18th February 2013
US: Massachusetts issues rules respecting identity of transgender students 3
8:05 PM — The Massachusetts Department of Education has said that students should be able to use facilities like bathrooms and join sports teams according to the gender they identify with.
US: Republican senator attacks Illinois same-sex marriage bill as ‘discriminatory’ towards straight people 31
6:56 PM — Republican Illinois Senator Kyle McCarter took to his Facebook page last week and condemned the state Senate’s 34-21 vote approving a bill to try to legalise same-sex marriage.
US: Black Keys drummer receives homophobic abuse from Justin Bieber fans over feud 9
5:02 PM — The drummer of US band the Black Keys, has faced a tirade of homophobic abuse over Twitter from Justin Bieber fans, after he changed his picture and username, and pretended to be him.
US: NFL Footballer Tim Tebow to speak at anti-gay Dallas megachurch 15
4:09 PM — An American football player for the New York Jets best known for during-game prayers, has been invited to speak at a church in Dallas, the leader of which has been criticised for denouncing homosexuality in the past.
Video: Alaskan Republicans laugh when asked about plans for civil unions 9
3:44 PM — A video has surfaced online, which appears to show members of the Alaskan House Caucus laughing when asked by a member of the press about its plans to legalise civil unions, before saying the issue "never came up" during discussions.
Baseball player who used homophobic slur: ‘I made a mistake and I am different now’
12:20 AM — A baseball player in the US has again apologised for a "mistake" he made when writing a homophobic slur on his face during a game, and has said that he wants to put the past behind him.
17th February 2013
Gay rights group: ‘Sports in the US have reached a tipping point against homophobia’ 5
8:37 PM — The decision of 25-year-old former Leeds United football player Robbie Rogers, to come out last week, has been commended by gay rights activists, who have described this as a "tipping point" for sports.
16th February 2013
US Radio Host: Gay rights should not ‘trump the rights of Christians’ to not see gay people 103
9:16 PM — A US Christian radio host has spoken out about a school at which some students requested a heterosexual-only prom, and said that "not everybody wants to see" gay people.
US Government allows first burial of same-sex military spouse in national cemetery 8
8:33 PM — The US government has permitted the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a military veteran in a nation cemetery, however whether or not this will affect other gay military couples is unknown.
Gay author offers to write Superman for DC comics to ‘balance’ hiring of anti-gay writer 10
7:09 PM — A gay author has written an open letter to DC Comics requesting that an openly gay writer be hired to write for a Superman comic, following a controversial decision to hire an anti-gay writer for the series.
US: School District relaxes policy blocking student access to LGBT information websites 4
2:00 AM — A change in policy by the Clark County School District, which allows students access to information websites on LGBT issues, has been welcomed by civil rights groups.
US: School district threatened with lawsuit drops ban on same-sex prom dates 6
12:32 AM — A school district in the US state of Missouri has overturned a policy which banned same-sex couples from attending school proms together, a day after it was threatened with legal action.
15th February 2013
eHarmony founder: ‘Staff feared for their lives after we were ordered to put up a gay dating site’ 47
7:21 PM — The CEO and founder of dating website eHarmony has said that same-sex marriage had "damaged" his business, and being forced to cater to gay people had resulted in so much anger from Christians he had to hire guards to protect his staff.
Video: US lawyers claim that Boy Scouts cannot remain ‘morally straight’ with gay scout leaders 12
7:01 PM — Two Christian lawyers in the US have claimed that the Boy Scouts could not remain "morally straight" if it allowed gay scout masters, compared homosexuality with paedophilia and suggested gay scout masters would put boy scouts at risk.
Ohio: Killer who met victim in gay bar to be executed in 2015 25
6:42 PM — The Ohio Supreme Court has set a 2015 execution date for a condemned inmate who killed a man in Cincinnati whom he met in a gay bar 27 years ago.
Associated Press reaffirms that gay married couples are ‘partners’ rather than ‘husbands’ and ‘wives’ in face of criticism 11
5:44 PM — The Associated Press say that telling their reporters to call same-sex married couples "partners" instead of "husbands" or "wives" reflects existing practice, attracting criticism from LGBT groups.
US: Sex education bill to recognise LGBT students and reject ‘gender stereotypes’ 1
4:43 PM — A new sex eduction bill introduced in the US on Thursday would provide five year grants to programs rejecting gender stereotypes and embracing LGBT students.
Rapper Azealia Banks calls Perez Hilton an ‘evil faggot’ and stirs up controversy again 36
3:48 PM — Rapper Azealia Banks, who was criticised in January for her use of the word "faggot" in a Twitter argument with blogger, Perez Hilton, has again used the slur, and stirred up controversy for a second time.
US Televangelist: Equal marriage in England and Wales signals ‘the beginning of the end’ 61
2:18 PM — A US Christian televangelist has written that moves towards marriage equality in England and Wales were "alarming", that it could lead to the end of the world, and that "Western civilisation" would end up in hell if it doesn't "wake up."
Nebraska: Lesbian hate crime hoax sentencing postponed
10:01 AM — A judge has rescheduled the sentencing date for a Nebraska lesbian who pleaded no contest to faking an anti-gay hate crime.