15th August 2013
WWE wrestler comes out as gay: ‘Does it change what you think of me?’ 29
1:01 PM — A World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Superstars wrestler has come out as gay, and asked his interviewer: "Does it matter?"
US: Bradley Manning apologises for hurting the US 14
11:14 AM — The US soldier accused of leaking large numbers of secret documents to Wikileaks has apologised for hurting his country.
14th August 2013
Utah Governor denies that marriage inequality discriminates against same-sex couples 20
7:18 PM — Utah Governor, Gary Herbert has responded to a law suit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage claiming that the current legal situation does not discriminate against same-sex couples.
Gay US military personnel to be granted leave to marry in states where equal marriage is legal 1
5:38 PM — The Pentagon has announced that same-sex couples in the US military will be able to get up to ten days leave in order to marry in a state where equal marriage is legal.
US radio host: LGBT rights initiatives lead to the ‘oppression’ of people of faith, and parents 47
5:14 PM — US Christian radio host Linda Harvey has claimed that an initiative by the United Nations to raise awareness of LGBT issues such as discrimination, and to promote respect, actually "oppresses" parents.
Russia: US track and field star dedicates Moscow silver medal to gay and lesbian friends 21
3:11 PM — A US athlete has become the first to speak out in favour of lesbian and gay people whilst competing on Russian soil, using his victory speech after winning silver, in protest against anti-gay laws passed in June.
13th August 2013
NFL player speaks out to say ‘now is the window’ for gay players to come out 1
6:49 PM — An NFL player has spoken out in an interview to say that despite being a Christian, he supports gay athletes who want to come out, and that they should "do what you want to do".
Apple responds to petition to remove ‘bisexual’ from list of spam words for app developers 4
5:57 PM — Apple has promptly responded to calls from an app developer to remove the word "bisexual" from its warning list of words not to use for an app description in the iTunes store.
Pat Buchanan: ‘Putin is trying to re-establish Russia’s moral compass’ 34
5:46 PM — US conservative commentator Pat Buchanan has jumped to President Vladimir Putin's defence over the passage of Russia's anti-gay legislation.
US: Navy submarine sailor proposes to boyfriend on return from six-month deployment 8
5:11 PM — A submarine sailor in the US Navy proposed to his boyfriend on returning from a six-month deployment this week.
Straight Pride UK uses US copyright law to remove critical article 25
4:39 PM — Anti-gay campaign group Straight Pride UK has used US copyright law to remove an article on a British student blogger’s website.
Transgender students to be granted more rights in California 2
1:41 PM — Legislation passed in California this week will grant sweeping new rights to transgender students attending public schools in the state.
12th August 2013
US: Pennsylvania Health Department says issue of same-sex marriage licences ‘risks causing serious harm’ 2
11:49 PM — The decision by a Pennsylvania county clerk to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples could result in a separation of powers violation which "risks causing serious and limitless harm", a filing by lawers for the state Health Department said on Monday.
Apple iTunes store warns developers not to use word ‘bisexual’ in app descriptions 15
11:14 PM — The Apple iTunes store has been criticised by a lesbian app developer, as she says when changing the description of an educational LGBT app, she was warned not to use the word "bisexual", as the app may be banned.
US: ‘Ex-gay’ gospel singer withdraws from performance at Martin Luther King memorial 7
4:55 PM — At the request of Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray, an "ex-gay" gospel singer withdrew from his performance at a Martin Luther King memorial at the weekend.
US radio host: Nondiscrimination laws actually discriminate and ‘create a climate of suspicion, spite and revenge’ 19
3:24 PM — US Christian radio host Linda Harvey has spoken out on the issue of anti-discrimination laws, to say that they actually make discrimination worse, and that they "create a climate of suspicion, spite and revenge".
11th August 2013
US: New Jersey judge to hear potentially groundbreaking case on implications of DOMA strike-down
4:15 PM — A New Jersey court case will this week hear oral arguments in a test of the implications of the Supreme Court ruling which struck down key sections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to find out what it means for that states.
9th August 2013
US radio host: ‘Russia’s new laws are not homophobic, but homorealistic’ 38
11:32 PM — US christian radio host Bryan Fischer has weighed in on the international outcry surrounding recently passed Russian anti-gay laws, to say that Russia is simply "homorealistic", not homophobic.
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.