24th August 2014
Ecuador: Same-sex unions to be formally recognised from next month 4
5:22 PM — Ecuador will begin to formally recognise the unions of same-sex couples on documents from September 15, it has been announced.
22nd August 2014
US: Gay rights group responds to God Hates Fags church’s ALS ice bucket challenge 10
9:12 PM — LGBT rights organisation Equality House has released an ALS ice bucket challenge video in response to being challenged by the Westboro Baptist Church.
US: Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban is costing state over $20 million in revenue
7:36 PM — A recent study has estimated Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban could be costing the state over $20 million (£12,062,300).
Miley Cyrus banned from Dominican Republic for ‘promoting lesbian sex’ 11
7:08 PM — A planned Miley Cyrus concert has been banned by authorities in the Dominican Republic, over concerns it would corrupt morals and promote lesbianism.
US: Former NOM official says marriage equality will happen by next year 8
6:09 PM — A former National Organisation for Marriage official predicted in a recent speech that same-sex marriage will be legal nationwide by next year.
US: Colorado extends length of same-sex marriage ban stay
4:48 PM — A Colorado federal appeals court extended the length of a stay put in place after the state's same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional.
21st August 2014
US: New York governor pushes for state to outlaw trans discrimination 2
10:35 PM — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing for the state to outlaw discrimination against transgender people.
US: Federal judge rules Florida’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
9:33 PM — A federal judge has today declared Florida's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.
US: Anonymous Capitol Hill staffer makes transphobic edits to Wikipedia articles 1
8:19 PM — An anonymous user with an IP address from the US House of Representatives repeatedly made transphobic edits to Wikipedia articles over past days before being banned by the site.
US: Bronx community centre set to open after LGBT scandal
7:47 PM — Elected officials recently gathered to break ground on what will be the biggest community centre in the Bronx after a scandal rocked the LGBT community.
US: Florida city requires contractors to offer family benefits to same-sex couples
7:15 PM — The city of West Palm Beach in the US state of Florida will now require contractors who do business with the city amounting to $50,000 (£30,150) or more to offer equal family benefits to employees, including those in same-sex relationships.
US: Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival defends “womyn born womyn” intention 12
6:03 PM — The Michigan Womyn's Music Festival has released a list of demands in response to criticism that the event is transphobic due to its “womyn born womyn” policy.
US: Indiana appeals order to recognise out-of-state same-sex marriages 2
4:40 PM — The US state of Indiana is appealing yesterday's ruling that the state must recognise out-of-state same-sex marriages.
20th August 2014
US: Supreme Court stays same-sex marriages in Virginia 9
10:11 PM — The Supreme Court has issued an order to stop same-sex marriages in Virginia, which were planned to start Thursday morning.
US: Department of Labor issues guidelines to protect trans workers
9:13 PM — The US Department of Labor issued guidance on Tuesday, stating they will interpret gender non-discrimination laws as protecting transgender workers.
US: Indiana must recognise out-of-state same-sex marriages
7:50 PM — A federal judge has ruled Indiana must recognise same-sex marriages performed in other states.
US: Lambda Legal sues Veterans Affairs to give unmarried gay couples benefits 1
6:58 PM — Lambda Legal has filed suit against the US Department of Veterans Affairs for not extending benefits to partners of veterans who live in states where same-sex marriage isn't recognised.
US: Arkansas city passes non-discrimination ordinance after 10 hour public discussion 1
5:13 PM — After close to 10 hours of public discussion, an Arkansas city became the first in the state to pass a non-discrimination ordinance protecting individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
19th August 2014
US: Sting and Patti LuPone to perform at global LGBT equality benefit 1
11:02 PM — Sting and Patti LuPone will perform at Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality at New York City's Gershwin Theatre on 15 September.
US: First out trans police officer joins San Francisco’s force 3
8:40 PM — Officer Mikayla Connell became the first out transgender person to graduate from the San Francisco Police Academy last Friday.