28th August 2013
Gay rapper to Macklemore: ‘Gay people don’t care about your video about gay people’ 24
4:47 PM — An openly gay rapper and producer from New York City went on a tirade denouncing straight rap star Macklemore after his performance at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) at the weekend, of a hit which carries a strong message of support for equal marriage.
Mother of man accused of beating trans woman to death in NYC ‘forced his friend to confess’
4:00 PM — The mother of a man accused of beating a trans woman to death in a suspected transphobic attack in New York City, reportedly took one of his friends to the police station, and forced him to confess to the crime.
US televangelist: ‘Gay people purposely spread HIV by cutting people with special rings’ 33
3:19 PM — A US televangelist has claimed that gay men have been purposely spreading HIV using special rings which cut the hand of strangers they shake hands with.
London vigil takes place today for Jamaican trans teenager Dwayne Jones 1
12:54 PM — A vigil is taking place outside the Jamaican Embassy in London this afternoon in memory of Jamaican transgender teenager Dwayne Jones.
Jamaican singer Sizzla defends fellow anti-gay artist by saying ‘gays should burn’ 39
12:13 PM — Jamaican reggae artist Sizzla has defended fellow singer Queen Ifrica from criticism over her recent use of homophobic language.
27th August 2013
Walmart extends health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners 6
7:56 PM — The largest retailer in the US, Walmart, has announced that it is to offer health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners beginning next year.
US: Trans woman prisoner serving 73 year sentence appeals to be given gender reassignment 9
4:35 PM — A trans woman in the US state of Virginia who has been served a 73-year prison sentence is expecting a decision from a judge on whether she will be allowed evaluation to be given gender reassignment surgery.
US: Republican lawmakers consider legal action over New Mexico county issuing same-sex marriage licences 9
4:08 PM — Republican lawmakers in the US state of New Mexico have said they are considering legal action over a judge's decision to make a broad ruling that same-sex couples should not be excluded from being issue marriage certificates.
US: Judge rules that equal marriage must be recognised in state of New Mexico 9
2:02 PM — A judge in the US state of New Mexico has indirectly ruled that equal marriage be made legal, as he ruled that prohibiting same-sex marriages is a form of sexual discrimination.
Associated Press issues reporting memo for Chelsea E Manning stories 7
11:29 AM — The Associated Press has sent out a memo to all of its journalists and subscribers ensuring they use the correct female pronouns in stories involving Chelsea E Manning.
Ricky Martin: ‘I used to bully people I knew were gay’ 26
10:41 AM — Ricky Martin has admitted that he use to bully gay people before he came to terms with his own sexuality.
26th August 2013
Rap star Macklemore: ‘Gay rights are human rights. There is no separation’ 10
3:54 PM — Rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their pro-equal marriage track “Same Love” alongside Jennifer Hudson and Mary Lambert at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Bishop of Honolulu: Equal marriage could lead to polygamy and incest 85
12:44 PM — The Bishop of Honolulu has warned against attempts to legalise equal marriage in Hawaii.
25th August 2013
Video: Gay and lesbian people included in Martin Luther King’s ‘unfinished dream’ at 50th Anniversary 4
3:45 PM — Thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and pledging that his vision also included equality for gay and lesbian people.
US: Conservative churches change by-laws to avoid lawsuits from gay couples 21
2:50 PM — A growing number of US churches, worried they might be sued by gay couples, are changing their by-laws to reflect the view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.
24th August 2013
US: Murdered NYC trans woman was violently beaten in front of police precinct 12
10:02 PM — A 21-year-old trans woman who was violently beaten until brain damaged, and later taken off life support after being pronounced brain dead, was attacked just feet away from a New York Police Department precinct.
US: Jason Collins to introduce Ryan Lewis and Macklemore at VMAs for equal marriage hit
9:31 PM — Openly gay NBA basketball star Jason Collins will on Sunday evening take to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards to introduce Macklemore and Ryan Lewis when they perform their equal marriage themed summer hit.
23rd August 2013
US politician says free speech gives her the right to say gay people are ‘so disgusting’ 104
7:29 PM — A councilwoman in the US state of Texas has defended comments she made during which she said gay people are "disgusting", and should not be allowed to adopt children.
US radio host: ’90% of Americans would find homosexual behaviour disgusting if they thought about it’ 45
7:14 PM — US radio host, Bryan Fischer, has claimed that if Americans stopped and thought about gay sex, 90% of the population would find it disgusting.
US: 21-year-old trans woman dies after being brutally beaten in transphobic attack 8
6:42 PM — A transgender woman in New York City has died after being violently beaten in a transphobic attack.