6th January 2010
New Jersey in last-ditch vote on gay marriage 3
12:47 PM — New Jersey's Senate will vote tomorrow on gay marriage in a final attempt to pass the bill before a new governor takes office. A vote was cancelled in early December after Democrats were reportedly concerned the bill did not have enough votes to pass.
Rhode Island approves funeral rights for gays 6
11:43 AM — Lawmakers in the US state of Rhode Island have approved a law to allow people in gay relationships to make funeral arrangements for their partners. They overrode a veto from Governor Don Carcieri.
5th January 2010
Trans woman nominated by Obama ‘not a token’ 8
6:30 PM — Amanda Simpson, the trans woman appointed by President Barack Obama, has said she does not want to be seen as a "token". She was appointed to the role of senior technical advisor to the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security.
Lesbian heiress Casey Johnson found dead 7
3:08 PM — The heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune has been found dead at her Los Angeles home. Casey Johnson, 30, had a history of drug abuse. Police said she appeared to have died from natural causes, although a cause of death has not been determined.
Court case on California marriage ban to be heard next week 8
1:11 PM — Next Monday, a federal court will examine for the first time whether the US constitution allows states to ban gay marriage. The case, brought by two gay couples who argue that California's ban violates their constitutional rights, will be heard on January 11th and is expected to last two to three weeks.
4th January 2010
Obama appoints trans woman to Department of Commerce 27
4:07 PM — US President Barack Obama has appointed a trans woman to the role of senior technical advisor to the Department of Commerce. Amanda Simpson is on the board of directors of the National Centre for Transgender Equality and has worked in the aerospace and defence industry for 30 years.
Copyright holder baulks at ‘gay’ Sherlock Holmes film 44
2:46 PM — The US copyright holder of the Sherlock Holmes series has threatened to withdraw permission for a film sequel if producers develop a homoerotic storyline.
Bisexual penguin fights serious illness 7
1:17 PM — The bisexual penguin at the centre of a much-reported love triangle is gravely ill. Harry, a Magellan penguin at San Francisco Zoo, is suffering from a respiratory illness.
Woman fails to hand child to lesbian ex-partner 6
12:27 PM — A US woman who was ordered to hand over custody of her child to her lesbian ex-partner could be charged with parental abduction for failing to comply with a court order.
US HIV travel ban lifted today 19
11:28 AM — The ban on HIV-positive people entering the US officially ends today. The 22-year-old law was one of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world for people with HIV but was lifted by President Barack Obama in November.
Lady Gaga tackles homophobic fan 21
11:10 AM — Lady Gaga was reportedly forced to confront a homophobic man at one of her gigs. The gay-friendly singer had performed in an Ottawa club and was dancing with friends when a man approached her to hurl homophobic abuse at her and fellow star Adam Lambert.
Elton John speaks about helping Eminem quit drugs 4
11:08 AM — Elton John has spoken for the first time about supporting Eminem in his battle to quit drugs. The singer also dicussed helping George Michael with his alleged drug problems.
31st December 2009
Senator succeeds in validating gay marriages before Proposition 8 14
6:54 PM — New legislation penned by openly gay California senator ensures pre-Proposition 8 marriages between same-sex couples remain valid.
Activist Harvey Milk birthday to be honoured 5
6:30 PM — California makes 22 May 'Harvey Milk Day', in honour of the gay rights activist after profile posthumously boosted by biopic and Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Gay professor murdered after alleged assault 15
6:07 PM — A leading black professor of English at Indiana University was found stabbed to death, with police holding one suspect.
Mexico City mayor refuses to veto gay marriage legislation 7
5:45 PM — The mayor of Mexico City has overcome pressure from opponents to new gay marriage legislation, refusing to veto the new laws.
Stages set for midnight weddings as fifth US state legalises gay marriage 5
4:20 PM — Legislation in New Hampshire which will eliminate differences between civil unions and straight marriages comes into force on New Year's Day.
Televised trial of Proposition 8 ‘possible’ 1
2:37 PM — Challenge to legislation banning gay marriage could be broadcast as part of a new initiative in the US.
30th December 2009
First lesbian US marshall confirmed 3
3:10 PM — The first openly gay US marshall has been confirmed. Minneapolis assistant police chief Sharon Lubinski was confirmed on Monday as the US marshal for the Minnesota district.
Gay man shot dead in Washington DC
3:05 PM — Police are appealing for information after a gay man was found shot dead in his car in south-east Washington. Anthony J Perkins, 29, was found dead on Sunday near an airforce base on 4th Street when police responded to reports of gunfire.