19th March 2013
US: Carly Rae Jepsen to headline at California gay festival 1
1:16 PM — After cancelling her performance at the Boy Scouts of America's annual jamboee because of the organisation's ban on gay members volunteers and staff, Carly Rae Jepsen has signed up to headline at a gay dance festival in California.
US folk singer Michelle Shocked cancels tour after telling audience she ‘hates fags’ 93
11:23 AM — Folk singer Michelle Shocked did just that last night at a gig in San Francisco, when she went on an anti-gay rant forcing concert-goers to leave.
Video: Former US Senator urges Americans to oppose equal marriage for the ‘health’ of the US 12
1:10 AM — Former US Senator Jim DeMint, has taken to YouTube to urge American citizens to fight against equal marriage, saying that the "health" of the US depends on it, and preserve marriage which "existed long before government".
18th March 2013
US: Human rights group alleges Californian school district harbours anti-gay discrimination 1
11:32 PM — The American Clivil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California wrote to a school district demanding that it end discrimination against gay students by administrators and teachers in its high schools.
New Jersey Senate panel considers anti-gay conversion therapy bill 12
6:27 PM — A New Jersey Senate panel is to discuss a proposed bill that would ban gay conversion therapy.
Massachusetts: Pro-gay play deemed ‘blasphemous’ takes places at school without incident 2
5:54 PM — A controversial high school play has been performed without incident in Massachusetts, although anti-gay protesters turned up to picket outside.
US Columnist: Obama is waging war on Catholicism with equal marriage ‘Trojan Horse’ 31
5:46 PM — Referring to the election of the new Pope Francis, a columnist from the US has accused President Obama of being "an enemy of the church", and that equal marriage is a "Trojan horse aimed at smashing the family".
Video: 12-year-old writes to US Supreme Court justice urging strike-down of Proposition 8 7
4:49 PM — A 12-year-old in California has written a letter to a Supreme Court justice, urging him to strike down Proposition 8, the state-wide ban on equal marriage.
Trans woman golfer hopes to compete professionally at age 62 4
4:22 PM — A trans woman who overcame numerous obstacles on her way to accepting her gender identity says her next goal is to become the first trans woman to compete in the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
US: Same-sex health benefits bill passes initial vote in Vermont House
4:09 PM — The House in the US state of Vermont has voted in favour of a bill which requires out-of-state companies to offer equal healthcare benefits to same-sex couples as they offer to opposite-sex couples.
US: Republican National Committee announces $10 million campaign for gay and ethnic minority groups 17
3:52 PM — The US Republican National Committee has announced a $10 million campaign to help gain the support of LGBT and Hispanic, black and Asian communities in the US.
Beth Ditto arrested and charged with disorderly conduct 4
3:34 PM — Lesbian US singer Beth Ditto has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, police have said.
Video: Hillary Clinton comes out in support of equal marriage 39
3:29 PM — The former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has officially announced her support for equal marriage in a moving speech in which she calls moves towards equality "breathtaking and inspiring".
US: Poll by anti-gay Christian group shows widespread support for gay rights 10
1:55 PM — A new poll by an anti-LGBT rights Christian campaign group has found that a clear majority of Americans, particularly younger people, support gay rights.
US: California bill would require schools to allow trans students to use appropriate toilets and locker rooms
1:04 PM — Under a newly introduced bill in California, schools would have to allow transgender students to use facilities and participate on sports teams which match their gender identity.
John McCain: I won’t be changing my mind when it comes to opposing equal marriage 20
12:10 PM — John McCain says he doesn't think he'll be following the lead of fellow Republican Senator Rob Portman, who stunned so many last week when he announced his support for equal marriage.
17th March 2013
Video: TV host claims 6 year old trans girl’s gender identity is a result of her parents’ ‘fetish’ 37
9:59 PM — A TV host in Canada has claimed that the parents of a trans girl have committed child abuse by allowing her to live according to her gender identity, and says it amounts to a "fetish".
US: Top Republican says there is ‘no doubt’ more young party members are pro-marriage equality 3
9:01 PM — The Governor of Wisconsin said on Saturday that he wasn't ruling out a 2016 Presidency bid, then on Sunday told interviewers that young Republicans didn't "resonate" with the party's anti-equal marriage stance.
Video: Madonna wears Boy Scout outfit to present GLAAD award and condemns anti-gay ban 6
7:13 PM — Madonna took to the stage at the 24th annual GLAAD awards on Saturday dressed as a boy scout, as she gave a passionate speech about LGBT rights, before presenting TV host Anderson Cooper with an award.
16th March 2013
US Political Action Committee: ‘Senator’s son may die of AIDS because he accepted that he is gay’ 29
11:29 PM — A political action committee (PAC) has written that by accepting his son's sexuality, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, is putting him at risk of dying "from AIDS", "or oral cancer". It went on to compare homosexuality with cocaine addiction.