15th March 2010
Cynthia Nixon and Rachel Maddow win GLAAD awards 2
12:36 PM — Cynthia Nixon and television presenters Rachel Maddow and Joy Behar were honoured on Saturday night at the 21st GLAAD media awards in New York.
Stars on Ice denies Johnny Weir is not ‘family friendly’ 3
11:41 AM — Stars on Ice has denied it rejected figure skating champion Johnny Weir for not being "family friendly". Weir himself has claimed he was rejected from the show because of his perceived homosexuality.
12th March 2010
US teacher accused of threatening to ‘out’ straight pupil 20
10:13 PM — A New York teacher has been accused of threatening to 'out' a straight nine-year-old boy. Jared Alessandroni, 29, a teacher at the South Bronx Charter School, allegedly told the pupil he would tell the class he was gay.
Anti-abortion campaigner arrested over ‘death threats’ to Elton John 20
3:23 PM — An American anti-abortion campaigner has been arrested for allegedly making threats on Elton John's life. Neal Horsley, who is notorious for producing a website listing the names, addresses and photos of abortion doctors, was arrested on Wednesday in Atlanta, Georgia.
US lesbian bishop receives votes for confirmation 14
2:55 PM — The assistant bishop-elect of Los Angeles, Mary Glasspool, has cleared an important hurdle in the confirmation process.
Figure skater Johnny Weir ‘not family friendly enough for Stars on Ice’ 34
1:23 PM — The American figure skating champion Johnny Weir has reportedly been rejected from the Stars on Ice Tour because he is not deemed "family friendly".
First gay marriages for Mexico City 12
11:45 AM — The first gay couples to marry in Latin America held their ceremonies yesterday in Mexico City. A lesbian couple were the first to tie the knot. Judith Vazquez and Lol Kin Castaneda wore matching white gowns for their ceremony at city hall, attended by Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard.
11th March 2010
US school cancels prom over lesbian student’s date 36
12:09 PM — A Mississippi school has cancelled its prom rather than allow a lesbian student to wear a tuxedo and arrive with her date.
10th March 2010
Gay activists shouted ‘you’re one of us’ at Roy Ashburn in 2005 15
7:03 PM — California senator Roy Ashburn was heckled in 2005 at an anti-gay marriage rally by gay campaigners who knew he was in the closet. They shouted: "We know you're one of us, Roy!"
Cuba pays for gender reassignment surgery 11
6:35 PM — Cuba has begun paying for trans men and women to have gender reassignment surgery. Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of former leader Fidel, confirmed to reporters yesterday that the country began paying for the procedures in 2008.
Washington Post defends photo of gay kiss 35
5:24 PM — The Washington Post's internal ombudsman has unequivocally defended the newspaper's decision to carry a front-page photo of a gay couple kissing. He received complaints and homophobic slurs from some readers.
Adam Lambert happy to be out and proud 8
3:46 PM — Gay US singer Adam Lambert has said he is happy to be out and proud. He also hit back at Kiss star Gene Simmons, who suggested Lambert had "killed" his own career by coming out.
9th March 2010
TV shows with gay characters could lose Florida tax credits 26
6:18 PM — Television shows and films with gay characters could miss on tax credits in Florida for not being "family-friendly". Lawmakers in the state have been coy over the meaning of the phrase "non-traditional family values".
Barbara Walters regrets Ricky Martin gay interview 23
5:44 PM — Veteran US broadcaster Barbara Walters has said that asking Ricky Martin to confirm whether he was gay was "inappropriate". She now believes it could have damaged his career in the US.
DC gay couples begin marrying today 7
4:27 PM — The first gay couples to marry in Washington DC held their ceremonies today. They were able to apply for marriage licences last Wednesday and, due to a mandatory waiting period, the first ceremonies were set to take place today.
Homophobic senator Roy Ashburn comes out as gay 85
11:42 AM — The California senator who was arrested on suspicion of drink driving last week after leaving a gay club has come out. Roy Ashburn said he was gay on a local radio show yesterday.
8th March 2010
Anti-gay senator arrested after visiting gay club 34
2:55 PM — An anti-gay California senator was arrested last week on suspicion of drunk driving after visiting a gay bar. Roy Ashburn, who has a history of opposing gay rights, had been at a gay bar called Faces and had a man in his car when he was stopped.
5th March 2010
US senators call to end gay blood ban 29
5:29 PM — Seventeen Democrat senators and one independent have called to end America's ban on gay men donating blood. The 1983 rule is "outdated, medically and scientifically unsound", they argued in a letter to the Food and Drug Administration yesterday.
Anti-gay group wants killer whale stoned to death 47
12:07 PM — An anti-gay religious group is calling for a killer whale which drowned its trainer to be stoned to death. According to the American Family Association, the Bible says that captive killer whale Tillikum should have been put to death in 1991 after the first time he killed a trainer.
US senators introduce bill to overturn gay military ban earlier than Obama planned 12
1:28 AM — Following President Barack Obama's call for the end of the United States' 'don't ask don't tell' policy, banning gays in the military, senators are introducing legislation to repeal the current law or halt discharges of gays continuing to take place.