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.
27th April 2011
Lesbian cadet Katherine Miller refused readmission to West Point 7
5:45 PM — Katherine Miller, the lesbian cadet who resigned from West Point military academy last year over the don't ask don't tell policy, has had her bid for readmission refused.
8th April 2011
US military chiefs committed to ending gay ban 12
10:35 AM — US military chiefs say they are making smooth progress towards lifting the ban on openly gay troops. During a House Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, the leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force and Marines said troops did not appear anxious about the change.
1st April 2011
Gay sailor told he can stay in the US Navy 18
12:24 PM — A gay sailor who was outed has been told by a military panel that he can stay in the Navy. Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Morado, 26 told reporters that the three-member panel apparently agreed with his lawyer's argument that Don't Ask, Don't Tell is now dead.
31st March 2011
US gay sailor outed by colleague faces dismissal 18
4:12 PM — A gay US sailor is facing dismissal after a colleague outed him. Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Morado, 26, is to appear before a private military hearing today where he will find out if he is to be fired under Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
18th December 2010
Video: US Senate votes to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban on gays serving in the military 38
8:36 PM — The US Senate has voted 65 to 31 to repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. Since the ban was introduced in 1993, more than 13,500 LGBT service personnel have been dismissed from the military.
3rd December 2010
Gay military ban ‘helps spread diseases’ 14
5:43 PM — The ban on out gay soldiers in the US military may contribute to the spread of sexually-transmitted disease, a doctor has claimed. Dr Kenneth Katz, an STD specialist in San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency, said that soldiers could not be honest with medical staff about their sexual histories.
30th November 2010
Pentagon report says ban on out gay soldiers can be lifted safely 10
8:22 PM — A Pentagon report says that the ban on out gay troops in the US military can be lifted safely without too much disruption. The report, released today, said that the ban could even be lifted now, in wartime, without harming troops or the military's ability to do its job.
24th November 2010
Video: Fox News refuses to air gay military ban ad 13
5:38 PM — Fox News has refused to broadcast an advert which calls for the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The ad, by the pro-repeal Palm Center, features Canadian and Australian military leaders saying that lifting their countries' bans on out gay soldiers were a "non-event" and did not harm the military.
Lesbian flight nurse returns to duty as White House appeals 1
3:39 PM — A lesbian flight nurse sacked under Don't Ask, Don't Tell is to re-join the Air Force but the Obama administration has filed an appeal against the decision. Major Margaret Witt was sacked in 2007 after 19 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves when her affair with a woman came to light.
23rd November 2010
Pentagon: No gay soldiers fired this month 2
10:46 AM — No US troops have been fired for being gay in the last month, the Pentagon has said. Last month, defence secretary Robert Gates tightened the rules on dismissals, placing the power to sack out gay troops in the hands of just three officials.