25th June 2010
Signers of ballots against gay marriage may no longer remain anonymous, US Supreme Court rules 6
11:15 AM — The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that those who sign referendum petitions may no longer be able to do so anonymously. In doing this, the Court rejected the claims of an anti-gay rights group, who argued the ruling went against their First Amendment protection of political expression.
24th June 2010
Woman attempted to sue church for performing same-sex ceremony. 11
6:11 PM — In a CNN report on how the issue of same-sex marriage has impacted upon the Christian Church in America, Soledad O'Brien spoke to a woman who set out to sue her Washington DC church for performing a same-sex ceremony.
Midwestern magazine ‘outs’ Lutheran pastor 14
12:15 PM — Lavender magazine, a gay publication based in Minneapolis-St Paul, has sent shock waves through the American gay press. Their latest cover story was written by an undercover reporter and details Pastor Tom Brock's struggles with his sexuality as told to an anonymous Catholic-run support group which claims to help gay men who are "struggling with chastity".
23rd June 2010
Toronto gay rights protesters march against G20 1
1:24 PM — Gay rights activists stormed the streets of downtown Toronto yesterday ahead of this week's G20 summit, demanding that world leaders seriously address LGBT issues. It was described by one protester as "a carnival of resistance".
President Obama vows to push ahead with gay rights agenda 5
11:47 AM — President Obama addressed an LGBT audience at the White House last night, assuring them that he is fully committed to repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and to other issues including same-sex visitation rights in hospitals and the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
22nd June 2010
Homosexuality is ‘icky’, says Mike Huckabee 30
3:59 PM — Mike Huckabee, the Republican 2012 presidential candidate, has said he does not support gay marriage partly because of the "ick factor". The former Arkansas governor, who ran for the presidential nomination in 2008, has a long history of making homophobic remarks.
Prom ban lesbian teenager to visit White House and lead New York Pride 12
1:31 PM — Constance McMillen, the Mississippi teenager barred from going to prom with her girlfriend, is to attend a Pride reception at the White House this evening.
US to give gay workers more parental rights 1
11:29 AM — The US Labor Department is to give gay workers equal access to unpaid leave when caring for a newborn or loved one. It is expected to announce the change today, to bring medical leave for gay couples in line with rights given to straight couples.
21st June 2010
Vanessa Carlton announces she’s a ‘proud bisexual woman’ 12
4:48 PM — American singer Vanessa Carlton announced at a gig this weekend that she is bisexual. She told an audience of 18,000 people at a gay and lesbian festival in Nashville, Tennessee that she was "proud" of her sexual orientation.
Obama could veto military gay ban bill over spending issue 7
1:24 PM — US president Barack Obama could veto a bill to lift the ban on out gay soldiers in the military if it contains spending provisions he opposes, his defence secretary said.
19th June 2010
Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears uses spoof rent boy listing to promote new album 5
3:25 AM — The Scissor Sisters' front man, Jake Shears has engaged in some canny viral marketing for the band's new album with a spoof advertisement on a leading gay male escort website.
18th June 2010
Warren Beatty’s child ‘living as a trans man’ 24
2:47 PM — Warren Beatty and Annette Bening's 18-year-old child is reportedly living as a man and planning to transition. The college student is said to be known as Stephen Ira and wears men's clothing to college.
17th June 2010
Prop 8 supporters lobby judge to revoke 18,000 gay marriages 13
2:25 PM — Supporters of California's gay marriage ban are asking the judge in a federal trial on the issue to revoke same-sex marriages performed while the practice was legal. Eighteen thousand gay couples married in that time.
Trans woman judge hopes to make US history 8
1:48 PM — A trans woman hopes to make history by becoming the first trans person to be elected as a trial court judge in the United States. Victoria Kolakowski, 48, is the frontrunner candidate for superior court judge in Alameda County, California.
16th June 2010
US General who said gays caused massacre warns of ‘HIV risk’ 28
4:30 PM — Just a few months after apologising for suggesting gay soldiers were responsible for the Srebrenica massacre, US Army General John Sheehan has said allowing gays to serve openly in the military would have a "devastating" effect.
McDonald’s chief says gay ad won’t air in the US 36
1:17 PM — McDonald's won't show an ad featuring a gay teenager in the US, the brand's chief of operations says. Don Thompson, the fast food giant's second-in-command, said the ad was not right for the country because of different "cultural norms".
Elton John played at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding ‘to build bridges’ 13
10:55 AM — Elton John accepted a $1 million concert at the wedding of a gay marriage opponent because he wanted to "build bridges", his civil partner says.
15th June 2010
US Boy Scouts go to court over gay ban 9
5:25 PM — The Boy Scouts of America are preparing to go to court for a legal battle against the city of Philadelphia over their ban on gay members and staff.
US committee says gay blood ban will stay in place 6
4:54 PM — The US Food and Drug Administration has decided to retain current rules on gay and bisexual men donating blood. The body held hearings last week on the issue and committee members voted nine to six against making any immediate changes.
Man accused of threatening Elton John has case dismissed 3
11:06 AM — An anti-abortion campaigner arrested for making death threats to gay singer Elton John has had the case against him dismissed. Neal Horsley, of Atlanta, Georgia, became enraged after the singer said Jesus was a "super intelligent gay man".