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  • 30th November 2010

    Need to find a condom? There’s an app for that 2

    iCondom is available in the iPhone App store

    11:00 PM — Launched ahead of World AIDS day, a new Apple iPhone application helps people find their nearest condom dispenser in two US cities. The launch of iCondom in the USA follows the launch of an app for Paris and Marseilles.

  • 24th November 2010

    Video: Fox News refuses to air gay military ban ad 13

    The video featured generals from other countries calling repeal a non-event

    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

    Major Margaret Witt is to return to duty

    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.

  • 15th November 2010

    Texas gay couple marry by Skype 3

    Texas does not allow gay marriage

    1:04 PM — A gay couple have circumvented Texas' ban on gay marriage by marrying over Skype. Mark Reed and Dante Walkup used the internet software to link to Washington DC, where a registrar conducted the ceremony.

  • 8th November 2010

    Travel companies ‘need to do more to be gay-friendly’ 16

    Travel companies should do more to prove they are gay-friendly, the survey says

    7:12 PM — Although plenty of travel companies now advertise themselves as being gay-friendly, a survey shows that many need to do more to justify the claim.

  • 4th November 2010

    Trans student first to play NCAA basketball 11

    Kye Allums will be the first trans basketball player in the NCAA

    1:52 PM — A Washington student has become the first transgender person to play NCAA basketball. Kye Allums, 21, of George Washington University, is returning to the women's team this month, although he is now known as a man.

  • 22nd October 2010

    Facebook ads can ‘out’ gay users 12

    Facebook has had a string of privacy issues

    1:56 PM — Facebook 'outs' gay users through some of its targeted ads, researchers have discovered. They found that some ads which were completely neutral to sexual orientation (such as a nursing degree at a Florida medical college) were targeted exclusively at gay man.

  • 20th October 2010

    Senator David Norris could be Ireland’s first gay president 11

    David Norris hopes to become Ireland's next president

    11:41 AM — Irish Senator David Norris has revealed that he decided to stand for the presidency after a Facebook group urged him to. The 66-year-old is an independent senator known for his campaigning on gay rights.

  • 25th June 2010

    Signers of ballots against gay marriage may no longer remain anonymous, US Supreme Court rules 6

    The state of Washington approved same-sex domestic partnerships in 2009

    11:15 AM — The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that those who sign referendum petitions may no longer be able to do so anonymously. In doing this, the Court rejected the claims of an anti-gay rights group, who argued the ruling went against their First Amendment protection of political expression.

  • 17th February 2010

    Gay Tory Nick Herbert says party has made ‘rapid conversion’ on gay equality 113

    Nick Herbert is to speak in Washington later today

    12:29 PM — Nick Herbert, the shadow environment secretary, has said the Conservative party has seen a "definite change" in its attitudes to gay people. He said the Tories had to be "properly representative" of the whole country.

  • 20th January 2010

    Ugandan MP David Bahati will not attend Obama prayer breakfast 11

    David Bahati will not attend the prayer breakfast

    5:41 PM — David Bahati, the Ugandan MP who authored an anti-gay bill currently passing through the country, has reportedly been disinvited from a prayer breakfast with US president Barack Obama.

  • 15th January 2010

    Gay marriage opponents denied referendum in DC 4

    Opponents were denied a referendum

    5:16 PM — Gay equality opponents in Washington DC were barred by a judge from holding a referendum on gay marriage yesterday. Judge Judith N Macaluso said allowing voters to strike down the law would "authorise discrimination".

  • 31st December 2009

    Stages set for midnight weddings as fifth US state legalises gay marriage 5

    Gay couples will gather at the New Hampshire State House at midnight to celebrate

    4:20 PM — Legislation in New Hampshire which will eliminate differences between civil unions and straight marriages comes into force on New Year's Day.

  • BBC News presenter Jane Hill comes out 33

    Jane Hill is currently living in North London with her partner, Sara

    12:43 PM — Newsreader Jane Hill discusses cohabiting with her partner in the corporation's in-house magazine.

  • 30th December 2009

    The gay highs and lows of 2009 13

    Will 2010 see a prime minister marching with the Pride parade?

    7:07 PM — A look back at the best and worst moments for LGBT causes in 2009. While sports stars came out and politicians rushed to stand up for gay rights, the year was marred by the death of a much-loved pop star and a string of violent homophobic attacks.

  • 18th December 2009

    Poll suggests almost half of Americans believe being gay is a choice 58

    The poll suggested many Americans thought being gay was a choice

    7:18 PM — A poll of 1,001 American voters has found that almost half believe being gay is something people choose. The research found that 47 per cent of respondents thought homosexuality was a choice, while 46 per cent opposed gay marriage.

  • Washington DC mayor signs gay marriage bill 12

    DC mayor Adrian Fenty supported the bill

    7:15 PM — Washington DC's mayor Adrian Fenty has signed a bill allowing gay marriage in the district. He signed it at a public ceremony at All Souls Church, which has a gay-friendly Unitarian congregation.

  • 16th December 2009

    Gay US students want mixed-sex dorm rooms 7

    LGBT students want the option of mixed-sex rooms

    6:53 PM — LGBT students in the US are campaigning for mixed-sex college rooms, saying many of them feel more comfortable living with someone of the opposite gender.

  • 15th December 2009

    Washington DC council votes to legalise gay marriage 10

    The DC council has approved gay marriage

    9:45 PM — As predicted, the Washington DC council has voted 11-2 to legalise gay marriage in the district. Mayor Adrian Fenty has promised to sign the bill when it reaches his desk, which is the next stage.

  • Hundreds attend gay marriage rally ahead of Washington DC council vote 2

    DC is expected to pass the gay marriage bill

    1:14 PM — Washington DC's council will today vote on a bill allowing gay marriage in the district. Advocates are quietly confident, as nine of the council's 13 members are listed as co-sponsors and mayor Adrian Fenty has clearly signalled he will sign it.

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