3rd April 2012
Transgender contestant may be allowed to return to Miss Universe Canada 96
12:50 PM — A woman who was ousted from the Miss Universe Canada competition because she is transgender has been allowed back into the competition if she can prove she meets the requirements for gender recognition by Canadian authorities.
2nd April 2012
Anchorage set to vote on Proposition 5 8
10:45 PM — Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, is set to vote tomorrow on Proposition 5, which would, if approved by the voters, outlaw discrimination in employment and housing against gay men and lesbians, and in addition, extend protections to transgender people.
Gay couples file suit against DOMA in New York 5
9:59 PM — Five married couples, wherein one partner had a non-US nationality, have filed suit in New York today against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), arguing that it denies gay men and lesbians the right for permanent residence, as it is available to heterosexual couples, thereby violating equal protection under the constitution.
1st April 2012
Schwarzenegger to replace Mickey Rourke as gay rugby player Gareth Thomas in film 40
12:01 AM — Following Mickey Rourke's decision to pull out of his role as gay Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas in a new biopic, Arnold Schwarzenegger has emerged as his replacement to star in the film. The film charting the life of Britain’s first openly gay rugby player was dreamed up by Rourke in a London pub after he lost an arm wrestling challenge with some gay rugby players. Rourke said: “There was an article about Gareth Thomas. I met Gareth and said [to him] I wanna make your life story”.
30th March 2012
Chile ponders hate crime legislation as thousands attend gay man’s funeral 14
10:36 PM — In the wake of a gay man’s torture and death at the hands of four neo-Nazis, Chile is under pressure to pass a hate crime legislation, as thousands attend his funeral in Santiago.
Mother of 9/11 hero responds to Carson Daly about ‘gay stereotypes’ 35
3:30 PM — Following Carson Daly's apology today for suggesting, in his Los Angeles radio show, that gay people would not have been brave enough to restrain an aggravated pilot who went into "meltdown" on a recent flight to Las Vegas, the mother of one of the passengers who charged the cockpit of hijacked Flight 93 on the morning of 9/11 has made a statement in response.
71-year-old Texan woman charged with gay hate crime 77
2:48 PM — A 71-year-old Texan woman was yesterday charged with committing a hate crime after being accused of beating and choking a 25-year-old man with a wooden cane because she believed he was gay and had AIDS.
Video: The offensive anti-LGBT TV ads airing in Alaska right now to oppose Prop 5 24
1:49 PM — Ranking among the most homophobic and transphobic advertisements seen recently in political campaigning. Here are the advertisements in full airing on Alaskan TV right now.
Connecticut man alleges past gay relationship with American baseball star 21
12:08 PM — A man in Hartford, Connecticut is being investigated by the police after allegedly threatening Carl Pavano, an American baseball star who plays for Minnesota Twins, with the revelation that the pair had an gay relationship in high school.
29th March 2012
Transphobic ad against Alaskan Proposition 5 criticised 12
9:22 PM — Supporters of Proposition 5, which would expand the anti-discrimination laws in Anchorage, Alaska, to include sexual orientation and gender identity in its legislative field, have criticised an advertisement released by opponents, calling it ‘dehumanizing.’
Teacher sues Lamar University for ‘forcing’ her to attend a gay show 41
8:46 PM — A theatre and dance teacher in Texas has filed a law-suit on Lamar University, claiming that the college disciminated against her on grounds of religion, when she failed to attend a gay show.
Carson Daly apologises for gay joke 40
8:08 PM — The American broadcaster, Carson Daly, best known for hosting shows on MTV and NBC, was forced to apologise today after suggesting, in his radio show in Los Angeles, that gay people would not have been brave enough to restrain the pilot who recently went 'berserk' on a flight to Las Vegas.
US scientific study claims male dolphins are bisexual 18
5:02 PM — Research scientists at the University of Massachusetts have concluded that male dolphins conduct intense social relationships and are found to engage in extensive bisexuality.
Law proposed in Kansas will allow religious to veto anti-discrimination laws 61
10:42 AM — A bill was passed in Kansas yesterday that its opponents claim legalises discrimination against LGBT persons.
Rick Santorum angers gay rights campaigners with pink bowling ball ‘joke’ 35
12:39 AM — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has angered gay rights activists in the United States after he told a boy not use a pink bowling ball during a campaign photo opportunity at a Wisconsin bowling alley.
28th March 2012
Queer feminist poet and essayist Adrienne Rich dies aged 82 9
10:28 PM — The pioneering feminist poet, Adrienne Rich, who consistently challenged the myths of the American dream, has died, aged 82.
US footballer suspended and fined for homophobic tweet 11
8:56 PM — Colin Clark, the Houston Dynamo midfielder who was heard using an offensive homophobic slur against a ball boy, has been suspended for three games and given an undisclosed fine by Major League Soccer.
American military academies celebrate first gay pride events 6
4:56 PM — This week saw the first gay pride events being celebrated at military academies in the USA, six months after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
Gay Chilean man dies in hospital after neo-Nazi attack 26
11:56 AM — Daniel Zamudio, a gay 24-year-old Chilean man who was left brain-dead following an attack in Santiago by four alleged members of a neo-Nazi gang, died yesterday in hospital after three weeks in a medically-induced coma.
US government demands fast-track of gay rights case 14
9:40 AM — This week, the US government requested that a federal appeals court hasten its review of a San Francisco gay rights case and consider harsher scrutiny for discriminatory laws around sexual orientation, including a standard that could legalise same-sex marriage.