8th February 2012
Washington House of Representatives votes for gay marriage 19
11:48 PM — Washington state's House of Representatives has passed a bill to introduce gay marriage by 55 votes to 43. The state's senate has already approved the measure which is also supported by the state governor.
Gay ban writing contest cancelled 15
1:13 PM — A writing competition based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma which banned gay romance stories for reportedly being "just too much" has been cancelled.
Ellen DeGeneres: There is no ‘pro-gay bandwagon’ 15
11:57 AM — Following a groundswell of support for her appointment as the face of JC Penney in the face of homophobic opposition, Ellen DeGeneres has spoken out to thank the public.
Travel: Getting sexy in Salt Lake City 14
9:31 AM — Ushered onto the global stage by the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Salt Lake City might still be best known as the base of the Latter-day Saints Church. But JD van Zyl found underneath its perfectly pristine Mormon veneer hides a surprisingly rewarding and gay-friendly destination.
7th February 2012
Appeals court rules California’s gay marriage ban breaks US constitution 18
11:02 PM — California's voter initiated ban on gay marriage has been ruled unconstitutional by a US federal court, upholding a decision by a judge to lift the ban in 2010.
Roland Martin’s Beckham crack ‘about soccer, not gays’ 28
10:41 AM — A US political commentator has apologised for causing any offence after sending a tweet during Sunday's Super-Bowl which suggested "smacking the ish" out of a man who enjoyed David Beckham's H&M advert.
6th February 2012
Court to rule tomorrow if California’s gay marriage ban is constitutionally valid 22
6:47 PM — A federal appeals court will rule tomorrow on whether California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage is constitutionally valid. Prop 8, the 2008 voter initiative that banned gay and lesbian marriages has been the subject of constant legal battles.
Canada: Trans woman detained under US flight rules 16
5:56 PM — In the wake of Canada’s continued support of a no-fly rule for anyone who fails to meet gender norms, as subjectively assessed by that country’s border police, a harrowing tale emerges of an incident last year in the United States.
Interview: Edmund White on gay fiction 14
12:50 PM — Edmund White selects five novels which combine beautiful writing with gay themes: A Single Man, Maurice, The Folding Star, Our Lady of the Flowers and Dancer from the Dance.
5th February 2012
The shocking truth about religious ‘gay cure’ therapy by someone who failed to turn straight 115
11:04 AM — Very little has been written about what actually happens at so-called reparative therapy. Chaim Levin enrolled on a Jewish scheme to try to turn himself straight. This is his story.
3rd February 2012
22,500 thank JC Penney for hiring Ellen after anti-gay complaint 24
10:51 AM — US retailer JC Penney is being thanked for hiring Ellen Degeneres after a group said she should be sacked because a lesbian spokesperson would lose them business.
2nd February 2012
Video: Washington state governor: ‘States can’t be in the business of discrimination’ 11
10:58 PM — The governor of the north-western US state of Washington has recorded a video for the Human Rights Campaign where she affirms her support for gay marriage, likely to be introduced in the state.
Maryland girl: For my birthday, ban gay marriage 202
12:18 PM — A committee at the Maryland state senate, where equal marriage legislation is being considered, has heard the birthday wish of a 14-year-old girl: to keep the ban on gay marriage.
US police ‘told gay couple faggots don’t deserve to wear pants in jail’ 47
11:36 AM — A US gay couple arrested on assault charges say they were denied trousers for a day after being told "faggots don't deserve to wear pants in jail".
Washington state senate approves equal marriage 12
9:41 AM — Washington's state senate approved a bill last night to give equal marriage rights to gay citizens. The lifting of the gay marriage ban looks certain to pass as it heads to the state's House of Representatives, where it is not expected to encounter majority opposition.
31st January 2012
Glee’s gay troublemaker role ‘drew death threats’ 20
3:14 PM — Grant Gustin said he was told on Twitter: "If you break up Klaine, I will find you and I will kill you."
Cynthia Nixon: My bisexuality was not a choice, my gay relationship is 73
2:20 PM — In a statement given to the American gay magazine The Advocate, Cynthia Nixon has addressed the confusion which followed her comments on sexuality.
Comment: The Canadian rule which bans transgender flight 39
11:48 AM — Jane Fae examines the rules, introduced last July but only now coming to light, which state that an air carrier “shall not transport a passenger if [...] the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents”.
Rebel alliance slams Star Wars game over gay characters 32
10:04 AM — It could be described as a period of uncivil war, the Family Research Council striking from a hidden base in Washington, DC, attempting to win their first victory against the Bioware gaming empire. Only in this case, the empire seems to be doing good.
30th January 2012
Interview: Greg Louganis on gold medals, HIV and Matthew Mitcham 6
10:37 AM — He won his first Olympic medal at the age of 16. Four gold medals later, he came out at the 1994 Gay Games. Laurence Watts meets Greg Louganis.