26th January 2012
Video: Youtube pulls ‘non family safe’ gay music ad 33
12:14 PM — A record label in the US has expressed surprise at Youtube's decision to pull an advert showing two shirtless men embracing after the video-hosting site said it violated their adult image policy.
Starbucks backs marriage equality 8
10:31 AM — Coffee giant Starbucks has backed draft legislation in Washington which would lift the state's ban on gay marriage.
25th January 2012
Sao Paulo Metro launches campaign to combat homophobia 4
10:55 PM — The Brazilian State of São Paulo in partnership with the São Paulo City Metro (Underground) launched yesterday a campaign to combat homophobia entitled: “See beyond prejudice. Respect differences.”
Bullied gay teen suicide note: ‘Please help me mom’ 48
12:18 PM — Parents of a gay teenager who committed suicide have said that a year of constant homophobic bullying pushed him to take his own life.
24th January 2012
Maryland introduces equal marriage bill 9
5:35 PM — Maryland’s Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley introduced another bill this week which would lift the ban on gay marriage in the US state of Maryland.
Cynthia Nixon: ‘My homosexuality is a choice’ 198
2:15 PM — Cynthia Nixon has caused controversy by announcing in a recent interview that she believes her homosexuality "is a choice".
Ecuador’s new lesbian health minister to close ‘gay cure clinics’ 8
12:36 PM — The appointment of a lesbian politician as Ecuador’s new health minister has caused a stir this week.
Washington Senate has votes for marriage equality 10
10:55 AM — State senator Mary Margaret Haugen became the crucial 25th supporter of proposed legislation, saying "none of us holds a monopoly on what it means to be an American".
23rd January 2012
Jane Lynch to get ‘authentic gay life’ honour 5
1:40 PM — Gay actress Jane Lynch is to be honoured by the National Center for Lesbian Rights for "blazing a path not just for the artists who follow in her footsteps, but for young people everywhere who look up to her."
20th January 2012
Virginia gay adoption battle kicks off 1
5:35 PM — At the General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia, a battle is heating up over whether adoption agencies should be allowed to discriminate against prospective parents based on their sexual orientation.
Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrisson in Prop 8 play 4
4:56 PM — Glee stars Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison are the latest stars to sign up to the one-night-only LA production of Dustin Lance Black's play about the Proposition 8 ballot.
US study: ‘Sexual minority stress’ risk for older gays 6
11:47 AM — A US study says sexual minority stress, along with aging-related stress, endangers the mental health of middle-aged and older gay men. Sexual minority stress was defined as a combination of men feeling the need to hide their sexuality or concern that others avoided them because of it.
Microsoft: Equal marriage is good for business 15
10:25 AM — Software behemoth Microsoft has put its weight behind Washington state's proposed equal marriage laws. The corporation, which has its headquarters in the Washington city of Redmond, also backed the state's successful 2009 legislation to give gay couple's domestic partnerships the same rights as marriages.
30 Rock ribs Tracy Morgan for gay jokes 12
9:50 AM — Hit US series 30 Rock has mocked cast-member Tracy Morgan for his ill-received gay jokes last summer. In the show, Morgan's character mistakenly apologises to Glad, a Californian bin bag company, rather than GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
19th January 2012
Video: Beginners, Gaga and Glee in GLAAD nominations
4:21 PM — The nominees for the 23rd annual GLAAD awards have been announced. The awards are designed to honour the media for positive portrayals of LGBT people and issues.
Study doubts Santorum view that lesbian parents “rob children” 26
3:01 PM — A new study provides a counter-argument to Rick Santorum, who suggested that children of lesbian parents were "worse off than children with a father in prison."
Gay marriage rifts appear in several US states 11
2:32 PM — Politicians and campaigners in Minnesota, New Jersey and North Carolina on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are gearing up for battle ahead of legislative sessions later this month.
Seventy mayors to press Obama on gay marriage 19
11:03 AM — A number of large-city mayors in the US have formed a coalition with the hope to achieve same-sex marriage equality.
18th January 2012
Cuba may legalise same-sex civil unions this year 21
3:16 PM — Cuba’s first daughter, Mariela Castro, said the country’s lawmakers will consider legalising same-sex civil unions this year.
Amsterdam’s chief rabbi suspended over gay cure declaration 129
3:02 PM — Aryeh Ralbag, the chief rabbi of Amsterdam, has been suspended from his today after he signed a document alleging homosexuality could be “modified and healed".