22nd December 2010
Obama signs bill to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 10
2:58 PM — President Obama has signed a bill to end the ban on openly gay troops in the US military. Two years after he promised to end the controversial policy in his election campaign, the president signed the bill during a ceremony at the Interior Department.
Parents of gay suicide student will sue university 15
2:52 PM — The parents of a New Jersey student who jumped to his death after his roommate allegedly broadcast his gay sex session are to sue his university. Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University, killed himself by jumping from the George Washington Bridge in September.
Federal inquiry into US gay teenager’s suicide 9
1:05 PM — Federal education officials are investigating the suicide of a 13-year-old California boy who killed himself after suffering homophobic bullying. Seth Walsh died nine days after hanging himself in his garden on September 28th.
Obama to sign repeal of gay military ban today 6
11:15 AM — President Obama is to sign a bill to repeal the ban on out gay troops in the US military today. He will sign the bill during a ceremony at the Interior Department.
21st December 2010
UN votes to reinstate resolution condemning execution of gays 26
11:03 PM — The United Nations General Assembly has voted to restore a reference to sexual orientation in a resolution opposing the unjustified killings of minority groups. Last month, a UN panel deleted a reference to gays and lesbians in resolution introduced by Morocco and Mali. The vast majority of countries in support were African or Arabic.
Video: Glee star Jane Lynch in TV network’s Christmas clip
5:07 PM — Her marriage was a publicity stunt, she's having a heterosexual affair and she hates the cast of Glee so much she's giving them sick kittens for Christmas. Jane Lynch shows off her Sue Sylvester side in a jokey Christmas video for 20th Century Fox.
Pentagon unsure how long repeal of gay ban will take 11
11:59 AM — The Pentagon says it has no timeline for the lifting of the ban on out gay soldiers in the US military. The Senate voted on Saturday to repeal the law but change is expected to take months.
20th December 2010
US awaits signing of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal laws
3:13 PM — Celebrities and politicians have voiced their support for the Senate after it voted to repeal the ban on out gay soldiers.
18th December 2010
Video: US Senate votes to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban on gays serving in the military 38
8:36 PM — The US Senate has voted 65 to 31 to repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. Since the ban was introduced in 1993, more than 13,500 LGBT service personnel have been dismissed from the military.
US Senate edges closer to ending gay military ban later today 1
6:27 PM — The US Senate has voted to proceed to a final debate and vote on the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. Earlier today, the Senate voted 63-33 in favour of a final vote on the issue. Six Republicans crossed party lines to support the bill that has the backing of the Democrats and President Barack Obama. The vote scheduled for 3pm (8pm GMT) requires just a simple majority to repeal the ban.
17th December 2010
Gay US veterans sue to rejoin military 4
3:56 PM — Three openly gay US military veterans are suing to get their old jobs back. They were discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell - the law which prohibits gay troops from being open about their sexual orientation.
Ricky Martin says he’ll marry when Puerto Rico allows it
3:19 PM — Ricky Martin says he won't marry until Puerto Rico allows gay couples to tie the knot. The star, who has a boyfriend of three years, said he hoped that the Caribbean island would change the law.
Winona Ryder says Mel Gibson was homophobic 46
12:52 PM — Winona Ryder claims that Mel Gibson was homophobic and anti-Semitic when she met him 15 years ago. The actress told GQ that he had called her an "oven dodger" - a reference to the gas chambers used to kill Jews during the Holocaust.
Mother of gay suicide teen pleads for anti-bullying action 21
11:37 AM — The mother of a California teenager who killed himself after he was bullied for being gay has pleaded with his school district to do more about the problem. Seth Walsh, 13, died nine days after hanging himself in September. He had endured years of homophobic bullying at school.
16th December 2010
Kevin Spacey: ‘Asking me about being gay is like bullying’ 24
10:40 AM — Kevin Spacey has compared media interest in his sexuality to anti-gay bullying. The actor has fiercely protected his private life and has denied that he is gay for years.
Video: House of Representatives votes to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ gay military ban 11
1:37 AM — The House of Representatives has for the second time passed a bill to overturn the US's military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy that bans military personnel from being openly gay.
15th December 2010
Gay military campaigner Dan Choi hospitalised 9
4:32 PM — Gay rights campaigner Dan Choi has been hospitalised following a breakdown. The Iraq veteran, who became the most visible face in the fight to repeal the US ban on out gay soldiers, said he was in the care of a military hospital.
Top Marine general says lifting gay ban could result in deaths 19
12:07 PM — The US Marines' top general has said that lifting the ban on out gay soldiers could cost lives. General James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, says a Pentagon study on lifting the ban showed that front-line troops were most concerned about serving alongside out gay colleagues.
Video: Former president Jimmy Carter says America ready for gay president 9
9:59 AM — Jimmy Carter, who served as president of the United States of America between 1977 and 1981, has told the BigThink project that his country is ready for a gay president.
14th December 2010
I’m not going to pretend I’m bisexual, says Mariah Carey 4
4:24 PM — Mariah Carey says she's not bisexual but isn't offended when people think she is. The star, speaking to Advocate magazine, said she wasn't upset over rumours about her sexuality.