22nd January 2013
US: Petition calls on White House to include LGBT questions in school survey 1
3:01 PM — Activists are petitioning the White House to include LGBT-specific questions in a proposed school climate survey.
Pro-gay pastor delivers Obama benediction and says gay people created in God’s image 7
12:54 PM — The pro-gay priest who delivered President Barack Obama's benediction as part of the official inauguration ceremony on Monday said that all people, were "created in God's image", whether "gay or straight".
Video: Gay poet performs reading at official Obama inauguration ceremony 5
12:29 PM — An openly gay Cuban-American poet delivered a moving poem at the official public inauguration of President Barack Obama yesterday.
Chicago: Transgender man prevented from using men’s shower room at spa 18
11:00 AM — A transgender man has filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights after the manager of a Chicago spa asked him not to use the men's shower room.
21st January 2013
Study: 47% of gay and bisexual men admit to bareback sex 49
11:01 PM — A new survey of gay and bisexual men commissioned in the US shows almost half report having unprotected sex at some point.
Obama: ‘Our journey is not complete until gay people are given equal rights’ 25
5:46 PM — Speaking at his inauguration, President Barack Obama made a speech which said "our journey is not complete" until equal rights for gay people is reached, and referred to the importance of the Stonewall riots in terms of moves towards equality.
Lady Gaga to duet with rapper Azealia Banks who called Perez Hilton a ‘faggot’ 9
5:22 PM — Lady Gaga has confirmed that she is featuring rapper Azealia Banks on an upcoming track, despite a recent Twitter feud with Perez Hilton during which Banks said he was a "messy faggot" who should kill himself.
Jane Lynch praises Jodie Foster for coming out speech
4:48 PM — Actor Jane Lynch has commended Jodie Foster for opening up at the Golden Globes, and talking openly about her sexuality for the first time.
Rick Santorum blames colleges for promoting equal marriage and porn 14
4:34 PM — According to Rick Santorum, US colleges and universities promote a "sea of antagonism towards Christianity", and blamed that for the use of pornography and for the move towards equal marriage.
Surrogate mother of Sir Elton John’s second baby receives £20,000 11
2:24 PM — Sir Elton John and David Furnish reportedly paid £20,000 to the surrogate mother of their new son, Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, as part of a fixed contractual fee with their Los Angeles-based surrogacy centre.
US: Georgia state-backed scheme funds scholarships to over 100 anti-gay schools 5
1:54 PM — A scholarship scheme in Georgia has been criticised for allocating public funds to school with anti-LGBT policies that go against public anti-discrimination laws.
Video: President Barack Obama officially sworn into office for second term 5
1:05 PM — President Barack Obama was sworn into office for his second term as US president on Sunday.
20th January 2013
Inclusive Syfy TV show criticised for depicting anti-trans violence 47
2:50 PM — A popular television show, which is widely regarded as being one of the most LGBT inclusive on air, has been accused by GLAAD and many fans of showing a scene depicting images similar to those of anti-trans violence.
18th January 2013
US: Lesbian soldier’s wife rejects ‘special guest membership’ after being turned away 12
7:28 PM — The wife of a lesbian soldier in the US has rejected a military spouses' club's offer of "special guest membership" after being turned down for ordinary membership last month.
Gay fashion designer John Galliano attempts to rebuild reputation 19
7:08 PM — Disgraced John Galliano is returning to the fashion industry with a temporary role at Oscar de la Renta's New York studio.
US: Pro-gay NFL player Chris Kluwe to release a book of ‘uncensored personal essays’ 5
5:30 PM — Equal rights advocate and NFL football player, Chris Kluwe, is to release a book containing "uncensored personal essays" on a range of topics, after passionately defending equal marriage rights for gay people.
US: LGBT dragon boat team founded in North Carolina in response to anti-equal marriage law 1
4:13 PM — A lesbian in North Carolina has started a dragon boat team for sporty LGBT people after being disheartened by a law that only recognises opposite-sex marriages.
US: Boeing will now allow pension survivor benefits for same-sex couples 2
3:54 PM — Boeing, one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, has reversed a previous decision to deny pension survivor benefits for married same-sex couples.
US: President of National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association dies, aged 48 6
2:57 PM — The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) has said its president, Michael Triplett, has died.
US: Sperm or egg donors to same-sex couples could be liable to pay child support 7
1:54 PM — Questions on whether or not sperm or egg donors could be liable to pay child support have been raised since a US judge ruled that a man must pay child support for the child of a lesbian couple who he donated sperm to, after they split up.