27th May 2011
Human Rights Campaign backs Obama for re-election 11
2:36 PM — America's largest gay rights organisation, Human Rights Campaign, is backing President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012. HRC leader Joe Solmonese said that Obama was the only clear choice for the LGBT vote next year.
Illinois Catholic groups stop foster care services over gay parents 59
12:05 PM — Catholic charities in Rockford, Illinois, have opted to cease all foster care services to avoid having to cater to gay couples. The charities must comply with a new state law which says any organisation receiving state funds must not discriminate.
US Sheriff’s department ‘paid evangelicals to turn lesbian straight’ 14
10:01 AM — A lesbian is suing a sheriff's department in Georgia, USA, after it allegedly paid $600 for two evangelicals to turn her straight. Amanda Booker, who is now in custody over a separate incident, is suing officials after she claims Bartow County Sheriff's Department in Georgia forced her to attend gay conversion therapy instead of taking her to a drug rehabilitation centre.
New York Mayor Bloomberg: ‘Gay marriage is a fundamental civil right’ 19
9:14 AM — Michael Bloomberg, the independent mayor of New York City, has described marriage equality as a "fundamental civil right". In a speech last night, he urged state politicians to legislate on introducing gay marriage immediately.
26th May 2011
Three men arrested for gay hate attack in Minnesota 49
11:18 PM — Police in St Cloud, Minnesota have arrested three men accused of severely beating a gay man because of his sexuality. The three men, named as Matthew Warren Thomas, 24; Chad Vincent Hands, 21 and Ryan Andrew Frane, 23, were arrested and transported to a county prison.
Lawsuit to be filed over Tennessee’s anti-gay law 14
5:46 PM — A lawsuit will be filed against a new Tennessee law which bans employment protections for LGBT employees. The law, signed by governor Bill Haslam this week, 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
Men arrested for gay sex in Grenada 40
5:28 PM — Two men on the Caribbean island of Grenada have been arrested for having gay sex. The men, aged 41 and 17, could face up to ten years in prison - the maximum penalty for same-sex acts.
Transgender woman attacked by mob in Virginia 25
4:30 PM — A transgender woman in Virginia was attacked by a mob outside a store last Saturday afternoon. The assault follows the beating of a Maryland trans woman in a McDonald's restaurant, which was filmed by a member of staff.
Video: Oprah Winfrey’s farewell to gay fans 15
3:48 PM — Oprah Winfrey ended her final show last night with a mention of her gay fans. The chatshow queen, who sobbed and laughed through her final hour, thanked viewers for their support over the last 25 years.
Texas judge expected to void marriage of trans widow 19
2:35 PM — A judge in Texas is expected to declare a trans widow's marriage void after her husband's family launched a legal challenge. The ruling will mean that widow Nikki Araguz, who lost her firefighter husband in a blaze, will not be entitled to survivor benefits.
California first-graders learn about marriage equality 56
12:06 PM — First-graders at a California school celebrated Harvey Milk Day last week by learning about marriage equality. Eric Ross, the author of new children's book My Uncle's Wedding, spoke to 40 six and seven-year-olds at a San Francisco elementary school.
Brazil’s president suspends school anti-homophobia campaign 72
10:38 AM — Brazil's president has suspended an anti-homophobia campaign in schools because she thought the DVDs and leaflets were not appropriate for children. President Dilma Rousseff's spokesman said she had viewed the material and "didn't like what she saw".
25th May 2011
Nevada governor signs transgender protection law 7
4:02 PM — The governor of Nevada has signed a law to protect transgender people from employment discrimination. Republican governor Brian Sandoval signed the bill into law at a ceremony in Carson City on Tuesday.
Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah says $50,000 fine for anti-gay abuse is ‘fair’ 5
11:42 AM — The US basketball player fined $50,000 (£30,968) for calling a fan a "faggot" says the punishment is fair. Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah said: "I made a mistake. I’ll learn from it and move on."
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.