25th July 2011
Obama signs certification to end military gay ban 33
10:40 AM — On Friday, President Obama and two military leaders signed a certification declaring that lifting the ban on openly gay troops will not harm the military. This means that the ban. known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, will officially end in mid-September, allowing gay and lesbian troops to finally be open about their sexual orientation.
24th July 2011
Gay couples celebrate first gay marriages in New York 49
4:28 PM — Gay couples have begun to marry in ceremonies all over New York state during the first day that same-sex weddings are legal in the state.
22nd July 2011
New York city extends gay marriage plans 4
3:21 PM — All of the gay couples who applied to wed on the first day gay marriage is legal in New York will be able to do so. The new law comes into power on Sunday and as the city can only cope with so many ceremonies officials ran a lottery to determine who could wed on the day.
One in four Massachusetts gay teenagers ‘are homeless’ 34
2:39 PM — A study of teenagers in the US state of Massachusetts suggests that one in four are homeless. The study, carried out by the Children's Hospital Boston, looked at the sexual orientation and home status of 6,317 teenagers.
Video: Gay ‘barbarians’ glitter Marcus Bachmann’s office 15
12:24 PM — Gay rights activists dressed as 'barbarians' glittered one of Marcus Bachmann's counselling clinics after footage emerged of an employee telling a gay man he could become straight.
Five students sue Minnesota school district over anti-gay bullying 12
11:22 AM — Five students who say they were victims of homophobic bullying are suing a Minnesota school district over an "epidemic of harassment". They say that the Anoka-Hennepin School District, the state's largest, failed to protect them and that a "gag policy" restricting teachers' ability to discuss gay and lesbian issues made the problem worse.
21st July 2011
Transgender woman shot dead in Washington DC 14
5:12 PM — A transgender woman was shot dead in Washington DC on Wednesday morning. Police said Lashai McLean, 23, was walking along Dix Street in the north-east area with another transgender person when they exchanged words with two men.
20th July 2011
Jane Lynch says she knew she was a lesbian at age 12 8
3:50 PM — Glee star Jane Lynch says that although she was 21 when she came out, she knew she was gay from a much earlier age. Speaking to Vogue, the actress said she knew by the age of 12.
Vermont wedding venue bars lesbian couple 16
11:47 AM — A lesbian couple from New York City are suing a Vermont inn for refusing to host their wedding party. Kate Baker and Ming Linsley said they were "saddened" and "shocked" when the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville turned them away last autumn after the owners realised they were lesbians.
New York holds lottery for first gay marriages 12
10:34 AM — New York City is to hold a lottery to determine which gay couples can be the first to tie the knot when a gay marriage law comes into power on Sunday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that demand to wed on the first day gay marriage is legal far outstrips supply and 764 couples, including straight couples, will be permitted to wed on the day.
19th July 2011
Obama ‘proud to support’ the repeal of gay marriage ban 30
11:44 PM — The White House has revealed that president Barack Obama is "proud to support" the Respect for Marriage Act, which aims to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act [sic], the federal ban on same sex marriage.
Gay conservatives GOProud want to meet Michele Bachmann 22
2:40 PM — US gay conservative group GOProud says it wants to meet Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to discuss her anti-gay views. Mrs Bachmann, has said in the past that homosexuality is "slavery" and that gays are recruiting children. But since she began her presidential campaign, she has refused to talk about homosexuality.
First out gay man confirmed as federal court judge 9
10:59 AM — The US Senate has confirmed the first out gay man to serve as a federal court judge. J Paul Oetken, 45, was last night voted on to the bench for the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York.
18th July 2011
Utah Democrats elect gay man as chairman 10
4:03 PM — The US state of Utah's Democratic party has elected a gay man as its chairman. Art dealer Jim Dabakis, who has been involved in gay rights campaigning in the state, was elected on Saturday during a party convention in Salt Lake City.
Michele Bachmann’s husband says clinic doesn’t force gays to turn straight 17
2:58 PM — Marcus Bachmann has said that his counselling clinics do not have a "special interest" in trying to turn gay people straight. The husband of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann came under fire this month after his Christian counselling clinic was recorded trying to 'cure' a gay man.
Chris Brown may sue magazine over anti-gay claims 7
1:43 PM — Chris Brown is reportedly considering whether to sue over a magazine article which claimed he hurled homophobic abuse during a casual basketball game. Last week, US magazine Star reported that the singer was at an LA gym recently when he lost his temper and called other players "faggots".
Chicago man ‘looked too gay’ to donate blood 23
11:54 AM — A straight Chicago man says he was turned away from a blood donation centre because he "looked gay". Aaron Pace, 22, who says he is effeminate but not gay, went to the Bio-Blood Components donation centre recently.
‘Family’ group wants referendum on California gay education 51
10:39 AM — A California 'family' group is seeking a voter referendum on a new state law requiring schools to teach pupils about gay history. The Capitol Resource Institute, a socially conservative group, has long campaigned against the legislation, which was signed into law last week.
16th July 2011
Video: Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria’s first lesbian sex scene 2
2:33 PM — Star of Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria, is set to feature in her first same-sex love making scene in upcoming comedy, Without Men.
Tyler Perry ends gay rumours with talk of pregnancy scare 27
12:52 PM — Tyler Perry, the Hollywood actor, writer and producer has ended years of speculation over his sexuality with a reference to a pregnancy scare with an unnamed female partner.