to use facilities and participate on sports teams which match their gender identity.
John McCain: I won’t be changing my mind when it comes to opposing equal marriage 20
12:10 PM — John McCain says he doesn't think he'll be following the lead of fellow Republican Senator Rob Portman, who stunned so many last week when he announced his support for equal marriage.
17th March 2013
Video: TV host claims 6 year old trans girl’s gender identity is a result of her parents’ ‘fetish’ 37
9:59 PM — A TV host in Canada has claimed that the parents of a trans girl have committed child abuse by allowing her to live according to her gender identity, and says it amounts to a "fetish".
US: Top Republican says there is ‘no doubt’ more young party members are pro-marriage equality 3
9:01 PM — The Governor of Wisconsin said on Saturday that he wasn't ruling out a 2016 Presidency bid, then on Sunday told interviewers that young Republicans didn't "resonate" with the party's anti-equal marriage stance.
Video: Madonna wears Boy Scout outfit to present GLAAD award and condemns anti-gay ban 6
7:13 PM — Madonna took to the stage at the 24th annual GLAAD awards on Saturday dressed as a boy scout, as she gave a passionate speech about LGBT rights, before presenting TV host Anderson Cooper with an award.
16th March 2013
US Political Action Committee: ‘Senator’s son may die of AIDS because he accepted that he is gay’ 29
11:29 PM — A political action committee (PAC) has written that by accepting his son's sexuality, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, is putting him at risk of dying "from AIDS", "or oral cancer". It went on to compare homosexuality with cocaine addiction.
US: North Carolina church refuses to marry straight couples until gay couples can marry 12
9:40 PM — A church in the US state of North Carolina, has said that it won't conduct wedding ceremonies for straight couples, until its pastors are able to officiate same-sex weddings as well.
Video: Doctor claims promiscuity is a legitimate reason to discriminate against LGBT people 49
4:12 PM — A committee considering anti-discrimination laws in America have heard evidence that employers should be able to choose straight people over LGBT people because gay men are promiscuous and make "inappropriate models" for children.
US Christians: A Republican supporting his gay son is like a parent supporting a child who drink drives 106
12:26 PM — A Christian group has mocked a Republican senator who changed his views on same-sex marriage after his son came out, comparing homosexuality to drink driving.
Russian Orthodox group looked to sue US for Alaska to save it from same-sex marriage 22
12:15 PM — A Russian religious conservative group filed a claim in court to sue the US for Alaska, which it bought from Russia in 1867. Their reasoning was they wanted to protect Alaskan Orthodox Christians from the 'sin' of same-sex marriage.
US: Native American tribe hosts first legal Michigan same-sex wedding 2
3:05 AM — The first same-sex wedding ceremony has taken place in the US state of Michigan, following a Native American tribe signing equal marriage into law.
Video: US House Speaker says he ‘can’t imagine’ his position on equal marriage will ‘ever change’ 21
2:43 AM — In an interview, the United States House Speaker John Boehner has said that he "can't imagine" he would "ever" change from his current stance in opposition to equal marriage.
Supreme Court grants Obama administration the right to argue same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional 13
12:02 AM — President Obama's administration has been granted the opportunity to argue to the US Supreme Court that California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
15th March 2013
Gay former US Air Force Major settles ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ lawsuit 6
6:54 PM — A former airman who was discharged from the US Air Force under ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ has settled his lawsuit against the Defense Department.
US: Fraternity to donate $18,000 to charity after insurance agrees to cover trans brother’s surgery 3
6:01 PM — The trans student whose fraternity banded together to pay for his top surgery has learned that his insurance will cover the operation after all, meaning the $20,000 (£13,209) raised can go to helping other trans people in need.
US: Anti-gay leader calls Senator who now supports equal marriage ‘A very troubled man’ 12
6:00 PM — The leader of an anti-equal marriage group in the US has spoken out against Senator Rob Portman, who changed his stance in support of equal marriage, following his son coming out as gay.
US: Massachusetts gay rights group claims it was excluded from St Patrick’s Day parade 2
4:25 PM — A gay rights advocacy group has voiced its anger at being excluded from a local St Patrick's Day Parade in Massachusetts, however organisers say that they just applied too late.
US: Maryland gender identity bill fails to pass Senate committee 3
2:39 PM — A bill which aimed to tackle discrimination in employment, credit, housing and public accommodations, based on gender identity or expression, failed to pass the committee stage of Maryland's Senate.
US: Hardline anti-equal marriage Senator reverses position over son’s coming out 23
11:52 AM — A Republican Senator previously known for his staunch opposition of marriage equality has done a complete u-turn on his position, saying his son's coming out as gay made him change his mind.
Video: Bill Gates: Boy Scouts should ‘absolutely’ lift its anti-gay ban ‘because it’s 2013′ 7
12:22 AM — Philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has said an interview that the Boy Scouts of America should "absolutely" lift its ban on gay volunteers, members and staff.