16th April 2010
Obama gives gay partners equal healthcare rights 18
2:10 PM — US President Barack Obama has ordered almost all hospitals to give gay partners equal rights in visiting and making decisions for their loved ones.
15th April 2010
Ellen DeGeneres named ‘most powerful gay person’ 7
4:36 PM — Television presenter Ellen DeGeneres has been named the most powerful gay person America. The lesbian star, who is now an American Idol judge, won the top spot in Out magazine's annual Power 50 rundown.
14th April 2010
Huckabee compares allowing gay marriage to legalising incest or polygamy 23
2:42 PM — Mike Huckabee, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and is a possible candidate for 2012 has said that allowing gays and lesbians to marry is as inappropriate as legalising incest, polygamy and drug use. He also condemned gays adopting saying "children are not puppies."
Britney Spears had gay time at Palm Springs White Party 1
12:24 PM — Britney Spears apparently had a gay old time at the annual gay White Party held in Palm Springs, California over the weekend. The pop star made an unscheduled appearance at the close of the event to support the signer Agnes who won the Swedish Pop Idol series in 2005.
13th April 2010
Rufus Wainwright claims 50 Cent is gay 18
5:14 PM — Rufus Wainwright claims he just "knows" that rapper 50 Cent is gay. The Canadian musician told a magazine he loved his "cute little voice".
Soldier’s father will take Westboro Baptist Church to Supreme Court 19
4:26 PM — The father of a dead US soldier whose funeral was picketed by the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has said he will take his case to the US Supreme Court.
12th April 2010
Pope’s number two claims sexual abuse scandals due to homosexuality not celibacy 76
11:55 PM — The Vatican's second most senior cleric has said that the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church are linked to homosexuality rather than celibacy among priests. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is the Vatican's secretary of state, effectively the deputy to Pope Benedict XVI made the controversial statement during a press conference in Chile.
9th April 2010
God Hates Fags church too extreme for KKK 47
3:16 PM — The Ku Klux Klan has distanced itself from Westboro Baptist Church, saying it "absolutely repudiates" the homophobic church's activities.
8th April 2010
Gay playwright Terrence McNally marries
4:03 PM — The American playwright Terrence McNally has married his longterm partner in Washington DC. The pair already had a civil partnership but said they did not like "separate but equal".
US student told to change ‘gay’ Lady Gaga t-shirt 13
1:49 PM — A Tennessee student has accused his school of discrimination after he was told to go home and change out of a t-shirt bearing the word 'gay'. Cole Goforth's shirt read "I Heart Lady Gay Gay", a play on the name of bisexual singer Lady Gaga.
Troops ask how repeal of gay ban will affect them 12
10:56 AM — A meeting of US military personnel was held this week for them to question the impact of lifting the ban on out gay soldiers. Around 350 soldiers were picked at random and assembled at the Pentagon on Tuesday.
7th April 2010
Rising support for gay marriage in California 5
3:49 PM — A new poll has found that 52 per cent of Californian respondents support allowing gay marriage in the state. Fifty-two per cent of the 1,515 people surveyed agreed that "same-sex couples should be allowed to become legally married in the state of California", while 40 per cent disagreed.
Cyndi Lauper opens shelter for homeless gay young people 13
2:16 PM — Pop singer Cyndi Lauper has announced she is opening a shelter in New York for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people. The gay icon said the shelter would support people who had been kicked out by their parents.
California considers repealing gay cure law 12
10:50 AM — California lawmakers are considering whether to repeal a law which requires the state to look for cures for homosexuality. The 1950s legislation says gays are "sexual deviants".
6th April 2010
88 gay couples marry in Mexico City 3
4:29 PM — Official figures show that 88 gay couples have married in Mexico City since same-sex marriage was legalised last month. Another 37 will marry in the next eight weeks.
School sent lesbian teenager to ‘fake’ prom 19
4:11 PM — The lesbian teenager who won a court victory against her Mississippi school for its prom policy says she was sent to a "fake" event so other students would not have to see her with her girlfriend.
Gay wrestler Chris Kanyon found dead 6
1:30 PM — One of the first out gay professional wrestlers has been found dead at his home in an apparent suicide. Chris Klucsaritis, 40, was found by his brother in his New York apartment on Friday and medics pronounced him dead at the scene.
1st April 2010
Analysis: Why are gays excluded from some clinical trials? 12
3:49 PM — Gay men and lesbians are routinely excluded from clinical trials for new treatments for sexual dysfunction, according to US research published last week. The question is whether this is a case of discrimination or just questionable experimental design.
True Blood star Anna Paquin announces ‘I’m bisexual’ 39
3:34 PM — Anna Paquin, the American actress, has announced she is bisexual. Paquin, who is engaged to her male co-star, has never spoken about her sexual orientation publicly.
US general avoids punishment for criticising repeal of military gay ban 4
2:40 PM — A US general who publicly criticised President Barack Obama's plans to repeal the ban on out gay soldiers will not be reprimanded.