19th January 2012
Seventy mayors to press Obama on gay marriage 19
11:03 AM — A number of large-city mayors in the US have formed a coalition with the hope to achieve same-sex marriage equality.
31st March 2011
Washington state to recognise out-of-state gay marriages 3
1:29 PM — The US state of Washington is to recognise gay marriages performed in other states as domestic partnerships. A bill has already passed in the state Senate 28-19 and by 58-39 in the House.
30th March 2011
US immigration officials put hold on gay spouse cases 5
1:04 PM — The US is apparently no longer automatically rejecting green card applications from the foreign spouses of gay and lesbian citizens.
8th December 2010
Jesse Jackson calls for gay marriage equality 22
11:51 AM — The Rev Jesse Jackson has called for California's ban on gay marriage to be struck down. The Baptist minister and civil rights activist spoke at a gathering outside the San Francisco appeals court where the latest hearings on the ban are taking place.
Speech: Jesse Jackson says gays are ‘America’s newest second-class citizens’ 8
11:48 AM — The Rev Jesse Jackson's speech to gay rights supporters outside the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals courthouse in San Francisco.
1st December 2010
Elton John turns newspaper editor for World AIDS Day 2
11:46 AM — Elton John marked his World AIDS Day edition of the Independent with a cover by one of his favourite artists. The cover, of a rose, is a specially-commissioned piece of art by British painter Gary Hume.
18th November 2010
Australian MPs to canvass voters on gay marriage 4
12:02 PM — Australian politicians will ask voters whether gay marriage should be legalised after the Green Party won a motion on the issue. A recent poll commissioned by gay groups found 62 per cent of respondents in favour of the change.
16th November 2010
Thirteen gay activists arrested after White House DADT protest 7
3:10 PM — Thirteen gay rights campaigners have been arrested after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest at the ban on out gay troops.
15th November 2010
US Supreme Court denies request to lift gay military ban 6
6:01 PM — The US Supreme Court declined a request to lift the ban on out gay troops serving in the military on Friday. In the latest round of the fight to have the law repealed, Republican gay group Log Cabin Republicans asked the court to overturn a lower court's ruling that the ban should remain in place indefinitely.
11th November 2010
Ricky Martin says he’ll get married when Puerto Rico allows it 12
3:17 PM — Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin says he will marry his partner when his home country legalises gay marriage. The star has not revealed the name of his long-term boyfriend, but says they would get married if they could.
10th November 2010
Repeal of military gay ban looks doubtful this year 4
4:58 PM — Repealing the US ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military by the end of 2010 now looks less likely. Congress will begin a lame-duck session on Monday and the White House is pushing to repeal the law.
Video: Madonna tells Ellen ‘We’re torturing gay teenagers’ 9
12:06 PM — Madonna has spoken out against homophobic bullying, calling it "torture". The superstar, referring to an apparent spate of suicides among gay teenagers, said: “The concept that we are torturing teenagers because they are gay – it's unfathomable."
25th October 2010
Alan Cumming: ‘Obama’s done diddly-squat for us’ 14
12:58 PM — Bisexual Scottish actor Alan Cumming has attacked Barack Obama for not doing enough for gay rights. President Obama has promised to end the ban on out gay soldiers but gay rights campaigners are becoming impatient with a perceived lack of action.
21st October 2010
Gay dad ‘forced out’ by US Scouts 29
4:50 PM — The father of a nine-year-old says he was forced to give up a leadership role in the Scouts because he is gay. Jon Langbert of Dallas, Texas, is openly gay and says he was given a 'leader' t-shirt by the Scouts group last year which he wore with pride.
20th October 2010
Video: Hillary Clinton adds voice to ‘It Gets Better’ campaign for gay teens 8
12:41 AM — Arguably the most powerful woman in the world, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has added a moving voice to the 'It Gets Better' YouTube campaign to show solidarity with gay youth. In her message, Mrs Clinton told young gay people that they are not alone and to “hang in there.”
12th August 2010
Father of Mel Gibson brands Pope ‘gay’ 24
9:57 AM — The 91-year-old father of actor Mel Gibson has outed himself as a homophobe during a live phone-in on a US Christian radio station.
22nd February 2010
Openly gay soldiers ‘won’t cause disruption’ 4
3:24 PM — A new study of militaries around the world has found that changing policy to allow gay soldiers to serve does not cause disruption. Opponents to lifting the US ban argue that it will affect recruitment and morale.
16th February 2010
Comment: So much military trash 16
1:03 PM — Petty Officer Second Class Lewis Breland is waiting to be discharged from the US military after an investigation into his sexuality forced him to come out last year. He confessed his sexual orientation to civilian investigators after rumours began flying around his unit about an alleged sexual partner.
12th February 2010
Comment: Homophobia hurts young straight men too 20
3:43 PM — Following the postponement of the FA's efforts to tackle anti-gay abuse, former NBA player John Amaechi argues that homophobia on and off the pitch damages straight men as well as gays.
3rd February 2010
Biopic planned for anti-gay campaigner Anita Bryant 23
6:02 PM — US television network HBO is developing a biopic of Anita Bryant, the campaigner who warned gays were recruiting children.