4th August 2010
Prop 8 ban on gay marriages in California ruled unconstitutional 33
10:00 PM — Following a lengthy public trial, Judge Vaughn Walker has ruled that the voter-initiated Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in California, is unconstitutional. Judge Walker ruled that Prop 8, as it has become known, violates the equal protection clause in the United States constitution by denying gays and lesbians the right to marry a member of the same sex.
Comment: ‘Newlygays’ – the ex-straight lesbians 12
5:17 PM — As more famous women reveal their sexuality has shifted from straight to gay, what does that reveal about the rest of society and why have the newspapers only just noticed?
Gay couples sue Alaska over unequal tax laws 1
5:02 PM — Three gay couples are suing the state of Alaska for denying them equality in tax laws. They claim that the state's tax assessment laws discriminate against same-sex couples by denying them equal access to a property tax exemption for senior citizens and disabled veterans.
Lady Gaga’s record-breaking 13 MTV nominations 9
11:21 AM — Lady Gaga has been nominated for 13 MTV award nominations - the highest number for any artist yet. The gay-friendly singer was shortlisted twice for video of the year for singles Telephone and Bad Romance.
Judge in California gay marriage trial to issue ruling today 5
10:39 AM — The judge presiding over the trial on the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban will announce his ruling today. Chief US District Judge Vaughn Walker's spokeswoman confirmed that he had reached his decision.
3rd August 2010
Trans man Thomas Beatie gives birth to third child 65
10:28 AM — Thomas Beatie has given birth to his third child, reports say. Mr Beatie, who was born female, had his first child in 2008 because his wife Nancy was unable to conceive.
2nd August 2010
Banning same-sex marriage ‘will save money’, anti-gay activist claims 24
6:13 PM — A supporter of the anti-gay US group National Organisation for Marriage has claimed that banning gay marriage will save states money. The claim, which goes against most credible research, was made by Tamara Scott, Iowa's director of Concerned Women of America, at a rally in Des Moines this weekend.
Chile senator says he will sponsor gay marriage bill 9
4:23 PM — A Chilean senator who is the head of the country's Socialist party has announced he will sponsor a bill to introduce same-sex marriage. Fulvio Rossi's bill will not give gay couples the right to adopt children but he said he hoped this issue could be debated at a later stage.
Lindsay Lohan released from jail after 13 days 4
2:06 PM — Lindsay Lohan was released from jail in the early hours of this morning and is expected to begin a 90-day rehabilitation programme. The bisexual actress served just 13 days of her 90-day sentence for violating a 2007 probation for a drink-driving offence.
Argentinian gay couples begin marrying 4
1:39 PM — Argentina held its first weddings for gay couples last week. The country became the first in Latin America to legalise gay marriage last month and the first couples to take the advantage of the new legislation did so on Friday.
30th July 2010
Irish trans woman applies for refugee status in Canada 16
4:25 PM — An Northern Ireland-born trans woman is fighting to get refugee status in Canada because she says she could be at risk of attack if returned to her native country.
Roseanne star Sara Gilbert talks about being a lesbian for the first time 2
3:41 PM — Roseanne actress Sara Gilbert has announced she is a lesbian. The star, who played Darlene Conner-Healy in the 1990s, was not exactly in the closet, as she has two children with TV producer Allison Adler.
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.