15th October 2010
Lady Gaga and Ellen DeGeneres in top ten most powerful women 16
2:22 PM — Bisexual singer Lady Gaga and lesbian TV presenter Ellen DeGeneres have been named in the top ten of a list of the world's 100 most powerful women. Forbes' 2010 list places the pair ahead of women such as House speaker Nancy Pelosi and US secretary of homeland security Janet Napolitano.
Vince Vaughn says gay joke must stay in film 37
12:00 PM — Vince Vaughn has said that a joke about "gay" electric cars must stay in his new film because comedy should not be censored. A trailer for The Dilemma was cut last week by Universal Pictures after gay rights activists complained.
Obama seeks stay on gay military ban judgment but promises policy will end 16
11:16 AM — US president Barack Obama promised yesterday that he would end Don't Ask, Don't Tell. At the same time, his administration filed an application to stay a court judgment ordering an immediate end to the policy.
14th October 2010
Anti-Obama billboard condemned as racist and homophobic 8
4:28 PM — A billboard poster of President Obama which depicts him as a gay man, a Mexican bandit, a gangster and a suicide bomber has been accused of racism and homophobia.
Film to be made about lesbian teenager barred from prom 10
3:27 PM — Constance McMillen, the lesbian teenager who was barred from taking her girlfriend to prom, is to be the subject of a TV film. The 18-year-old, from Mississippi, made news around the world when she launched a lawsuit for discrimination against her school earlier this year.
Gay blogger Perez Hilton promises to stop bullying 15
2:05 PM — Gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has promised to be nicer and stop making fun of his favourite Hollywood targets. Hilton, who is known for his savage treatment of certain stars, said he had been accused of hypocrisy after raising awareness of a spate of gay teenage suicides.
Paladino loses rabbi’s support after gay apology 24
11:50 AM — Carl Paladino, the New York governor candidate who said children were being "brainwashed" by homosexuality, has lost the support of a prominent rabbi after apologising for his comments.
Trans golfer sues after being banned from tournament 11
11:13 AM — An American trans woman is suing the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) because it only allows women who were "female at birth" to participate. Lana Lawless, 57 and of Palm Springs, California, completed her transition from male to female in 2005.
13th October 2010
US defence secretary says Congress, not court, should repeal military gay ban 5
6:51 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates has said that Congress, rather than a court, should lift the ban on out gay soldiers in the military. Yesterday, a federal judge issued an injunction for an immediate end to the policy but Mr Gates said that this could have "enormous consequences".
Tenth suspect arrested over New York homophobic beatings
5:28 PM — A tenth suspect was arrested yesterday in connection with a homophobic attack on three men in New York. Police believe that the attack took place after gang members suspected that a new recruit was gay.
Carl Paladino apologises for ‘poorly chosen words’ after homophobia row 21
3:17 PM — Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for New York governor, has apologised for his "poorly chosen words" on homosexuality. Gay groups were furious at a speech he made to Jewish Orthodox leaders in Brooklyn on Sunday, in which he claimed that children were being "brainwashed" by homosexuality.
Obama administration to contest gay marriage ruling 9
10:22 AM — The Obama administration will contest a Massachusetts ruling which says the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. In July, a judge in the state ruled that the law, which bars federal government from recognising gay marriage, should be repealed.
US judge orders immediate end to military gay ban 17
9:48 AM — A US federal judge yesterday ordered an immediate end to Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the law that bans out gay soldiers from serving in the military. US District Judge Virginia Phillips' injunction brings the military the closest it has ever been to repealing the controversial law.
12th October 2010
Gay singer Adam Lambert promises not to offend Malaysia 18
6:21 PM — Adam Lambert has promised to tone down his live show to avoid offending Malaysia. The gay singer is currently touring Asia but was accused of trying to promote "gay culture" in the Muslim country.
Gay US teenager killed himself after ‘toxic’ city council meeting 20
6:18 PM — The parents of a gay Oklahoma teenager say he killed himself after attending a "toxic" city council debate in which homophobic opinions were aired. Zach Harrington, 19, killed himself a week after attending the meeting.
Ninth suspect in New York anti-gay attacks taken into custody
11:16 AM — A ninth man wanted by police in New York in connection with a homophobic attack on three men has been taken into custody. Ruddy Vargas-Perez, 22, was taken into custody yesterday afternoon.
11th October 2010
Nine New York gang members accused of torturing gay men
5:23 PM — Nine gang members in New York have been accused of a shocking anti-gay attack in which three men were tied up, tortured and sodomised.
New York governor candidate Carl Paladino attacks homosexuality 35
4:44 PM — The Republican candidate for New York governor, Carl Paladino, has denied he is a bigot after criticising homosexuality. Speaking at a meeting of Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn on Sunday, Mr Paladino warned that children were being "brainwashed" into thinking that homosexuality is valid.
Video: Vince Vaughn film trailer axed over ‘electric cars are gay’ joke 15
11:31 AM — Universal Pictures has dropped a trailer for a new Vince Vaughn film which calls electric cars "gay". In the trailer for The Dilemma, Vaughn is seen addressing a boardroom and saying: "Electric cars are gay. Not homosexual gay, but my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay."
8th October 2010
Washington DC Methodist Church approves same-sex marriages 4
4:29 PM — Worshippers at Washington DC's Foundry United Methodist Church voted 367 to 8 last month to allow same-sex marriages to take place at the church and to allow its clergy to perform said ceremonies.