20th May 2011
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.
13th May 2011
Mexican gay rights campaigner murdered 32
5:46 PM — A Pride organiser in Mexico was attacked and killed last week in what may have been a homophobic attack. Quetzalcoatl Leija Herrer was killed while walking home from a night out in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero State, on May 4th.
US condemns ‘odious’ Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill 72
10:58 AM — The US State Department has strongly condemned Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill. Addressing journalists yesterday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said: "No amendments, no changes, would justify the passage of this odious bill."
12th May 2011
Study suggests effective vaccine for HIV in monkeys 8
5:39 PM — A study on monkeys has suggested that a vaccine could be used against HIV. The experiment, on rhesus macaques, looked at the effect of the vaccine on the monkey form of HIV, known as simian simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV).
‘Milk’ voted gay film of the decade 26
4:52 PM — 'Milk', the story of gay rights hero Harvey Milk, has been voted the gay film of the decade. A Stonewall poll of 800 people put the biopic in the top spot. The film, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn, was commended for its realistic portrayal of gay people.
Delaware governor signs civil unions into law 8
3:12 PM — The governor of the US state of Delaware has signed a civil unions bill into law. As he signed the bill yesterday, Governor Jack Markell told gay couples in a 500-strong audience: "Your family is now equal under the law."