24th September 2013
UK: Police destroy DNA records of men convicted of historic consensual sex offences 7
12:01 PM — Greater Manchester Police says it has now destroyed dozens of DNA samples taken from men convicted of historic consensual same-sex sexual offences, following criticism of the practice earlier this year.
31st July 2013
US: Study to find out how transgender troops would affect military ‘readiness’ 7
1:36 PM — An independent group that studies gender, sexuality and the military has announced that they are to research whether the inclusion of trans people into the US armed forces would affect the "readiness" of its troops.
23rd July 2013
US: Trans activists hope new campaign group can help end transphobic military ban 5
4:47 PM — Several transgender campaigners have announced they are splitting away from America’s largest LGBT military service member advocacy group and forming a new organisation.
9th July 2013
Lord West: Gay members of the armed forces suffered ‘degrading treatment’ in the 90s 41
5:01 PM — A former First Sea Lord says he was “shocked and appalled” at the way gay people were once treated in the armed forces.
3rd July 2013
US congressman slams Lady Gaga for ‘defiling’ national anthem at New York Pride 35
12:03 AM — A US Congressman has attacked Lady Gaga for her performance of the US national anthem at the weekend's New York Pride, saying she "defiled" it by substituting some words with a reference to the gay community.
26th June 2013
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel pays tribute to gay troops in Pride speech
3:26 PM — Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has paid tribute to gay members of America’s armed forces in a speech to mark Pride month.
15th May 2013
Culture Secretary Maria Miller to allow military chaplains to opt out of providing same-sex marriages 18
11:12 AM — Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, says the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will be amended to allow chaplains in hospitals, prisons, universities and the armed forces, to opt out of providing same-sex marriages.
29th March 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘Dan Choi’s $100 fine is a victory for him but he’s been left exhausted’ 11
5:31 PM — The decision of a judge to fine a gay former solider $100 for chaining himself to the White House fence is a “victory” for the “exhausted” defendant, says Peter Tatchell.
28th March 2013
US: Trial of gay former soldier who chained himself to the White House fence resumes 18
2:14 PM — The trial of a gay soldier who chained himself to the White House fence in protest over America’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law has resumed.
27th February 2013
Tory MOD minister Mark Francois says he’s committed to equality in the armed forces — despite voting against same-sex marriage 8
2:29 PM — Conservative Defence Minister Mark Francois says the government is committed to LGBT equality in the armed forces after it was pointed out only 1 MOD minister voted in favour of the same-sex marriage bill.
Chuck Hagel confirmed as US Defence Secretary despite past anti-gay remarks 2
11:11 AM — Having faced criticism over his previous homophobic views, the US Senate has confirmed Chuck Hagel as the new US Defence Secretary.
9th January 2013
US: Judge rules Bradley Manning mistreated in military detention 2
2:58 PM — A gay US solider will have 112 days taken off his possible sentence on the grounds that he was subjected to excessively harsh treatment in military detention.
4th January 2013
US: Pentagon bans access to gay news websites 2
10:38 AM — The United States Department of Defence has reportedly banned access to several gay media websites on its network of computers.
21st December 2012
Questions over anti-gay past of Chuck Hagel, tipped to become next US defence secretary 5
10:43 AM — Chuck Hagel, who is in the running to become the next US defence secretary, previously suggested an ambassador could be unfit to serve due to his sexuality by describing him as “aggressively gay”.
26th November 2012
Turkey: Homosexuality to join murder as a reason for army expulsion 30
10:33 AM — Gay men will be discharged from the Turkish army as a punishment for their "lifestyle choices," it has been reported.
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.