1st August 2012
Author and essayist Gore Vidal dies aged 86 33
10:08 AM — American author and political commentator Gore Vidal has died aged 86 at his home in Los Angeles.
31st July 2012
Video: Matrix director Lana Wachowski speaks on film after transition 12
4:15 PM — Co-director of the Matrix films Lana Wachowski has appeared on film for what is believed to be the first time since transitioning.
30th July 2012
US: Democrats move to adopt same-sex marriage as official party platform 9
11:32 PM — The US Democrats are expected to back same-sex marriage part of their official party platform. The move comes little more than three months after President Barack Obama confirmed his own personal support for gay couples being granted the right to marry.
US: Catholic diocese backs out of mansion sale on gay wedding fear 54
12:36 PM — An estate agent acting for a Catholic diocese in the US state of Massachusetts accidentally revealed to a gay couple that their purchase of a 44-room estate had fallen through on the anti-gay concerns of the priests.
Sarah Palin backs Chick-fil-A 51
11:11 AM — Former Republican Governor of Alaska and television personality Sarah Palin has showed her support for the Chick-Fil-A fast food chain following negative reaction to its stance on gay equality.
27th July 2012
Amazon founders give $2.5m to equal marriage in Washington 42
1:17 PM — The billionaire founders of e-commerce company Amazon have pledged $2.5 million to the fight for equal marriage rights for gay couples in the US state of Washington.
Florida: Jennifer Carroll apologises for ‘inexcusable’ lesbian affair comment 18
11:47 AM — Jennifer Carroll, Lieutenant Governor of the state of Florida, has apologised for saying black women who "look like [her]" don't have lesbian relationships.
26th July 2012
Africa: New report accuses US evangelical Christians of promoting homophobia 34
10:53 AM — A liberal thinktank has claimed that right wing US Christian evangelical groups are targeting Africa with an anti-gay agenda.
24th July 2012
Nebraska: Hundreds attend candlelit vigil for lesbian after attack 12
11:36 AM — Hundreds of people have attended a vigil for the Nebraskan woman who had gay slurs carved into her skin and her home set on fire while she was bound inside it.
Sally Ride, first American woman in space, survived by female partner 17
10:21 AM — The first female American in space, Sally Ride, has died at age 61, being survived by her lesbian partner.
23rd July 2012
Muppets-makers end partnership with Chick-Fil-A over marriage stance 67
5:35 PM — Creators of the Muppets have called off future partnerships with US fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A followings its donations to anti-gay groups and opposition to marriage equality for gay couples.
Video: Bristol Palin’s three-year-old son uses gay slur in reality show 43
9:38 AM — Sarah Palin's three-year-old grandson has been filmed using a gay slur against his aunt in one of the family's reality television shows.
21st July 2012
Florida Family Association: Office Depot helping Lady Gaga ‘turn children gay’ 80
1:12 PM — Office Depot, the US stationer that has partnered with Lady Gaga’s ground breaking Born This Way Foundation has been accused of helping the popstar to turn children gay.
20th July 2012
San Diego: Military personnel can attend Pride in uniform for one year only 11
1:18 PM — The Pentagon will allow US military personnel to attend San Diego's pride parade in uniform for the first, and only, time.
19th July 2012
New York: Council speaker criticises carriage driver’s anti-gay and racist comments 13
2:35 PM — New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn, an openly gay woman, has condemned an anti-gay, racist series of remarks by a horse-drawn carriage driver but backed the practice of keeping horses on the city streets.
US: Hangover actor abandons anti-gay Chick-Fil-A 9
11:57 AM — A star of the Hangover films and the Office sitcom, Ed Helms, says he will boycott fast food group Chick-Fil-A over its multi-million dollar support for gay marriage opponents.
17th July 2012
US approval of drug for HIV prevention welcomed cautiously in UK 35
1:02 PM — The decision by US authorities to approve the anti-retroviral drug Truvada for groups at risk of contracting HIV has been cautiously welcomed in the UK.
16th July 2012
US: Lesbian couple hopes engagement will inspire equal marriage activism 3
3:08 PM — A couple from Connecticut are sharing the story of their engagement online in the hope it might inspire others and help change civil marriage laws in the US and beyond.
15th July 2012
US: Lesbian Super-PAC aims to support pro-LGBT and women candidates 4
10:14 PM — A pro-lesbian Super-PAC (political action committee) has been launched to support political candidates in the US who back LGBT and women's rights. L-PAC has already secured high-profile backing from figures such as Billie-Jean King and actress Jane Lynch.
Thomson Reuters says Minnesota gay marriage ban ‘would be bad for business’ 6
10:09 PM — One of the world's biggest news outlets, Thomson Reuters, has joined a number of companies in protesting Minnesota's proposed gay marriage ban. In a statement, the firm said the proposed constitutional amendment would not "be good for Thomson Reuters or the business community in the state".