23rd May 2011
Minnesota voters to decide on gay marriage ban 79
10:50 AM — Voters in the US state of Minnesota will decide next year whether to place a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Late on Saturday night, the state House voted to allow voters to decide the issue.
21st May 2011
Tennessee Senate approves ‘don’t say gay’ bill 629
12:08 AM — Tennessee’s Senate has passed a bill that proposes to introduce a ban of discussing homosexuality within schools. The bill, approved by 5 votes to 4 at the Senate will ban all teachers in public elementary and middle schools from talking about the subject.
20th May 2011
Another US poll finds majority support for gay marriage 23
5:41 PM — A Gallup poll has found that 53 per cent of American respondents support giving gay couples the right to marry. This is the first time a Gallup poll has found a majority in favour of marriage equality.
Gay LAPD sergeant wins $1m in discrimination case 23
3:24 PM — An openly gay Los Angeles Police Department sergeant has been awarded $1.16 million (£700,000) after winning his case for discrimination. Ronald Crump, 39, has worked for the LAPD for 16 years. He claimed he was harassed after he claimed about a supervisor's treatment of him because he is gay.
California firm agrees to drop gay websites ban in schools 5
2:45 PM — A California web filter provider has become the first major company to drop a feature which allows schools to ban gay websites. Lightspeed Systems says it is working to remove a filter which allows schools to block the non-adult educational or supportive LGBT websites.
Rhode Island House approves civil unions 17
11:22 AM — The Rhode Island House approved a civil unions bill yesterday. The measure will now go to the Senate, where it is expected to receive broad support. However, some gay rights activists are furious that a gay marriage bill was scrapped in favour of what they see as watered-down legislation.
19th May 2011
California’s transgender protection bill makes progress 4
5:27 PM — A California bill to improve legal protections for trans people has been approved by the state assembly. The Gender Nondiscrimination Act (AB 887) passed with bipartisan support on a 54-24 vote on Monday. It will now go to the state Senate.
Ted Nugent ‘repulsed’ by gay sex but ‘not homophobic’ 72
4:42 PM — Rocker Ted Nugent says he is "repulsed" by gay sex but has nothing against gay people. Speaking on Piers Morgan Tonight, the gun rights activist said he thinks gay sex is "against nature". He said: "If you're gay, have a nice day. I couldn't give a rats ass."
Gay activists want advertisers to dump Fox News 44
4:28 PM — Gay rights campaigners in the US are pressuring companies not to advertise on Fox because they say the network perpetuates "smears" and "lies" about gays and lesbians. Media Matters and gay groups GLAAD, the Courage Campaign and Equality Matters have asked LGBT-friendly online travel promoter Orbitz to drop its ads on Fox.
Lady Gaga beats Oprah to become world’s most powerful celebrity 28
3:02 PM — Lady Gaga has knocked Oprah Winfrey off the top spot on Forbes' annual list of the 100 most powerful celebrities. The singer and gay rights campaigner won the top spot for her social media power.
Homosexuality did not cause Catholic Church child abuse scandal, report says 70
1:52 PM — A study commissioned by the US Catholic Church confirms that child abuse by priests was not caused by homosexuality or celibacy. The $2 million report, by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, instead says that the sexual revolution post-1960 was to blame, along with poor training and a lack of emotional support.
18th May 2011
San Francisco Giants join campaign against anti-gay bullying 4
1:56 PM — The San Francisco Giants have become the first professional sports team in the US to join the It Gets Better campaign against homophobic bullying. More than 6,000 people signed a Change.org petition asking the baseball team to join the initiative.
Anti-gay Republican Newt Gingrich showered in glitter 89
11:45 AM — Anti-gay Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was covered in glitter by a gay rights campaigner at a book signing yesterday. Mr Gingrich and his wife Callista were in Minnesota for a dinner with the Minnesota Family Council when protester Nick Espinosa struck.
17th May 2011
Teenagers charged with hate crimes for beating of Maryland trans woman
4:54 PM — Two teenage girls have been indicted on hate crime charges over an attack on a trans woman in a Maryland McDonald's restaurant last month. The attack on Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, was filmed by a store employee and posted online.
Wisconsin governor wants to stop defending gay domestic partnerships 26
3:37 PM — The governor of Wisconsin has said he wants to stop defending the state's domestic partnership registry for gay couples. Scott Walker, a Republican, told a judge he believes the law is unconstitutional because it mimics marriage.
Poll says most Minnesota voters don’t want gay marriage ban 2
2:18 PM — A poll suggests that just over half of Minnesota voters do not want a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The state may hold a referendum on the issue next year if the House follows the Senate in approving a bill.
Illinois trans woman sues employer over toilet ban 3
1:50 PM — A trans woman from the US state of Illinois is suing her employers for barring her from using the women's toilet. Meggan Sommerville, of Oswego, has filed two charges of discrimination with the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
16th May 2011
Donald Trump won’t run for US president 23
6:11 PM — US billionaire and gay marriage opponent Donald Trump has announced he will not run for the Republican presidential nomination. In a statement today, he said he had a "strong conviction" that he could win the race and ultimately the presidency in 2012 but is not ready to leave the private sector.
Chaz Bono hopes to marry his girlfriend 20
2:53 PM — Chaz Bono has revealed he plans to marry girlfriend Jennifer Elia before the year is out. Speaking to Piers Morgan, the star said he and Elia had been engaged for two years but "kind of had to put things on hold a little bit" while he transitioned.
US basketball chief Rick Welts announces he’s gay 12
2:30 PM — Rick Welts, the president and chief executive of US basketball team Phoenix Suns, has come out. He made the announcement in a newspaper interview this weekend.