2nd March 2010
John Perez sworn in as California Speaker 2
6:26 PM — Openly gay California Assembleyman John Perez was sworn in as Speaker yesterday. He was unanimously elected as Speaker by a caucus of his Democratic colleagues in December and takes over from incumbent Karen Bass to hold one of the most powerful political positions in the state.
Last-ditch attempt to block gay marriage in DC 10
6:23 PM — Gay marriage opponents have filed an appeal in the Supreme Court in an 11th hour attempt to block the district's gay marriage law.
26th February 2010
Marines chief says US military gay ban ‘is working’ 30
12:02 PM — The commandant of the Marine Corps said yesterday he did not agree with lifting the ban on gay US soldiers being open about their sexuality. General James Conway told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that he believed that the "current policy works".
25th February 2010
Beverly Hills denounces anti-gay beauty queen 26
11:25 AM — The city of Beverly Hills has rejected Lauren Ashley, the beauty queen who said that God wanted gay people dead. Ms Ashley, a contestant in the Miss California pageant, claimed to hold the title of Miss Beverly Hills, but a statement from the city says there is no such role.
24th February 2010
Second gay couple in Argentina permitted to marry 5
6:18 PM — An Argentinian judge has given a second gay couple permission to get married. Judge Elena Liberatori ruled that the unnamed men in Buenos Aires were exercising their rights.
Judge orders arrest of missing ex-gay mother 12
2:43 PM — A US judge has ordered the arrest of a woman who disappeared with her seven-year-old daughter after failing to hand her over to her other mother.
Would-be Miss California says God wants gays dead 64
11:56 AM — A contestant for the 2010 Miss California pageant has given her views on same-sex marriage, saying that the Bible is "pretty black and white" on what should happen to gays.
23rd February 2010
US Army will not accept temporary ban on gay firings 7
5:52 PM — US Army chiefs told a Senate hearing today that they would oppose attempts to implement a temporary ban on firings of out gay servicemembers.
Figure skater shrugs off ‘homophobic’ remarks 29
4:01 PM — A flamboyant American figure skater has shrugged off 'homophobic' remarks made about him by sports commentators. Johnny Weir has been the butt of jokes made by a number of commentators in the past week.
22nd February 2010
Bill to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to be introduced next week 13
5:15 PM — US Senator Joe Lieberman is to introduce a bill next week to repeal the ban on out gays and lesbians serving in the US military. Mr Lieberman is independent but conservative and is a key member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Openly gay soldiers ‘won’t cause disruption’ 4
3:24 PM — A new study of militaries around the world has found that changing policy to allow gay soldiers to serve does not cause disruption. Opponents to lifting the US ban argue that it will affect recruitment and morale.
19th February 2010
US politician apologises for remarks on anal sex 43
5:17 PM — A New Hampshire politician has apologised for graphic remarks she made about anal sex. State representative Nancy Elliott made her comments during a judiciary committee hearing last week on proposals to repeal the state's gay marriage law.
Ex-gay mother avoids charges in custody battle 6
3:11 PM — An American woman who refused to give her ex-partner access to their child is not facing criminal charges. Lisa Miller disappeared with seven-year-old Isabella nearly two months ago after a judge ruled she had to hand the child over to her former civil partner Janet Jenkins.
18th February 2010
First gay boutique hotel to be opened in New York 3
3:22 PM — Developers hoping to capitalise on New York's popularity with gays and lesbians are to open the first gay boutique hotel in the city.
Gay marriage opponents defeated in New Hampshire 10
12:50 PM — Efforts to roll back the US state of New Hampshire's recent gay marriage law have been defeated. Gay marriage became legal in the state on January 1st but conservative Republicans quickly announced plans to seek repeal.
16th February 2010
US man banned from having ‘I’m gay’ numberplate 18
7:08 PM — An Oklahoma student is suing state officials for barring him from getting a personalised car numberplate reading "IM GAY". Keith Kimmel said he was proud to be gay.
Americans more supportive of ‘gay men and lesbians’ than ‘homosexuals’ 25
2:42 PM — A survey has found that the wording used when asking the public about their views on gay rights makes a substantial difference to the answers. Americans were far less likely to support gays in the military when the question mentioned 'homosexuals'.
Comment: So much military trash 16
1:03 PM — Petty Officer Second Class Lewis Breland is waiting to be discharged from the US military after an investigation into his sexuality forced him to come out last year. He confessed his sexual orientation to civilian investigators after rumours began flying around his unit about an alleged sexual partner.
15th February 2010
Trans man Thomas Beatie pregnant for the third time 26
5:51 PM — Thomas Beatie is reportedly pregnant with his third child. US website Momlogic.com said that Beatie was pregnant again but did not confirm a due date.
GLAAD demands apology over John Mayer’s ‘fag’ comment 12
1:10 PM — After offending Jessica Simpson fans and being accused of being a racist, John Mayer has now been attacked by GLAAD for his recent Playboy interview.