30th July 2010
Lesbian presenter Ellen DeGeneres leaves American Idol 2
2:46 PM — Ellen DeGeneres has announced she is leaving American Idol after being a judge for just one season. The lesbian presenter said the show was "not the right fit" for her, despite signing a five-year contract.
Rush Limbaugh says he and Elton John agree on gay marriage 25
11:08 AM — US radio host Rush Limbaugh said this week that he and Elton John share the same anti-gay marriage views. Limbaugh, known as a controversial shock jock, said on Wednesday that he and the singer support civil unions but not marriage for gay couples.
29th July 2010
Gay groups urge Lady Gaga to cancel Arizona gig over immigration laws 11
6:27 PM — Gay groups in the US are calling on Lady Gaga to cancel a gig in Phoenix, Arizona, in protest at new immigration laws. Gaga, who is bisexual and a gay rights supporter, is due to play a concert in the city on Saturday.
Homophobic ‘family’ group claims repealing US military gay ban will spread HIV 14
1:31 PM — The homophobic Family Research Council has begun a campaign against efforts to repeal America's ban on out gay soldiers in the military.
American rabbis sign declaration of gay acceptance 14
1:04 PM — More than 60 US rabbis have signed a declaration calling for Jewish communities to be accepting and tolerant of lesbian and gay people.
Hawaii gay couples file lawsuit for equal rights 3
11:10 AM — Six Hawaiian couples have filed a lawsuit against the state demanding full equality. Three weeks ago, governor Linda Lingle vetoed a civil partnerships bill and apparently compared it to condoning incest.
Inception star Tom Hardy reveals affairs with men 19
10:27 AM — Tom Hardy, one of the stars of Inception, has revealed he slept with men when he was younger. The actor, who is engaged to British actress Charlotte Riley, 28, said he had finished "experimenting" but still enjoyed close friendships with men.
28th July 2010
Same-sex relationships ‘help self-esteem’ in gay and lesbian teenagers 2
4:29 PM — Same-sex relationships give gay male teenagers better self-esteem and lower internalised homophobia in teenage lesbians, a study suggests. The study, carried out by the University of Michigan, did not find similar effects in heterosexual teenagers' relationships.
27th July 2010
Elton keeps tabs on Eminem’s drug recovery 6
10:51 AM — Eminem has revealed that Elton John calls him once a week to check that he is staying off drugs. The unlikely pair became friends after performing together at the 2001 Grammy Awards.
New Jersey court refuses to hear gay marriage case 2
10:49 AM — New Jersey's Supreme Court has refused to hear a case on gay marriage, telling supporters to pursue it through the lower courts. The state currently has civil unions but gay campaigners are pushing for full marriage equality.
26th July 2010
Christian student sues college for trying to make her change anti-gay views 325
5:28 PM — A counselling student has filed a lawsuit against her college claiming that it tried to make her change her anti-gay beliefs. Jennifer Keeton, a 24-year-old graduate student of Augusta State University, is a Christian and believes homosexuality is immoral and a "lifestyle choice".
US gay man wins $600,000 after being denied access to dying partner 8
3:51 PM — An elderly gay man from California has won a $600,000 (£388,144) settlement after claiming he was barred from seeing his dying partner in hospital.
23rd July 2010
MTV ‘excellent’ for gay representation 1
5:37 PM — MTV has been given the first 'excellent' rating in GLAAD's annual index of the most gay-friendly US TV networks. It was praised for shows such as The Real World and America’s Best Dance Crew.
Study finds gay men don’t have riskier sex on HIV pills 1
5:35 PM — A trial study of gay men taking medication to prevent HIV infection suggests that it does not encourage them to have riskier sex.
Dan Choi fired under military gay ban 22
4:40 PM — One of America's most outspoken critics of the ban on out gay soldiers has been discharged under the law. Lt Dan Choi, an Iraq veteran, was honourably discharged from the Army National Guard.
Gay porn star claims relationship with Christopher Reeve 6
2:40 PM — A gay porn star has claimed that he had a sexual relationship with Superman actor Christopher Reeve. Cal Culver told an interviewer before his death in 1987 that the pair had a relationship, but the claim has only just been unearthed.
Seven gay couples sue Montana for domestic partnerships 5
2:11 PM — Seven gay couples in Montana, US, are suing the state for failing to legalise domestic partnerships. The suit was brought on behalf of the couples by the American Civil Liberties Union.
22nd July 2010
Argentina’s president signs gay marriage into law 3
3:19 PM — Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the country's gay marriage bill into law yesterday. The legislative change makes Argentina the first Latin American country to legalise marriage for gay couples and the first ceremony is expected to take place on August 13th in Buenos Aires.
Poll finds Californians becoming more supportive of gay marriage 2
2:17 PM — A survey of more than 3,000 California residents has found that one in four has become more supportive of gay marriage and 51 per cent would vote in favour of full marriage equality.
Elton John postpones Arizona gig due to food poisoning 7
1:23 PM — Elton John has postponed a gig in Arizona, US, after falling ill with food poisoning. The gay singer was due to perform for 8,800 fans at Arizona's Tuscon Arena last night but organisers say he will be well enough to play the gig tonight instead.