2nd June 2011
Rhode Island senate to consider gay civil unions bill 7
3:10 PM — A Rhode Island Senate panel are today considering a bill that would allow gay and lesbian couples to be joined in civil unions.
American chain store sells Gay Pride t-shirts – but only in selected stores 4
10:44 AM — American clothing chain Old Navy is selling Gay Pride t-shirts and donating the proceeds to the It Gets Better Campaign. However, the t-shirts, which are emblazoned with rainbow-coloured messages such as "Love Proudly" are only being sold in 26 out of over a thousand stores nationwide, most of which are in urban areas.
1st June 2011
Harvey Milk’s nephew to kick off this weekend’s Pittsburgh gay pride rally
2:29 PM — Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk, will speak on Friday at the Pride Advocacy Rally which kicks off this year's Pittsburgh Pride festival in Pennsylvania.
Gay couples in Chicago queue up for civil union licences 9
12:21 PM — In Chicago, gay and straight couples are flocking to the Cook County Clerk's downtown office of records to acquire the state's first civil union licenses.
Miley Cyrus criticises Urban Outfitters over anti-gay campaign support 10
11:58 AM — American pop singer Miley Cyrus has taken aim at the president of Urban Outfitters on Twitter, criticising his alleged financial contributions to a right-wing anti-gay political campaign.
31st May 2011
Actress Julianna Margulies ‘thrilled’ to be offered role as lesbian porn star 4
5:57 PM — Actress Julianna Margulies has said she was "thrilled" to be offered the role of a lesbian porn actress but decided to turn it down for the sake of her young son.
Gallup poll reveals Americans believe 25 per cent of their population are gay or lesbian 26
12:56 PM — The findings of a Gallup poll conducted in the USA last month have revealed that Americans estimate 25 per cent of their fellow countrymen and women are gay or lesbian.
New Canadian exhibition looks at gay maritime life of the post-war years 7
12:22 PM — A new exhibition has opened at The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Canada, looking into the gay and lesbian subcultures that flourished at sea on passenger cruise ships, naval vessels and freighters from the 1950s onwards.
30th May 2011
Steve Nash: Basketball ready for an openly gay player 12
6:58 PM — Steve Nash, the NBA team Phoenix Suns' star point guard spoke to the New York Times following the team's president and chief executive, Rick Welts coming out as gay.
Chilean president Sebastian Pinera seeks ‘regulation and protection’ for gay couples 42
3:50 PM — President of Chile, Sebastian Pinera, said this weekend that he wants Congress to legalise de facto civil unions in an attempt to "regulate and protect" more than two million unmarried couples, including gay and lesbian couples.
Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City ordains first lesbian rabbi 18
3:25 PM — The Conservative movement ordained their first openly gay rabbi in a ceremony earlier this month at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.
Increasing number of countries becoming more tolerant of homosexuality, survey shows 69
10:43 AM — Results of a new cross-national study have shown that a vast majority of countries have become more accepting of homosexuality over the past 20 years - though the trend is markedly slower in Russia and other former Communist countries.
Fence-sitting senators could decide fate of New York state’s same-sex marriage vote 18
10:04 AM — A group of undecided senators could determine whether same-sex marriage will become legal in New York state, according to a survey by Gannett's Albany Bureau.
28th May 2011
Courtney Love: Lady Gaga is a ‘sexless Barbie Doll surrounded by gays’ as Gaga poses with Stephen Fry 95
1:28 PM — Courtney Love, one time rock-star and wife of the late Nirvana front-man Kurt Cobain has some choice words for Lady Gaga, warning against surrounding herself with gays as the Gaga posed on the cover of the Financial Times magazine with Stephen Fry.
27th May 2011
US House of Representatives passes bill to delay lifting of military gay ban 26
5:38 PM — The US House of Representatives has approved a defence bill with amendments to delay the lifting of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The Defense Authorization Bill was approved in a 322 to 96 vote yesterday.
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.