20th December 2011
Brandon McInerney receives 21 year prison sentence for gay school shooting 48
9:51 AM — A US court has sentenced Brandon McInerney, the Californian student who last month pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of gay classmate Larry King, to 21 years in prison. The prison sentence is part of a plea bargain he made with the court in Ventura County, California.
19th December 2011
Sentencing due today in case of US gay school shooting 17
10:49 AM — A court in the US is due to sentence Brandon McInerney, the Californian student who last month pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of gay classmate Larry King. The district attorney’s office said as part of the plea deal that he would serve 11 years for voluntary manslaughter and 10 years for the use of a firearm, but will not serve time for the murder.
Gay Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning “struggled with gender identity issues” 38
10:07 AM — The pre-trial hearing of Bradley Manning, the gay US soldier accused of sending many sensitive documents to the Wikileaks website, was told by his defence lawyer that he struggled with gender identity issues.
16th December 2011
Video: Gay couple being told they will become grandparents goes viral 12
4:04 PM — A video of a gay couple being told they are going to become grandparents has become a viral hit on Youtube a year after being uploaded to the site.
Mississippi mayor’s gay shop receipts force him to come out 39
3:23 PM — The mayor of the fourth-largest city in Mississippi has been forced to come out of the closet after the receipts from his expenses claim included a visit to a gay "lifestyle store and sex shop".
Gay Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearing begins today 73
12:34 PM — The pre-trial hearing of Bradley Manning, the gay soldier accused of sending sensitive documents to the Wikileaks website, begins today in the US state of Marlyand.
US study: Equal marriage rights improve health of single gay men 13
10:30 AM — A US study of the effect of equal marriage rights claims gay and bisexual men lead healthier lives when those rights are introduced, regardless of whether they have a partner.
15th December 2011
US school defends “outing” gay student to his parents to keep him “safe” 35
3:27 PM — A school in Utah has defended its decision to tell the parents of a student that he was gay saying it was concerned about bullying.
Rick Santorum blames lower US wedding rates on marriage equality 46
10:39 AM — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has blamed the fall in numbers of married Americans on gay marriage, referencing a survey which did not draw that conclusion itself.
Amber Heard: Staying in the closet in Hollywood is a “horribly detrimental lie” 5
9:05 AM — Lesbian actress Amber Heard has said people in her profession are dissuaded from coming out in Hollywood and end up becoming part of a "detrimental lie".
14th December 2011
Parents of gay US suicide teenager launch charitable foundation in his name 6
2:09 PM — The parents of a gay teenager who killed himself last year have launched an anti-bullying foundation named in his honour.
George Clooney to star in second production of Dustin Lance Black’s Proposition 8 play 9
11:51 AM — George Clooney has confirmed he will star in the second one-night-only production of Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's Proposition 8 play. The show revisits the ballot measure which banned gay couples from marrying in California and its reversal by Judge Vaughn Walker last year.
13th December 2011
Republicans block appointment of US ambassador to El Salvador over pro-gay rights article 26
12:04 PM — Last night, the US senate blocked president Barack Obama's nominee to be ambassador to El Salvador after Republicans expressed outrage at an article she wrote in support of gay rights and unfounded rumours that an ex-boyfriend was a Cuban spy.
US gay serviceman reinstated following Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell discharge 11
11:13 AM — A gay linguist who was discharged from the US Navy under the now-repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DODT) ban on openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces has been reinstated, his attorneys have announced.
12th December 2011
Anti-gay US politician’s ‘secret life’ as sperm donor to lesbian couples 26
4:44 PM — An American politician who has campaigned against gay marriage has been accused of having a "secret life" as a sperm donor to lesbian couples. Bill Johnson, a 2009 conservative Christian candidate for governor of Alabama, has spent the last year in Christchurch, New Zealand, helping relief efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Hulk Hogan: ‘If I was gay I would embrace it’ 14
1:34 PM — Hulk Hogan has dismissed his former wife's claims that he is gay as "insane" and says he would accept his sexuality if he was gay.
Rick Perry confronted over anti-gay ad 29
10:06 AM — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry was heckled yesterday over a promotional ad which says there is “something wrong with our country” when gays can serve in the military, but children cannot “celebrate Christmas or pray in school”.
11th December 2011
Wrestler Hulk Hogan suing ex-wife for claiming he had a gay affair 18
2:39 PM — Wrestler Hulk Hogan is to sue his former wife for defamation after she used a radio interview to promote her autobiography to claim that her ex-husband had a gay relationship with fellow WWE star Brutus Beefcake.
9th December 2011
US Appeals Court judges tear down Prop 8 supporters’ attempts to disqualify decision of gay judge 53
2:39 PM — The sponsors of California’s controversial gay marriage ban attempted to disqualify the decision of a federal judge, Vaughn Walker, because he didn’t declare that he was gay when he overturned the state’s gay marriage ban last year.
Video: Newt Gingrich’s lesbian half-sister will support rival Barack Obama for presidency 15
2:07 PM — The lesbian half-sister of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has criticised her brother’s stance on gay rights and said she will support president Barack Obama in next year’s presidential election.