27th October 2010
Obama discusses DADT with gay groups 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
12th August 2010
Gay US Air Force officer sues over dismissal 2
11:25 AM — A gay US Air Force officer who lost his job last year after a false rape allegation forced him to reveal his sexuality has sued to block his dismissal from the military and to overturn the US army's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
25th June 2010
Hillary Clinton says ‘Gay rights are human rights’ 7
1:51 PM — Speaking this week at President Obama's White House reception held in honour of Pride Month, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said once again that in the Democratic Party's eyes, gay rights are human rights.
23rd June 2010
President Obama vows to push ahead with gay rights agenda 5
11:47 AM — President Obama addressed an LGBT audience at the White House last night, assuring them that he is fully committed to repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and to other issues including same-sex visitation rights in hospitals and the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
28th May 2010
US House delivers victory on proposal to overturn gay military ban 14
10:20 AM — The US house of Representatives approved yesterday the proposal to overturn the law banning openly LGB people serving in the military.
27th May 2010
US Congress may vote on military gay ban today 5
10:42 AM — The US Congress is on track for taking a landmark vote over the issue of LGBT people serving in the military, according to the Associated Press.
25th May 2010
White House supports repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy 5
9:43 AM — The White House has given its full support to legislation that would repeal the ban on openly gay people serving in the US military. President Obama ordered a review of the policy, directing Defence Secretary Robert Gates to gauge the attitudes of military personnel and the effect on morale that repealing the ban might have.
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.
12th February 2010
Survey finds three quarters of Americans support out gay soldiers 3
3:07 PM — A poll has found that nearly 75 per cent of Americans support allowing gay soldiers to be open about their sexual orientation.