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  • 18th December 2010

    US Senate edges closer to ending gay military ban later today 1

    The US Senate will vote later today

    6:27 PM — The US Senate has voted to proceed to a final debate and vote on the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. Earlier today, the Senate voted 63-33 in favour of a final vote on the issue. Six Republicans crossed party lines to support the bill that has the backing of the Democrats and President Barack Obama. The vote scheduled for 3pm (8pm GMT) requires just a simple majority to repeal the ban.

  • 17th December 2010

    Gay US veterans sue to rejoin military 4

    The lawsuit seeks the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    3:56 PM — Three openly gay US military veterans are suing to get their old jobs back. They were discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell - the law which prohibits gay troops from being open about their sexual orientation.

  • Ricky Martin says he’ll marry when Puerto Rico allows it

    Ricky Martin said he wanted to wed in Puerto Rico

    3:19 PM — Ricky Martin says he won't marry until Puerto Rico allows gay couples to tie the knot. The star, who has a boyfriend of three years, said he hoped that the Caribbean island would change the law.

  • Winona Ryder says Mel Gibson was homophobic 46

    Winona Ryder claimed Mel Gibson had been anti-Semitic and homophobic

    12:52 PM — Winona Ryder claims that Mel Gibson was homophobic and anti-Semitic when she met him 15 years ago. The actress told GQ that he had called her an "oven dodger" - a reference to the gas chambers used to kill Jews during the Holocaust.

  • Mother of gay suicide teen pleads for anti-bullying action 21

    Seth Walsh killed himself after suffering anti-gay bullying

    11:37 AM — The mother of a California teenager who killed himself after he was bullied for being gay has pleaded with his school district to do more about the problem. Seth Walsh, 13, died nine days after hanging himself in September. He had endured years of homophobic bullying at school.

  • 16th December 2010

    Kevin Spacey: ‘Asking me about being gay is like bullying’ 24

    Kevin Spacey said sexuality was used as a "weapon"

    10:40 AM — Kevin Spacey has compared media interest in his sexuality to anti-gay bullying. The actor has fiercely protected his private life and has denied that he is gay for years.

  • Video: House of Representatives votes to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ gay military ban 11

    The House of Representatives voted to repeal the ban

    1:37 AM — The House of Representatives has for the second time passed a bill to overturn the US's military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy that bans military personnel from being openly gay.

  • 15th December 2010

    Gay military campaigner Dan Choi hospitalised 9

    Dan Choi on an earlier protest at the White House

    4:32 PM — Gay rights campaigner Dan Choi has been hospitalised following a breakdown. The Iraq veteran, who became the most visible face in the fight to repeal the US ban on out gay soldiers, said he was in the care of a military hospital.

  • Top Marine general says lifting gay ban could result in deaths 19

    Marines could be killed, General Amos said. (Photo: US Army)

    12:07 PM — The US Marines' top general has said that lifting the ban on out gay soldiers could cost lives. General James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, says a Pentagon study on lifting the ban showed that front-line troops were most concerned about serving alongside out gay colleagues.

  • Video: Former president Jimmy Carter says America ready for gay president 9

    Jimmy Carter spoke to BigThink

    9:59 AM — Jimmy Carter, who served as president of the United States of America between 1977 and 1981, has told the BigThink project that his country is ready for a gay president.

  • 14th December 2010

    I’m not going to pretend I’m bisexual, says Mariah Carey 4

    Mariah Carey said everyone should be allowed to marry

    4:24 PM — Mariah Carey says she's not bisexual but isn't offended when people think she is. The star, speaking to Advocate magazine, said she wasn't upset over rumours about her sexuality.

  • New York man jailed for eight years over anti-gay assault 2

    The attack took place in New York last year (Photo: Tony the Misfit)

    4:10 PM — A 27-year-old man from the Queens area of New York has been jailed for eight years for his part in a anti-gay robbery. Daniel Aleman apologised for the attack on 50-year-old Jack Price and said he was drunk at the time.

  • US will seek to have gay protection measure returned to UN resolution 5

    The US said it would aim to have the gay reference reinstated

    1:50 PM — The United States said on Friday that it would seek to have a reference to gays and lesbians returned to a UN resolution condemning violence. Last month, a UN vote removed mention of gays and lesbians from a resolution which condemns extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions and other killings.

  • Urine vandalism of gay books at Harvard ‘an accident’ 24

    The vandalism turned out to be an accident, the university said

    1:14 PM — The apparent vandalism of 40 gay and lesbian books at a Harvard University library was an accident, a dean has said. The incident was apparently caused when a library worker accidentally knocked over a bottle of urine on a shelf.

  • 13th December 2010

    Ricky Martin: My mother helped me come out 7

    Ricky Martin said he didn't want to teach his sons to lie

    8:41 PM — Ricky Martin says his mother "opened the door" for him to come out. The Puerto Rican star said his mother reacted positively at first but then became concerned that his career would be over.

  • Gay books vandalised with urine at Harvard library 12

    Books at a Harvard library were destroyed

    3:56 PM — Police are investigating after around 40 books on gay and lesbians issues were destroyed at Harvard University's library. The texts apparently had urine poured over them and police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

  • Founding president of gay group PFLAG dies 4

    PFLAG is a support group for parents and friends of gay people

    11:22 AM — The founding president of US group Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has died at the age of 90. Adele Starr reacted badly when her son came out in 1974 but overcame her negative feelings to establish the support group for the loved ones of gays and lesbians.

  • Carrie Fisher says: ‘We all know John Travolta’s gay’

    Carrie Fisher claimed that John Travolta is gay (Photo: Caroline Bonard)

    11:15 AM — Carrie Fisher has suggested that it is well-known that John Travolta is gay. The actress, who was the original Princess Leia in Star Wars, was speaking to gay magazine Advocate.

  • 10th December 2010

    Judge approves $1 million payout to gay bar patrons after police raid 2

    Atlanta Eagle patrons won damages for the raid

    4:36 PM — An Atlanta judge has approved a $1.025 million payout to patrons of a gay bar raided by police. The city council could have saved the money - and its defence costs - by agreeing to a settlement in February.

  • Canadian military publishes new transgender policy 21

    The Canadian military accepts LGBT troops

    4:17 PM — The Canadian military has published new guidance on transgender soldiers. While debate continues in the US about openly gay troops, the Canadian military has been putting together a new policy on how trans soldiers should be treated, the National Post reports.

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