22nd June 2010
US to give gay workers more parental rights 1
11:29 AM — The US Labor Department is to give gay workers equal access to unpaid leave when caring for a newborn or loved one. It is expected to announce the change today, to bring medical leave for gay couples in line with rights given to straight couples.
21st June 2010
Vanessa Carlton announces she’s a ‘proud bisexual woman’ 12
4:48 PM — American singer Vanessa Carlton announced at a gig this weekend that she is bisexual. She told an audience of 18,000 people at a gay and lesbian festival in Nashville, Tennessee that she was "proud" of her sexual orientation.
Obama could veto military gay ban bill over spending issue 7
1:24 PM — US president Barack Obama could veto a bill to lift the ban on out gay soldiers in the military if it contains spending provisions he opposes, his defence secretary said.
19th June 2010
Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears uses spoof rent boy listing to promote new album 5
3:25 AM — The Scissor Sisters' front man, Jake Shears has engaged in some canny viral marketing for the band's new album with a spoof advertisement on a leading gay male escort website.
18th June 2010
Warren Beatty’s child ‘living as a trans man’ 24
2:47 PM — Warren Beatty and Annette Bening's 18-year-old child is reportedly living as a man and planning to transition. The college student is said to be known as Stephen Ira and wears men's clothing to college.
17th June 2010
Prop 8 supporters lobby judge to revoke 18,000 gay marriages 13
2:25 PM — Supporters of California's gay marriage ban are asking the judge in a federal trial on the issue to revoke same-sex marriages performed while the practice was legal. Eighteen thousand gay couples married in that time.
Trans woman judge hopes to make US history 8
1:48 PM — A trans woman hopes to make history by becoming the first trans person to be elected as a trial court judge in the United States. Victoria Kolakowski, 48, is the frontrunner candidate for superior court judge in Alameda County, California.
16th June 2010
US General who said gays caused massacre warns of ‘HIV risk’ 28
4:30 PM — Just a few months after apologising for suggesting gay soldiers were responsible for the Srebrenica massacre, US Army General John Sheehan has said allowing gays to serve openly in the military would have a "devastating" effect.
McDonald’s chief says gay ad won’t air in the US 36
1:17 PM — McDonald's won't show an ad featuring a gay teenager in the US, the brand's chief of operations says. Don Thompson, the fast food giant's second-in-command, said the ad was not right for the country because of different "cultural norms".
Elton John played at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding ‘to build bridges’ 13
10:55 AM — Elton John accepted a $1 million concert at the wedding of a gay marriage opponent because he wanted to "build bridges", his civil partner says.
15th June 2010
US Boy Scouts go to court over gay ban 9
5:25 PM — The Boy Scouts of America are preparing to go to court for a legal battle against the city of Philadelphia over their ban on gay members and staff.
US committee says gay blood ban will stay in place 6
4:54 PM — The US Food and Drug Administration has decided to retain current rules on gay and bisexual men donating blood. The body held hearings last week on the issue and committee members voted nine to six against making any immediate changes.
Man accused of threatening Elton John has case dismissed 3
11:06 AM — An anti-abortion campaigner arrested for making death threats to gay singer Elton John has had the case against him dismissed. Neal Horsley, of Atlanta, Georgia, became enraged after the singer said Jesus was a "super intelligent gay man".
14th June 2010
US Marines charged with beating gay man who ‘winked’ at them
5:42 PM — Two US Marines have been charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly hitting a gay man they claimed winked at them.
California’s gay marriage trial to end soon 4
4:15 PM — The judge presiding over California's trial on the legality of a gay marriage ban is expected to hear closing arguments this week. Judge Vaughn Walker has scheduled a full day of arguments on Wednesday, which will be the final step before he makes a verdict.
11th June 2010
US domestic violence law covers gay victims, justice dept confirms 2
4:55 PM — The US justice department has confirmed that federal laws giving protection against domestic violence also apply to gays and lesbians.
10th June 2010
77% of Americans know a gay friend, relative or colleague 2
3:21 PM — A poll has found increasing visibility of gay people in America, plus rising tolerance levels for homosexuality. According to CBS polling, only 42 per cent of Americans said they knew a gay person in 1992 but this has now risen to 77 per cent.
US changes passport rules for trans people 6
1:57 PM — American trans men and women will be able to get their new gender recognised on their passports without having to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
8th June 2010
Matt Lucas to guest-star on Glee? 1
5:10 PM — Gay comedian Matt Lucas has reportedly won a role on American television series Glee. He is to play a British teacher who harbours a secret love of musicals.
Gay men thinner than heterosexuals but lesbians heavier, study says 22
3:30 PM — A study by university researchers supports the stereotype that gay men are thinner than straight people and lesbians are heavier.