5th October 2011
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.
US study says gay men are less likely to be offered job interviews 34
2:14 PM — An American study says that openly gay men are less likely to be called back for job interviews - particularly in the South and Midwest. The research found that CVs which indicate an applicant is gay are 40 per cent less likely to be granted an interview than those which do not.
New York student suspended for saying bullied gay teen was ‘better off dead’ 32
12:00 PM — A classmate of New York schoolboy Jamey Rodemeyer has been suspended for chanting that the bullied gay teenager was "better off dead". The student made the taunts at a Williamsville North High School dance attended by Jamey's sister.
Obama ‘still working’ on gay marriage views 95
10:06 AM — US President Barack Obama says he is "still working" on his personal view of gay marriage. A year ago, he said his views on the issue were "evolving".
3rd October 2011
Obama attacks Republican booing of gay soldier 26
10:23 AM — Barack Obama has criticised Republican presidential candidates for staying silent when a gay soldier was booed at an Orlando debate. Stephen Hill, who is stationed in Iraq and spoke via a videolink, was booed for asking whether the candidates would reinstate the ban on openly gay troops.
30th September 2011
Pentagon says military chaplains can hold gay weddings 16
4:01 PM — The Pentagon has ruled that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriage ceremonies on or off military bases. The change comes ten days after the formal repeal of the ban on openly gay troops.
New York Christian clerk may go to court over gay marriages 71
2:33 PM — A town clerk in New York may go to court over her refusal to sign marriage licences for gay couples. Rose Marie Belforti, the town clerk for Ledyard, says God does not want her to condone same-sex relationships.
Right-wing Canadian group accused of transphobia for ‘confusion’ ad 38
11:19 AM — A right-wing Canadian group claims that school equality policies are "corrupting children". The Institute for Canadian Values ran an ad in the National Post this week urging adults to stop "confusing children" by teaching them about gay and transgender people.
Court dismisses gay military ban ruling 17
10:31 AM — A US federal court has dismissed a ruling which struck down the ban on openly gay troops as unconstitutional. The law was formally repealed last week but some gay rights campaigners said it could be revived in future if further action is not taken.
28th September 2011
US census shows 131,297 gay marriages 7
4:12 PM — The US census shows that there are 131,297 gay married households and 514,735 unmarried gay households. Marriage equality campaigners said the figures show the need for gay couples to be given the right to wed.
Airline says lesbian L Word couple were kicked off flight for swearing 34
2:01 PM — Southwest Airlines says that former L Word actress Leisha Hailey and her girlfriend were escorted off a flight for swearing, rather than kissing. The star and her girlfriend Camila Grey were on a Baltimore to St Louis flight on Sunday.
Joe Biden condemns Republican booing of gay soldier 11
1:35 PM — US vice-president Joe Biden has criticised the booing of a gay soldier at a Republican presidential debate. Mr Biden, whose son served in Iraq, said the booing was "reprehensible".
27th September 2011
Video: Parents of gay suicide teen urge families to talk 21
4:24 PM — The parents of Jamey Rodemeyer have urged other families to do everything they can to help bullied gay teenagers. Tracy and Tim Rodemeyer were speaking ten days after their 14-year-old son killed himself.
TV dating expert apologises for calling gay men promiscuous 83
3:02 PM — The presenter of US TV show Millionaire Matchmaker has apologised for saying that gay men cannot be faithful. Dating expert Patti Stanger, 50, said she had failed to "curb" gay men.
L Word actress ‘escorted off plane for lesbian kiss’ 115
10:25 AM — Leisha Hailey, who starred in the US lesbian drama The L Word, says she was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight after a row over kissing her girlfriend.
26th September 2011
Video: Lady Gaga’s tribute to young fan who killed himself 40
4:10 PM — Lady Gaga dedicated a performance at the weekend to a 14-year-old fan who killed himself after suffering homophobic bullying. Jamey Rodemeyer, of Buffalo, New York, was buried yesterday.
23rd September 2011
Obama administration opposes full severance pay for sacked gay troops 21
3:39 PM — Although the ban on openly gay troops was lifted on Tuesday, the Obama administration was arguing in court yesterday against a lawsuit which seeks full severance pay for those sacked under the law.
Three students may face charges over teenager’s suicide 59
3:12 PM — New York police are considering charging a number of students over the suicide of a 14-year-old boy. Jamey Rodemeyer, a student at Williamsville North High School, killed himself last Sunday after suffering years of anti-gay bullying.