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  • 17th November 2010

    Sarah Palin’s daughter in anti-gay row 31

    Willow Palin (left) accused the Facebook user of being a "faggot"

    4:08 PM — Sarah Palin's daughter used the word 'faggot' to attack someone who criticised her mother. Willow Palin, 16, told a Facebook friend that he was "so gay" and used the homophobic insult after he criticised former Alaska governor Mrs Palin's reality TV show.

  • US county elects first transgender judge 10

    Victoria Kolakowski is the first trans trial judge in the US

    3:11 PM — Victoria Kolakowski has become the first trans person to be elected as a trial judge in the US. She was elected as a superior court judge in Alameda County, California, beating deputy district attorney John Creighton with 51 to 48 per cent of the vote.

  • 16th November 2010

    Thirteen gay activists arrested after White House DADT protest 7

    Protesters chained themselves to the White House fence

    3:10 PM — Thirteen gay rights campaigners have been arrested after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest at the ban on out gay troops.

  • 15th November 2010

    US Supreme Court denies request to lift gay military ban 6

    The ban on out gay soldiers was upheld

    6:01 PM — The US Supreme Court declined a request to lift the ban on out gay troops serving in the military on Friday. In the latest round of the fight to have the law repealed, Republican gay group Log Cabin Republicans asked the court to overturn a lower court's ruling that the ban should remain in place indefinitely.

  • Marie Osmond: ‘My son did not commit suicide because he was gay’ 7

    Marie Osmond said her son was not gay (Photo: ABC)

    5:36 PM — Marie Osmond has hit at out suggestions that her son killed himself because he was gay. Michael Blosil, 18, committed suicide in February. There was speculation that he had killed himself because of his sexual orientation and his Mormon religion.

  • Texas gay couple marry by Skype 3

    Texas does not allow gay marriage

    1:04 PM — A gay couple have circumvented Texas' ban on gay marriage by marrying over Skype. Mark Reed and Dante Walkup used the internet software to link to Washington DC, where a registrar conducted the ceremony.

  • 12th November 2010

    New lawsuit over severance pay to outed gay US troops 6

    The ACLU is challenging the policy

    4:53 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has launched a lawsuit over the US Defence Department's policy of paying just half the usual severance pay to individuals sacked under Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

  • Illinois university official ‘fired’ for announcing lesbian wedding 6

    The Catholic university said Ms Tadlock showed "disregard for fundamental Catholic beliefs".

    3:00 PM — A lesbian official at a Catholic university in Illinois claims she was fired after announcing her wedding in a local newspaper. Laine Tadlock, 60, says that her bosses at Benedictine University in Springfield were aware that she was a lesbian but fired after she announced her marriage.

  • Video: Cindy McCain criticises DADT while husband John defends it 2

    Cindy McCain in a previous gay rights campaign

    12:39 PM — Republican senator John McCain's wife Cindy appears in a new video which attacks the ban on out gay soldiers. In the latest ad, she appears to be suggesting that her husband is partly responsible for the homophobic bullying with has led to a number of gay teenage suicides.

  • 11th November 2010

    Portia DeGeneres could be in first US Dancing With the Stars same-sex couple 6

    Portia DeGeneres could be asked on Dancing With the Stars

    5:53 PM — Portia DeGeneres has been tipped to be in the first same-sex couple on Dancing With the Stars, radio host Ryan Seacrest says.

  • Ricky Martin says he’ll get married when Puerto Rico allows it 12

    Ricky Martin said he didn't want to be a "second class citizen"

    3:17 PM — Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin says he will marry his partner when his home country legalises gay marriage. The star has not revealed the name of his long-term boyfriend, but says they would get married if they could.

  • Michigan students criticised for burning gay Pride flag 10

    The rainbow flag is a symbol of the gay rights movement

    2:39 PM — A private college in Michigan, US, says it has taken "appropriate action" after two students burned a gay Pride flag on campus.

  • Pentagon report says ‘minimal risk’ to lifting gay military ban 8

    Most troops were reportedly ok with out gay colleagues

    12:15 PM — A Pentagon report says that repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell will have have minimal risk to the war effort and troops' safety, sources say. The Washington Post, which cites two sources familiar with the document, says that more than 70 per cent of the troops surveyed said the effect of lifting the ban would be positive, mixed or non-existent.

  • 10th November 2010

    Documentary on out gay baseball player Glenn Burke 3

    No other baseball player has come out

    7:00 PM — A documentary has been produced about Glenn Burke, the only Major League baseball player to have come out as gay. Burke came out in 1982 in a magazine article after his playing career had ended. During his time in the game, he said his teammates were aware of his sexuality.

  • ‘Zero per cent’ rate of abuse for children with lesbian parents 11

    The study suggested low rates of abuse in lesbian families

    6:32 PM — A small study of children brought up by lesbian couples found that not one reported any sexual or physical abuse. The research comes from the longest-running study into lesbian parenting, carried out by the UCLA’s Williams Institute.

  • Repeal of military gay ban looks doubtful this year 4

    A survey of troops will be published in three weeks (Photo: US Army)

    4:58 PM — Repealing the US ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military by the end of 2010 now looks less likely. Congress will begin a lame-duck session on Monday and the White House is pushing to repeal the law.

  • Two lawsuits filed against US Defence of Marriage Act 9

    Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer's marriage was not recognised by the federal government

    3:27 PM — Two lawsuits have been filed against the US Defence of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of gay marriage. Couples and bereaved spouses in New York, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire will challenge the law.

  • Video: Madonna tells Ellen ‘We’re torturing gay teenagers’ 9

    Madonna said she could relate to isolated gay teenagers

    12:06 PM — Madonna has spoken out against homophobic bullying, calling it "torture". The superstar, referring to an apparent spate of suicides among gay teenagers, said: “The concept that we are torturing teenagers because they are gay – it's unfathomable."

  • 9th November 2010

    Gay married couple may be split up after US deportation order 6

    The couple fear they will be split up

    6:33 PM — A Brazillian man and his American husband may be split up after the US attorney-general refused to reverse an immigration order. Genesio Oliveira, 31, is married to Tim Coco, 49, of Massachusetts, but Mr Oliveira believes he may be sent back to Brazil within six months.

  • Susan Sarandon says GLAAD is ‘out of control’ 49

    Glee was criticised for using the word 'tranny'

    4:26 PM — Actress Susan Sarandon has defended Glee after the show was criticised for using the word 'tranny'. The word was used in a Rocky Horror-themed Glee episode earlier this month.

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