3rd June 2010
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.
Obama grants gay federal workers more benefits 3
11:23 AM — US president Barack Obama has expanded benefits for the partners of gay federal employees. However, the Defence of Marriage Act means gay partners of federal employees will still be barred from accessing health insurance and retirement plans.
2nd June 2010
Lesbian and gay smokers ‘more at risk of respiratory illness’ 8
1:48 PM — Young lesbian, gay and bisexual smokers may be more at risk of respiratory illnesses than their straight counterparts, a study suggests.
Lesbian Glee star Jane Lynch marries 5
11:00 AM — Jane Lynch has married her partner Lara Embry in a ceremony in Massachusetts. The actress, who plays cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester in Glee, tied the knot with Embry in front of 18 of their friends and family on Monday.
1st June 2010
Gay US soldier Dan Choi on hunger strike 37
5:27 PM — Gay US soldiers Dan Choi and Jim Pietrangelo entered their sixth day of a hunger strike today over the military gay ban. The pair, who chained themselves to the White House fence recently, announced last Thursday they were going on hunger strike and say they will not eat until President Barack Obama meets their demands.
Madonna celebrates release of gay Malawi couple 9
4:37 PM — Madonna has thanked her fans for supporting her call for Malawi to release a couple jailed for homosexuality offences. Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were pardoned by Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika last week after being sentenced to 14 years of hard labour.
A Team star Quinton Jackson says acting is ‘kinda gay’ 30
1:58 PM — One of the stars of upcoming film The A-Team has said that acting is "kinda gay". Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, the Ultimate Fighting champion, told the Los Angeles Times that it "makes you soft".
US Catholic Church ‘scapegoating’ gay priests 28
11:26 AM — The Catholic Church in America has been accused of effectively barring celibate gay priests by asking new recruits a battery of deeply personal questions about their sexuality. Prospective priests are being asked the questions in an attempt to weed out those with paedophile tendencies but the church has been accused of "scapegoating" gay men in the process.
28th May 2010
Cult gay director John Waters has new book out 2
11:22 AM — John Waters, director of Hairspray, Serial Mom and a whole host of lesser-known trashy and camp underground epics of the 1970s inclding Multiple Maniacas, Desperate Living and Pink Flamingos, has a new book out this week. Role Models showcases his adoration for the the fringes of society and hose who dwell there.
US House delivers victory on proposal to overturn gay military ban 14
10:20 AM — The US house of Representatives approved yesterday the proposal to overturn the law banning openly LGB people serving in the military.
27th May 2010
Massachusetts Attorney General challenges federal ban on gay marriage 4
3:09 PM — The Massachusetts attorney general, Martha Coakley, requested that a federal court in Boston yesterday strike down the federal ban on gay marriage, arguing that it interfered with the rights of individual states to define marriage and have those unions recognised by the federal government.
US Congress may vote on military gay ban today 5
10:42 AM — The US Congress is on track for taking a landmark vote over the issue of LGBT people serving in the military, according to the Associated Press.
26th May 2010
Canadian researchers argue for lifting of blood ban for gay men 9
3:47 PM — A team of investigators in the online edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal has argued that the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood should be replaced with a deferral for those who have been in a stable, monogamous relationship for at least one year. In Canada, the USA and the UK, gay men and any other men who partake in sex with men are permanently banned from giving blood.
25th May 2010
New Lady Gaga video is a ‘celebration of gay love’ 24
5:56 PM — Flamboyant popstar Lady Gaga has said that the video for her new single 'Alejandro' is a "celebration and admiration of gay love."
White House supports repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy 5
9:43 AM — The White House has given its full support to legislation that would repeal the ban on openly gay people serving in the US military. President Obama ordered a review of the policy, directing Defence Secretary Robert Gates to gauge the attitudes of military personnel and the effect on morale that repealing the ban might have.
24th May 2010
Lesbian pastor officially recognised by Evangelical Lutheran Church 3
6:06 PM — The Reverend Mary Albing, who has been pastor at Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer in south Minneapolis since 2003, was finally officially recognised by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) this Sunday.
18th May 2010
Video: Daniel Radcliffe’s ad on gay youth suicide rates 14
5:45 PM — Actor Daniel Radcliffe has filmed a public service announcement on behalf of a gay charity. The Harry Potter star is a supporter of the Trevor Project, a charity which supports LGBT young people who are at risk of suicide.
17th May 2010
US lesbian bishop Mary Glasspool is ordained 9
11:14 AM — The second out gay bishop in the US has been ordained. Mary Glasspool, 56, was ordained as assistant Los Angeles bishop at a ceremony in California on Saturday.
14th May 2010
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan ‘outed by softball photo’ 7
10:35 AM — An American newspaper has been accused of outing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan by publishing a photograph of her playing softball as a student.