7th September 2011
Court says Arizona must continue paying benefits to gay government workers 5
11:58 AM — A court has ruled that the US state of Arizona must continue to pay spouse health benefits to gay and lesbian government workers. The state began granting the benefits in 2008 but a 2009 law sought to remove them.
California governor signs equal benefits law 13
10:37 AM — California's governor, Jerry Brown. has signed into law a measure to encourage companies to give equal benefits to the spouses of gay employees.
6th September 2011
Lesbian congresswoman Tammy Baldwin hopes to become first out gay senator 21
5:00 PM — US congresswoman Tammy Baldwin has entered the race to win retiring Wisconsin senator Herb Kohl’s seat in 2012. If she is successful, she will become the first openly LGBT senator.
Virginia woman sues over ‘lesbian perception’ firing 14
4:31 PM — A Virginia woman claims she lost out on a job at a youth group because board members looked at her Facebook profile and assumed she was a lesbian.
Rap star Game urges gay artists to come out to avoid passing on ‘AIDS’ 44
12:54 PM — Rapper Game has said that he believes a number of other rap stars are gay and should come out. The 'Mr Life' performer, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, said he was not homophobic but has a problem with people who stay in the closet.
Next round for California’s gay marriage ban 21
11:34 AM — The next challenge for California's ban on gay marriage comes today when the state's highest court considers whether gay marriage opponents have the legal standing to defend it in court.
5th September 2011
Katy Perry films YouTube tribute to Freddie Mercury 2
6:59 PM — It's not just Google who has been paying tribute to the late gay Queen star Freddie Mecury on what would have been his 65th birthday. Singer Katy Perry posted a video on YouTube to someone who she credits with inspiring her to go into the music industry.
Video: K-Y Jelly makes first lesbian ad 20
10:17 AM — K-Y Jelly has made its first advert featuring a lesbian couple. The ad, which will air today in the US, shows couple Alex and Emma talking about their relationship.
Prosecutors seek new trial for boy who shot gay classmate
9:39 AM — Prosecutors in California are seeking a new trial for a teenager who shot his gay classmate dead. Last week, a mistrial was declared in the case of 17-year-old Brandon McInernery, who admits killing 15-year-old Larry King in 2008.
2nd September 2011
Alabama school backs down over student’s gay rights t-shirt 475
5:33 PM — A school in the US state of Alabama has backed down after telling a student she could not wear a gay rights t-shirt. Sara Couvillon, a student at Hoover High School in Birmingham, threatened school officials with legal action when she was told not to wear the shirt for her own safety.
Mistrial declared in US gay school shooting
10:30 AM — A mistrial was declared yesterday in the case of a US teenager accused of murdering a gay classmate. Jurors deliberating charges against 17-year-old Brandon McInerney could not decide whether he was guilty of first or second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter.
1st September 2011
US gay group wants further action on military gay ban 21
5:31 PM — A Republican gay rights group is asking a court to declare the ban on openly gay troops unconstitutional. Log Cabin Republicans says it is taking the action because although the ban is due to be repealed this month, it can still be re-enacted in future.
North Carolina lawmakers consider gay marriage bill 7
4:27 PM — Republican lawmakers in North Carolina, US, announced this week that they hope to win a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Speaking at a press conference in Raleigh on Tuesday, they said they will push for a voter referendum on the issue in 2012.
Cher says Dancing With the Stars viewers will ‘love’ transgender son Chaz 5
1:54 PM — Cher says that viewers of Dancing With the Stars will love her transgender son Chaz Bono. Bono will be the first transgender celebrity to appear on the primetime US show and has said he hopes to educate viewers about transgender people.
Canadian broadcast watchdog amends ruling on ‘anti-gay’ Dire Straits song 31
11:46 AM — Canada's broadcast standards council has amended an earlier ruling which said that radio stations must censor a Dire Straits song which includes the homophobic slur 'faggot'. The body now says the word must be taken in context.
Trial of gay US soldier Dan Choi put on hold 11
10:43 AM — The federal trial of a gay soldier who chained himself to the White House fence to protest over the gay military ban has been put on hold. Reports say that former Army lieutenant Dan Choi may be closer to having the charges against him dismissed.
31st August 2011
Chaz Bono to appear on Dancing With the Stars 13
3:44 PM — Chaz Bono is to take part in the new series of Dancing With the Stars. The 42-year-old, who completed his transition earlier this year, says he hopes to educate viewers about transgender people.
GLAAD calls VMA winner Tyler, The Creator ‘violently anti-gay’ 60
1:55 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has condemned MTV for giving a VMA award to a singer it says is "violently anti-gay". Tyler, The Creator, whose real name is Tyler Okonma, won the best new artist award at Monday night's ceremony.
Anti-gay Puerto Rican senator blames ‘political enemies’ for naked Grindr photos 26
10:52 AM — A Puerto Rican senator who allegedly posted a picture of his naked buttocks on gay iPhone app Grindr says he is the victim of political enemies. New Progressive Party Senator Roberto Arango has not denied the images are of him.
30th August 2011
Anti-gay presidential hopeful claims ‘gay jihad’ against him 53
3:02 PM — Rick Santorum, the anti-gay Republican presidential candidate, claims there is a gay "jihad" against him. The former Pennsylvania senator, who has attacked gay marriage and compared it to incest, was speaking on Friday in Spartanburg, South Carolina.