3rd May 2011
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".
26th April 2011
Gay former governor of New Jersey has bid for ordination ‘deferred’ 7
1:13 PM — A gay former governor of New Jersey has had his bid to join the Episcopal priesthood deferred.
Rapper receives death threats over ‘I’m Gay’ album title 16
12:35 PM — An American rap artist has told MTV that he has received death threats following the announcement that he intends to call his new album I'm Gay.
Lesbian newsreader says gay men and women have a ‘responsibility to come out’ 119
10:31 AM — An openly gay American newsreader has said she believes men and women in her industry have a "responsibility" to come out.
21st April 2011
Tennessee Senate panel approves school gay ban bill 66
1:52 PM — A Senate education panel in Tennessee has approved a bill to prevent students from learning about homosexuality in public elementary and middle schools. The legislation, known as the 'Don't Say Gay' bill, was introduced by Republican Senator Stacey Campfield, who has been pushing for the law for several years.
20th April 2011
15 charges for US student in gay suicide case 79
5:51 PM — A student accused of secretly recording his roommate having sex with a man has been charged with 15 offences. Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University in New Jersey, jumped to his death last September after Dharun Ravi, 19, allegedly filmed him and showed the footage to classmates.
Father ‘killed lesbian daughter’s girlfriend and her mother’ 57
5:07 PM — A Texas man who was upset at his daughter's lesbian relationship killed her girlfriend and the girl's mother, police say. Jose Alfonso Aviles, 45, is accused of shooting Norma Hurtado, 24, and her mother Maria Hurtado, 57, at their Austin home on Monday.
Another US poll finds majority support for gay marriage 23
2:28 PM — Another American poll suggests that just over half of voters support marriage equality. The CNN poll found that 51 per cent of the 824 adults surveyed said gay couples should be allowed to wed.