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  • 21st October 2010

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    11:09 AM — The US District Judge who ruled last week that Don't Ask, Don't Tell should be immediately repealed has indicated she will deny government requests to stay her order.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

  • Vince Vaughn says gay joke must stay in film 37

    Vince Vaughn's trailer was criticised

    12:00 PM — Vince Vaughn has said that a joke about "gay" electric cars must stay in his new film because comedy should not be censored. A trailer for The Dilemma was cut last week by Universal Pictures after gay rights activists complained.

  • Obama seeks stay on gay military ban judgment but promises policy will end 16

    President Obama said the policy would end on his watch

    11:16 AM — US president Barack Obama promised yesterday that he would end Don't Ask, Don't Tell. At the same time, his administration filed an application to stay a court judgment ordering an immediate end to the policy.

  • 14th October 2010

    Anti-Obama billboard condemned as racist and homophobic 8

    The billboards were accused of racism and homophobia

    4:28 PM — A billboard poster of President Obama which depicts him as a gay man, a Mexican bandit, a gangster and a suicide bomber has been accused of racism and homophobia.

  • Film to be made about lesbian teenager barred from prom 10

    Constance McMillen's story will be turned into a film

    3:27 PM — Constance McMillen, the lesbian teenager who was barred from taking her girlfriend to prom, is to be the subject of a TV film. The 18-year-old, from Mississippi, made news around the world when she launched a lawsuit for discrimination against her school earlier this year.

  • Gay blogger Perez Hilton promises to stop bullying 15

    Perez Hilton says he's going to play nice

    2:05 PM — Gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has promised to be nicer and stop making fun of his favourite Hollywood targets. Hilton, who is known for his savage treatment of certain stars, said he had been accused of hypocrisy after raising awareness of a spate of gay teenage suicides.

  • Paladino loses rabbi’s support after gay apology 24

    Carl Paladino lost the support of a prominent rabbi

    11:50 AM — Carl Paladino, the New York governor candidate who said children were being "brainwashed" by homosexuality, has lost the support of a prominent rabbi after apologising for his comments.

  • Trans golfer sues after being banned from tournament 11

    Lana Lawless is suing after she was barred from a golf tournament

    11:13 AM — An American trans woman is suing the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) because it only allows women who were "female at birth" to participate. Lana Lawless, 57 and of Palm Springs, California, completed her transition from male to female in 2005.

  • 13th October 2010

    US defence secretary says Congress, not court, should repeal military gay ban 5

    The ban is currently under review (Photo: US Army)

    6:51 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates has said that Congress, rather than a court, should lift the ban on out gay soldiers in the military. Yesterday, a federal judge issued an injunction for an immediate end to the policy but Mr Gates said that this could have "enormous consequences".

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