6th November 2013
James Franco: It is not my ‘mission’ to act in gay roles – a lot of the figures that I love were gay 3
10:55 AM — Outspoken equal rights advocate and Hollywood actor James Franco has responded to discussions on why he chooses to opt for so many gay acting roles, saying "I guess that a lot of the figures that I love were gay."
Study: Straight men are ‘three times more likely’ to not believe in bisexuality 23
10:19 AM — According to a new US study, men who identify as heterosexual are three times more likely to classify bisexuality as "not a legitimate sexual orientation."
5th November 2013
Illinois House passes bill to make same-sex marriage legal 2
10:18 PM — The Illinois House has voted 61-54 in favour of making same-sex marriage legal.
3rd November 2013
Lady Gaga: ‘Bisexuality is not about marketing – this is who I am and who I have always been’ 30
11:57 AM — Lady Gaga has spoken out against critics who accuse her bisexual identity of being "marketing ploy," saying "this is who I am and who I have always been."
US: Former owner of gay nightclub accused of setting it on fire 1
11:19 AM — The former owner of a Chicago-based gay nightclub was arrested recently charged with two counts of arson, after he allegedly scrawled anti-gay messages inside the club before dousing the building with alcohol and setting fire to it.
US: Obama urges Hawaii to pass same-sex marriage bill 2
10:20 AM — President Barack Obama has voiced his support for marriage equality in Hawaii, after the state recently approved legislation at senate stage aiming to repeal a ban on same-sex marriage, moving it to the Hawaii House stage for voting.
28th October 2013
Jamaica: Lesbian shot in chest and arm by police
6:14 PM — A 31-year-old lesbian is recovering after being shot in Jamaica reportedly by a police officer.
Chile: Four killers sentenced for six-hour Neo-Nazi killing of gay man 8
5:38 PM — Four men have been sentenced after being convicted of the killing of Daniel Zamudio, a gay Chilean man who died following the Neo-Nazi attack last year.
Chile: Gay man beaten into a coma in homophobic attack 3
3:41 PM — A gay man has been beaten so badly that he is in a coma in Chile, in the latest in a spate of hate crimes to have rocked the country in recent months.
27th October 2013
John McCain’s wife petitions him to support bill barring anti-gay workplace discrimination 2
9:14 AM — Cindy McCain, the wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, has signed a postcard petition addressed to her husband urging him to support legislation barring discrimination against gay and lesbian people in the workplace.
US: Several churches in North Carolina cut sponsorship of boy scouts following pro-gay policy 15
9:10 AM — Several churches in Charlotte, North Carolina have opted to cut ties with their sponsored boy scout groups following a decision earlier this year by Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay members.
US: Chairman of Jelly Belly donated $5,000 for California to repeal trans bathroom rights law 7
9:05 AM — The chairman of The Jelly Belly Candy Company has donated $5,000 (£3,091) to a campaign attempting to repeal an act allowing transgender students equal access to school facilities such as locker rooms and bathrooms.
25th October 2013
US: 11-year-old boy planned to shoot classmate for calling friend ‘gay’ 11
11:29 AM — An 11-year-old boy in Vancouver, Washington, was arrested for first-degree attempted assault this week, after he took a handgun to his school, along with 400 rounds of ammunition, saying he heard voices telling him to shoot another student for calling his friend "gay".
Universal Studios pulls plug on ‘super homophobic’ Bill and Ted play 1
9:43 AM — After Universal Studios earlier this week defended their stance to host a new "homophobic" Bill and Ted play as part of their satirical Halloween Horror Night exhibit, the decision was made recently to pull the plug on the act.
23rd October 2013
US: Gay couple move from Virginia to Maryland to adopt – then back again 1
3:49 PM — A gay couple from Virginia have gone to extraordinary lengths to adopt, after they moved from their home state to Maryland and then back again in order to bypass laws explicitly banning same-sex adoption.
US: Conservative activists say anti-gay violence in Russia is the fault of victims’ ‘public kissing’ 32
2:01 PM — Two US conservatives have defended bouts of anti-gay violence in Russia by claiming that they are "the natural way people react to homosexuality."
20th October 2013
US: New Jersey gay couples plan last-minute weddings after Supreme Court ruling
12:38 PM — Several gay couples in New Jersey have organised to gather late Sunday to wed in ceremonies shortly after midnight, after judges ruled earlier this week that banning same-sex couples from marrying broke the state’s constitution.
18th October 2013
New Jersey Supreme Court rules that gay couples can marry from next week 11
8:56 PM — The Supreme Court of the US state of New Jersey has rejected an appeal made by Republican Governor Chris Christie over an earlier ruling that banning same-sex couples from marrying broke the state's constitution.
17th October 2013
Brazil: Proposed bill would allow church to discriminate against gay couples 17
9:53 PM — A bill has been proposed in Brazil to protect religious organisations which refuse to perform same-sex marriages.
Chile: Four men convicted of six-hour Neo-Nazi killing of gay man 2
6:44 PM — Four men have been convicted for the killing of Daniel Zamudio, a gay Chilean man who died following the Neo-Nazi attack last year.