24th June 2013
US: Acting Air Force Secretary becomes highest ranking openly-gay member of Defense Department
9:24 PM — The new acting Air Force Secretary, Under Secretary Eric Fanning, has become the highest-ranking openly-gay person at the US Defense Department.
25th April 2013
US: Connecticut Senate votes to restore benefits to veterans denied them under ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ 3
12:19 AM — The Senate in the US state of Connecticut on Wednesday voted to approve a bill which would restore state benefits to gay and lesbian veterans who were previously refused them under the US military's former Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
15th April 2013
US: Gay soldier files appeal over $100 White House protest fine 13
6:41 PM — Dan Choi – who was fined $100 for chaining himself to the White House fence in protest over America’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law – is refusing to pay the fine.
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.
US: Gay former solider fined $100 for White House protest 10
2:54 PM — Former US Army lieutenant Dan Choi, who chained himself to the White House fence in protest over America’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law, has avoided a prison sentence.
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.
15th March 2013
Gay former US Air Force Major settles ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ lawsuit 6
6:54 PM — A former airman who was discharged from the US Air Force under ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ has settled his lawsuit against the Defense Department.
23rd February 2013
US: Gay soldier booed at GOP presidential debate joins Ohio equal marriage effort 5
12:35 AM — An openly gay US soldier who was booed during a Republican presidential debate in 2011 for asking if potential candidates would undo moves towards gay equality, has joined efforts to lift the state of Ohio's ban on equal marriage.
16th February 2013
US Government allows first burial of same-sex military spouse in national cemetery 8
8:33 PM — The US government has permitted the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a military veteran in a nation cemetery, however whether or not this will affect other gay military couples is unknown.
6th February 2013
US: Pentagon set to extend benefits to gay service members 1
1:23 AM — Reports suggest that that the Pentagon is to extend some benefits to same-sex partners of gay service members.
31st January 2013
Tony Perkins blames military suicides on the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell 20
1:59 PM — The President of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, has blamed the repeal of don't ask don't tell for suicides in the US military.
28th January 2013
US: Lesbian wife of Fort Bragg officer gets membership offer and ‘Spouse of the Year’ award 2
4:37 PM — The lesbian wife of an officer at Fort Bragg has won the Spouse of the Year award and been invited to join the military spouses' club that originally rebuffed her.
18th January 2013
US: Lesbian soldier’s wife rejects ‘special guest membership’ after being turned away 12
7:28 PM — The wife of a lesbian soldier in the US has rejected a military spouses' club's offer of "special guest membership" after being turned down for ordinary membership last month.
10th January 2013
US: Gay former ambassador forgives Chuck Hagel for anti-gay remarks 2
6:21 PM — Former US ambassador James Hormel has forgiven Chuck Hagel for previously describing him as “aggressively gay” and is now supporting his defence secretary nomination.
8th January 2013
US: Military service members discharged for being gay receive severance settlement 5
11:46 AM — Dozens of gay and lesbian former military service members who were discharged for being gay will receive the rest of their severance pay under a ruling made by federal court on Monday.
Tammy Baldwin: I want to find out if Chuck Hagel really has changed on gay rights 4
1:05 AM — Newly elected Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay member of the Senate has said that she wishes to meet with Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel to see if his attitudes towards gays has really changed.
7th January 2013
Obama: I believe Chuck Hagel’s apology for anti-gay comments and he’s the right man for the job 4
11:35 PM — A senior White House official has said the President Barack Obama believes and accepts Chuck Hagel's apologies for his anti-gay rhetoric and support of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
President Obama appoints Chuck Hagel — but gay rights groups express reservations 8
7:11 PM — US President Barack Obama has named Chuck Hagel as defence secretary, despite a backlash over his previous comments on gay rights.
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.
31st December 2012
President Obama gives Chuck Hagel his backing — despite gay rights row 12
2:14 PM — Despite facing renewed criticism for his previous anti-gay remarks, Chuck Hagel, who is tipped to become the next US defence secretary, has President Obama’s support.