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  • 26th October 2010

    Record number of out gay officials in Obama administration 3

    Barack Obama has appointed a record number of out gay employees

    6:41 PM — US president Barack Obama has appointed a "record" number of out gay officials since taking office. According to estimates by gay rights campaigners and the White House, he has appointed more than 150 out gay people to posts in his administration.

  • Obama administration launches campaign against anti-gay bullying 12

    Barack Obama is expected to promote the new guidance

    12:10 PM — The US Obama administration has launched a campaign against homophobic bullying. The new advice for schools and colleges comes shortly after President Obama recorded a video for the It Gets Better project, which aims to encouraged bullied gay teenagers

  • Sesame Street’s Bert hints he’s gay but producers say no 10

    Ernie and Bert are not gay, Sesame Street executives said

    10:52 AM — Rumours have circulated for years that Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie are in a relationship and now Bert has hinted at it on Twitter. Bert, who shares a bed with Ernie, wrote on the Sesame Street Twitter feed during Pride season that his hair was "mo" - a slang word for gay.

  • 25th October 2010

    American newspaper refuses to publish gay wedding announcements 7

    The newspaper's publisher said it had a right not to recognise gay marriage

    3:30 PM — The largest newspaper in New Hampshire, US, has come under fire for refusing to publish gay marriage announcements. The Union Leader refused to publish notice of a marriage between two men in Portsmouth at the weekend.

  • Alan Cumming: ‘Obama’s done diddly-squat for us’ 14

    Alan Cumming said Obama's actions were sending messages about gay people

    12:58 PM — Bisexual Scottish actor Alan Cumming has attacked Barack Obama for not doing enough for gay rights. President Obama has promised to end the ban on out gay soldiers but gay rights campaigners are becoming impatient with a perceived lack of action.

  • 22nd October 2010

    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell under tighter controls 3

    Gay soldiers have been warned not to come out

    3:00 PM — The US military's ban on out gay soldiers has come back into force with some changes. Defence secretary Robert Gates announced yesterday that the power to fire individuals who have been outed will lie in the hands of just a handful of high-ranking officials.

  • Video: Barack Obama tells gay kids ‘It will get better’ 31

    Barack Obama joined the It Gets Better campaign

    10:42 AM — US president Barack Obama has become the most high-profile figure to join a campaign to stop gay teen suicides. He recorded a short video for the It Gets Better YouTube project, which aims to encourage bullied gay teenagers that their lives will improve.

  • 21st October 2010

    Gay dad ‘forced out’ by US Scouts 29

    The Boy Scouts of America bar gay people from leader roles

    4:50 PM — The father of a nine-year-old says he was forced to give up a leadership role in the Scouts because he is gay. Jon Langbert of Dallas, Texas, is openly gay and says he was given a 'leader' t-shirt by the Scouts group last year which he wore with pride.

  • Court temporarily reinstates US military gay ban 5

    An appeals court froze the lifting of the ban

    11:53 AM — A federal appeals court has temporarily frozen an order requiring the US military to accept openly gay soldiers. The decision leaves gay and lesbian soldiers and recruits in limbo.

  • 20th October 2010

    Obama administration asks appeals court to suspend DADT ruling 3

    The Obama administration has asked for the ruling to be stayed

    5:42 PM — The Obama administration has filed an emergency request asking the federal appeals court to suspend a court order lifting the ban on out gay military personnel.

  • Gay soldier Dan Choi re-enlists in US army 3

    Lt Dan Choi re-enlisted in the military yesterday

    11:56 AM — Dan Choi, the out gay soldier who has been at the front of efforts to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, has re-enlisted in the US army. He was served with discharge papers last year after coming out on television.

  • Pentagon tells military to start accepting gays and lesbians 3

    The Pentagon has told military recruiters to accept gay applicants

    10:52 AM — The Pentagon has told US military recruiters to begin accepting out gays and lesbians. Last week, California-based US District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the gay ban must end immediately. Yesterday, she issued a final ruling refusing to stay her order while the government appeals.

  • 19th October 2010

    US judge says she will deny stay on gay military ruling 6

    Judge Phillips indicated she would refuse to stay her order

    11:09 AM — The US District Judge who ruled last week that Don't Ask, Don't Tell should be immediately repealed has indicated she will deny government requests to stay her order.

  • 18th October 2010

    Video: Adam Lambert records message for gay teens 2

    Adam Lambert tells gay teenagers that things will get better

    5:58 PM — Gay singer Adam Lambert is the latest celebrity to record a video message telling bullied gay teenagers that life gets better. He said in the YouTube clip that some people will always be homophobic but teenagers don't have to let them win.

  • Senate candidate Ken Buck says being gay is a choice 36

    Ken Buck hopes to win a Senate seat

    2:43 PM — A Colorado candidate for a US Senate seat has said that being gay is a choice and is similar to alcoholism. Republican Ken Buck, who is a Tea Party candidate, won the GOP nomination.

  • US gay soldiers warned not to come out yet 4

    Gay soldiers should stay in the closet for now, the Pentagon says

    12:21 PM — The Pentagon has warned gay US troops not to declare their sexual orientation just yet. Despite complying with a court order suspending the firings of gay troops, the Pentagon has said that soldiers who do come out while the law is uncertain may still face punishment.

  • 15th October 2010

    11th man arrested over New York gay-bashing

    11 men have been arrested in connection with the attacks

    4:49 PM — Eleven men have now been arrested in connection with an anti-gay attack in the Bronx, New York. Luis Garcia, 26, was arrested by New York police yesterday after a gay man, his brother and two teenage boys were attacked on October 3rd.

  • NY governor candidate Andrew Cuomo promises to legalise gay marriage 4

    Andrew Cuomo with two of his daughters at a Pride march

    4:23 PM — Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate for New York governor, says he will legalise gay marriage if elected. According to the New York Daily News, he told attendees at the Empire State Pride Agenda's Fall Dinner: “I don't want to be the governor who just proposes marriage equality."

  • Gavin Rossdale admitted gay relationship for publicity, Marilyn claims 7

    Gavin Rossdale admitted the relationship this week

    3:58 PM — 1980s singer Marilyn says he is pleased that Gavin Rossdale has told the truth about their relationship - but claims he did it for publicity.

  • Lady Gaga and Ellen DeGeneres in top ten most powerful women 16

    Lady Gaga was ranked the seventh most powerful woman in the world

    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.

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