25th May 2010
White House supports repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy 5
9:43 AM — The White House has given its full support to legislation that would repeal the ban on openly gay people serving in the US military. President Obama ordered a review of the policy, directing Defence Secretary Robert Gates to gauge the attitudes of military personnel and the effect on morale that repealing the ban might have.
24th May 2010
Lesbian pastor officially recognised by Evangelical Lutheran Church 3
6:06 PM — The Reverend Mary Albing, who has been pastor at Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer in south Minneapolis since 2003, was finally officially recognised by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) this Sunday.
18th May 2010
Video: Daniel Radcliffe’s ad on gay youth suicide rates 14
5:45 PM — Actor Daniel Radcliffe has filmed a public service announcement on behalf of a gay charity. The Harry Potter star is a supporter of the Trevor Project, a charity which supports LGBT young people who are at risk of suicide.
17th May 2010
US lesbian bishop Mary Glasspool is ordained 9
11:14 AM — The second out gay bishop in the US has been ordained. Mary Glasspool, 56, was ordained as assistant Los Angeles bishop at a ceremony in California on Saturday.
14th May 2010
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan ‘outed by softball photo’ 7
10:35 AM — An American newspaper has been accused of outing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan by publishing a photograph of her playing softball as a student.
13th May 2010
Video: Laura Bush reveals she supports gay marriage and abortion rights 15
11:48 AM — Laura Bush, the wife of former US president George Bush, has announced she supports same-sex marriage and believes abortion should remain legal.
Man jailed for 99 years for murder of Puerto Rican gay student 4
10:58 AM — A Puerto Rican man has been jailed for 99 years after pleading guilty to the first-degree murder of a gay student. Juan Martinez Matos, 26, admitted killing 19-year-old Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado in November.
Anti-gay activist George Rekers resigns over holiday with male prostitute 22
10:35 AM — George Rekers, the American anti-gay campaigner photographed returning from holiday with a male prostitute, has resigned from the board of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), the country's more prominent gay cure organisation.
12th May 2010
Glee creator calls for boycott of ‘bigoted’ magazine column 6
7:01 PM — The creator of gay-friendly comedy Glee has urged a boycott of Newsweek magazine over a "bigoted" column. Ryan Murphy said that an article questioning whether gay actors could play straight characters was "needlessly cruel and mind-blowingly bigoted".
11th May 2010
US military student may have to pay back $80,000 scholarship money for coming out 7
4:31 PM — A student given $80,000 worth of military scholarship money may have to pay it all back because she came out as a lesbian.
Maryland voters support gay marriage 1
4:02 PM — Voters in the US state of Maryland now narrowly support allowing gay couples to marry, a survey suggests. The Washington Post poll of 1,030 adults, taken last week, found that 46 per cent support allowing same-sex marriage, compared to 44 per cent against and ten per cent who said they had no opinion.
Cynthia Nixon on coming out, her partner and bisexuality
2:48 PM — Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon has described her decision to come out. The star, who has been with fiancee Christine Marinoni for six years, initially kept their relationship secret on the advice of an unnamed publicist.
10th May 2010
US school district bans gay anthology 11
6:19 PM — A South Jersey school district has banned a gay-themed book from its library after parents complained it was vulgar and obscene.
6th May 2010
Progress for Argentina’s gay marriage bill 4
5:25 PM — Argentina's House of Deputies has approved a bill which proposes giving gay couples the right to marry. The lower house passed the bill by 125 votes to 109 and it will now go to senators for approval.
Children are ‘spontaneously gay’, says Brazilian archbishop 22
3:21 PM — A controversial conservative Brazilian archbishop has claimed that children are "spontaneously gay" and that gay rights will lead to rights for paedophiles.
Anti-gay campaigner George Rekers took male prostitute on holiday 23
12:17 PM — The US anti-gay campaigner George Rekers has had to answer to claims that he took a male prostitute on holiday with him. He was photographed with the 20-year-old at an airport.
Country music star Chely Wright is a lesbian 6
11:35 AM — US country artist Chely Wright has announced she is a lesbian. The 39-year-old Kansas native came out after months of rumours about her sexuality.
5th May 2010
Glee’s Jane Lynch had lesbian affair with teacher 3
12:59 PM — Glee actress Jane Lynch has revealed she had an affair with a female teacher. The 49-year-old, who plays cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, said she struggled to accept her identity.
30th April 2010
Hilary Clinton commends China for lifting HIV ban 2
2:55 PM — US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has commended China for lifting its ban on HIV-positive visitors. China announced this week it had lifted the entry ban on HIV-positive people, several months after US president Barack Obama lifted the US's ban.
Hawaii lawmakers approve civil unions bill 7
11:42 AM — The Hawaii House of Representatives approved a civil union bill yesterday, which will now go to the governor for approval.