18th October 2013
US: Republican politician brands school ‘failure’ due to students supporting Spirit Day 12
6:56 PM — A state representative in Missouri has called a school a "failure" on Twitter after seeing pupils wearing T-shirts promoting “harmony” between gay and straight people.
Video: ‘Unromantic’ woman makes heartfelt proposal to her girlfriend from the top of a bus 4
5:32 PM — Alissa from Washington accused her girlfriend Jeanne of being unromantic, and the response she got was not what she was expecting. An emotional marriage proposal from the top of a bus in downtown Seattle with a live band and her friends and family surrounding her took place.
US: New Jersey cities to issue same-sex marriage licences despite health department directive not to 4
2:27 PM — Some cities in the US state of New Jersey have begun to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, despite a state health department directive to wait for a Supreme Court ruling on the issue.
Boy George suggests boycott of Eminem’s homophobic single 41
1:09 PM — Boy George has criticised US rapper Eminem for using violently homophobic lyrics in his latest single “Rap God”.
San Francisco backs out of historic Russian commemoration event following pressure from LGBT groups 2
10:46 AM — San Francisco has cancelled plans for a ceremony recognising the Russian Navy for its assistance in fighting a huge fire in the US city in 1863, allegedly due to pressure from several gay rights activists.
17th October 2013
US: Utah equal marriage ban challenged in new lawsuit 2
10:09 PM — A lawsuit has been filed challenging the US state of Utah's ban on equal marriage.
US: Oregon to immediately recognise out-of-state same-sex marriages
9:59 PM — Gay couples married out of state will now be able to have their marriages recognised in the state of Oregon, where equal marriage is still banned.
Former South Carolina GOP Official: ‘Trannies are disgusting freaks’ and ‘should all be put in a camp’ 9
4:57 PM — The former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party this week used his Twitter account to post anti-trans slurs, including that trans people "should all be put in a camp", because they are "sick freaks".
US: New York police push for new information in murder case of gay rights activist one year on
3:42 PM — Police in New York City are asking for more information in the case of a murdered gay rights activist, one year after the incident.
US mayor: ‘God is against queers and don’t ram gay marriage down my throat!’ 41
3:41 PM — The mayor of a small town in South Carolina is under fire for responding to the arrival of equal marriage elsewhere by saying “I don’t want it rammed down by throat”, and for repeatedly using the word “queer”.
US: New IVF procedure helps lesbian couples become parents 1
2:48 PM — An increasing amount of female same-sex couples are undergoing a new IVF procedure which allows both women to share the biological role when having a child.
Video: Film explores role of US evangelism in Ugandan moves towards proposed ‘kill the gays’ law 2
2:32 PM — A film was released this month which explores the part played by US evangelism in the return to biblical law in Uganda, leading up to the proposal of a bill which would make homosexuality punishable by death.
Video: Initiative started to raise $25,000 for Trevor Project in 25 days
12:25 PM — An initiative has been started to raise $25,000 (£15,500) for the Trevor Project in 25 days.
16th October 2013
US: Judge could rule in case challenging Michigan’s equal marriage ban 1
7:41 PM — A federal judge could on Wednesday rule on a ban on equal marriage which was placed in the station constitution by voters.
Service to be held for father killed while walking across America in memory of dead gay son 3
5:11 PM — A service is to be held on Thursday for Joe Bell, who tragically died whilst walking across America to raise awareness of bullying after his gay son committed suicide.
US: North Carolina official accepts same-sex marriage applications despite ban
4:46 PM — A county official in the US state of North Carolina has accepted applications for marriage certificates from several same-sex couples.
Eminem’s new single ‘Rap God’ condemned for its homophobic lyrics 56
2:45 PM — Eminem’s latest single has been criticised for containing several lines of aggressive, homophobic lyrics.
Hillary Clinton: ‘We still have so far to go when it comes to helping those affected by HIV’
11:50 AM — Collecting an award from the Elton John AIDS Foundation Hillary Clinton says "we still have so far to go" when it comes to helping those affected by HIV.
15th October 2013
US: New Jersey gay couples file brief to Supreme Court that waiting to marry is damaging
7:32 PM — Equal marriage advocates have filed a brief with the New Jersey Supreme Court saying same-sex couples will be done more harm if they are not allowed to marry as of next week.
Conservative Catholics question Pope Francis’s approach on social issues 20
2:47 PM — Pope Francis’ conciliatory approach to discussing social issues involving the Catholic Church has generated concern among conservative Catholics in the US.