7th January 2011
Lesbians’ children ‘not hurt by meeting sperm donors’ 2
4:49 PM — There is no evidence that lesbians' children are hurt or damaged by meeting their sperm donor fathers, a small study says.
US gay group urges CNN not to use guests from the ‘anti-gay industry’ 20
4:19 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has urged TV network CNN not to use guests from the "anti-gay industry". It said figures were being invited on air purely because they are homophobic, rather than having any expertise in subjects.
Figure skater Johnny Weir announces he’s gay 28
11:45 AM — The US figure skater Johnny Weir has announced he is gay. The three-time US champion has refused to clarify his sexual orientation until now and previously said he did not want to label himself.
Miss America contestant runs on gay rights ticket 7
10:44 AM — A Miss America contestant is competing for the crown on a gay rights platform. Claire Buffie, 24, who is currently Miss New York, is straight but has a lesbian sister.
6th January 2011
Lesbian priests wed in Massachusetts 9
5:32 PM — Two high-level female Episcopal priests married in Massachusetts on New Year's Day. The wedding of Rev Mally Lloyd and Rev Katherine Ragsdale is thought to be a first for the US.
Rhode Island gay marriage bill re-introduced 7
4:45 PM — A bill to allow gay couples to marry is to be re-introduced today. Democrat representative Arthur Handy told The Providence Journal he has secured the support of 27 so-sponsors and expects to sign up more.
James Franco: ‘Maybe I’m just gay’ 17
4:18 PM — James Franco has a history of taking on gay film roles, which has inevitably stoked curiosity about his sexuality. He told the Advocate last year that he was straight, but was more nuanced in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
US Navy Capt fired for lewd videos 1
3:46 PM — US Navy Captain Owen Honors has been fired from his role over the obscene comedy videos he produced for his crew. He lost command of the USS Enterprise over the raunchy films, which one gay group described as "frat house behaviour".
First US transgender trial judge is sworn in 8
11:23 AM — Victoria Kolakowski made history this week when she became the first trans person to be sworn in as a trial judge in the US.
5th January 2011
New Rhode Island governor calls for gay marriage 12
2:28 PM — The newly-elected governor of US state Rhode Island has used his first speech to urge for legal gay marriage. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican turned independent, was sworn in yesterday and took the oath of office on the front steps of the Legislature.
‘Princess boy’, 5, inspires book about tolerance 21
10:16 AM — An American mother has published a cartoon picture book about her five-year-old son's love of wearing pink dresses. Dyson Kilodavis, who calls himself a "princess boy", loves wearing pink and purple frothy dresses befitting a fairy or a ballerina.
Video: Gareth Thomas tells Ellen he ‘prayed to be straight’ 27
10:01 AM — Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed he prayed to become straight before he married his wife. He appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show last night and told the lesbian presenter the lengths he went to in order to avoid his homosexuality.
Californian appeals court passes on gay marriage case to state Supreme Court 6
12:42 AM — The federal appeals court due to decide if California's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional has said it can not make a decision until the state's Supreme Court rules if the sponsors of Proposition 8 have the authority to defend the measure.
4th January 2011
US Navy captain accused of making anti-gay videos 8
5:18 PM — A US Navy captain is expected to be temporarily relieved of his duties while the Navy investigates anti-gay and obscene comedy videos he produced for his crew.
Sarah Palin’s retweet hints at gay support 25
4:10 PM — Sarah Palin has given a hint of support for gay rights after retweeting a Twitter message by a lesbian conservative commentator.
Facebook-style site launched for gay US soldiers 5
3:45 PM — A social networking site has been launched for LGBT troops and their supporters. Out Military, which looks similar to Facebook, hopes to grow as the US comes closer to repealing the ban on out gay servicemembers.
Hollywood studios accused of ‘shutting out’ gay actors 14
2:47 PM — Hollywood studios have been accused of "shutting out" openly gay actors. US commentator Ramin Setoodeh has reignited the row by saying that Hollywood "doesn’t even allow gay actors to play gay".
30th December 2010
R&B star Chris Brown’s homophobic Twitter duel with Raz-B 17
3:51 PM — R&B star Chris Brown, who had been attempting to rebuild his reputation after beating his ex-girlfriend, the singer Rihanna, yesterday engaged in a Twitter duel which saw use homophobic abuse against rapper Raz-B who accused his former manager of rape.
Rupert Everett: Hollywood homophobia denies gays leading roles 18
1:37 PM — Rupert Everett, the openly gay star of 'My Best Friend's Wedding' has once again hit out at Hollywood, claiming that the lack of roles for gay actors is caused by homophobia.
Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears pride at being a gay teen role model 4
10:43 AM — Jake Shears, the lead signer of the Scissor Sisters has spoken out against homophobic bullying but also his pride at being a role model for gay teens.