7th May 2012
US education secretary Arne Duncan endorses equal marriage 9
7:15 PM — Following US vice-president Joe Biden's announcement that he supports equal marriage, the US education secretary, Arne Duncan, has followed suit by saying he supports the move in a live interview with MSNBC.
Indiana: Mother sends son to school with stun gun to confront bullies 38
1:25 PM — A mother from Indiana, US, has said that she would gladly ask her gay son to carry a stun gun to school again, in order to confront homophobic bullies, even as the teenager now faces expulsion from the school.
North Carolina: Anti-gay amendment leading in polls 24
12:46 PM — Ahead of the vote tomorrow, recent polls in North Carolina have suggested that Amendment One, which would introduce a constitutional ban on equal marriage, and outlaws even civil unions, looks set to pass. According to US media reports, supporters of the amendment are driving a record turnout in early voting, which is also thought to […]
6th May 2012
Video: US Vice President Joe Biden supports marriage for gay couples 35
3:37 PM — US Vice President Joe Biden has told 'Meet the Press' that he "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples marrying. He credits the television programme Will and Grace on evolving many American's attitudes to homosexuality.
5th May 2012
Tennessee: Yearbook profile of a gay student provokes controversy 92
6:12 PM — The publication of an article about a gay student in the yearbook of Lenoir City High School has provoked outrage, after one of the board members of the school wrote a blog-post asking for the journalism teacher to be sacked, and for a police investigation into the matter.
Gay artist Keith Haring celebrated by Google 7
5:26 PM — Google has celebrated the life and work of Keith Haring, an American pop-artist who died of AIDS-related complications at the age of 31, twenty-two years ago, by means of a Google Doodle.
4th May 2012
JC Penny releases pro-gay ad, under fire from One Million Moms 30
11:17 PM — The US retailer, JC Penney (JCP), is under fire from the anti-gay group, One Million Moms, for the second time this year, after the retailer released a pro-gay ad featuring a lesbian couple with a child.
Colorado a step closer towards civil partnerships for gay couples 13
10:24 PM — A bill calling for civil partnerships for gay couples, granting rights similar to that granted by marriages, has passed through a Republican-led judiciary committee, even though it was rejected by the same committee last year.
Mitt Romney says he wanted gay spokesperson to remain 21
7:44 PM — The presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, has said that he wanted Richard Grenell, who is openly gay and supports marriage equality, to stay on in his capacity as foreign policy spokesperson.
Hillary Clinton and ILGA to receive World Pride awards 32
3:46 PM — Pride London will give US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the 'World LGBT Award' in recognition of her contribution to protecting the rights of LGBT people worldwide ahead of World Pride in London this July.
Methodist conference confirms view of ‘incompatible’ gay relationships 45
11:29 AM — A United Methodist Church conference in Florida has determined gay relationships are 'incompatible with Christian teaching'.
3rd May 2012
Missouri Republican Lawmaker comes out, denounces ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill 17
9:35 PM — A Republican legislator in the US state of Missouri has held a press conference where he first came out as gay, and then proceeded to denounce the infamous 'Don't Say Gay' bill.
Comment: The It Gets Better Project’s Dan Savage stands for hope, stop bullying him 42
6:41 PM — After Dan Savage's comments about the Bible, Chaim Levin argues that his message is one of hope, and he should not be referred to as the 'Westboro of the left'.
Pastor who suggested punching gay sons ‘sorry for offence but not for word of God’ 44
12:53 PM — A pastor in North Carolina has apologised for causing 'unintentional offence' by telling a congregation at the weekend they should 'crack the wrist' of an effeminate son, but said he was not sorry for church teaching on 'sexual immorality'.
Newt Gingrich’s exit from Republican race makes policies ’69 percent in favour of gay equality’ 2
11:11 AM — Marriage Equality USA has updated its spreadsheet of potential presidential policies today following the exit of Newt Gingrich from the bid for the Republican nomination.
2nd May 2012
Audio: Baptist pastor tells flock to ‘crack the limp wrists’ of their effeminate sons 109
11:35 AM — A South Carolina pastor has told his congregation they have 'special dispensation' to punch and crack the wrists of effeminate sons and tell their 'butch' daughters to 'dress themselves up'.
1st May 2012
Tennessee’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill to be dropped 11
9:50 PM — The so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill, which would have interdicted elementary and middle school teachers from discussion of homosexuality and gender identity, looks set to be dropped without a vote, after a key Republican sponsor announced that he simply would not bring it up, local media organisations report.
Romney’s openly gay spokesperson resigns due to anti-gay backlash 44
9:23 PM — Richard Grenell, the openly gay man who was appointed as foreign policy spokesperson by Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, has resigned from his position, due to fierce opposition from anti-gay conservatives, the Washington Post reports.
Boy Scouts of America official resigns in protest over expulsion of gay mother 14
2:44 PM — A regional official of the Boy Scouts of America has resigned in protest at the expulsion of a gay mother from her son's group for being a lesbian.
DJ apologises after telling man to have gay daughter ‘screwed straight’ 43
11:12 AM — US media company, Clear Channel Inc. has moved swiftly to distance itself from the storm created last week when Dominic Dieter, a DJ at their Cleveland radio station, WMMS, went on air and apparently advocated the 'corrective rape' of a young gay woman.