15th September 2011
Interview: Don Lemon, CNN’s openly gay anchorman 6
3:19 PM — Don Lemon is an Edward R Murrow Award-winning reporter and news anchor for CNN. As the weekend face of CNN Newsroom he can be seen each week in more than 100m US households. He publicly came out in his recent book, Transparent. Laurence Watts caught up with him to find out more.
US authors say publisher told them to ‘straighten’ gay character 28
1:36 PM — Two authors who wrote a young adults' post-apocalyptic novel say a publisher offered them a deal on the basis that they turn 'straighten' a gay character.
Maryland teenager jailed for five years over attack on transgender woman 40
1:11 PM — A teenage girl from Baltimore, Maryland, has been sentenced to five years in jail for attacking a transgender woman in a McDonalds' restaurant.
14th September 2011
Mother of gay suicide teenager pressures Michele Bachmann 26
5:09 PM — The mother of a gay teenager who killed himself is pressuring Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to speak about the issue. Justin Aaberg, 15, who went to school in Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District, hanged himself in 2010 after suffering anti-gay bullying.
Clint Eastwood against gay marriage bans 20
11:36 AM — Clint Eastwood has criticised bans on gay marriage. In typically gruff style, the actor told GQ that everyone should have the change to lead they life they want.
13th September 2011
New York clerk refuses to sign gay marriage licences 141
5:00 PM — A town clerk in New York may be forced to resign over her refusal to sign marriage licences for gay couples. Rose Marie Belforti, the town clerk for Ledyard, suggested that the new gay marriage law could lead to people marrying animals.
Jane Lynch: ‘I can’t tell anyone else how to come out as gay’ 9
1:58 PM — Glee star Jane says she would never give anyone advice on how to come out as gay. The actress, 51, appears on the cover of this month's Advocate magazine and is one of Hollywood's most high-profile LGBT people.
Episcopal bishop who ordained gay man dies aged 87 6
1:21 PM — A retired US Episcopal bishop who was accused of heresy for ordaining a gay man has died aged 87. Walter C Righter was an assistant bishop in Newark, New Jersey, in 1990 when he ordained Barry Stopfel, who he knew was gay and not celibate, as a deacon.
North Carolina House approves referendum on gay marriage ban 10
10:33 AM — North Carolina's House of Representatives have approved a measure for a voter referendum on a gay marriage ban. Although the US state does not currently recognise gay marriage, Republicans are seeking a constitutional ban on the practice, which would prevent courts from ruling for marriage equality.
12th September 2011
Harvard University hires ‘gay student life’ director 2
5:04 PM — Harvard University has appointed a director of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life. Lisa 'Lee' Forest, who is currently the head of the GLTB and Allies Pride Center at Bridgewater State University in Massechusetts, will take up the post in November.
MTV Networks closes 365gay.com 5
4:36 PM — Gay news website 365gay.com is to be shut down by Viacom's MTV Networks division. Editor in chief Jennifer Vanasco said MTV Networks “has shifted its online strategy".
10th September 2011
US politician Sally Kern: Gays are more dangerous than terrorists 186
12:05 PM — Ahead of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Republican member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives Sally Kern has renewed her claim that homosexuality has killed more people in the United States than terrorism.
9th September 2011
US Christian school ‘asked lesbian student to leave’ 55
5:32 PM — A Christian school in the US state of Connecticut allegedly asked a student to leave because she is a lesbian.
Three gay men attacked in Utah in a fortnight 23
5:08 PM — Three gay men have been been attacked in the US state of Utah in the last two weeks. Early on Thursday morning, 32-year-old Cameron Nelson was attacked in American Fork as he took out rubbish at a hair salon.
8th September 2011
Poll: North Carolina residents oppose gay marriage ban 8
5:08 PM — A small poll of voters in the US state of North Carolina says that most would vote against a proposed ban on gay marriage. Republican lawmakers announced last week that they will push for a voter referendum on the issue in 2012.
Maryland Governor: Gay marriage is possible but it will be a long fight 6
12:05 PM — The governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley as well as the lieutenant governor, Anthony Brown, have warned that it will be a long fight to win full gay marriage rights with the same legal status as straight married couples but that it is achievable.
‘God Hates Fags’ church to picket Ground Zero and Nevada National Guard funerals 44
10:26 AM — The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, that pickets military funerals with signs saying 'God Hates Fags' will picket the funerals of three Nevada National Guard soldiers as well as protesting at the site of Ground Zero on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Video: US Department of Interior posts ‘It Gets Better’ clip 3
9:21 AM — The US Department of the Interior has become the latest US government department to make an 'It Gets Better' film to give support to LGBT teenagers.
7th September 2011
US medical schools ‘don’t provide enough LGBT training’ 5
5:07 PM — A study of American medical schools suggests that they are not giving students enough training on lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender issues. According to the research, most medical schools provide just five hours on LGBT health issues, while one third offer no training on the matter at all.
Kristen Chenoweth on being a Christian and a gay rights supporter 47
4:50 PM — US singer and actress Kristen Chenoweth has described how she balances her Christian faith with support for gay rights. The West Wing and Wicked star has been praised for supporting equality and last year, defended her Promises, Promises co-star Sean Hayes after an article said he couldn't play a straight man.