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  • 22nd December 2010

    Portia DeGeneres: I had no lesbian role models

    Portia DeGeneres said she had no lesbian role models

    5:25 PM — Portia DeGeneres says her struggle with her sexuality contributed to years of suffering with eating disorders. The former Ally McBeal star, now married to talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres, revealed that she didn't know of any lesbian actresses to look up to.

  • Canadian province still lists homosexuality as a mental illness 23

    Homosexuality is still classed as a mental disorder in Alberta

    4:49 PM — The Canadian province of Alberta still classifies homosexuality as a mental disorder, government records show. Between 1995 and 2004, doctors cited the diagnostic code more than 1,750 times when billing the province for treating gays and lesbians, the Vabcouver Sun reports.

  • Obama signs bill to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 10

    The ban may not be lifted for several months

    2:58 PM — President Obama has signed a bill to end the ban on openly gay troops in the US military. Two years after he promised to end the controversial policy in his election campaign, the president signed the bill during a ceremony at the Interior Department.

  • Parents of gay suicide student will sue university 15

    Tyler Clementi's parents are to sue over his death

    2:52 PM — The parents of a New Jersey student who jumped to his death after his roommate allegedly broadcast his gay sex session are to sue his university. Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University, killed himself by jumping from the George Washington Bridge in September.

  • Federal inquiry into US gay teenager’s suicide 9

    Seth Walsh died in October

    1:05 PM — Federal education officials are investigating the suicide of a 13-year-old California boy who killed himself after suffering homophobic bullying. Seth Walsh died nine days after hanging himself in his garden on September 28th.

  • Obama to sign repeal of gay military ban today 6

    President Obama will sign a repeal bill today

    11:15 AM — President Obama is to sign a bill to repeal the ban on out gay troops in the US military today. He will sign the bill during a ceremony at the Interior Department.

  • 21st December 2010

    UN votes to reinstate resolution condemning execution of gays 26

    The UN General Assembly voted 93 in favour of the United States' proposal to restore the reference to sexual orientation, 55 countries voted against and 27 abstained

    11:03 PM — The United Nations General Assembly has voted to restore a reference to sexual orientation in a resolution opposing the unjustified killings of minority groups. Last month, a UN panel deleted a reference to gays and lesbians in resolution introduced by Morocco and Mali. The vast majority of countries in support were African or Arabic.

  • Video: Glee star Jane Lynch in TV network’s Christmas clip

    Jane Lynch stars in a fun Christmas video

    5:07 PM — Her marriage was a publicity stunt, she's having a heterosexual affair and she hates the cast of Glee so much she's giving them sick kittens for Christmas. Jane Lynch shows off her Sue Sylvester side in a jokey Christmas video for 20th Century Fox.

  • Pentagon unsure how long repeal of gay ban will take 11

    Repeal could take months (Photo: US Army)

    11:59 AM — The Pentagon says it has no timeline for the lifting of the ban on out gay soldiers in the US military. The Senate voted on Saturday to repeal the law but change is expected to take months.

  • 20th December 2010

    US awaits signing of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal laws

    The ban on openly gay soldiers was repealed by the Senate on Saturday

    3:13 PM — Celebrities and politicians have voiced their support for the Senate after it voted to repeal the ban on out gay soldiers.

  • 18th December 2010

    Video: US Senate votes to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban on gays serving in the military 38

    The US Senate has voted to end the ban on openly gay people serving in the military

    8:36 PM — The US Senate has voted 65 to 31 to repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. Since the ban was introduced in 1993, more than 13,500 LGBT service personnel have been dismissed from the military.

  • 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.

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