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  • 11th November 2010

    Pentagon report says ‘minimal risk’ to lifting gay military ban 8

    Most troops were reportedly ok with out gay colleagues

    12:15 PM — A Pentagon report says that repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell will have have minimal risk to the war effort and troops' safety, sources say. The Washington Post, which cites two sources familiar with the document, says that more than 70 per cent of the troops surveyed said the effect of lifting the ban would be positive, mixed or non-existent.

  • 10th November 2010

    Documentary on out gay baseball player Glenn Burke 3

    No other baseball player has come out

    7:00 PM — A documentary has been produced about Glenn Burke, the only Major League baseball player to have come out as gay. Burke came out in 1982 in a magazine article after his playing career had ended. During his time in the game, he said his teammates were aware of his sexuality.

  • ‘Zero per cent’ rate of abuse for children with lesbian parents 11

    The study suggested low rates of abuse in lesbian families

    6:32 PM — A small study of children brought up by lesbian couples found that not one reported any sexual or physical abuse. The research comes from the longest-running study into lesbian parenting, carried out by the UCLA’s Williams Institute.

  • Repeal of military gay ban looks doubtful this year 4

    A survey of troops will be published in three weeks (Photo: US Army)

    4:58 PM — Repealing the US ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military by the end of 2010 now looks less likely. Congress will begin a lame-duck session on Monday and the White House is pushing to repeal the law.

  • Two lawsuits filed against US Defence of Marriage Act 9

    Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer's marriage was not recognised by the federal government

    3:27 PM — Two lawsuits have been filed against the US Defence of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of gay marriage. Couples and bereaved spouses in New York, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire will challenge the law.

  • Video: Madonna tells Ellen ‘We’re torturing gay teenagers’ 9

    Madonna said she could relate to isolated gay teenagers

    12:06 PM — Madonna has spoken out against homophobic bullying, calling it "torture". The superstar, referring to an apparent spate of suicides among gay teenagers, said: “The concept that we are torturing teenagers because they are gay – it's unfathomable."

  • 9th November 2010

    Gay married couple may be split up after US deportation order 6

    The couple fear they will be split up

    6:33 PM — A Brazillian man and his American husband may be split up after the US attorney-general refused to reverse an immigration order. Genesio Oliveira, 31, is married to Tim Coco, 49, of Massachusetts, but Mr Oliveira believes he may be sent back to Brazil within six months.

  • Susan Sarandon says GLAAD is ‘out of control’ 49

    Glee was criticised for using the word 'tranny'

    4:26 PM — Actress Susan Sarandon has defended Glee after the show was criticised for using the word 'tranny'. The word was used in a Rocky Horror-themed Glee episode earlier this month.

  • 8th November 2010

    Thousands join Argentina’s gay Pride march 2

    Pride was held on Saturday

    7:20 PM — Thousands of people joined Argentina's annual gay Pride march on Saturday in Buenos Aires. Marchers celebrated new laws which made the country the first in Latin America to recognise same-sex marriage.

  • First out gay bishop Gene Robinson to retire early 5

    Gene Robinson will retire early

    12:14 PM — The openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, has announced he will retire early. Rev Robinson will be 65 when he retires in 2013, seven years before the usual retirement age for bishops.

  • 5th November 2010

    Mid-term exit polls suggest a third of gay voters backed Republicans 31

    A third of gay voters surveyed said they voted Republican

    6:18 PM — Exit polls from this week's US mid-term elections suggest that almost a third of gay voters backed the Republican party.

  • Mum’s defence of cross-dressing 5-year-old becomes internet hit 46

    Boo in his Daphne costume

    3:03 PM — A US mother has become an internet hit for defending her decision to let her son dress as a girl for Halloween. Missouri blogger Sarah wrote: "He's gay. Or he’s not. I don’t care. He is still my son."

  • Ian McKellen: Don’t call me ‘Sir’ 15

    Ian McKellen says he prefers not to use his title (Photo: Stefan Servos)

    2:28 PM — Veteran gay actor Ian McKellen has revealed that he does not like using his title of 'Sir', despite being knighted in 1991. The Lord of the Rings star was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Savannah Film Festival yesterday.

  • 4th November 2010

    Vince Vaughn glad that gay joke will stay in film 16

    Vince Vaughn said he was pleased the joke stayed in the film

    6:44 PM — Actor Vince Vaughn says he is glad that a joke about 'gay' cars will stay in his latest film. He said the use of the word in The Dilemma "wasn't derogatory".

  • Christina Aguilera tells gay kids ‘just be yourself’ 3

    Christina Aguilera told gay kids "it gets better"

    3:41 PM — Pop star Christina Aguilera has added her support to Stonewall's campaign against homophobic bullying. The charity has begun a new campaign called It Gets Better... Today, which is inspired by the US YouTube campaign It Gets Better.

  • Trans student first to play NCAA basketball 11

    Kye Allums will be the first trans basketball player in the NCAA

    1:52 PM — A Washington student has become the first transgender person to play NCAA basketball. Kye Allums, 21, of George Washington University, is returning to the women's team this month, although he is now known as a man.

  • Glee attacked for ‘tranny slur’ 29

    Glee is usually lauded for its LGBT portrayal

    11:59 AM — US comedy Glee has been criticised for using the word 'tranny'. The show, which has been commended for its approach to LGBT issues, had a Rocky Horror-themed episode last week, in which the cast took on roles from the 1970s musical.

  • 3rd November 2010

    US mid-term elections: Four out gay representatives 4

    The House now has four out gay representatives

    3:45 PM — There are now four out gay men and women in the US House of Representatives after David Cicilline, a Democrat, won the Rhode Island congressional seat being vacated by retiring Representative Patrick Kennedy.

  • US mid-term results pose challenges and opportunities for gay rights 13

    Gay groups say pro-gay candidates fared well

    2:50 PM — The US mid-term elections have seen the Republicans gain control of the lower house, while the Democrats held on to the Senate. According to commentators, the result presents both challenges and opportunities for gay rights.

  • Iowa voters oust gay marriage ruling judges 23

    Three Supreme Court judges were ousted in Iowa

    12:53 PM — Three Iowa Supreme Court judges who ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional have been ousted by voters after a campaign by anti-gay groups.

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