17th August 2012
50 Cent speaks about his ‘lesbian mother’ 21
5:49 PM — In an interview with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, 50 Cent has spoken about growing up with a lesbian mother and how he came to understand her sexuality.
California watchdog approves $49,000 fine for anti-marriage equality group 7
3:02 PM — A campaign watchdog agency in California yesterday approved a $49,000 fine against the campaign committee for Proposition 8.
Seattle lawyers issue complaint against anti-marriage equality groups 11
12:40 PM — A Seattle law firm has filed a complaint against two anti-gay marriage groups for not declaring the source of their funding.
Gunman responsible for Family Research Council shooting is charged 33
10:26 AM — The gunman who opened fire at the offices of The Family Research Council (FRC) in Washington DC yesterday, whose full name is Floyd Lee Corkins II, has been charged with assault with intent to kill and interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition.
16th August 2012
Sir Elton John ‘devastated’ by death of his bass guitarist 2
10:25 PM — The pop veteran says he’s "devastated and shocked" after Bob Birch was found dead, aged 56.
Library of Congress auditor sacked after ‘liking’ gay adoption Facebook page files federal lawsuit 20
5:18 PM — An auditor who says he was fired by the US Library of Congress after his boss discovered he was gay via Facebook has filed a federal lawsuit this month in a US District Court for the District of Columbia.
American politician makes history by becoming Florida’s first out gay legislator 2
3:17 PM — David Richardson has become the first openly gay legislator of Florida. The 55-year-old forensic accountant said he was comfortable having made Florida history on election night.
Homophobic Cheerio-burning man dies of heart-attack 35
12:31 PM — Michael Leisner, whose homophobic protest against food giant General Mills and their pro-marriage equality stance resulted in a viral video, died on Saturday after suffering a heart attack.
Shooting in Baltimore leaves one gay man dead and another in a coma 26
9:42 AM — Police in Baltimore are investigating a shooting which left a gay photographer dead and an LGBT community activist in a coma.
Police: Gunman who opened fire at Family Research Council criticised the anti-gay group 158
12:43 AM — A man arrested over the shooting and wounding of a security guard at the headquarters of the anti-gay Christian lobby group the Family Research Council made a negative comment about the group before opening fire, a police official has said.
15th August 2012
We Need to Talk About Kevin star Ezra Miller: ‘I’m Queer’ 46
7:29 PM — Ezra Miller who starred as Kevin in 'We Need to Tak About Kevin' has come out in an interview with Out Magazine while promoting his new film 'Perks of Being a Wallflower' where he plays a gay character.
Gay-friendly San Francisco church denies drag queen ban 13
5:54 PM — An LGBT-friendly Catholic church in San Francisco which banned drag queens from its premises has reversed the decision after the church's business manager said the new pastor had: "not been educated about the importance of drag queens in the gay community."
Pro-traditional family group blast US ambassador for supporting Prague Pride celebrations 28
1:26 PM — An international anti-LGBT, pro-traditional family group is apparently furious that the US ambassador to the Czech Republic has given his blessing to the Prague Pride Festival taking place this week.
Mennonite pastor charged with aiding kidnapping in same-sex child custody dispute 25
11:01 AM — A Mennonite pastor in Vermont has been charged with aiding in international kidnapping after he helped a woman flee the US with her child - because she did not want to share custody with her former lesbian partner.
14th August 2012
Thousands join campaign to oppose American Scouts’ anti-gay policy 14
1:02 PM — A campaign has begun on Change.org to urge California’s Golden Empire Council to reinstate 22-year-old Eagle Scout Tim Griffin and to reject the Boy Scouts of America’s policy barring LGBT scouts and leaders.
13th August 2012
Judge agrees to hear case for overturning Nevada’s equal marriage ban
4:18 PM — A federal Nevada judge said last Friday in Reno that he’ll listen to the arguments of a national gay rights advocacy group who wish to challenge the state's ban on marriage equality.
Homophobic slur made on gay-friendly Midwestern church 5
1:24 PM — A homophobic slur appeared in a vandalised car parked outside a church in St Paul, Minnesota, where a service was taking place for an openly gay Lutheran pastor.
Arizona judge questions validity of trans marriage in divorce case 88
12:09 PM — Thomas Beatie, the trans Arizona man who became pregnant in 2008, is being blocked from divorcing his wife of nine years by a state judge who is questioning the validity of the marriage.
Ten out gay Olympians win gold at London 2012 Games 14
11:12 AM — Ten openly LGBT Olympians have taken home gold from the London 2012 Games. If they were a team, they would have tied with Mexico and Ethiopia in total medals.
12th August 2012
Tammy Smith becomes US’s first openly gay army general 7
6:55 PM — Less than a year after the repeal of the United State’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy that banned openly gay and lesbian people in the US armed forces, Tammy Smith has become the first openly gay US army general.