18th November 2010
US Senate to vote again on gay military ban 6
4:02 PM — The US Senate is expected to vote again next month on the ban on out gay soldiers. Senate majority leader Harry Reid said the vote would be scheduled after Thanksgiving.
Bristol Palin says sorry for sister’s anti-gay comments 13
10:56 AM — Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, has said sorry after her younger sister used a homophobic slur. Meanwhile, a Republican gay group said the family were being unfairly criticised.
17th November 2010
Sarah Palin’s daughter in anti-gay row 31
4:08 PM — Sarah Palin's daughter used the word 'faggot' to attack someone who criticised her mother. Willow Palin, 16, told a Facebook friend that he was "so gay" and used the homophobic insult after he criticised former Alaska governor Mrs Palin's reality TV show.
US county elects first transgender judge 10
3:11 PM — Victoria Kolakowski has become the first trans person to be elected as a trial judge in the US. She was elected as a superior court judge in Alameda County, California, beating deputy district attorney John Creighton with 51 to 48 per cent of the vote.
16th November 2010
Thirteen gay activists arrested after White House DADT protest 7
3:10 PM — Thirteen gay rights campaigners have been arrested after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest at the ban on out gay troops.
15th November 2010
US Supreme Court denies request to lift gay military ban 6
6:01 PM — The US Supreme Court declined a request to lift the ban on out gay troops serving in the military on Friday. In the latest round of the fight to have the law repealed, Republican gay group Log Cabin Republicans asked the court to overturn a lower court's ruling that the ban should remain in place indefinitely.
Marie Osmond: ‘My son did not commit suicide because he was gay’ 7
5:36 PM — Marie Osmond has hit at out suggestions that her son killed himself because he was gay. Michael Blosil, 18, committed suicide in February. There was speculation that he had killed himself because of his sexual orientation and his Mormon religion.
Texas gay couple marry by Skype 3
1:04 PM — A gay couple have circumvented Texas' ban on gay marriage by marrying over Skype. Mark Reed and Dante Walkup used the internet software to link to Washington DC, where a registrar conducted the ceremony.
12th November 2010
New lawsuit over severance pay to outed gay US troops 6
4:53 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has launched a lawsuit over the US Defence Department's policy of paying just half the usual severance pay to individuals sacked under Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Illinois university official ‘fired’ for announcing lesbian wedding 6
3:00 PM — A lesbian official at a Catholic university in Illinois claims she was fired after announcing her wedding in a local newspaper. Laine Tadlock, 60, says that her bosses at Benedictine University in Springfield were aware that she was a lesbian but fired after she announced her marriage.
Video: Cindy McCain criticises DADT while husband John defends it 2
12:39 PM — Republican senator John McCain's wife Cindy appears in a new video which attacks the ban on out gay soldiers. In the latest ad, she appears to be suggesting that her husband is partly responsible for the homophobic bullying with has led to a number of gay teenage suicides.
11th November 2010
Portia DeGeneres could be in first US Dancing With the Stars same-sex couple 6
5:53 PM — Portia DeGeneres has been tipped to be in the first same-sex couple on Dancing With the Stars, radio host Ryan Seacrest says.
Ricky Martin says he’ll get married when Puerto Rico allows it 12
3:17 PM — Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin says he will marry his partner when his home country legalises gay marriage. The star has not revealed the name of his long-term boyfriend, but says they would get married if they could.
Michigan students criticised for burning gay Pride flag 10
2:39 PM — A private college in Michigan, US, says it has taken "appropriate action" after two students burned a gay Pride flag on campus.
Pentagon report says ‘minimal risk’ to lifting gay military ban 8
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
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
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
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
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
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."