14th May 2013
Basketball star Brittney Griner tells LGBT youth: ‘Be who you are’
9:52 PM — Recently out openly lesbian US basketball star Brittney Griner made an impassioned speech at last weekend's GLAAD Media Awards, telling LGBT youths to "be who you are", and to tweet her if they ever have any problems.
Anti-equal marriage group: It is a ‘sad day’ for Minnesota and equal marriage will have ‘unintended consequences’ 15
6:29 PM — Despite celebrations gearing up for the legal recognition of equal marriage in the US state of Minnesota, some are commiserating as an anti-equal marriage campaign group have described it as a "sad day" for the state.
US: Minnesotan Governor to sign equal marriage bill into law 3
5:02 PM — Minnesota will officially become the twelfth US state to allow equal marriage, as Governor Mark Dayton will on Tuesday sign a bill into law, which will allow same-sex unions.
Bret Easton Ellis slams GLAAD and says gay basketball player Jason Collins treated like a ‘baby panda’ 75
1:57 PM — Gay author Bret Easton Ellis has denounced the recent media coverage given to gay basketball player Jason Collins, and slammed LGBT advocacy group GLAAD.
Study: Audiences don’t mind gay actors playing straight roles 11
11:51 AM — Researchers from South Carolina's Clemson University tested the hypothesis that out actors cannot play a believable straight role - and found it wasn't the case.
US: After allowing gay-straight alliance, school board may once again move to ban it 8
1:14 AM — The School Board at a middle school in Florida which temporarily allowed a gay-straight alliance club after it was threatened with legal action, may be attempting to make moves to ban the club once more.
13th May 2013
US: State of Minnesota legalises equal marriage as bill passes in Senate 25
10:19 PM — Minnesota is to become the twelfth US state to legalise equal marriage, as its Senate today voted in favour of a measure to make same-sex marriage legal.
Ernst & Young CEO says he wishes Boy Scouts had ‘gone further’ for inclusivity 1
7:37 PM — Ernst and Young CEO James Turley, a member of the board for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), has spoken out to say that he wishes the organisation had "gone further", to be inclusive of gay members, volunteers and staff.
US: Portland football fans choreograph giant anti-homophobia rainbow flag 6
6:58 PM — Fans of Major League Soccer team the Portland Timbers staged an anti-homophobia demonstration at a match by holding up coloured fabric squares to form a rainbow pride flag.
Michael Douglas: After my first kiss with Matt Damon, I was ‘comfortable’ 13
5:40 PM — On his new film about the life of famed entertainer Liberace, Michael Douglas has spoken about about the pressure of filming sex scenes, but said that once he and Matt Damon had kissed once, they were "comfortable".
Poll: Two thirds of Americans wrongly think a majority in the US oppose equal marriage 9
5:16 PM — A new poll has found that despite there being 53% of Americans who support legal recognition of equal marriage, two thirds of US citizens hold the perception that overall the US public is opposed to same-sex marriage.
Ohio: Police charge man over murder of trans woman 2
4:02 PM — Police in the US state of Ohio have charged a man in connection with the murder of a trans woman.
US: Rainbow flags flown on Minnesota ‘Freedom to Marry Bridge’ ahead of Senate vote on equal marriage 4
4:02 PM — Rainbow flags are being flown in St Paul, Minnesota ahead of today's Senate vote on equal marriage, and the city's mayor has renamed a bridge Freedom to Marry Bridge, in support of the measure.
Video: Adam Lambert honoured with top GLAAD Media Award by Mel B 2
2:47 PM — Melanie B has presented singer Adam Lambert with GLAAD's top Media Award, and he gave a speech calling on the LGBT community to "unify, and take it further".
NBC’s gay sitcom The New Normal cancelled after just one season 22
2:05 PM — US television network NBC has announced that its new sitcom The New Normal, which features a gay couple and the surrogate mother of their child, has been cancelled after just one season, amidst falling ratings.
12th May 2013
US: Minnesota Senate vote on equal marriage bill imminent 9
3:13 PM — The US state of Minnesota could soon become the twelfth to legalise equal marriage, as on Monday its Senate will vote on a measure to legalise it.
11th May 2013
New York: Two arrests follow homophobic attack
8:39 PM — A brutal attack on two gay men in New York City has led to two arrests, but police say they are still searching for three more suspects.
US: Minnesota Republican moved to tears over ‘heartbreaking’ same-sex marriage bill 74
9:03 AM — A Republican from Minnesota's House of Representatives was reported to be brought to tears by the progress of a bill that may see her state become the 12th in the US to legalise same-sex marriage.
Illinois Governor to the House: ‘It’s time to vote’ on our state’s equal marriage bill 3
1:10 AM — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday called for state lawmakers in the House to vote on, and approve a bill to legalise equal marriage, and said they have had enough time to consider the bill given that it passed in the Senate over two months ago.
10th May 2013
US: California Assembly passes two bills on transgender rights 4
5:47 PM — The California State Assembly has approved two transgender rights bills despite opposition from Republican members.