24th May 2013
French anti-equal marriage leader pulls out of rally for fear of violence 19
2:50 PM — Leader of anti-equal marriage protests, and comedian, Frigide Barjot, has said she has decided not to attend a rally against the recently passed legislation for equal marriage, on Sunday,for fear that protests will turn violent.
US Pastor: Why I support Jason Collins’ decision to come out as gay 8
1:42 PM — Responding to an open letter from a fellow Chrisian columnist, a US pastor explains his reasons for writing in defence of openly gay NBA player Jason Collins, and emphasising a need for a dialogue on homosexuality within the church.
Video: Book published to teach children to pray to Jesus for gay people to turn straight 43
11:57 AM — Children's author Amber Dee Parker has created a book to teach children to oppose same-sex marriage entitled 'God Made Mom and Dad'.
Governor Rick Perry: ‘I am greatly disappointed’ that the Boy Scouts will allow gay members 25
1:09 AM — Texas Governor Rick Perry, has voiced his disappointment at the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) decision to lift its national ban on gay youth members.
Boy Scouts of America: We will not ‘not sacrifice our mission’ over gay members 9
12:39 AM — The Boy Scouts of America has released an official statement noting that it has lifted its ban on gay youth members, saying that it would "not sacrifice its mission" over the "societal issue" of whether to allow gay members.
US: Nevada Assembly passes resolution to repeal ban on equal marriage 2
12:23 AM — The Nevada Assembly today passed a resolution which could eventually lead to a repeal of the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
US: Boy Scouts of America lifts national ban on gay youth members 18
12:04 AM — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) on Thursday ended its long-time ban on gay youth members, after its national council voted to lift the national ban.
23rd May 2013
Video: Teenager gets kicked out of Boy Scouts for being gay 9
10:54 PM — Amatuer, obscured video footage, appears to show a gay teenager being forced out of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) after coming out as gay.
Florida: Lesbian teen expelled from school and charged over same-sex relationship 25
6:52 PM — Campaigners have condemned the arrest and expulsion of a lesbian high school pupil for having a same-sex relationship with a younger student.
US: LGBT activists protests against removal of gay protections from immigration reform bill
6:44 PM — LGBT rights activists gathered outside the office of a US Senator on Wenesday, in order to protest against the decision to withdraw an amendment to a broad immigration bill, which would have protected binational same-sex couples.
US: Boy Scouts council to vote on lifting ban on gay members 1
5:39 PM — The Boy Scouts of America will today decide on whether or not to lift a historic ban on gay members, as is national council will vote on a resolution to lift the ban.
US Boy Scouts President: Allowing gay boy scouts would be ‘the right decision’ 2
4:58 PM — The President of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has written an editorial piece explaining why he supports the potential decision to allow gay youth members into the organisation.
22nd May 2013
US: Boy Scouts of America to vote on whether to allow gay members 3
6:48 PM — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is today to convene a two-day meeting, of 1,400 local leaders, in order to consider allowing gay members into the organisation.
US radio host: Employers should be allowed to discriminate against gays who ‘display their lifestyle’ 49
6:17 PM — Christian radio host Linda Harvey, has spoken out against anti-discrimination laws, to say that she thinks "no one needs to be involved in homosexuality", and that there was no need for anti-discrimination laws, because businesses only need to discriminate against those who "insist on displaying" the gay "lifestyle" to "everyone".
US: Same-sex sponsorship amendment withdrawn from broad immigration bill 15
1:27 AM — An amendment to a broad immigration bill just passed by the US Senate Judiciary Committee, which would have allowed binational same-sex couples to sponsor their partners, was dropped in an effort to ensure that the bill passed.
21st May 2013
US church blames Oklahoma tornado on gay basketball player Jason Collins 63
3:19 PM — The homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has thanked God for a lethal tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, leaving at least 24 people dead, saying it’s because of gay basketball player Jason Collins.
Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins honoured with courage award
12:52 PM — Jason Collins, the NBA star who came out as gay earlier this month to a huge amount of media attention, and became the first openly gay player in a US major team sport, has received a courage award from leading gay-straight alliance organisation GLSEN.
New York: Thousands of protesters condemn murder of ‘gay angel Mark Carson’ 6
11:51 AM — Thousands of people marched in Manhattan on Monday to denounce a rise in violence against LGBT people, and in particular the brutal shooting on Saturday of Mark Carson.
Manager: Fined and suspended mixed martial arts fighter ‘doesn’t feel remorse’ for homophobic tweet 20
2:12 AM — The manager of a mixed martial arts fighter who was fined $20,000 and suspended for three months for a tweet in which he referred to a fellow fighter as a "fag", has said he is not remorseful for the slur.
20th May 2013
Video: President Obama tells all-male college ‘Be the best husband to your boyfriend’ 7
6:01 PM — US President Barack Obama delivered a highly inclusive commencement address to students graduating from the all-male Morehouse College this weekend.