22nd October 2010
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11:09 AM — The US District Judge who ruled last week that Don't Ask, Don't Tell should be immediately repealed has indicated she will deny government requests to stay her order.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."
Gavin Rossdale admitted gay relationship for publicity, Marilyn claims 7
3:58 PM — 1980s singer Marilyn says he is pleased that Gavin Rossdale has told the truth about their relationship - but claims he did it for publicity.
Lady Gaga and Ellen DeGeneres in top ten most powerful women 16
2:22 PM — Bisexual singer Lady Gaga and lesbian TV presenter Ellen DeGeneres have been named in the top ten of a list of the world's 100 most powerful women. Forbes' 2010 list places the pair ahead of women such as House speaker Nancy Pelosi and US secretary of homeland security Janet Napolitano.
Vince Vaughn says gay joke must stay in film 37
12:00 PM — Vince Vaughn has said that a joke about "gay" electric cars must stay in his new film because comedy should not be censored. A trailer for The Dilemma was cut last week by Universal Pictures after gay rights activists complained.
Obama seeks stay on gay military ban judgment but promises policy will end 16
11:16 AM — US president Barack Obama promised yesterday that he would end Don't Ask, Don't Tell. At the same time, his administration filed an application to stay a court judgment ordering an immediate end to the policy.
14th October 2010
Anti-Obama billboard condemned as racist and homophobic 8
4:28 PM — A billboard poster of President Obama which depicts him as a gay man, a Mexican bandit, a gangster and a suicide bomber has been accused of racism and homophobia.
Film to be made about lesbian teenager barred from prom 10
3:27 PM — Constance McMillen, the lesbian teenager who was barred from taking her girlfriend to prom, is to be the subject of a TV film. The 18-year-old, from Mississippi, made news around the world when she launched a lawsuit for discrimination against her school earlier this year.
Gay blogger Perez Hilton promises to stop bullying 15
2:05 PM — Gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has promised to be nicer and stop making fun of his favourite Hollywood targets. Hilton, who is known for his savage treatment of certain stars, said he had been accused of hypocrisy after raising awareness of a spate of gay teenage suicides.
Paladino loses rabbi’s support after gay apology 24
11:50 AM — Carl Paladino, the New York governor candidate who said children were being "brainwashed" by homosexuality, has lost the support of a prominent rabbi after apologising for his comments.