3rd June 2011
Comedian Wanda Sykes says she ‘shocked herself’ by publicly coming out 8
11:11 AM — Lesbian comedian Wanda Sykes has said she had "no intention" of publicly coming out at a gay rights rally back in 2008 and was shocked by her own frankness about her sexuality.
26th May 2011
California first-graders learn about marriage equality 56
12:06 PM — First-graders at a California school celebrated Harvey Milk Day last week by learning about marriage equality. Eric Ross, the author of new children's book My Uncle's Wedding, spoke to 40 six and seven-year-olds at a San Francisco elementary school.
19th May 2011
California’s transgender protection bill makes progress 4
5:27 PM — A California bill to improve legal protections for trans people has been approved by the state assembly. The Gender Nondiscrimination Act (AB 887) passed with bipartisan support on a 54-24 vote on Monday. It will now go to the state Senate.
10th May 2011
California Senate approves equal benefits bill 3
3:41 PM — The California Senate has narrowly approved a bill to encourage companies to give equal benefits to the spouses of gay employees. Democrat Senator Christine Kehoe's bill says that state agency contracts will only be awarded to companies who offer the equal benefits.
15th April 2011
Bill could make gay history compulsory in California schools 30
5:52 PM — The teaching of gay history could become compulsory in California schools if a new bill becomes law. The bill, SB 48, was passed by the Senate today by 23 to 14 votes. Its full name is The FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful) Education Act.
7th April 2011
Prop 8 judge speaks for the first time about being gay 14
9:05 AM — The judge who struck down California's ban on gay marriage has spoken publicly for the first time about the fact he is gay. US District Judge Vaughn Walker, now retired, was outed during the course of last year's trial by a newspaper which said his sexuality was an open secret.
3rd March 2011
Californian Supreme Court denies request to speed up gay marriage decision 8
12:42 AM — The Californian supreme court has denied an application to speed up its decision on the fate of gay marriage in the state. Campaigners had argued that the Californian legal code requires courts to reach speedy decisions when they impact on individuals over the age of 70.
1st March 2011
California’s attorney general calls for gay marriages to resume 13
11:51 PM — California's attorney general has asked a federal appeals court to allow gay marriages to take place while the state's supreme court decides on the validity of the ban on same sex marriage.
28th February 2011
LA Times opposes Prop 8, supports gay marriage 2
8:25 PM — The Los Angeles Times signalled its support for gay marriage by running an editorial today calling Proposition 8 a “deplorable situation”.
17th February 2011
Californian Supreme Court to hear Prop 8 case, delaying decision on gay marriage until 2012 8
2:56 AM — The legal saga over gay marriage in California looks set to drag on for another year. Last night, the Californian Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the backer of Proposition 8, the 2008 voter initiative that banned gay and lesbian marriages has the right to appeal a lower court decision that the ban was unconstitutional.
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.
7th December 2010
US appeals court ‘could rule to lift California gay marriage ban’ 9
3:35 PM — The US federal appeals court considering the ban on gay marriage in California could issue a narrow ruling on lifting the ban, reports say.
GLAAD celebrates 25 years of gay rights campaigning 1
1:10 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has celebrated 25 years of campaigning. The group was formed in 1987 in New York to protest the New York Post's reporting of HIV and AIDS.
6th December 2010
Appeals court hears California gay marriage case 2
3:57 PM — A federal appeals court was due to begin hearing a case on California's gay marriage ban today. The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear arguments around a federal judge's ruling that the ban on gay marriage in the state is unconstitutional.
26th November 2010
Apple removes ‘anti-gay’ iPhone app 30
3:45 PM — Apple has apparently removed an app from its iTunes store which rails against gay marriage and LGBT rights. The app, created by a Christian group, disappeared from the online store after media attention, first reported on PinkNews.co.uk.
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.
17th November 2010
US county elects first transgender judge 10
3:11 PM — Victoria Kolakowski has become the first trans person to be elected as a trial judge in the US. She was elected as a superior court judge in Alameda County, California, beating deputy district attorney John Creighton with 51 to 48 per cent of the vote.
12th November 2010
Video: Cindy McCain criticises DADT while husband John defends it 2
12:39 PM — Republican senator John McCain's wife Cindy appears in a new video which attacks the ban on out gay soldiers. In the latest ad, she appears to be suggesting that her husband is partly responsible for the homophobic bullying with has led to a number of gay teenage suicides.
3rd November 2010
US mid-term results pose challenges and opportunities for gay rights 13
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.