12th September 2012
US: New bill would ban equal marriage on military bases 16
7:45 PM — The resistance against equal marriage on military bases from a US Senator, has not wavered, as a new bill was introduced yesterday with a view to banning same-sex weddings on military bases.
6th September 2012
Lady Gaga’s meat dress becomes museum exhibit 1
5:48 PM — Lady Gaga's famous meat dress, along with its gay rights message, has made its way to America’s capital.
12th August 2012
Tammy Smith becomes US’s first openly gay army general 7
6:55 PM — Less than a year after the repeal of the United State’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy that banned openly gay and lesbian people in the US armed forces, Tammy Smith has become the first openly gay US army general.
20th July 2012
San Diego: Military personnel can attend Pride in uniform for one year only 11
1:18 PM — The Pentagon will allow US military personnel to attend San Diego's pride parade in uniform for the first, and only, time.
21st June 2012
Republicans won’t reintroduce ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ if elected, one lawmaker says 22
11:09 PM — The Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee announced today that the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) was a settled issue, which neither a Romney presidency nor a Republican-majority Senate would reverse.
15th June 2012
Video: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta praises gays in the military 9
3:05 PM — In a video released to mark Pride month, the US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta praised the contribution of gay men and women in the forces both before and after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.
19th May 2012
Republicans hastily add anti-equal marriage coda to a defence bill 54
11:51 PM — In a sign that equal marriage might be made a more prominent issue than previously thought, following President Obama's support for the measure, Republican-led House of Representatives have hastily added a provision on to a large-scale defence bill that would ban equal marriage ceremonies at military chapels.
10th May 2012
Leon Panetta: Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ going ‘very well’ 7
10:55 PM — The US Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta, said today that the repeal of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) policy, which prohibited openly gay personnel from serving in the military, has not affected military morale or readiness.
28th March 2012
American military academies celebrate first gay pride events 6
4:56 PM — This week saw the first gay pride events being celebrated at military academies in the USA, six months after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
28th February 2012
Gay marine’s homecoming kiss an online hit 72
3:06 PM — A photo of a gay marine sharing a home-coming kiss with his boyfriend in Hawaii has become an online sensation.
1st September 2011
Trial of gay US soldier Dan Choi put on hold 11
10:43 AM — The federal trial of a gay soldier who chained himself to the White House fence to protest over the gay military ban has been put on hold. Reports say that former Army lieutenant Dan Choi may be closer to having the charges against him dismissed.
25th July 2011
Obama signs certification to end military gay ban 33
10:40 AM — On Friday, President Obama and two military leaders signed a certification declaring that lifting the ban on openly gay troops will not harm the military. This means that the ban. known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, will officially end in mid-September, allowing gay and lesbian troops to finally be open about their sexual orientation.
22nd July 2011
US to announce end of ban on openly gay troops 23
10:12 AM — The Pentagon is set to certify later today that lifting the ban on openly gay troops will not harm the military. This means that gay military personnel will be able to be open about their sexuality at the end of September, as the change does not come into affect until 60 days after certification.
15th July 2011
Obama administration asks court to keep military gay ban for now 59
3:30 PM — The Obama administration has asked an appeals court to reconsider a verdict ruling that the ban on openly gay troops should end immediately. Last week, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Pentagon to cease enforcing the ban.
4th July 2011
WikiLeaks soldier Bradley Manning ‘bullied for being gay’ 13
2:58 PM — It has been claimed that alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning was mocked and assaulted for being gay while in the US Army.
14th June 2011
US defence secretary says progress on gay ban could come this month 14
3:10 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates says he sees no bar to repealing the military gay ban and could endorse the change at the end of this month. Speaking to Associated Press, Mr Gates said he will back progress if the chiefs of the military recommend moving forward at the end of this month.
6th June 2011
Homophobic New York senator’s lesbian granddaughter speaks out 74
3:57 PM — The lesbian granddaughter of the homophobic New York State senator Ruben Diaz Sr. has taken a public stand against her grandfather's opinions.
24th May 2011
Military chaplains want reassurances over opposition to homosexuality 57
4:12 PM — Military chaplains are calling for reassurances that troops will not be punished if they speak out about their opposition to homosexuality. According to Associated Press, a joint letter from retired chaplains from 21 religious groups to the lead chaplains of the Army, Navy and Air Force says that troops may be unable to speak openly if they fear punishment.
12th May 2011
US House panel attempts to delay lifting of military gay ban 18
2:00 PM — A US House panel has approved a defence bill which contains a clause to delay the lifting of the ban on openly gay soldiers. The House Armed Services Committee voted 33-27 to approve an amendment requiring the chiefs of all four military services to certify that the change won't hurt military readiness, AP reports.
28th April 2011
US Marines begin training to accept gay soldiers 86
1:00 PM — US Marines have begun training in preparation to accept openly gay troops. Before President Obama signed an order to repeal the 17-year-old ban, there was concern that the Marines in particular would react badly to serving alongside out gay colleagues.