15th June 2010
US committee says gay blood ban will stay in place 6
4:54 PM — The US Food and Drug Administration has decided to retain current rules on gay and bisexual men donating blood. The body held hearings last week on the issue and committee members voted nine to six against making any immediate changes.
Man accused of threatening Elton John has case dismissed 3
11:06 AM — An anti-abortion campaigner arrested for making death threats to gay singer Elton John has had the case against him dismissed. Neal Horsley, of Atlanta, Georgia, became enraged after the singer said Jesus was a "super intelligent gay man".
14th June 2010
US Marines charged with beating gay man who ‘winked’ at them
5:42 PM — Two US Marines have been charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly hitting a gay man they claimed winked at them.
California’s gay marriage trial to end soon 4
4:15 PM — The judge presiding over California's trial on the legality of a gay marriage ban is expected to hear closing arguments this week. Judge Vaughn Walker has scheduled a full day of arguments on Wednesday, which will be the final step before he makes a verdict.
11th June 2010
US domestic violence law covers gay victims, justice dept confirms 2
4:55 PM — The US justice department has confirmed that federal laws giving protection against domestic violence also apply to gays and lesbians.
10th June 2010
77% of Americans know a gay friend, relative or colleague 2
3:21 PM — A poll has found increasing visibility of gay people in America, plus rising tolerance levels for homosexuality. According to CBS polling, only 42 per cent of Americans said they knew a gay person in 1992 but this has now risen to 77 per cent.
US changes passport rules for trans people 6
1:57 PM — American trans men and women will be able to get their new gender recognised on their passports without having to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
8th June 2010
Matt Lucas to guest-star on Glee? 1
5:10 PM — Gay comedian Matt Lucas has reportedly won a role on American television series Glee. He is to play a British teacher who harbours a secret love of musicals.
Gay men thinner than heterosexuals but lesbians heavier, study says 22
3:30 PM — A study by university researchers supports the stereotype that gay men are thinner than straight people and lesbians are heavier.
Archbishop of Canterbury punishes Episcopalians for lesbian bishop 19
2:28 PM — The Anglican Communion has taken action against the US Episcopalian church for breaking a moratorium on new gay bishops. Following the church's ordination of lesbian Mary Glasspool as assistant Los Angeles bishop, the Anglican Communion announced yesterday it has suspended US Episcopalians from serving on ecumenical bodies.
Quinton Jackson says people should ‘lighten up’ over gay slurs 22
1:28 PM — A-Team actor Quinton Jackson has said people should "lighten up" over his remarks on homosexuality. The star told the Los Angeles Times last week that acting was "kind of gay" and "makes you soft".
Children of lesbian couples ‘have fewer behaviour problems’ 15
10:59 AM — A 17-year study into families headed by lesbian parents has found that their children have fewer behavioural problems, get better results and are more psychologically sound than children brought up by straight parents.
7th June 2010
Millions of gays and lesbians join Sao Paulo Pride 3
5:12 PM — An estimated three million people joined Sao Paolo Pride yesterday in the world's biggest celebration of gay culture. Marchers through South America's biggest city came together to dance in the street, condemn homophobia and demand equal rights.
Anna Paquin says bisexuality revelation was ‘no secret’ 8
4:41 PM — Anna Paquin, the Hollywood actress, has said she was bemused at the fuss around her coming out as bisexual. The X Men and True Blood star filmed an advertisement in April for gay charity The True Colors Fund. In it, she says: "I'm bisexual and I give a damn."
Ex-gay preacher Ted Haggard founds new church 23
11:12 AM — Ted Haggard, the American evangelical preacher who resigned over allegations he had used male prostitutes, has set up a new church. He urged gays and lesbians to join his services.
4th June 2010
US Episcopal leader stands firm in support for gay bishops 8
4:39 PM — Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the head Episcopal bishop in America, has said she will not bow down to conservative Anglicans who object to gay bishops.
Glee’s new Christian character ‘won’t approve of homosexuality’ 31
2:15 PM — High school comedy Glee will gain a Christian character next season who disapproves of homosexuality. Glee writer Ryan Murphy said he wrote in the female character to rebalance "jabs" made at America's right-wing.
3rd June 2010
Golden Girl Rue McClanahan dies 15
5:24 PM — Golden Girls actress Rue McClanahan has died at the age of 76, her manager confirmed this afternoon. The star, who played Blanche Devereaux in the 1980s sitcom, had a massive stroke at 1am on Thursday morning.
Lifting US gay blood donation ban could add 219,000 pints a year 7
3:53 PM — Lifting America's ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood could provide an extra 219,000 pints a year, a report says. It also estimates that organ donations could increase by 2.9 per cent annually, meaning around 900 additional transplants could take place each year.
Lt Dan Choi ends hunger strike over gay soldiers 5
2:53 PM — Lt Dan Choi has ended the hunger strike he began seven days ago to protest over the US ban on out gay soldiers. He said it had been a "success" because it highlighted the use of extreme protests.