21st September 2011
Marines begin recruitment drive at gay community centre 8
2:12 PM — Marine recruiters pitched up at an Oklahoma gay community centre to find openly lesbian, gay or bisexual recruits. The 18-year-old law banning openly gay troops was finally repealed yesterday and Marine recruiters set up a stall at the Dennis R Neill Equality Center in Tulsa.
20th September 2011
Video: US airman comes out to his father live on YouTube 48
11:02 PM — On the day that President Obama finally ended the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ban on openly gay people serving in the US military, a young airman came out to his father via the telephone and broadcast a webcam recording of the event on YouTube.
Obama praises end of military gay ban 15
5:39 PM — President Obama has hailed the end of the ban on openly gay troops. The 1993 law was repealed today and the president said: "As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love."
Poll: Young people see online anti-gay or racist slurs as ‘just joking’ 35
2:33 PM — A poll suggests that most US young people are not offended by online anti-gay, racist or sexist slurs. According to an Associated Press-MTV survey, most young people think it's just 'joking around' when their friends use words like 'fag' or 'slut'.
US military gay ban ends today 23
10:10 AM — The ban on openly gay and lesbian US troops ends today after nearly two decades. The law, known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military if they kept their sexual orientation a secret.
19th September 2011
Madonna flash mob greets anti-gay Republican Michele Bachmann 28
5:44 PM — Gay rights campaigners staged a Madonna-themed flash mob to greet Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Friday. The anti-gay politician was in California for the state Republican convention.
Evan Rachel Wood admits she was ‘terrified’ of first female relationship 12
2:32 PM — True Blood actress Evan Rachel Wood has spoken candidly about being bisexual. The star, who plays lesbian vampire Sophie-Anne Leclerq on the show, told Marie Claire: "That's a big part of who I am, and it always has been for as long as I can remember."
16th September 2011
Woman ‘too disgusted by gays to leave the house’ 285
6:15 PM — A Catholic woman from Massachusetts says she is so disgusted by gay people that she fears leaving her house. Stacy Trasancos, a stay-at-home mother of seven children, detailed her extreme homophobia on her blog, acceptingabundance.com.
Archie Comics’ first gay character Kevin Keller to wed 7
3:29 PM — The first gay character in Archie Comics, Kevin Keller, will get married in an upcoming issue. In the storyline, in Life With Archie #16, Kevin returns to Riverside as an adult after serving in the Army.
US gay rights campaigner Arthur Evans dies 6
2:06 PM — Arthur Evans, the American gay rights campaigner, has died at the age of 68. He was found dead of a heart attack at his home in San Francisco on Sunday, having being diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm last year.
Gay troops prepare for end of military ban 25
11:24 AM — The ban on openly gay US troops will come to an end on Tuesday, 18 years after it was signed into law. Despite some attempts to derail the repeal, the process is on track.
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.