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  • 2nd November 2010

    US school official formally resigns after anti-gay rant 9

    Clint McCance has resigned (Photo: CNN)

    6:49 PM — Clint McCance, the US school district official who had to apologise last week for an anti-gay rant on his Facebook page, has officially resigned.

  • Ron Howard says ‘Dilemma’ gay joke will stay in film 8

    Vince Vaughn's character calls electric cars 'gay'

    4:03 PM — Ron Howard, the director of The Dilemma, says a joke about 'gay' cars will stay in the film. The film was criticised by GLAAD and CNN news anhor Anderson Cooper for a scene in which Vince Vaughn's character makes a joke about electric cars being gay.

  • Ricky Martin reveals he ‘cried like a baby’ after coming out 5

    Ricky Martin said he didn't want to teach his sons to lie

    1:02 PM — Ricky Martin has told Oprah Winfrey about the moment he decided to announce he was gay. The Puerto Rican star posted a message on his website declaring himself to be a "fortunate gay man" but says he broke down in tears afterwards.

  • Federal appeals court rules DADT will remain in place indefinitely 13

    The ban will stay in place for now

    11:56 AM — A US federal appeals court has ruled that Don't Ask, Don't Tell should stay in place indefinitely. The decision by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals means that the ban on out gay soldiers is expected to be retained throughout a legal battle over whether it is constitutional.

  • 1st November 2010

    Students deny putting roommate’s gay sex session online

    Tyler Clementi killed himself in September

    3:22 PM — Two US students accused of invading the privacy of a friend who committed suicide say they did not broadcast his gay sex session online. Dharun Ravi of Plainsboro, New Jersey, and Molly W Wei of Princeton, both 18, were accused of secretly recording Mr Ravi's roommate Tyler Clementi having sex with a man.

  • 31st October 2010

    Gay synagogue was target of Yemeni exploding packages plot 5

    The Or Chadesh gay community believes it was the target of attack

    11:49 AM — A lesbian and gay Jewish congregation in Chicago was the target of one of the explosive-laden packages intercepted on route from Yemen, a Rabbi has claimed.

  • 29th October 2010

    Golden Girl Betty White supports gay marriage 17

    Betty White supports gay marriage

    5:48 PM — Veteran actress Betty White says she supports gay marriage and doesn't understand how people can oppose it so much. The 88-year-old former star of Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show said people should mind their own business.

  • Study says one in ten sexually-active teens has same-sex partners 4

    The survey found that almost one in ten teens has same-sex partners (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    5:32 PM — A study of sexually-active American teenagers says that almost one in ten has same-sex partners. In 2002, a similar study of teenagers in Vermont and Massachusetts found that only five to six per cent had same-sex partners.

  • School board official to resign over anti-gay comments 33

    Clint McCance said he was sorry for the remarks (Photo: CNN)

    1:38 PM — The US school board official who wrote on his Facebook page that "queers" and "fags" should kill themselves says he will resign. Clint McCance, who is the vice-president of the Midland school district in Arkansas , said last night he was sorry for his "hurtful" remarks.

  • ‘Most US troops’ okay with openly gay colleagues 9

    Most troops were said to be okay with out gay colleagues (Photo: US Army)

    10:56 AM — The majority of US troops and their families are okay about serving alongside openly gay colleagues, according to Pentagon sources familiar with the findings of an internal survey.

  • 28th October 2010

    US school official tells gay teens to kill themselves 47

    The school official said he enjoyed the fact that AIDS kills gay men

    3:55 PM — Gay rights groups are calling for a US school board official to resign after he posted an anti-gay rant on his Facebook page. Clint McCance, who is the vice-president of the Arkansas school district, wrote on his page that "queers" and "fags" should kill themselves.

  • ‘Ellen saved me from anorexia’, says Portia DeGeneres 7

    The couple married in 2008

    12:18 PM — Portia DeGeneres says her wife Ellen DeGeneres 'pulled her out' of the grip of an eating disorder. Portia DeGeneres says her wife Ellen DeGeneres 'pulled her out' of the grip of an eating disorder. The actress, formally known as Portia de Rossi, took her wife' surname in August, two years after the couple married.

  • 27th October 2010

    Obama discusses DADT with gay groups 2

    Gay rights groups met the president yesterday

    6:00 PM — US president Barack Obama had a brief meeting with gay rights groups yesterday over the ban on out gay soldiers. According to the Washington Post, the groups met the president and senior officials yesterday to discuss the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

  • Charges dropped against three men in New York ‘gay bashing’

    Three men were released and had the charges against them dropped

    5:26 PM — Three of the 11 men charged with an homophobic attack in New York have had the charges against them dropped. Bryan Almonte, 17, Steven Carabello, 17, and Brian Cepeda, 16, were cleared of any involvement in the October 3rd attack yesterday and were released from jail.

  • 26th October 2010

    Record number of out gay officials in Obama administration 3

    Barack Obama has appointed a record number of out gay employees

    6:41 PM — US president Barack Obama has appointed a "record" number of out gay officials since taking office. According to estimates by gay rights campaigners and the White House, he has appointed more than 150 out gay people to posts in his administration.

  • Obama administration launches campaign against anti-gay bullying 12

    Barack Obama is expected to promote the new guidance

    12:10 PM — The US Obama administration has launched a campaign against homophobic bullying. The new advice for schools and colleges comes shortly after President Obama recorded a video for the It Gets Better project, which aims to encouraged bullied gay teenagers

  • Sesame Street’s Bert hints he’s gay but producers say no 10

    Ernie and Bert are not gay, Sesame Street executives said

    10:52 AM — Rumours have circulated for years that Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie are in a relationship and now Bert has hinted at it on Twitter. Bert, who shares a bed with Ernie, wrote on the Sesame Street Twitter feed during Pride season that his hair was "mo" - a slang word for gay.

  • 25th October 2010

    American newspaper refuses to publish gay wedding announcements 7

    The newspaper's publisher said it had a right not to recognise gay marriage

    3:30 PM — The largest newspaper in New Hampshire, US, has come under fire for refusing to publish gay marriage announcements. The Union Leader refused to publish notice of a marriage between two men in Portsmouth at the weekend.

  • Alan Cumming: ‘Obama’s done diddly-squat for us’ 14

    Alan Cumming said Obama's actions were sending messages about gay people

    12:58 PM — Bisexual Scottish actor Alan Cumming has attacked Barack Obama for not doing enough for gay rights. President Obama has promised to end the ban on out gay soldiers but gay rights campaigners are becoming impatient with a perceived lack of action.

  • 22nd October 2010

    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell under tighter controls 3

    Gay soldiers have been warned not to come out

    3:00 PM — The US military's ban on out gay soldiers has come back into force with some changes. Defence secretary Robert Gates announced yesterday that the power to fire individuals who have been outed will lie in the hands of just a handful of high-ranking officials.

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