6th December 2010
Actress Amber Heard announces she’s a lesbian 12
10:56 AM — American actress Amber Heard has officially come out at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The star attended the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) 25th anniversary event on Saturday night with her girlfriend Tasya van Ree.
3rd December 2010
Gay Missouri trooper’s partner sues for survivor benefits 6
10:59 AM — The longterm gay partner of a Missouri trooper is suing to access survivor benefits. Dennis Engelhard, 49, was a state trooper killed in the line of duty while responding to an accident on Christmas Day of last year but his partner is not entitled to part of his salary because he is gay.
2nd December 2010
Christian group campaigns to have anti-gay app reinstated 57
5:03 PM — A anti-gay Christian group is campaigning to have an iPhone app against gay marriage reinstated. Apple removed the Manhattan Declaration app from its iTunes store last week after media attention but the Christian group is calling for supporters to sign a petition to have it returned to the site.
John McCain criticises ‘flawed’ study on out gay soldiers 22
4:23 PM — Republican senator John McCain has criticised the Pentagon study on repealing the ban on out gay troops. Mr McCain, who is against repeal, said that the study was flawed because it looked at how the law could be repealed, instead of whether doing so would benefit the military.
Illinois senate approves civil unions 7
10:16 AM — The Illinois senate has given a green light to civil marriage legislation by 32-24 votes. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill into law shortly, making Illinois the fifth US state to allow civil unions.
1st December 2010
Virginia politician says airport patdowns are ‘part of the homosexual agenda’ 62
4:58 PM — A politician in the US state of Virginia has caused bemusement by claiming that airport security patdowns are "part of the homosexual agenda". Republican Eugene Delgaudio is known for his strong views against homosexuality.
Men plead guilty to New York anti-gay robbery
3:53 PM — Two New York men have pleaded guilty to an anti-gay robbery which left their victim in hospital for three weeks. Daniel Rodriguez, 21, and Daniel Aleman, 27, admit robbery as a hate crime for the attack on 49-year-old Jack Price in October last year in the Queens neighbourhood.
30th November 2010
Need to find a condom? There’s an app for that 2
11:00 PM — Launched ahead of World AIDS day, a new Apple iPhone application helps people find their nearest condom dispenser in two US cities. The launch of iCondom in the USA follows the launch of an app for Paris and Marseilles.
Pentagon report says ban on out gay soldiers can be lifted safely 10
8:22 PM — A Pentagon report says that the ban on out gay troops in the US military can be lifted safely without too much disruption. The report, released today, said that the ban could even be lifted now, in wartime, without harming troops or the military's ability to do its job.
Texas gay Skype marriage annulled 5
12:17 PM — A gay couple who married by Skype in Texas have had their ceremony annulled. Texas residents Mark Reed and Dante Walkup decided to circumvent Texas' law against gay marriage by having a registrar in Washington DC conduct the ceremony over the internet but were told last week that this is not legal.
29th November 2010
Lesbian-only guesthouse now allows men 37
5:07 PM — A lesbian-only guesthouse in Key West, Florida, is having to allow men in order to survive a tough ecomonic climate. Pearl's Rainbow, an award-winning 38-room guesthouse, has been running for ten years.
Marines said to be most opposed to lifting military gay ban 10
11:03 AM — The Marines are the faction of the US military most opposed to lifting the ban on out gay troops, reports say.
Wikileaks says US had dossier on gay Tory Alan Duncan 25
10:05 AM — US spies drew up a dossier on gay Conservative minister Alan Duncan, leaked documents show. Mr Duncan, now the international development minister, was apparently of special interest to the US and is the only British MP to have been singled out so far.
26th November 2010
Apple removes ‘anti-gay’ iPhone app 30
3:45 PM — Apple has apparently removed an app from its iTunes store which rails against gay marriage and LGBT rights. The app, created by a Christian group, disappeared from the online store after media attention, first reported on PinkNews.co.uk.
US judge says lesbians can be ‘cured’ by male soldiers 217
1:37 PM — An American judge has been accused of advocating corrective rape for lesbians. Joe Rehyansky, a part-time magistrate and Vietnam veteran, wrote on conservative news site The Daily Caller that lesbians should be allowed to serve in the military because straight male soldiers could "convert" them.
25th November 2010
John Travolta enraged by gay sex claims
4:32 PM — John Travolta is said to be furious after a US gossip website published claims that he had sex with men in saunas. The star's lawyers have demanded that the story be removed.
Anti-gay groups upset at being called ‘hateful’ 38
1:53 PM — US anti-gay organisations have hit back after being included on a list of 'hate groups'. The Family Research Council and National Organization for Marriage were named by a civil rights body as two of 18 groups which "demonise" gay people and propagate "known falsehoods".
24th November 2010
Figures show decrease in US anti-gay crime 2
5:40 PM — FBI figures for 2009 show that reports of anti-gay hate crimes in the US have decreased. However, a recent study claims that gays are more likely to be victims of violent hate crime than any other minority group.
Video: Fox News refuses to air gay military ban ad 13
5:38 PM — Fox News has refused to broadcast an advert which calls for the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The ad, by the pro-repeal Palm Center, features Canadian and Australian military leaders saying that lifting their countries' bans on out gay soldiers were a "non-event" and did not harm the military.
Lesbian flight nurse returns to duty as White House appeals 1
3:39 PM — A lesbian flight nurse sacked under Don't Ask, Don't Tell is to re-join the Air Force but the Obama administration has filed an appeal against the decision. Major Margaret Witt was sacked in 2007 after 19 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves when her affair with a woman came to light.