27th October 2010
Obama discusses DADT with gay groups 2
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’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Video: Barack Obama tells gay kids ‘It will get better’ 31
10:42 AM — US president Barack Obama has become the most high-profile figure to join a campaign to stop gay teen suicides. He recorded a short video for the It Gets Better YouTube project, which aims to encourage bullied gay teenagers that their lives will improve.
21st October 2010
Gay dad ‘forced out’ by US Scouts 29
4:50 PM — The father of a nine-year-old says he was forced to give up a leadership role in the Scouts because he is gay. Jon Langbert of Dallas, Texas, is openly gay and says he was given a 'leader' t-shirt by the Scouts group last year which he wore with pride.
Court temporarily reinstates US military gay ban 5
11:53 AM — A federal appeals court has temporarily frozen an order requiring the US military to accept openly gay soldiers. The decision leaves gay and lesbian soldiers and recruits in limbo.
20th October 2010
Obama administration asks appeals court to suspend DADT ruling 3
5:42 PM — The Obama administration has filed an emergency request asking the federal appeals court to suspend a court order lifting the ban on out gay military personnel.
Gay soldier Dan Choi re-enlists in US army 3
11:56 AM — Dan Choi, the out gay soldier who has been at the front of efforts to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, has re-enlisted in the US army. He was served with discharge papers last year after coming out on television.
Pentagon tells military to start accepting gays and lesbians 3
10:52 AM — The Pentagon has told US military recruiters to begin accepting out gays and lesbians. Last week, California-based US District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the gay ban must end immediately. Yesterday, she issued a final ruling refusing to stay her order while the government appeals.
19th October 2010
US judge says she will deny stay on gay military ruling 6
11:09 AM — The US District Judge who ruled last week that Don't Ask, Don't Tell should be immediately repealed has indicated she will deny government requests to stay her order.
18th October 2010
Video: Adam Lambert records message for gay teens 2
5:58 PM — Gay singer Adam Lambert is the latest celebrity to record a video message telling bullied gay teenagers that life gets better. He said in the YouTube clip that some people will always be homophobic but teenagers don't have to let them win.
Senate candidate Ken Buck says being gay is a choice 36
2:43 PM — A Colorado candidate for a US Senate seat has said that being gay is a choice and is similar to alcoholism. Republican Ken Buck, who is a Tea Party candidate, won the GOP nomination.
US gay soldiers warned not to come out yet 4
12:21 PM — The Pentagon has warned gay US troops not to declare their sexual orientation just yet. Despite complying with a court order suspending the firings of gay troops, the Pentagon has said that soldiers who do come out while the law is uncertain may still face punishment.
15th October 2010
11th man arrested over New York gay-bashing
4:49 PM — Eleven men have now been arrested in connection with an anti-gay attack in the Bronx, New York. Luis Garcia, 26, was arrested by New York police yesterday after a gay man, his brother and two teenage boys were attacked on October 3rd.
NY governor candidate Andrew Cuomo promises to legalise gay marriage 4
4:23 PM — Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate for New York governor, says he will legalise gay marriage if elected. According to the New York Daily News, he told attendees at the Empire State Pride Agenda's Fall Dinner: “I don't want to be the governor who just proposes marriage equality."