15th June 2012
New York: Fifth grade student’s pro-equality speech censored 30
11:41 PM — A fifth-grade student in New York who wanted to deliver a speech for marriage equality had his opportunity censored, but later reinstated due to immediate backlash, US media organisations say.
Video: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton marks LGBT pride month 3
10:22 PM — In another step demonstrating the Obama administration's self-professed commitment to gay and trans rights, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released a video to mark LGBT pride month.
Video: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta praises gays in the military 9
3:05 PM — In a video released to mark Pride month, the US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta praised the contribution of gay men and women in the forces both before and after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.
14th June 2012
Apple adds gay couples to emoji icons for iPhones and iPads in iOS6 18
7:12 PM — Apple has continued to associate itself with LGBT people with the introduction of same-sex couple related icons or emojis for the next version of its iPhone and iPad operating system, iOS 6.
12th June 2012
Author defends study said to have been ‘flawed and misleading’ about gay parents 41
6:04 PM — The author of a US study which appeared to link an increased likelihood of negative life experiences in adults who grew up with a gay parent compared with those who grew up with married, straight parents has defended his study in the face of strong criticism.
Colorado: Lawmaker ‘disappointed’ after campaign email outs son 42
2:10 PM — A Colorado state representative has said she is 'disappointed' by an email sent by her own campaign team which outed her gay son to her supporters.
11th June 2012
US study examines apparent negative outcomes for grown children of a gay parent 68
5:53 PM — A new study has been published in the US which appears to suggest that children born in the twentieth century to parents who had a gay relationship have encountered more personal problems in adult life than those born to married, straight parents.
Video: Southern Baptist pastor defends Obama’s equal marriage endorsement 44
11:49 AM — In a video watched tens of thousands of times over the weekend, a Southern Baptist pastor in Dallas, Texas has criticised negative reactions to President Obama's personal endorsement of marriage rights for gay couples.
10th June 2012
New York judge declares Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional 24
2:43 PM — A federal judge in Manhattan has joined judges in California and Boston to rule the anti-equality Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.
8th June 2012
US study: Young bisexual and questioning people at more risk of alcohol abuse 10
1:57 PM — Bisexual students and those questioning their sexual orientation are more at risk of alcohol abuse than their gay and straight counterparts, a US study suggests.
LA: West Hollywood approves rainbow street crossings for June 5
1:09 PM — The local council for the West Hollywood area of Los Angeles has approved a measure to paint a street crossing in rainbow colours for the month of June.
7th June 2012
Boy Scouts of America to review gay leader ban 15
4:03 PM — Presented with a 275,000 strong petition, the Boy Scouts of America will review a motion to allow individual units to lift the ban on gay leaders if they choose, but a spokesman has said there is no plan to amend the policy.
Video: Internet radio host, 14, hacked after saying Obama was ‘making kids gay’ 165
1:23 PM — A 14-year-old American boy has drawn international ire for his conservative radio show, in which he said President Obama was encouraging children to turn gay.
6th June 2012
Obama heads to the West Coast to lobby the LGBT community 33
9:32 PM — President Obama is headed on a two-day trip to the West Coast, aimed at lobbying the LGBT community, especially with an eye to fundraising for the forthcoming presidential elections, US media organisations report.
US: Equal marriage in Washington delayed, set to be decided by referendum 26
7:45 PM — Equal marriage in the state of Washington, which was passed through the legislation earlier this year, has been delayed from becoming law, as opponents submit more than 200,000 signatures to force the measure through a referendum this November.
Poll: 73 percent of young Americans support equal marriage rights for gay couples 73
6:02 PM — A poll released today has found 54 percent of Americans believe the marriages of gay couples should be legally recognised with 73 percent of those aged 18-34 in favour of such a move.
Equality advocates slightly ahead on Minnesota marriage question 2
3:16 PM — The opponents of a measure which would introduce a constitutional ban on marriages for gay couples in Minnesota have edged slightly ahead, according to a recent poll.
Californian appeals court will not rehear arguments for Proposition 8 17
1:04 PM — Arguments about the constitutionality of California's voter-approved ban on gay marriages will not be reheard after the motion failed to secure enough support among judges.
5th June 2012
Utah: Mormons march in their hundreds at gay pride parade 42
5:28 PM — Almost three hundred members of the Mormon Church, all of whom define themselves as straight, joined the gay pride march in Salt Lake City, Utah, in order to show their support for gay rights.
Reform Jewish Rabbi welcomes Conservative equal marriage progress 1
2:58 PM — A senior US Reform rabbi has welcomed progress from the Conservative faction of American Judaism after it approved guidelines for performing same-sex weddings last week.