9th October 2009
US House approves Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill 8
3:56 PM — The US House has agreed to approve a bill that would include LGBT people in federal hate crime laws. It is named the Matthew Shepard Bill after the murdered gay teenager.
Women make up disproportionate amount of gay military firings 4
11:47 AM — Pentagon figures have shown that woman make up a disproportionate number of those being fired under the US military gay ban.
Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize 15
11:09 AM — US president Barack Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize just nine months into his term. He was given the accolade for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".
8th October 2009
Lady Gaga to join gay rights march 4
7:08 PM — Singer Lady Gaga is to join a gay rights march in Washington DC this weekend. She will help lead the National Equality March on Saturday and has called on supporters to join the demonstration.
Schwarzenegger may veto Harvey Milk Day bill 15
4:52 PM — California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger may veto a bill proposing a special day of commemoration for gay rights activist Harvey Milk.
7th October 2009
Mary Cheney pregnant with second child 1
5:44 PM — Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of former US vice-president Dick Cheney, is pregnant with her second child. She had her first baby, Samuel David, in 2007.
Anti-gay group calls for resignation of Obama aide 12
5:15 PM — The American Family Association (AFA) has called for the resignation of a White House official who told a gay student to use a condom.
Microsoft donates $100,000 to protect gay rights in Washington 5
11:50 AM — Microsoft Corporation has made a $100,000 (£62,976) donation to gay rights campaigners in Washington. Next month, the state will hold a referendum on whether gay couples should be given expanded rights under domestic partnerships law.
George Michael denies split with Kenny Goss 5
11:11 AM — Singer George Michael has said there is no truth in reports that he and long-term partner Kenny Goss have split up.
Canadian gay man admits lying to donate blood 11
10:57 AM — A gay man in Canada is suing the the country's blood services for barring him from donating blood. Kyle Freeman admitted in court this week that he had lied about his sexual history in order to undergo the procedure, which he believes is the "ultimate gift" a person can give.
6th October 2009
US gay couples fork out up to $460,000 more than straight couples in a lifetime 5
10:32 AM — The cost of being a gay couple over a lifetime can be around $460,000 (£288,400) more than for being a straight couple, research has suggested.
5th October 2009
Gay penguin book authors welcome their own new addition 5
6:25 PM — The authors of And Tango Makes Three, the controversial children's book about a pair of gay penguins, have welcomed their first child into the world.
Obama tipped to address gay rights dinner 7
6:23 PM — US president Barack Obama is reportedly planning to speak at a gay rights dinner on Saturday, the day before a gay rights march on Washington. He will attend the Human Rights Campaign fundraising dinner gala, a White House source told Associated Press.
Obama to tackle gay military ban ‘at the right time’ 15
2:02 PM — US president Barack Obama's national security adviser has said he will tackle the issue of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military "at the appropriate time".
Former student supports gay White House staffer over condom comment 3
1:08 PM — The former student of a gay White House official has released a statement in his support. Kevin Jennings, who is the head of the department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, told the student 21 years ago that if he was having a relationship with an older man, he should be careful to use a condom.
Man arrested over ‘homophobic’ death of British honorary consul 11
10:47 AM — A 23-year-old Jamaican man has been arrested over the death of a British honorary consul. John Terry, 65, was found dead at his home on the island in early September. It is thought the attack may have been motivated by homophobia.
2nd October 2009
Joint ‘gay tour’ between Kanye West and Lady Gaga is cancelled 2
5:37 PM — A joint tour between Kanye West and Lady Gaga which the latter described as completely "gay" has been cancelled.
Texas judge rules that gay marriage ban violates equal rights laws 5
5:15 PM — A judge in Dallas, Texas, has ruled that a gay couple can get divorced in the state, even though it does not recognise gay marriage.
Statistician Nate Silver believes Maine gay marriage ban will fail 10
2:16 PM — A statistician has predicted that a religious challenge to overturn gay marriage in Maine will fail. Nate Silver correctly predicted the winners in 49 out of 50 states in the last November 2008 election.
Washington DC councilman to introduce gay marriage bill 1
12:48 PM — Washington DC councilman David Catania has said he will introduce a bill to give gay couples in the district the right to marry. The bill has nine co-sponsors. It will be introduced on Tuesday.