15th January 2010
Gay marriage opponents denied referendum in DC 4
5:16 PM — Gay equality opponents in Washington DC were barred by a judge from holding a referendum on gay marriage yesterday. Judge Judith N Macaluso said allowing voters to strike down the law would "authorise discrimination".
Pentagon lawyers advise delay on lifting military gay ban 34
3:34 PM — Lawyers for the head of the US military have advised that the ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces should not be lifted yet.
California trial hears gay marriage would increase health and revenue 7
12:08 PM — Experts speaking before a trial on California's gay marriage ban have said that lifting it would make people healthier and generate more money for the state's economy.
14th January 2010
Suspect in Puerto Rico gay murder will stand trial
12:40 PM — The man accused of murdering a gay Puerto Rico teenager has been found fit to stand trial. Juan A Martinez Matos, 26, is accused of killing Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado in November in the city of Cayey.
Supreme Court bans broadcasting of California gay marriage trial 13
12:05 PM — The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a trial on the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban cannot be broadcast on the internet. It said that supporters of the ban could face harassment and "irreparable harm".
13th January 2010
Lady Gaga, Glambert and Glee up for GLAAD awards 4
2:13 PM — Nominees for the most gay-friendly films, television programmes and performers have been announced by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
11th January 2010
Temporary block on broadcasting Prop 8 trial 10
5:34 PM — The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked recording of the Proposition 8 trial in California, which begins today. Gay marriage opponents, who conducted a vocal public campaign, said they could be harassed if the trial was broadcast.
8th January 2010
George Michael rules out Wham! reunion 4
4:29 PM — George Michael has said that he and former Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley will not reform the band. Unlike other ageing musical stars, he said the band was about being "young and exuberant".
Gay marriage bill fails in New Jersey Senate 15
12:35 PM — A bill which would legalise gay marriage in New Jersey failed in the state Senate yesterday. It was defeated by 20-14 votes.
7th January 2010
Tiger Woods’ mistress ‘set to claim he had gay sex’ 22
5:06 PM — One of the women who reportedly slept with Tiger Woods is set to write a book claiming she saw him having sex with other men.
California gay marriage trial will be on YouTube 5
11:45 AM — A judge has ruled that next week's trial on California's gay marriage ban will be shown on YouTube. Defenders of Proposition 8, which restricts marriage to a man and a woman, had claimed that broadcasting proceedings could lead to intimidation of witnesses.
6th January 2010
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon to fight gay adoption ban 5
5:46 PM — Lesbian actress Cynthia Nixon will be kicking off a campaign to repeal Florida's ban on gays and lesbians adopting. The Sex and the City star will kick off the American Civil Liberties Union's three-year campaign to end the ban this weekend at South Beach’s Shore Club.
Video: David Letterman attacked for skit on Obama-appointed trans woman 20
1:18 PM — US television host David Letterman was attacked for a joke about Amanda Simpson, the trans woman appointed by President Barack Obama.
New Jersey in last-ditch vote on gay marriage 3
12:47 PM — New Jersey's Senate will vote tomorrow on gay marriage in a final attempt to pass the bill before a new governor takes office. A vote was cancelled in early December after Democrats were reportedly concerned the bill did not have enough votes to pass.
Rhode Island approves funeral rights for gays 6
11:43 AM — Lawmakers in the US state of Rhode Island have approved a law to allow people in gay relationships to make funeral arrangements for their partners. They overrode a veto from Governor Don Carcieri.
5th January 2010
Trans woman nominated by Obama ‘not a token’ 8
6:30 PM — Amanda Simpson, the trans woman appointed by President Barack Obama, has said she does not want to be seen as a "token". She was appointed to the role of senior technical advisor to the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security.
Lesbian heiress Casey Johnson found dead 7
3:08 PM — The heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune has been found dead at her Los Angeles home. Casey Johnson, 30, had a history of drug abuse. Police said she appeared to have died from natural causes, although a cause of death has not been determined.
Court case on California marriage ban to be heard next week 8
1:11 PM — Next Monday, a federal court will examine for the first time whether the US constitution allows states to ban gay marriage. The case, brought by two gay couples who argue that California's ban violates their constitutional rights, will be heard on January 11th and is expected to last two to three weeks.
4th January 2010
Obama appoints trans woman to Department of Commerce 27
4:07 PM — US President Barack Obama has appointed a trans woman to the role of senior technical advisor to the Department of Commerce. Amanda Simpson is on the board of directors of the National Centre for Transgender Equality and has worked in the aerospace and defence industry for 30 years.
Copyright holder baulks at ‘gay’ Sherlock Holmes film 44
2:46 PM — The US copyright holder of the Sherlock Holmes series has threatened to withdraw permission for a film sequel if producers develop a homoerotic storyline.