6th June 2013
US: Arizona bill targeting transgender people temporarily shelved 7
12:56 AM — A bill introduced earlier this year in the US state of Arizona to allow businesses to refuse transgender people the right to use facilities appropriate to their gender identity, has been temporarily shelved by its sponsor, and will not go to vote in the House until next year.
5th June 2013
Behind the Candelabra producer Jerry Weintraub says film will ‘change’ Hollywood 5
6:58 PM — The executive producer of Behind the Candelabra, the new film about iconic gay pianist Liberace, which stars Michael Douglas as the lead character, says the movie “is going to change the film business in America”.
Chris Kluwe turns down White House LGBT event with humorous letter to Obama 2
5:47 PM — NFL star and LGBT rights campaigner Chris Kluwe, has made the headlines for the first time since being dropped by his team, and picked up by another, as he wrote a humorous letter to President Obama to decline an invitation to a White House LGBT event.
Robbie Rogers: Football in the UK is ‘more homophobic’ than in the US 4
3:01 PM — Openly gay professional US football player Robbie Rogers, has spoken in an interview to say that he thinks the football industry in the UK is "a bit more homophobic", than in the US.
US: Gay rights protester interrupts Michelle Obama’s speech 14
1:33 PM — A speech by US First Lady Michelle Obama at a Democratic Party fundraising event was briefly interrupted last night by a gay rights campaigner.
4th June 2013
US: Gay rights march in Salt Lake City joined by 400 Mormons 7
5:52 PM — Four hundred members of the Mormon Church joined a gay rights march in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the church is based, on Sunday.
Bradley Manning trial opens with accusations of ‘systematically harvesting’ Wikileaks documents 3
4:05 PM — Gay US soldier Bradley Manning, headed to trial on Monday, where military prosecutors said he "systematically harvested" secret documents to share with anti-secrecy site Wikileaks.
US: Human Rights Campaign welcomes anti-equality protesters to rally head office 3
3:41 PM — US pro-equality group the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has put up a sign to welcome anti-equality protesters, including the fiercely anti-gay Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality.
US: High School ‘cutest couple’ finds internet fame and inspire other teens to come out 10
2:23 PM — A gay high school couple who were voted "cutest" in their yearbook, became an internet sensation, finding a huge wave of support, and saying they had received messages saying they had inspired people to come out.
Glee star Charice Pempengco comes out as gay in TV interview 3
12:41 AM — Former Glee star Charice Pempengco, has come out as a lesbian during a recent television interview on a talk show in the Phillipines.
3rd June 2013
US: Illinois lawmakers apologise to equal marriage advocates for no vote on bill 2
11:36 PM — Lawmakers in the US state of Illinois have written an open letter apologising to advocates of equal marriage in the state because on Friday, the last day in the legislative session, a bill to legalise marriage equality failed to be called for a vote, despite passing in the Senate in February.
NBA’s Roy Hibbert fined $75,000 for homophobic slur and swearing
2:26 PM — Professional basketball player Roy Hibberts has been fined $75,000 (£49,173) by the National Basketball Association for swearing and using homophobic language in a press conference.
Rapper Azealia Banks attacks GLAAD: ‘You don’t stand for anything and have no integrity’ 30
1:37 PM — US rapper Azealia Banks, has attacked GLAAD, the LGBT media advocacy organisation, on Twitter, accusing it of 'picking and choosing when to be offended', since she was criticised earlier this year for using the word 'faggot' towards Perez Hilton, and UK journalists.
2nd June 2013
NBA player Roy Hibbert apologises after using homophobic slur 7
8:01 PM — Professional basketball player Roy Hibbert has apologised for swearing and using homophobic language in an interview, saying the remarks were "not a reflection of my personal views".
Illinois same-sex marriage bill given lifesaving deadline extension 8
10:05 AM — In a move that may save the state's same-sex marriage bill from failure, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan quietly moved on Friday to extend the bill's deadline to August.
1st June 2013
US: NFL player Andrew Luck: If coming out as gay makes a teammate happy, I have no problem 1
6:23 PM — Prominent NFL offensive player Andrew Luck, has spoken out to say that, if it makes a teammate happy to come out as gay, "they should do it", and that he has no problem with it.
US: Anger as Illinois equal marriage vote delayed, but supporters confident the fight is not over 11
4:18 AM — Supporters of the equal marriage bill in the US state of Illinois were angry to find that the bill was not called on Friday, the final day of the current legislative session, but seem confident that when it returns, it will succeed, and noted it as an example of why the Defense of Marriage Act should be repealed.
Video: Illinois equal marriage bill sponsor breaks down in tears during vote delay announcement 9
3:48 AM — Upon announcing that the equal marriage bill for the US state of Illinois would not be called for vote on Friday, the bill's sponsor Representative Greg Harris broke down in tears during his impassioned speech.
Illinois: Same-sex marriage bill withdrawn as ‘not enough votes’ to pass it 9
12:40 AM — The House in the US state of Illinois did not vote on a bill which would have legalised equal marriage, following a tense two days of speculation over whether the bill would be called at all.
31st May 2013
US: Teen charged for hate crime shooting of trans woman 1
5:44 PM — A 16-year-old has been arrested for robbing and shooting a 22-year-old transgender woman in an attack she says was motivated by him finding out about her gender identity.