10th December 2010
Judge approves $1 million payout to gay bar patrons after police raid 2
4:36 PM — An Atlanta judge has approved a $1.025 million payout to patrons of a gay bar raided by police. The city council could have saved the money - and its defence costs - by agreeing to a settlement in February.
Canadian military publishes new transgender policy 21
4:17 PM — The Canadian military has published new guidance on transgender soldiers. While debate continues in the US about openly gay troops, the Canadian military has been putting together a new policy on how trans soldiers should be treated, the National Post reports.
San Diego gay journalist dies in apparent suicide 1
3:17 PM — A prominent gay journalist in San Diego has been found dead after apparently jumping from a seven-storey hotel. Michael Portantino, 52, was the publisher of the weekly San Diego's Gay and Lesbian Times, which he bought in 1989.
Scientists breed mice with two fathers 26
2:05 PM — Scientists have created mice with two fathers, suggesting that technology could one day be used to allow gay male couples the chance to have children with genes from both parents.
US Senate blocks repeal of gay military ban 20
10:49 AM — The US Senate yesterday blocked legislation to end the ban on out gay troops. Senators voted 57-40 - three votes short of the 60 needed - to pass military funding legislation which included a repeal measure.
9th December 2010
Gay rights ally Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral to be picketed by anti-gay church 26
5:57 PM — The funeral of Elizabeth Edwards, former wife of United States vice-presidential candidate John Edwards, will be picketed by the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church. Mrs Edwards, a lawyer and author, died yesterday at the age of 61 after a six-year battle with cancer.
Bikini photo used to derail lesbian student’s lawsuit 13
2:11 PM — A US school district accused of violating a lesbian's rights by making her wear women's clothes is attempting to derail her lawsuit with a photo of her in a bikini. Ceara Sturgis, a student at Wesson Attendance Center, wore a tuxedo in her yearbook photo but was excluded from the book for not wearing female dress.
Oprah: ‘Stop saying I’m a lesbian’ 10
11:39 AM — Oprah Winfrey says she is irritated by the continuing rumours that she is a lesbian. The chatshow host, 56, said she would not hide the truth about her sexuality.
HIV-positive porn star says barebacking must be banned 37
10:39 AM — A porn actor who contracted HIV while filming has called for condoms to be made compulsory across the adult film industry. Derrick Burts, 24, tested positive for HIV in October after starring in US gay and straight porn films.
8th December 2010
Texas to consider gay-inclusive anti-bullying legislation 4
5:00 PM — The Texas legislature will consider a number of bills designed to reduce bullying in schools, following a spate of LGBT suicides in the past four months.
Speech: Jesse Jackson says gays are ‘America’s newest second-class citizens’ 8
11:48 AM — The Rev Jesse Jackson's speech to gay rights supporters outside the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals courthouse in San Francisco.
7th December 2010
US defence secretary says gay military ban unlikely to be lifted this year 4
5:43 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates says he doubts that the ban on out gay troops will be lifted before the end of the year. He said he thought it was unlikely that the Senate would vote on the matter this month.
US appeals court ‘could rule to lift California gay marriage ban’ 9
3:35 PM — The US federal appeals court considering the ban on gay marriage in California could issue a narrow ruling on lifting the ban, reports say.
GLAAD celebrates 25 years of gay rights campaigning 1
1:10 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has celebrated 25 years of campaigning. The group was formed in 1987 in New York to protest the New York Post's reporting of HIV and AIDS.
Atlanta pays $1 million to gay bar raided by police 7
11:20 AM — The US city of Atlanta has agreed to pay $1 million to a gay bar raided by police last year. The Atlanta Eagle was raided in September 2009 and patrons said officers subjected them to excessive force and homophobic abuse.
6th December 2010
Jamaican gay rights activist found stabbed to death 4
4:35 PM — A member of a gay rights organisation has been found stabbed to death in the Jamaican capital of Kingston. The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) said that the 26-year-old's body was found behind an insurance company building on Friday.
Appeals court hears California gay marriage case 2
3:57 PM — A federal appeals court was due to begin hearing a case on California's gay marriage ban today. The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear arguments around a federal judge's ruling that the ban on gay marriage in the state is unconstitutional.
Gay and lesbian teens ‘more likely to be expelled or jailed’ 15
1:03 PM — An American study of gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers finds that they are 40 per cent more likely to be punished at school or by the police and courts than their straight peers. The Yale University study found that lesbian and bisexual girls were particularly at risk.
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.