19th September 2010
Montana Republicans want to make homosexuality and straight public hand holding illegal 29
6:50 PM — As socially conservative 'Tea Party' win a number of victories in Republican primaries across the United States of America, it has emerged that the Republican Party in Montana has retained a policy to criminalise homosexuality in the state. Although the proposed ban sits alongside bizarre official policies including a proposed ban on mixed sex couples holding hands after sunset.
17th September 2010
California waiter ‘stabbed for being gay’ 5
6:02 PM — A waiter in Santa Maria, California, is recovering in hospital after he was stabbed for "being gay". Police said the unnamed waiter was at work in a Denny's restaurant when 24-year-old Curtis Martin tapped on the window and asked to use the toilet.
16th September 2010
Nearly 90 per cent of US gay students harassed over sexuality
11:22 AM — A US survey of more than 7,000 LGBT students has suggested that the vast majority are harassed at school for their sexuality or gender identity. The national survey found that 84 per cent were verbally harassed and 18 per cent were physically attacked for being gay, lesbian or bisexual.
15th September 2010
Gay mayor gets a step closer to being a congressman
6:08 PM — The mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, has won the Democratic nomination for a seat in Congress. David Cicilline, 48, is gay and has served two terms as mayor.
Ricky Martin ‘more creative’ after coming out 2
3:54 PM — Ricky Martin is more creative after coming out as gay, his songwriting partner says. The singer came out in March after years of speculation about his sexuality and songwriter Desmond Child says the admission has changed him for the better.
14th September 2010
Video: Lady Gaga defends meat dress as part of protest for gay rights 10
4:44 PM — Lady Gaga has revealed that one of the dresses she wore to the MTV awards was made of real meat. The bisexual singer was criticised for the choice by animal rights organisations, who said it was another animal that had been killed.
13th September 2010
Florida governor to promise gay rights reforms – but not marriage 9
5:53 PM — Charlie Crist, the Republican governor of Florida, will reportedly introduce a package of gay rights measures in the state, although marriage equality will not be one of them.
50 Cent in hot water for ‘anti-gay violence’ tweet 31
4:24 PM — Rapper 50 Cent has been urged to apologise by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for a "homophobic" twitter message.
Lesbian flight nurse launches legal action over military gay ban 7
3:49 PM — Another federal trial began today against the US ban on openly gay soldiers in the military. Former Major Margaret Witt, a flight nurse with 19 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves, was sacked under the law in 2007.
Lady Gaga supports gay soldiers as she picks up 8 MTV awards 8
11:07 AM — Lady Gaga won eight MTV awards last night, including video of the year for the single Bad Romance. The bisexual star was accompanied to the Los Angeles ceremony by four gay US military veterans who had been dismissed under the ban on out gay soldiers.
10th September 2010
US federal judge rules ban on out gay soldiers is unconstitutional 4
11:19 AM — A US federal judge has ruled that the ban on gay soldiers serving openly in the military violates the US constitution. US District Judge Virginia Phillips said yesterday she would issue an injunction barring the government from enforcing the policy.
9th September 2010
Canadian judge rules in favour of blood service which bans gay men 14
5:05 PM — A Canadian judge has ruled that a blood donation service has the right to bar gay men. Canadian Blood Services sued 36-year-old gay man Kyle Freeman for negligent representation after he admitted lying about his sexual orientation on blood donation forms.
Xbox suspends gamer for living in Fort Gay 7
11:53 AM — Xbox Live has apologised for suspending an American gamer because the name of his town violated the company's policy on "offensive" language. Josh Moore, 26, a resident of Fort Gay in West Virginia, listed his town on his gamer profile.
7th September 2010
Hundreds of gay couples marry in Mexico 8
11:47 AM — Approximately 400 same-sex couples have married in Mexico, six months after the law permitting gay marriage came into effect.
6th September 2010
Lady Gaga ‘training’ to become a minister to perform gay marriages 9
8:51 AM — Popstar Lady GaGa is reportedly training to become an ordained minister in order to perform gay marriages for her LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) fans. According to British tabloid, the Daily Star, the bisexual singer has been spurred on by the continuing row over gay marriages in California.
3rd September 2010
Miss Universe 2010 supports gay marriage 17
5:14 PM — The winner of Miss Universe 2010 has come out in support of gay marriage. Mexican beauty queen Ximena Navarrete said she had lots of gay friends and there was "no reason we should want to set them aside".
California state won’t be forced to defend Prop 8 10
3:23 PM — California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney-General Jerry Brown will not be forced to defend the state's ban on gay marriage.
2nd September 2010
New South Wales adoption bill passes lower house 3
4:38 PM — A bill to allow same-sex couples to adopt in New South Wales, Australia, has narrowly passed in the lower house. It passed a vote 46-44 yesterday, and after amendments were made, passed 45-43 today.
1st September 2010
Texas appeal court says gay couples cannot divorce 5
2:36 PM — Gay couples in the state of Texas cannot get divorced, an appeal court has ruled. The case concerns a gay couple who wed in Massachusetts in 2007 and then returned to Dallas.
Castro takes responsibility for Cuba persecuting gays 8
10:23 AM — Fidel Castro has said that he was responsible for Cuba persecuting gay men in the 1960s and 70s. The former president told Mexican newspaper La Jornada that there had been moments of "great injustice" against the gay community.