12th May 2011
Delaware governor signs civil unions into law 8
3:12 PM — The governor of the US state of Delaware has signed a civil unions bill into law. As he signed the bill yesterday, Governor Jack Markell told gay couples in a 500-strong audience: "Your family is now equal under the law."
US House panel attempts to delay lifting of military gay ban 18
2:00 PM — A US House panel has approved a defence bill which contains a clause to delay the lifting of the ban on openly gay soldiers. The House Armed Services Committee voted 33-27 to approve an amendment requiring the chiefs of all four military services to certify that the change won't hurt military readiness, AP reports.
11th May 2011
US Presbyterian church votes to allow gay ministers 28
4:06 PM — US Presbyterians have voted to allow gay people in relationships to be ordained as ministers, elders and deacons. The Presbyterian Church (USA) has been debating the issue for more than 30 years.
Peter Tatchell claims WikiLeaks soldier Bradley Manning is a ‘gay hero’ 16
12:28 PM — Bradley Manning, the US soldier held for allegedly leaking secret government files, is a "gay hero", rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has claimed. Mr Tatchell said that if Mr Manning had leaked the documents to WikiLeaks, he should be praised as a human rights defender.
US Navy backtracks over gay weddings on bases 13
10:57 AM — The US Navy has reversed its plans to conduct gay weddings on bases, saying that officers need more time to look at the legal issues. The change was due to take place this summer.
10th May 2011
Lady Gaga teams up with FarmVille creators to launch GagaVille 47
10:11 PM — Lady Gaga has announced a partnership with social games giant Zynga to launch GagaVille, a take on the popular FarmVille and CityVille.
New York governor begins tour to highlight gay marriage 2
5:29 PM — Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, has kicked off a state tour to highlight his legislative agenda for 2011. Marriage equality is one of the priorities, along with a property tax and ethics reform.
Slim majority of Republicans support legal recognition of gay relationships 11
4:31 PM — A poll says that just over half of Republicans support some form of legal recognition for gay couples. The Public Policy Polling survey asked 1,000 people who identified as Republicans about their views on marriage equality.
US Navy wants to allow gay marriages on bases 10
10:32 AM — The US Navy is planning to allow chaplains to conduct gay marriages on its bases once the ban on openly gay soldiers is lifted this summer. The move would allow chaplains to perform the ceremonies in states which allow the practice.
9th May 2011
US Olympic official quits over gay marriage comments 17
5:52 PM — Former Olympic gymnast Peter Vidmar has resigned as the chef du mission of the US 2012 team after anger over comments he made about gay marriage. In 2008, Mr Vidmar, a Mormon, joined the fight against California's gay marriage law.
Chaz Bono ‘thrilled’ with results of transition 249
2:29 PM — Chaz Bono, the son of singer Cher, has spoken candidly about his transition from female to male. Speaking ahead of a book and documentary about his journey, the star said he never had a moment's doubt that he was supposed to be a man.
Study finds gay men are more likely to have had cancer 84
10:55 AM — A large US study has suggested that gay men are more likely to have had cancer than straight men. The research, from California, found that gay men were almost twice as likely as straight men to have been diagnosed with this disease. On average, diagnoses happened a decade earlier for gay men.
6th May 2011
MP claims Foreign Office is ‘playing avoidance game’ over Bradley Manning 26
5:52 PM — Foreign secretary William Hague is playing an "avoidance game" over a gay US soldier accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, an MP has claimed.
Watch: Lady Gaga’s new video Judas 90
5:46 PM — Never one to turn down the chance to shock, Lady Gaga's new video shows her as a modern-day Mary Magdalene torn between her love for Jesus Christ and Judas.
Country star Blake Shelton rapped for ‘anti-gay’ tweet 32
4:23 PM — Country star Blake Shelton has been criticised by a gay group for a Twitter post he made. In a twist on the lyrics of Shania Twain's song 'Any Man of Mine', he tweeted: “Any man that tries touching my behind, he’s gonna be a beaten, bleedin,’ heaving kind of guy.”
Second student in Tyler Clementi suicide case to appear in court
2:19 PM — The second student implicated in a gay US teenager's suicide is to make her first court appearance today. Molly Wei, 19, was charged with invasion of privacy after allegedly watching a secret recording of Tyler Clementi having sex with another man.
Gay Arizona dads adopt 12 children 57
2:14 PM — A gay couple from the US state of Arizona have revealed they are adoptive parents to 12 children. Steven and Roger Ham cannot legally adopt in the state as a couple, nor can they marry. But they have given a dozen children the chance of a 'forever family'.
Brazil’s Supreme Court approves civil unions for gay couples 51
10:37 AM — Brazil's Supreme Court has voted overwhelmingly to give gay couples the right to civil unions. The panel backed the measure 10-0, with one abstention.
5th May 2011
Ricky Martin thought being gay was ‘evil’ before he came out 57
5:43 PM — Ricky Martin has revealed that he believed homosexuality was "evil" before he came to terms with being gay. The star came out last year.
Chelsea Clinton urges straight people to back gay marriage 25
1:53 PM — Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former president Bill Clinton, has spoken out in support of gay marriage. Speaking at a New York benefit for charity Friendfactor, she said that straight people should join the fight for equal rights.