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  • 29th October 2010

    School board official to resign over anti-gay comments 33

    Clint McCance said he was sorry for the remarks (Photo: CNN)

    1:38 PM — The US school board official who wrote on his Facebook page that "queers" and "fags" should kill themselves says he will resign. Clint McCance, who is the vice-president of the Midland school district in Arkansas , said last night he was sorry for his "hurtful" remarks.

  • ‘Most US troops’ okay with openly gay colleagues 9

    Most troops were said to be okay with out gay colleagues (Photo: US Army)

    10:56 AM — The majority of US troops and their families are okay about serving alongside openly gay colleagues, according to Pentagon sources familiar with the findings of an internal survey.

  • 28th October 2010

    US school official tells gay teens to kill themselves 47

    The school official said he enjoyed the fact that AIDS kills gay men

    3:55 PM — Gay rights groups are calling for a US school board official to resign after he posted an anti-gay rant on his Facebook page. Clint McCance, who is the vice-president of the Arkansas school district, wrote on his page that "queers" and "fags" should kill themselves.

  • ‘Ellen saved me from anorexia’, says Portia DeGeneres 7

    The couple married in 2008

    12:18 PM — Portia DeGeneres says her wife Ellen DeGeneres 'pulled her out' of the grip of an eating disorder. Portia DeGeneres says her wife Ellen DeGeneres 'pulled her out' of the grip of an eating disorder. The actress, formally known as Portia de Rossi, took her wife' surname in August, two years after the couple married.

  • 27th October 2010

    Obama discusses DADT with gay groups 2

    Gay rights groups met the president yesterday

    6:00 PM — US president Barack Obama had a brief meeting with gay rights groups yesterday over the ban on out gay soldiers. According to the Washington Post, the groups met the president and senior officials yesterday to discuss the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

  • Charges dropped against three men in New York ‘gay bashing’

    Three men were released and had the charges against them dropped

    5:26 PM — Three of the 11 men charged with an homophobic attack in New York have had the charges against them dropped. Bryan Almonte, 17, Steven Carabello, 17, and Brian Cepeda, 16, were cleared of any involvement in the October 3rd attack yesterday and were released from jail.

  • 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.

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