14th October 2011
First US military gay convention meets this weekend 15
4:19 PM — The first convention for gay military personnel is meeting in Las Vegas this weekend. The OutServe Leadership Summit, which began yesterday, is the largest gathering of openly gay troops since Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed last month.
Lesbian confirmed as US federal judge 4
3:10 PM — The US senate has confirmed a lesbian to serve as a US federal judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Alison Nathan is the second of four openly gay people appointed by President Obama to be confirmed.
New Jersey teacher accused of anti-gay Facebook comments 114
10:24 AM — A teacher in New Jersey, US, has been criticised for allegedly saying homosexuality is "perverted" and "breeds like cancer" on her Facebook page. Viki Knox, who works in Union High School in the Union Township school district, reportedly advises a student prayer group.
13th October 2011
US Supreme Court refuses to hear gay parents’ appeal 23
4:22 PM — The US Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of a gay couple who wanted both their names on the birth certificate of a boy they adopted. Oren Adar and Mickey Smith, of New Orleans, adopted the Louisiana-born boy in 2006 in New York.
Effort to force referendum on California gay history law fails 17
1:22 PM — Gay rights opponents have failed in an attempt to repeal California law on gay history teaching in schools. They did not manage to collect the 505,000 signatures needed to suspend the law and put the issue on the ballot.
12th October 2011
Tracy Morgan was ‘hurt’ by his own anti-gay rant 38
11:25 AM — 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan says he too was hurt by his onstage homophobic rant. Appearing on the Late Show on Monday evening, he said he was upset that people did not enjoy the show and insisted that there had been a "misunderstanding".
Gay rights campaigner Frank Kameny dies aged 86 25
10:14 AM — Frank Kameny, the US gay rights campaigner, has died aged 86. The activist, who was sacked from his government job as an astronomer in 1957 for being gay, was one of the leading lights of the US gay rights movement.
11th October 2011
California removes surgery requirement for transgender birth certificates 29
3:12 PM — California's governor Jerry Brown has signed a law to make it easier for transgender people to get a revised birth certificate Previously, transgender people had to provide proof of surgery to obtain a birth certificate in the appropriate gender.
Nicole Kidman’s transgender film shelved 16
11:07 AM — A Nicole Kidman film about a transgender painter has been shelved after another star pulled out. Kidman hopes to play artist Lili Elbe before and after transition in a film titled The Danish Girl.
10th October 2011
Two gay Republican contenders in San Diego mayoral race 14
4:16 PM — Two of the contenders in San Diego's mayoral race are openly gay Republicans. District attorney Bonnie Dumanis, 59, and city councilman Carl DeMaio, 36, are open about their sexual orientation but the fact has barely featured in the race.
7th October 2011
Video: US student tells of ‘gay cure’ torture at hands of father 142
2:52 PM — An American student has described how he was tortured for a month by his father in an effort to turn him heterosexual. Samuel Brinton, a student at Kansas State University, said his Southern Baptist missionary father beat him, burned him and shocked him with electric currents.
Gay.xxx domain name sells for $500,000 3
11:28 AM — The internet domain name gay.xxx has been sold for half a million dollars. Although the .xxx extension is not yet open for public registration, the gay.xxx address was bought by Corbin Fisher, one of the world’s biggest gay porn producers.
6th October 2011
Evan Rachel Wood: ‘My bisexuality is real’ 29
7:00 PM — Evan Rachel Wood says her bisexuality is "for real". The True Blood actress, who has dealt firmly with suggestions that her orientation is a phase, told GQ she had been attracted to men and women since she could remember.
California teenager will face re-trial over gay school shooting
1:36 PM — A California teenage is to face a retrial over the shooting of his gay classmate. However, Brandon McInerney, who was 14 at the time of the killing, will now not face hate crime charges.
5th October 2011
‘Hung’ star Thomas Jane says he was a gay prostitute 42
4:48 PM — Thomas Jane, the star of HBO series 'Hung', has revealed he worked as a male prostitute when he first arrived in Hollywood. The 42-year-old actor told the Los Angeles Times that he was homeless and slept with men and women for money.
Tennessee student says principal assaulted him for wearing gay rights t-shirt 20
2:12 PM — A Tennessee student claims his principal assaulted him for wearing a t-shirt in support of a school gay-straight alliance. Chris Sigler, 17, a student at Sequoyah High School, wore a home-made shirt which read 'GSA: We've got your back' last Tuesday.
90210 to feature gay wedding 15
12:26 PM — US TV series 90210 is to have a gay wedding. Teddy (Trevor Donovan) will marry boyfriend Shane (Ryan Rottman) in an episode to be screened in November.
New medical rules for US transgender inmates
11:27 AM — The US Bureau of Prisons has adopted new rules for the care of transgender inmates. Previously, prisoners would be permitted to continue with treatments such as hormone therapy if they began them before being incarcerated. However, they would not be permitted to start such treatments inside.
Conflict over ‘gay cure’ study 143
10:17 AM — Two professors from American religious universities claim they have evidence to show that sexual orientation can be changed. Mark Yarhouse of Regent University and Stanton Jones at Wheaton College say that almost a quarter of the people they studied were able to become straight.
4th October 2011
Interview: Sean Maher on coming out in Hollywood 8
2:46 PM — Sean Maher made headlines last week when he became the latest Hollywood actor to come out. With a film and TV career spanning 14 years, he is perhaps best known for his role in Firefly and its movie sequel, Serenity. He currently stars in NBC’s The Playboy Club. Laurence Watts caught up with him to discuss the public’s reaction to his announcement.