9th September 2013
US: Mayor in Tennessee offers support for health benefits for gay partners of city employees
2:48 PM — The mayor of a city in the US state of Tennessee has thrown his support behind a push towards providing equal health benefits for same-sex partners of city employees.
James Franco responds to gay jokes: ‘I wish I was gay’ 20
2:47 PM — Outspoken equal rights advocate and Hollywood actor James Franco has responded to rumours and jokes about his sexuality, saying "I wish I was gay" because being gay is "awesome."
US radio host celebrates launch of ‘gay free alternative to the Boy Scouts’ 15
2:34 PM — A US radio host has commented on the recent launch of a new scouting organisation, created after the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on gay members, to celebrate the launch of a "gay-free alternative to the Boy Scouts".
Fox TV presenter sacked for saying people who ‘choose to be gay will have to answer to the lord for their actions’ 25
2:13 PM — A Fox television sports commentator has been sacked after appearing just once, after footage surfaced of him saying that being gay "is a choice", and that gay people "will have to answer to the lord for their actions";
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller: ‘I tried to kill myself at 15 because I was gay’ 7
12:16 PM — British-born American actor Wentworth Miller, who came out as gay in a letter sent to the St Petersburg International Film Festival last month, has revealed that he attempted suicide at 15 by swallowing a "bottle of pills" because he was gay.
8th September 2013
US: ‘Sensational and inspirational’ funeral held for gay rights pioneer José Julio Sarria 4
2:19 PM — The funeral for Jusé Julio Sarria, who, before Harvey Milk, was the first openly gay person to run for the US public office in 1961, took place in San Francisco on Friday.
Russia: Lesbian activist pleads mass asylum over anti-gay laws — ‘get us the hell out of here’ 54
1:38 PM — A lesbian journalist and activist living in Russia has said that anti-gay violence and legislation has gotten so bad for the country, their only hope now is to get as many LGBT citizens to asylum as possible.
US: Student attempts suicide by ‘hanging himself’ after teacher bullied him with anti-gay slurs 19
11:57 AM — A student in South Carolina has attempted suicide after a school teacher allegedly used anti-gay slurs against him, calling him "gay," "gay boy," "Mrs Pete," and "Mrs Peters."
7th September 2013
US: New Mexico Supreme Court agrees to take on equal marriage case
8:23 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of New Mexico has agreed to decide whether equal marriage should be legal across the state, after several counties began recently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
US: Alternate Christian-based scouting group launches after Boy Scouts of America includes gay members 24
8:05 PM — Over 1,200 disgruntled former Boy Scouts of America officials descended on Nashville, Tennessee this weekened, in order to launch a new, "Christian-based" alternative to the BSA, as it voted earlier this year to lift its ban on gay members.
US: Anti-gay group announces end of three year boycott of retailer over pro gay rights stance 18
7:37 PM — An adamantly anti-gay group in the US has announced it is to end its three year boycott of American retailer Home Depot over the company's positive stance on LGBT rights.
Gay activists say Obama ‘sent a signal’ to LGBT Russians by meeting them at G20 in St Petersburg 14
7:31 PM — As President Obama met with LGBT activists as his last official engagement during his trip to St Petersburg for the G20 summit, the activists noted the significance of the fact that he met with them.
6th September 2013
US: New Mexico clerk issuing same-sex marriage licences asks for support for legal case against him 3
6:27 PM — A county clerk from Dona Ana in the US State of New Mexico, the first to begin issuing same-sex marriage licences, has asked for financial support in order to defend himself in a lawsuit from Republican lawmakers.
US: Southern Baptist military chaplains banned from performing or supporting same-sex weddings 9
4:41 PM — Military chaplains from the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) will not be allowed to perform, attend or support the weddings of gay couples, even if they are held away from military installations, the agency which commissions religious leaders has confirmed.
US: Hawaii democrats to meet Governor to discuss draft equal marriage legislation 1
3:41 PM — House Democrats in the US state of Hawaii are set to meet Governor Neil Abercrombie and the attorney general to discuss draft equal marriage legislation for the state.
US: Pennsylvania state to pay $400 per hour to private lawyer to defend equal marriage ban 3
3:33 PM — The US state of Pennsylvania is to pay at least $400 (£250) an hour to a private law firm who will defend a 1996 state law banning equal marriage in a legal challenge brought against it.
John Barrowman: ‘I didn’t wake up one morning and decide to be gay’ 21
2:37 PM — Addressing fans at a recent science-fiction convention, John Barrowman said that being gay is "not a choice," and that he did not wake up one morning to say, "I'm going to have coffee, eggs, bacon, and I'm going to be gay."
US: San Antonio passes anti-discrimination law for gay and transgender citizens 3
1:53 PM — Leaders in San Antonio, Texas approved a law yesterday providing nondiscrimination protections against gay and transgender residents.
US: Columnist says accepting gays in the Boy Scouts of America will descend it into ‘darkness of sin’ 13
1:30 PM — A columnist for the conservative World Net Daily website has attacked the vote taken earlier this year by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) who voted to allow openly gay scout members for the first time.
US: Radio host says it’s okay to attend gay weddings if you call for the couple to be ‘put to death’ 57
1:11 PM — Radio host Kevin Swanson has said during a broadcast that it is okay for Christians to attend same-sex weddings, as long as they hold up a sigh saying the couple should be put to death.