30th December 2011
US study highlights DOMA tax problems for married gays 12
11:35 AM — A study has said gay couples in the US can pay thousands of dollars more in tax each year than similar straight couples, because the federal government does not allow married gay couples to file tax returns together.
US chuch’s “gay nativity scene” vandalised on Christmas Day 11
9:22 AM — A nativity scene featuring gay, lesbian and straight couples outside a church in California was reportedly vandalised on Christmas Day. Claremont United Methodist Church had erected a large set of silhouettes around a lit tree sculpture. The silhouettes featured one gay, one lesbian and one straight couple.
29th December 2011
Jamaican elections end tonight as minister says gays “threatened his life” 62
1:37 PM — Voting is set to end tonight in Jamaica's parliamentary elections, while a government minister claims that he was threatened with his life for questioning whether the international gay community was funding the opposition.
Video: US sets Hillary Clinton’s landmark UN speech to music 11
12:18 PM — The US State Department has released an uplifting video of the groundbreaking speech given to a United Nations summit in Geneva by Hillary Clinton earlier this month.
Barnes and Noble pulls “anti-gay” calendar amid online feud 32
11:59 AM — US bookseller Barnes & Noble confirmed this week it would stop selling a calendar criticised for its depiction of gays, while its author hit back at critics. Joe King's calendar, I'm Not Gay, I'm Just a Sissy: 12 Months of Sexual Confusion, which was only available from the retailer online, includes jokes about AIDS and gay lifestyles.
Archbishop of Chicago: Pride organisers “invited comparison” with Ku Klux Klan 59
10:31 AM — The Archbishop of Chicago has stood by his statement likening gay pride supporters to the Klu Klux Klan, saying the organisers of the city's gay pride parade "invited an obvious comparison" with the white-supremacist hate group.
28th December 2011
New biography claims Richard Nixon may have had gay affair 18
3:38 PM — Among the claims made in a new book about former US President Richard Nixon's time as a politician is the suggestion that he may have had a gay relationship with one of his closest confidants.
Robin Williams says his “very modern” dog has a boyfriend 13
2:03 PM — In a recent interview, comedian and actor Robin Williams has claimed his pug dog is gay and has a boyfriend, and that the pair would like to adopt a cat.
Taylor Lautner’s coming out magazine cover “100 per cent fake” 9
10:08 AM — An image purporting to show Taylor Lautner coming out on the cover of a January edition of People magazine has been dismissed as a fake by the magazine. Celebrities sent congratulations to the 19-year-old star of the Twilight series before it was revealed to be a joke.
Interview: Phillip Ward on the inimitable Quentin Crisp 11
9:29 AM — Laurence Watts meets Phillip Ward to discuss the life and work of Quentin Crisp, and his "simple philosophy of happiness and being".
26th December 2011
The top USA LGBT stories of 2011 28
11:01 AM — We've already brought you the weirdest and most unexpected stories of 2011 as well as the most important UK stories of 2011, now we bring you the most important stories from the USA.
23rd December 2011
Video: Michele Bachmann challenged by “gay robot” 19
11:05 AM — On her campaign trail to win the Republican party's nomination for the presidential race, Michele Bachmann received an unusual heckling.
Gays “sorry for cheapening marriage” after US politician’s “affair” 47
9:56 AM — A gay man in Minnesota has apologised on behalf of his community for "degrading traditional marriage" after a married state senator who opposed equal marriage rights had an "illicit affair" with a male member of her staff.
Archbishop of Chicago compares gay pride march to Ku Klux Klan rally 99
9:17 AM — A Catholic cardinal in the city of Chicago has drawn condemnation for suggesting the gay rights movement could "morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan".
22nd December 2011
Gay Republicans say Newt Gingrich’s “vote Obama” comment was “mischaracterised” 33
10:42 AM — Newt Gingrich's suggestion that a gay Iowan voter support US President Barack Obama in next year's elections if he values marriage equality above other issues has been "mischaracterised" according to gay Republican groups.
Lesbians become first naval couple to share traditional port kiss 17
9:50 AM — Two lesbians in the US have become the first gay couple to share the navy's traditional dockside kiss, when an officer returns home from sea.
21st December 2011
US network “will meet LGBT groups” to discuss new show’s effect on trans community 44
2:48 PM — US network executives say they will meet with LGBT groups over a comedy which has drawn criticism for its depiction of men dressing as women to find work.
Newt Gingrich “told gay Iowan to vote for Obama” 38
1:01 PM — A gay man in Iowa says when he asked Republican presidential candidacy hopeful Newt Gingrich how he would engage gay Americans, the politician told him he should support Obama. The exchange took place at an event in Oskaloosa, Iowa, for Gingrich's campaign to win his party's nomination for the presidential elections next year.
Lesbian couple sues Hawaii B&B which turned them away for being gay 19
12:37 PM — A gay couple from the US are suing a hotel for discrimination, saying the owner denied them a room because of their sexuality. The case bears several similarities to the ongoing dispute in the UK regarding two Christian private hotel owners who refused a gay couple a room because they were unmarried.
20th December 2011
New York couple receive wedding congratulations from Barack Obama 22
3:27 PM — A New York gay couple have spoken of their surprise after receiving a letter of congratulation from President Barack Obama following their wedding.