13th May 2012
Newsweek names Obama as the first ‘gay’ president 76
9:07 PM — Within days of President Obama formally declaring his support for equal marriage, the American magazine Newsweek has named him the first 'gay' president in its front cover.
12th May 2012
Update: ‘Homophobic’ woman from Nebraska ‘has mental health problems’ 151
11:22 PM — A woman who made startlingly graphic and homophobic comments during an anti-discrimination legislative hearing in Lincoln Nebraska, the video of which went viral within days, has been described as 'having mental health problems' and being diagnosed with schizophrenia.
North Carolina Governor denounces Amendment One 36
6:32 PM — The Governor of North Carolina, Democrat Beverly "Bev" Perdue, has denounced the recent passage of Amendment One, which outlaws all civil unions outside heterosexual marriage, which she said made the state "look like Mississipi."
11th May 2012
Poll: 51% of Americans agree with Obama’s support of equal marriage 13
9:46 PM — More than half of Americans have said that they approve of President Obama's support for equal marriage, though 60% of the respondents also said that this announcement would have no bearing on their voting decisions, according to a Gallup/USA Today poll released this evening.
Video: ‘Insanely homophobic’ public hearing on anti-discrimination in Lincoln, Nebraska 143
8:34 PM — A startlingly homophobic and inaccurately graphic video of a woman testifying at non-discrimination ordinance hearings in Lincoln, Nebraska, has gone viral in the LGBT blogosphere, within a day of its being put online.
US advisory panel recommends Truvada drug be marketed for HIV prevention 124
2:02 PM — An FDA panel in the US has approved the administration of the drug Truvada to at-risk but uninfected people in an effort to prevent the spread of HIV, though experts warn condoms must remain the 'bedrock' of such efforts.
Bristol Palin criticises Obama for listening to children on marriage 84
10:46 AM — Bristol Palin, daughter of former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has criticised Barack Obama for letting his children's views contribute to his support of marriage for gay couples.
Cuba: President’s daughter praises Barack Obama’s support for equal marriage 13
10:13 AM — The daughter of Cuba's president praised US president Barack Obama yesterday after he came out in support of equal marriage rights for gay couples.
10th May 2012
Leon Panetta: Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ going ‘very well’ 7
10:55 PM — The US Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta, said today that the repeal of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) policy, which prohibited openly gay personnel from serving in the military, has not affected military morale or readiness.
Romney bullied gay classmates, US media reports 106
9:00 PM — The Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, was forced to apologise today, just hours after the Washington Post reported that he had held down a gay classmate, and cut off his bleached blond hair when he was a student at an elite private school.
Petition aims to send 100,000-person ‘thank you’ to Barack Obama for equal marriage support 13
4:23 PM — A petition has been launched by AllOut.org to deliver a thank-you card to US President Barack Obama for his support for marriage equality for gay couples.
9th May 2012
California set to pass a bill to ban ‘conversion therapies’ 37
11:13 PM — In a bill that is the first of its kind, California looks set to partially ban so-called 'conversion' or 'reparative' therapy that claims to 'wean people off' their homosexuality.
Reactions to Obama’s endorsement of equal marriage begin to flow 83
10:16 PM — Politicians and gay rights activists have begun to react to President Obama's announcement today that he supports equal marriage for same-sex couples.
Harvey Milk to be honoured with a street name in San Diego 5
9:53 PM — A two-block street in San Diego's Hillcrest neighbourhood will be re-named in honour of Harvey Milk to mark his 82nd birthday.
Breaking News: President Obama confirms support for equal marriage 117
8:12 PM — Barack Obama, the president of the United States, has announced in an interview with ABC News that he thinks gay couples should have the same legal right to marry as heterosexual couples.
Video: Half a million watch bereaved gay man’s tribute to partner and plea for equality 60
11:13 AM — A film by a gay man whose partner died before they could legally marry and his plea for marriage equality on the anniversary of the accident which took his life has been viewed half a million times in three days.
North Carolina voters pass Amendment One to ban gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships 211
2:40 AM — Voters in North Carolina have approved Amendment One, which introduces a constitutional ban on gay marriages and outlaws even civil unions. The amendment reads: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
Gallup poll finds that majority in US support equal marriage 19
12:54 AM — A Gallup poll has found that half of the US population believe that same-sex couples should have the same wedding rights and legal rights as heterosexuals, reinforcing other polls that have found a majority support for equal marriage.
8th May 2012
US gymnastics hopeful comes out as gay ahead of Olympics 23
11:07 AM — US gymnast Josh Dixon has come out during his bid to represent the US at the London Olympics this year in a move which would make him the country's first openly gay gymnast at the competition.
Wrestler apologises for telling man ‘sickened’ by gays to kill himself 75
10:01 AM — US wrestling champion CM Punk has apologised after telling a Twitter user who was 'sickened' by the idea of homosexuality to kill himself.