2nd November 2009
Maine to vote on gay marriage today 13
9:17 PM — The US state of Maine will decide today whether a recent law allowing gay marriage should be allowed to remain.
Obama lifts ban on HIV-positive people entering the US 4
3:40 PM — US president Barack Obama has lifted the ban on HIV-positive people entering the country. The 22-year-old law was one of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world for people with HIV.
30th October 2009
Cher’s son gives television interview about sex change 4
1:24 PM — Chaz Bono, son of international star Cher, has spoken candidly for the first time about his sex change, which he started in March this year.
28th October 2009
Mother of Matthew Shepard welcomes US hate crimes bill 7
9:23 PM — Judy Shepard, the mother of murdered gay teenager Matthew Shepard, has given her thanks to Congress and President Barack Obama for passing a new law to protect gays against hate crime.
Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black barred from speaking at Michigan college 11
5:28 PM — Dustin Lance Black has been barred from appearing at a college discussion on sexuality because college officials felt he would be too divisive.
Cher’s son Chaz Bono to give TV interview 3
4:48 PM — Chaz Bono, the son of singer Cher, is to give his first television interview since announcing his plans to become a man.
Pennsylvania senator changes mind on gay marriage 14
2:36 PM — Arlen Specter, the Democrat senator for Pennsylvania, has changed his mind on the issue of gay marriage. He had previously been in favour of the Defence of Marriage Act and a ban on the practice in his state.
NFL star Larry Johnson suspended for anti-gay slurs 6
12:37 PM — American football star Larry Johnson has been suspended for allegedly making homophobic comments on Twitter.
27th October 2009
Maine governor announces support for gay marriage 12
8:22 PM — John Baldacci, the governor of Maine, has given his support for gay marriage in the state and urged voters to do the same on November 3rd's referendum.
Golden Girl Bea Arthur leaves $300,000 to gay youth shelter 11
7:53 PM — Bea Arthur, the former Golden Girls star who died earlier this year, has left $300,000 to a shelter for gay homeless teenagers.
Obama set to sign Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill tomorrow 11
11:14 AM — US president Barack Obama will reportedly sign a bill giving gays new protections from hate crime. The bill is nicknamed the Matthew Shepard Bill, after the gay Wyoming teenager who was murdered in 1998.
26th October 2009
Film director accuses Scientology of homophobia 32
2:56 PM — A Hollywood film director has left the Church of Scientology, citing the religion's opposition to gay marriage. Paul Haggis, who directed the 2005 film Crash, was a member of the church for around 35 years.
23rd October 2009
Ruling bars courts from asking for doctor’s notes in trans name changes 1
6:40 PM — Trans people who legally change their names will no longer need to provide courts with a doctor's note after a ruling from New York's Supreme Court.
US Senate passes Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill 9
11:59 AM — The US Senate has passed a bill to give more federal protection against hate crimes to gays and lesbians. The bill is nicknamed the Matthew Shepard Bill, after the gay Wyoming teenager who was murdered in 1998.
Governor says gay marriage will be legal in New York 7
10:24 AM — New York governor David Paterson has said gay marriage will soon be legal in his state. He was speaking last night at a Manhattan dinner hosted by gay rights group Empire State Pride Agenda.
22nd October 2009
Tom Cruise accused of being ‘a homophobic bore’ 18
2:18 PM — Actor Tom Cruise was boring and homophobic on the set of a 1983 film, a co-star claims. Bronson Pinchot, who starred in Perfect Strangers, worked with Cruise on Risky Business.
US Navy officer forced to resign over gay hazing 11
11:12 AM — An officer formerly in charge of a US Navy dog unit in Bahrain has been forced to retire after an investigation into the alleged abuse of a gay officer and others at the base.
21st October 2009
Video: 86-year-old D-Day veteran calls for equal gay rights 13
4:45 PM — A video clip of Philip Spooner, a soldier who fought in the Second World War, has become an internet hit after he spoke out for gay rights in Maine.
School refuses to allow lesbian to wear tuxedo in yearbook photo 8
11:19 AM — A school which barred a lesbian teenager from wearing a tux in her yearbook photo has said it will not reverse its decision. Ceara Sturgis, 17, an openly gay senior at Wesson Attendance Center in Wesson, wore the garment for her yearbook photo.
20th October 2009
Mafia hitman reveals he’s gay in court 8
5:45 PM — A hitman for the Mafia shocked a New York court today by revealing he was gay and had renounced his life of crime. Robert Mormando, 44, a hitman-turned-informant, was being sentenced for the murder of a Queens bagel store owner in 2002.