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  • 18th October 2010

    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".

  • Tenth suspect arrested over New York homophobic beatings

    Ten suspects have now been arrested

    5:28 PM — A tenth suspect was arrested yesterday in connection with a homophobic attack on three men in New York. Police believe that the attack took place after gang members suspected that a new recruit was gay.

  • Carl Paladino apologises for ‘poorly chosen words’ after homophobia row 21

    Carl Paladino apologised for his choice of words

    3:17 PM — Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for New York governor, has apologised for his "poorly chosen words" on homosexuality. Gay groups were furious at a speech he made to Jewish Orthodox leaders in Brooklyn on Sunday, in which he claimed that children were being "brainwashed" by homosexuality.

  • Obama administration to contest gay marriage ruling 9

    President Obama called DOMA 'abhorrent' but is obliged to defend it in court

    10:22 AM — The Obama administration will contest a Massachusetts ruling which says the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. In July, a judge in the state ruled that the law, which bars federal government from recognising gay marriage, should be repealed.

  • US judge orders immediate end to military gay ban 17

    A judge ruled that the anti-gay policy should cease immediately

    9:48 AM — A US federal judge yesterday ordered an immediate end to Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the law that bans out gay soldiers from serving in the military. US District Judge Virginia Phillips' injunction brings the military the closest it has ever been to repealing the controversial law.

  • 12th October 2010

    Gay singer Adam Lambert promises not to offend Malaysia 18

    Adam Lambert said he would tone down his show

    6:21 PM — Adam Lambert has promised to tone down his live show to avoid offending Malaysia. The gay singer is currently touring Asia but was accused of trying to promote "gay culture" in the Muslim country.

  • Gay US teenager killed himself after ‘toxic’ city council meeting 20

    There have been a spate of suicides among gay young men

    6:18 PM — The parents of a gay Oklahoma teenager say he killed himself after attending a "toxic" city council debate in which homophobic opinions were aired. Zach Harrington, 19, killed himself a week after attending the meeting.

  • Ninth suspect in New York anti-gay attacks taken into custody

    Nine suspects have been arrested

    11:16 AM — A ninth man wanted by police in New York in connection with a homophobic attack on three men has been taken into custody. Ruddy Vargas-Perez, 22, was taken into custody yesterday afternoon.

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