14th February 2013
37 US Senators urge President Obama to outlaw homophobic discrimination by federal contractors
10:19 PM — President Obama is under pressure to issue an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
US: Illinois Senate passes equal marriage in Valentine’s Day vote 9
9:23 PM — The Illinois Senate has approved a bill to legalise same-sex marriage - although it still has to pass the House before it becomes law.
New York: Police arrest suspect after gay man found dead in motel
5:59 PM — The New York Police Department has arrested a man in connection with the death of a gay man in a Queens motel.
US: Bill backed by Obama proposes to give immigration rights to same-sex partners 4
4:08 PM — The Uniting American Families Bill proposes to "grant same-sex, bi-national couples the same immigration benefits heterosexual couples have long enjoyed."
DC Comics defends choice to hire anti-gay writer in response to calls for Superman boycott 9
3:53 PM — DC Comics has responded to criticism and calls for a boycott after it hired an anti-gay writer to work on a new digital first Superman comic book to be launched later this year.
Hugh Jackman: The gay rumours really annoy my wife 13
1:48 PM — Actor Hugh Jackman has once again commented on rumours surrounding his sexuality by saying it ‘bugs’ his wife Deborra-Lee Furness.
13th February 2013
US: Starbucks denies claims that it fired an employee who was wrongly perceived to be gay 8
10:06 PM — A former Starbucks manager, fired after allegedly being sexually harassed and called gay by fellow employees, is suing Starbucks for unlawful discrimination - but the coffee chain strenuously denies the allegations.
US: Increase in colleges providing health insurance to trans students
6:48 PM — A growing number of America's top universities are now extending health insurance coverage to transgender students, that's according to campaigners.
US: Scout Masters would allow gay scouts but warn of schism in the Boy Scouts 1
5:49 PM — Scout Masters of some Boy Scouts of America troops in Illinois have said that they would probably allow gay members, volunteers and staff, if the BSA were to lift its ban.
US: Mayor of Atlanta admits that he was ‘wrong’ to oppose equal marriage in the past 4
4:29 PM — The Mayor of Atlanta, who recently announced he had changed his stance to support equal marriage, has said he feels he "was wrong" to have opposed equal marriage in the past, in favour of civil unions.
US: New LGBT Jewish children’s book launched 1
4:18 PM — The first ever LGBT inclusive children’s book aimed at Jewish people is being released, Minneapolis-based publisher Kar-Ben Publishing has announced.
US: Obama State of the Union speech calls out to gay service members 3
4:03 PM — President Obama referred to gay soldiers in his State of the Union address last night and said that Americans should be able to get ahead "no matter who they love".
Illinois Senate prepares for Valentine’s Day equal marriage vote 1
3:56 PM — The Illinois Senate will vote tomorrow - Valentine's Day - on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.
US: Senate renews Violence Against Women Act with new protections for gay people 7
1:48 PM — The US Senate has renewed the Violence Against Women Act while expanding it to cover gay, immigrant, and Native American victims - something it failed to do when it went up for a vote in 2011.
US Christian Group: ‘Allowing same-sex military benefits will reduce morale’ 16
12:50 PM — A fundamentalist Christian organisation in the US has heavily criticised the Pentagon's recent announcement that it will extend some benefits to same-sex military couples.
New York police launch probe after three gay men found strangled 8
11:48 AM — The New York Police Department (NYPD) is investigating the recent strangulation deaths of three gay men in the city.
Associated Press updates its style guide on whether to call married gay couples ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ 24
10:49 AM — Same-sex couples in marriages or civil partnerships should not be classified as “husband” and “wife” according to the Associated Press’ style guide – unless they already use the terms.
12th February 2013
Indiana: Homophobic students and parents seek to ban gay classmates from attending prom 24
12:42 PM — A school in the US state of Indiana is in the spotlight after some students and parents urged for gay people to be banned from attending a prom.
US: Basketball player Kobe Bryant chastises Twitter fan for using ‘gay’ as an insult 8
1:55 AM — A US basketball player has been commended for voicing his disapproval at a fan's use of the word "gay" as an insult.
11th February 2013
Ohio: Mayor resigns after calling police officer ‘queer’ 9
6:15 PM — The mayor of a small southeastern Ohio community has resigned over accusations that she repeatedly called a gay police officer "queer" in front of his colleagues.