11th July 2013
Rapper Macklemore: ‘Homophobia is still rampant in the hip-hop community’ 4
4:28 PM — Rap star Macklemore has spoken in an interview to say that he thinks "homophobia is still rampant in the hip-hop community", but that "it's getting better".
Beyoncé says she is ‘flattered’ at the suggestion that she is a gay icon 2
1:33 PM — Superstar singer Beyoncé has said during an interview that she is "flattered" to be considered by some a gay icon, noting Judy Garland, Cher and Madonna as others, and saying she is "in the company of great women".
10th July 2013
US state of Indiana will jail gay couples who attempt to marry for 18 months 87
11:03 AM — While the Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the law that denied same-sex couples federal recognition, the US state of Indiana has passed a law that would result in gay couples being jailed for up to 18 months if they attempt to apply for a marriage license.
Orson Scott Card responds to calls for boycott of Enders Game film with call for ‘tolerance’ 56
12:37 AM — Orson Scott Card, the author of Enders Game, the science fiction novel on which an upcoming film was based, has responded to calls to boycott the film following accusations of homophobia, to ask for "tolerance".
9th July 2013
US: Proposition 8 documentary commissioned by HBO 1
11:59 PM — Five years worth of footage leading up to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on California's statewide ban on equal marriage, Proposition 8, will be turned into a documentary to air next year.
Alec Baldwin quits Twitter following accusations of homophobia in spat with journalist 16
5:05 PM — Alec Baldwin has quit Twitter in the wake of a spat he had with a Daily Mail Journalist, after which he was accused of homophobia.
American Civil Liberties Union to challenge equal marriage ban in North Carolina
4:49 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, has announced that it will challenge the state's ban on equal marriage.
US: Lawsuit filed to challenge Pennsylvania state ban on equal marriage
3:15 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a landmark lawsuit in order to push for equal marriage to be recognised in the US state of Pennsylvania.
8th July 2013
Video: Gay themed rock song music video sees viral success 14
6:23 PM — A rock musician from the US has released a song and music video featuring a gay storyline, which has since gone viral with almost half a million YouTube views.
US: Second high-profile Ohio Republican comes out in support of equal marriage 7
5:58 PM — A second high-profile Republican in the US state of Ohio, the former attorney general, has come out in support of equal marriage.
US: Big Brother airs footage of homophobic and racist comments by housemates 5
3:58 PM — Big Brother in the US has aired footage taken of a housemate who made homophobic and racist comments, following calls for the comments to be revealed to the public.
US: Human Rights Campaign president to speak for gay rights at University of Arkansas
2:54 PM — The president of the Human Rights Campaign Chad Griffin is scheduled to speak today at a rally at the University of Arkansas, in favour of equal rights.
US: Campaigners call to boycott upcoming film ‘Ender’s Game’ over anti-gay controversy 17
12:30 PM — An online campaign is urging people to boycott the upcoming release of "Ender's Game," a film based on the work of a notoriously anti-gay novelist, who last year described same-sex attraction as a “reproductive dysfunction”.
7th July 2013
George W Bush keeps up neutral stance on same-sex marriage 26
10:02 PM — Former US President George W Bush has once again refused to answer questions on same-sex marriage, dodging an interviewer's enquiry about his views on the "compatibility" of homosexuality and Christianity.
US: Cult leader sentenced for killing of woman and ‘gay’ 4-year-old boy 28
12:14 PM — Cult leader Peter Lucas Moses was given two life sentences on Friday for the 2010 murders of a woman who tried to leave the cult he led, and of a four-year-old boy Moses believed to be gay.
US: Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s son claimed gay ‘orientation’ doesn’t exist 60
10:34 AM — An article written by Paul Scalia, chairman of a US Catholic 'ex-gay' group and son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has emerged in which he denies that it is possible for a person to have a sexual orientation other than towards "the one-flesh union of marriage".
US: Offense over Pride banner could result in Louisiana city limit on types of flags flown 53
9:12 AM — A lawmaker in the city of Lafayette, Louisiana has said he is drafting a proposal to limit the types of flags that can be flown on government property, after being contacted by a war veteran who was offended by a rainbow flag in a park.
6th July 2013
US: LGBT groups call for Capital One to drop Alec Baldwin as spokesman over homophobic tweets 17
7:50 PM — A coalition of LGBT rights activists have called on credit card provider Capital One to sack actor Alec Baldin as its spokesman, as he sent a string of homophobic tweets to a British journalist last week.
5th July 2013
US: Miss South Carolina pageant features first openly gay contestant ever in Miss America system 1
5:37 PM — The Miss South Carolina Pageant in the US state of South Carolina, this year features its first openly gay contestant, who tackled potential criticisms from onlookers by simply saying "this is me".
Mixed martial arts fighter says UFC boss would ‘have fighters sucking dick’ if he were gay 19
1:58 AM — The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has again become embroiled in controversy after one of its fighters said the company's boss would force the fighters to perform sex acts on him, if he were gay, when commenting on the power he possesses over the organisation.