6th May 2011
Brazil’s Supreme Court approves civil unions for gay couples 51
10:37 AM — Brazil's Supreme Court has voted overwhelmingly to give gay couples the right to civil unions. The panel backed the measure 10-0, with one abstention.
5th May 2011
Ricky Martin thought being gay was ‘evil’ before he came out 57
5:43 PM — Ricky Martin has revealed that he believed homosexuality was "evil" before he came to terms with being gay. The star came out last year.
Chelsea Clinton urges straight people to back gay marriage 25
1:53 PM — Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former president Bill Clinton, has spoken out in support of gay marriage. Speaking at a New York benefit for charity Friendfactor, she said that straight people should join the fight for equal rights.
4th May 2011
Video:Google uses TV advertisement during Glee to showcase ‘It Gets Better’ campaign 44
11:05 PM — Google has aired a television advertisement for its Google Chrome browser that showcases the 'It Gets Better' YouTube campaign to support gay teens.
Hundreds join Rhode Island gay marriage rally 1
2:47 PM — Hundreds of people joined a rally outside the Rhode Island statehouse yesterday to call for gay marriage. Last week, the House Speaker of the US state said he would throw his support behind civil unions instead because there was no chance of legalising gay marriage soon.
New York governor promises ‘urgency’ on gay marriage 6
1:30 PM — Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, says he's optimistic that gay marriage will soon be legal in the state. He said yesterday: “I know it’s failed before, but I think this is a different day. I’ll bring more urgency in the next few weeks.“
3rd May 2011
Video: Gay couple’s 61-year wait to marry 14
6:03 PM — Haven't they waited long enough? New York residents Richard Adrian Dorr and John Mace have been together for 61 years but still cannot get married.
Law firm loses clients over refusal to defend anti-gay marriage law 29
5:12 PM — A US law firm has lost two high-profile clients over its refusal to defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. King & Spalding was seemingly lobbied by gay rights campaigners not to defend the law but has now lost the National Rifle Association and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as clients.
Death of gay New York man ‘not a hate crime’
3:36 PM — The killing of a New York state gay bar owner was not motivated by homophobia, police said today. Clinton ‘Billy’ Lewis, who owned Club Chili and helped organise Pride events in Elmira, was shot dead early on Sunday morning at his home.
2nd May 2011
Man arrested over murder of US gay pride activist
9:03 PM — Police in Elmira, New York state, have arrested a man in connection with the murder of a local gay rights activist, Clinton 'Billy' Lewis, who was also the owner of Club Chill, a local gay bar.
28th April 2011
Atlanta Braves coach accused of anti-gay slurs 16
4:32 PM — The coach of the Atlanta Braves, Roger McDowell, has been accused of shouting homophobic slurs at fans during a match last Saturday. Gay rights campaigners demanded disciplinary action.
New Mexico school bans all clubs after gay-straight alliance forms 49
3:11 PM — A school board in New Mexico has voted to ban all school clubs after a gay-straight alliance applied for recognition. Officials on the Clovis school board said the ban was a coincidence but the American Civil Liberties Union questioned the timing.
Gay US politician abandons plan for gay marriage this year 22
2:19 PM — The House Speaker for Rhode Island has abandoned efforts to bring marriage equality to the state this year. Gordon Fox, who is gay, says he will instead push for civil unions because a gay marriage bill does not have enough support to pass.
US Marines begin training to accept gay soldiers 86
1:00 PM — US Marines have begun training in preparation to accept openly gay troops. Before President Obama signed an order to repeal the 17-year-old ban, there was concern that the Marines in particular would react badly to serving alongside out gay colleagues.
Anger over Tennessee’s ‘don’t say gay’ bill 195
11:04 AM — The US Senator who introduced a bill to ban discussion of homosexuality in schools says he has received hundreds of angry letters from parents around the world. Republican Stacey Campfield's bill, if approved, will ban all teachers in public elementary and middle schools from talking about the subject.
27th April 2011
Lesbian cadet Katherine Miller refused readmission to West Point 7
5:45 PM — Katherine Miller, the lesbian cadet who resigned from West Point military academy last year over the don't ask don't tell policy, has had her bid for readmission refused.
Trans woman speaks out about Baltimore McDonald’s beating 49
4:47 PM — Chrissy Lee Polis, a trans woman who was attacked by two girls in the ladies' room of the Rosedale Branch of McDonald's in Baltimore last week, has spoken out about her ordeal.
San Francisco’s legendary gay bookshop to close 67
3:03 PM — The last of the four shops owned by A Different Light Bookstores - and the last exclusively LGBT bookstore in San Francsico - is set to close by the end of this month.
Horses killed in Midwestern barn fire in apparent gay-hate arson attack 25
11:47 AM — Eight horses owned by a gay man were killed in a barn fire in Ohio on Monday in what police believe was a homophobic hate crime.
Cary Grant’s daughter claims her father ‘enjoyed being called gay’ 17
11:12 AM — The daughter of legendary Hollywood star Cary Grant has stated in a new book about her father that he "enjoyed being called gay".