25th May 2011
White House condemns Minnesota’s proposed gay marriage ban 22
10:14 AM — The White House has issued a statement condemning proposals to ban gay marriage in Minnesota, although it stops short of backing marriage equality. The statement did not explicitly mention the move but called such efforts "divisive" and "discriminatory".
24th May 2011
Tennessee governor signs bill to wipe out gay legal protection 70
6:09 PM — The governor of Tennessee has signed a bill which gay rights campaigners say will wipe out all any laws which protect LGBT people from discrimination. Governor Bill Haslam signed the law yesterday. It bans cities and municipalities from making their own anti-discrimination ordinances and bans any area from having stronger protections than are available at state level.
Military chaplains want reassurances over opposition to homosexuality 57
4:12 PM — Military chaplains are calling for reassurances that troops will not be punished if they speak out about their opposition to homosexuality. According to Associated Press, a joint letter from retired chaplains from 21 religious groups to the lead chaplains of the Army, Navy and Air Force says that troops may be unable to speak openly if they fear punishment.
Video: God Hates Fags demo leads to $50,000 donation to gay AIDS charity 28
2:58 PM — A leading American comedienne known as 'the Queen of Mean', Lisa Lampanelli, has donated $50,000 to a gay AIDS charity in the name of the Westboro Baptist Church, home of the 'God Hates Fags' campaign.
Roommate of gay suicide student pleads not guilty to intimidation
2:46 PM — The roommate of a New Jersey student who committed suicide has pleaded not guilty to a number of charges. Tyler Clementi, 18, jumped to his death after allegedly discovering that his roommate Dharun Ravi had secretly recorded him having sex with another man and showed the footage to classmates
Toronto parents raise ‘genderless’ baby 110
1:50 PM — A Toronto couple have revealed that they are raising their third child as 'genderless' in order to allow the baby to decide on its own gender. Kathy Witterick and David Stocker, who already have two sons aged five and two, say four-month-old Storm should be allowed to decide his/her gender when he/she grows up.
US anti-gay campaigner: ‘We’re losing on gay marriage’ 58
11:31 AM — One of America's most prominent anti-gay campaigners has conceded that the battle against gay marriage is being lost. Jim Daly, the chief executive of Focus on the Family, told an evangelical magazine that the majority of those under 30 now support gay marriage.
Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah fined $50,000 for anti-gay outburst 16
10:33 AM — US basketball star Joakim Noah has been fined $50,000 (£30,968) for calling a rival fan a "faggot". The Chicago Bulls star, whose team lost to Miami Heat in the NBA play-offs on Sunday, was caught on camera saying “f**k you faggot” to the fan.
23rd May 2011
Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah apologises for gay slur 10
5:07 PM — Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah has apologised for calling a fan a “faggot” at last night’s game. The player, whose team lost to Miami Heat in the NBA play-offs, was caught on camera saying “f**k you faggot” to a fan. Today, the 26-year-old said: “I apologise. “The fan said something to me that I thought […]
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.