9th August 2013
Obama: ‘If Russia doesn’t have gay or lesbian athletes, it’ll probably make their team weaker’ 24
8:38 PM — US President Barack Obama has continued his criticism of Russia's anti-gay laws by arguing that a completely straight sports team is weaker than an inclusive team. He rejected calls for the United States to boycott the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Transgender actress reflects on ‘complicated’ role of playing trans character in hit Netflix drama 2
5:40 PM — Transgender Actress Laverne Cox has reflected on her role in hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black, to say that she is "grateful" for the role to have come her way, and spoke of the challenge it offer to her, saying she was one of the most "complicated" characters she had taken on.
US: ‘Ex-gay’ gospel singer to perform at Martin Luther King memorial 16
5:18 PM — A controversial gospel singer who claimed that sexuality is "a matter of choice", is expected to perform at a memorial for late civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr
Video: X-Men actor uses YouTube to come out as gay: ‘It’s not something anybody should be ashamed of’ 6
3:33 PM — A star of the X-Men film Origins: Wolverine, and an internet personality has come out in an impassioned video posted on YouTube, in which he tells his story and emphasises what he says is important about being publicly out.
Protest against Russian anti-gay laws to take place in London on Saturday 7
2:17 PM — A protest is due to take place opposite Downing Street on Saturday, against the recent passage of anti-gay laws in Russia, which has led to an international outcry.
George Takei backs petition to move Russia Olympics to Canada over ‘horrific’ anti-gay laws 10
2:10 PM — Star Trek actor and gay rights activist George Takei has backed a petition to move the 2014 Olympic Winter Games from Russia to the 2010 host city Vancouver because of "horrific" anti-gay legislation.
US: Californian doctor diagnoses gay patient with ‘chronic homosexual disease’ 47
12:10 PM — A doctor in California has diagnosed a gay man with chronic "homosexual behaviour" after a routine medical examination, which she later defended was still medically classified as a "disease".
8th August 2013
US: Art gallery refuses to host gay wedding, citing ‘religious beliefs’ as the reason 14
6:07 PM — An art gallery just outside of Des Moines, in the US state of Iowa, has refused to allow a gay couple to hold their wedding at the venue, citing religious beliefs.
Video: Friends of murdered Matthew Shepard launch campaign to screen 15th anniversary documentary 5
4:14 PM — A US filmmaker has turned to Kickstarter to fund her feature film "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine," a documentary to commemorate the passing of the young man Matthew Shepard who was murdered in a gay hate crime in 1998.
US: Pentagon to extend some benefits to same-sex military spouses by end of August 1
1:32 AM — Reports suggest that the Pentagon is to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of this month.
Obama cancels Moscow meeting with Putin citing anti-gay laws as one reason 29
12:44 AM — President Obama has cancelled a meeting due to take place with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month, citing the recent passage of anti-gay laws in the country.
7th August 2013
Video: Disgraced US Navy chaplain says if you are gay ‘you should be discriminated against’ 18
6:12 PM — A disgraced former Navy chaplain has spoken out on his radio show to say that gay people "should be discriminated against" for being sinners, and cited Martin Luther King Jr in saying so.
Actress Kristen Bell says she’ll get ‘gay married’ to her male fiance Dax Shepard 6
5:25 PM — After saving her marriage proposal for after the defeat of California's state-ban on equal marriage Proposition 8, actress Kristen Bell has since said she would he happy to get "gay married" to her fiance.
Gay US figure skater: I am a ‘hardcore Russophile’ — don’t boycott the Olympics 91
11:30 AM — A gay professional figure skater from the US has said he is a "hardcore Russophile" and that boycotting the Winter Olympics over Russian anti-gay laws is "silly".
Obama: I have ‘no patience’ for Russia’s anti-gay laws 29
10:58 AM — President Obama says he has “no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.”
6th August 2013
US: New Mexico shuttle bus company apologises after driver told gay couple to sit at back of bus for holding hands
7:04 PM — A shuttle bus company in the US state of New Mexico has apologised after a driver allegedly told a gay couple to sit at the back of a bus for holding hands.
US: Tennessee city offers equal benefits to same-sex partners of city workers
5:57 PM — The first city in the US state of Tennessee has offered equal benefits to same-sex domestic partners of city workers.
US: Pittsburgh mayor marries same-sex couple issued marriage licence by sued county clerk
4:41 PM — A Pittsburgh-area mayor has officiated at the wedding of a gay couple who were issued their marriage licence by a county clerk who is being sued by the state's Health Department for refusing to stop giving out the licences to same-sex couples.
US: Over 80 lawmakers call on Obama administration to end gay blood donation ban 8
1:07 AM — More than 80 US congressional members on Monday called on the Obama administration to end the ban on gay men being allowed to give blood, calling it outdated.
5th August 2013
Sir Ian McKellen shows his solidarity with LGBT Russians 7
10:50 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has become the latest celebrity to show his support for LGBT Russians who are facing increasing persecution from the state.