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  • 26th January 2011

    Obama: Gays will serve openly in the military this year 3

    Barack Obama said gay troops would serve openly this year

    2:25 PM — US President Barack Obama mentioned the military gay ban in his State of the Union address yesterday. In the annual address, he called for more support for troops, veterans and their families and acknowledged that some are gay.

  • 24th November 2010

    Video: Pixar employees say ‘it gets better’ 3

    Pixar employees say it gets better

    9:16 AM — The "it gets better" campaign that aims to tell LGBT bullied youth not to despair has been joined by the employees of Disney's computer generated animation company Pixar.

  • 16th November 2010

    Thirteen gay activists arrested after White House DADT protest 7

    Protesters chained themselves to the White House fence

    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.

  • 10th November 2010

    Repeal of military gay ban looks doubtful this year 4

    A survey of troops will be published in three weeks (Photo: US Army)

    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.

  • Two lawsuits filed against US Defence of Marriage Act 9

    Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer's marriage was not recognised by the federal government

    3:27 PM — Two lawsuits have been filed against the US Defence of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of gay marriage. Couples and bereaved spouses in New York, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire will challenge the law.

  • 3rd November 2010

    US mid-term results pose challenges and opportunities for gay rights 13

    Gay groups say pro-gay candidates fared well

    2:50 PM — The US mid-term elections have seen the Republicans gain control of the lower house, while the Democrats held on to the Senate. According to commentators, the result presents both challenges and opportunities for gay rights.

  • 29th October 2010

    Stonewall launches own message for gay teenagers 33

    Stonewall launched the It Gets Better Today campaign

    2:01 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has launched its own version of the US It Gets Better YouTube campaign for bullied gay teenagers. 'It Gets Better Today' tells young people that they do not have to wait for their lives to improve because the UK already has civil partnerships, out gay soldiers and parental rights for gay people.

  • ‘Most US troops’ okay with openly gay colleagues 9

    Most troops were said to be okay with out gay colleagues (Photo: US Army)

    10:56 AM — The majority of US troops and their families are okay about serving alongside openly gay colleagues, according to Pentagon sources familiar with the findings of an internal survey.

  • 27th October 2010

    Obama discusses DADT with gay groups 2

    Gay rights groups met the president yesterday

    6:00 PM — US president Barack Obama had a brief meeting with gay rights groups yesterday over the ban on out gay soldiers. According to the Washington Post, the groups met the president and senior officials yesterday to discuss the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

  • 26th October 2010

    Record number of out gay officials in Obama administration 3

    Barack Obama has appointed a record number of out gay employees

    6:41 PM — US president Barack Obama has appointed a "record" number of out gay officials since taking office. According to estimates by gay rights campaigners and the White House, he has appointed more than 150 out gay people to posts in his administration.

  • Obama administration launches campaign against anti-gay bullying 12

    Barack Obama is expected to promote the new guidance

    12:10 PM — The US Obama administration has launched a campaign against homophobic bullying. The new advice for schools and colleges comes shortly after President Obama recorded a video for the It Gets Better project, which aims to encouraged bullied gay teenagers

  • 25th October 2010

    Alan Cumming: ‘Obama’s done diddly-squat for us’ 14

    Alan Cumming said Obama's actions were sending messages about gay people

    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.

  • 22nd October 2010

    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell under tighter controls 3

    Gay soldiers have been warned not to come out

    3:00 PM — The US military's ban on out gay soldiers has come back into force with some changes. Defence secretary Robert Gates announced yesterday that the power to fire individuals who have been outed will lie in the hands of just a handful of high-ranking officials.

  • Video: Barack Obama tells gay kids ‘It will get better’ 31

    Barack Obama joined the It Gets Better campaign

    10:42 AM — US president Barack Obama has become the most high-profile figure to join a campaign to stop gay teen suicides. He recorded a short video for the It Gets Better YouTube project, which aims to encourage bullied gay teenagers that their lives will improve.

  • 20th October 2010

    Obama administration asks appeals court to suspend DADT ruling 3

    The Obama administration has asked for the ruling to be stayed

    5:42 PM — The Obama administration has filed an emergency request asking the federal appeals court to suspend a court order lifting the ban on out gay military personnel.

  • Gay soldier Dan Choi re-enlists in US army 3

    Lt Dan Choi re-enlisted in the military yesterday

    11:56 AM — Dan Choi, the out gay soldier who has been at the front of efforts to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, has re-enlisted in the US army. He was served with discharge papers last year after coming out on television.

  • Pentagon tells military to start accepting gays and lesbians 3

    The Pentagon has told military recruiters to accept gay applicants

    10:52 AM — The Pentagon has told US military recruiters to begin accepting out gays and lesbians. Last week, California-based US District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the gay ban must end immediately. Yesterday, she issued a final ruling refusing to stay her order while the government appeals.

  • 27th August 2010

    Ken Mehlman’s coming out provokes mixed reaction from gay community 13

    Ken Mehlman this week announced he was gay

    10:23 AM — Ken Mehlman, former aide to President George W. Bush and onetime chairman of the Republican National Committee, who came out publicly this week in an interview with the Atlantic, has provoked a mixed reaction from LGBT people worldwide over his confession.

  • 25th August 2010

    New legal standard to be applied to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ 4

    Major Margaret Witt was discharged from the US Air Force in 2006

    11:15 AM — A woman who was discharged from the US Air Force for being gay will be the subject of a federal trial next month in which the burden will be on her former employers to prove that her sexuality was in any way harmful to morale among her unit.

  • 24th August 2010

    Pentagon conducts survey of military spouses on potential repeal of ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ 6

    A new survey questions military spouses on their potential reactions to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

    11:54 AM — The Pentagon has distributed a 44-question survey to 150,000 military spouses in the USA to gauge their views on potential situations that may arise should the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy be repealed.

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