28th April 2011
US Marines begin training to accept gay soldiers 86
1:00 PM — US Marines have begun training in preparation to accept openly gay troops. Before President Obama signed an order to repeal the 17-year-old ban, there was concern that the Marines in particular would react badly to serving alongside out gay colleagues.
Anger over Tennessee’s ‘don’t say gay’ bill 195
11:04 AM — The US Senator who introduced a bill to ban discussion of homosexuality in schools says he has received hundreds of angry letters from parents around the world. Republican Stacey Campfield's bill, if approved, will ban all teachers in public elementary and middle schools from talking about the subject.
27th April 2011
Lesbian cadet Katherine Miller refused readmission to West Point 7
5:45 PM — Katherine Miller, the lesbian cadet who resigned from West Point military academy last year over the don't ask don't tell policy, has had her bid for readmission refused.
Trans woman speaks out about Baltimore McDonald’s beating 49
4:47 PM — Chrissy Lee Polis, a trans woman who was attacked by two girls in the ladies' room of the Rosedale Branch of McDonald's in Baltimore last week, has spoken out about her ordeal.
San Francisco’s legendary gay bookshop to close 67
3:03 PM — The last of the four shops owned by A Different Light Bookstores - and the last exclusively LGBT bookstore in San Francsico - is set to close by the end of this month.
Horses killed in Midwestern barn fire in apparent gay-hate arson attack 25
11:47 AM — Eight horses owned by a gay man were killed in a barn fire in Ohio on Monday in what police believe was a homophobic hate crime.
Cary Grant’s daughter claims her father ‘enjoyed being called gay’ 17
11:12 AM — The daughter of legendary Hollywood star Cary Grant has stated in a new book about her father that he "enjoyed being called gay".
26th April 2011
Gay former governor of New Jersey has bid for ordination ‘deferred’ 7
1:13 PM — A gay former governor of New Jersey has had his bid to join the Episcopal priesthood deferred.
Rapper receives death threats over ‘I’m Gay’ album title 16
12:35 PM — An American rap artist has told MTV that he has received death threats following the announcement that he intends to call his new album I'm Gay.
Lesbian newsreader says gay men and women have a ‘responsibility to come out’ 119
10:31 AM — An openly gay American newsreader has said she believes men and women in her industry have a "responsibility" to come out.
21st April 2011
Tennessee Senate panel approves school gay ban bill 66
1:52 PM — A Senate education panel in Tennessee has approved a bill to prevent students from learning about homosexuality in public elementary and middle schools. The legislation, known as the 'Don't Say Gay' bill, was introduced by Republican Senator Stacey Campfield, who has been pushing for the law for several years.
20th April 2011
15 charges for US student in gay suicide case 79
5:51 PM — A student accused of secretly recording his roommate having sex with a man has been charged with 15 offences. Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University in New Jersey, jumped to his death last September after Dharun Ravi, 19, allegedly filmed him and showed the footage to classmates.
Father ‘killed lesbian daughter’s girlfriend and her mother’ 57
5:07 PM — A Texas man who was upset at his daughter's lesbian relationship killed her girlfriend and the girl's mother, police say. Jose Alfonso Aviles, 45, is accused of shooting Norma Hurtado, 24, and her mother Maria Hurtado, 57, at their Austin home on Monday.
Another US poll finds majority support for gay marriage 23
2:28 PM — Another American poll suggests that just over half of voters support marriage equality. The CNN poll found that 51 per cent of the 824 adults surveyed said gay couples should be allowed to wed.
Delaware approves civil unions for gay couples 3
1:51 PM — The US state of Delaware has become the eighth to give gay couples the right to civil unions. The measure was approved this month by 13-6 votes in the Senate and 25-16 votes in the House.
US student charged for lying about anti-gay attack 28
10:25 AM — A student who lied about being the victim of a homophobic attack has been charged with filing a false report. Quinn Matney, a 19-year-old freshman at the University of North Carolina, claimed that a man shouted anti-gay abuse at him and burned his wrist.
19th April 2011
Evan Rachel Wood comes out as bisexual 31
10:28 AM — True Blood actress Evan Rachel Wood has announced she is bisexual. The star, who used to date Marilyn Manson, told Esquire magazine that she prefers to take the lead when dating women.
Facebook apologises for removing gay kiss photo 31
9:55 AM — Facebook has apologised for removing a photo of a gay kiss. The image, of a gay kiss on UK soap EastEnders, was removed for being “sexually suggestive” and “abusive”
18th April 2011
Facebook removes gay kiss photo for ‘being sexually suggestive’ 75
4:27 PM — Facebook has apparently removed a photo of two men kissing for being "sexually suggestive". The image, of a gay kiss on UK soap EastEnders, was used by US writer Niall O'Conghaile to accompany a blog post about the kiss-in' held to support a gay couple who were kicked out of a pub.
US study: Gay teen suicide risk higher in conservative areas 40
10:38 AM — An American study suggests that attempted suicide rates among gay teenagers are higher in areas considered less liberal. Researchers said youths were more likely to try to kill themselves in areas without gay-supportive school programmes.