14th December 2009
Annise Parker elected first out gay mayor of Houston 1
11:19 AM — Annise Parker, an out lesbian, has been elected mayor of Houston, Texas. The vote makes the city the largest in the US to elect an openly gay mayor. Parker won against city attorney Gene Locke by 53.6 per cent of the vote.
11th December 2009
Call for Archbishop of Canterbury to retract statements on lesbian bishop 20
6:39 PM — Liberal Anglicans are calling for Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams to retract comments he made on the selection of a US lesbian bishop. They are demanding he speaks out about Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill instead.
New York teachers investigated for ‘naked lesbian romp’ 4
3:44 PM — Two female teachers in Brooklyn, New York, are under investigation after they were allegedly found naked in a classroom. A janitor reported the pair to the school, believing they were students.
Anti-gay preacher Rick Warren finally speaks out on Uganda law 24
1:06 PM — Controversial US pastor Rick Warren has finally released a statement criticising Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill. Warren had been slow to condemn the drastic law and some critics had suggested he supported and even sponsored it.
Unanimous support for California’s first out gay speaker 3
12:47 PM — John Perez, an out gay man, has been unanimously elected as the California Assembly's speaker by a caucus of his Democratic colleagues.
10th December 2009
Nearly half of New Jersey Catholics support gay marriage 49
8:05 PM — A poll of Catholic voters in the US state of New Jersey has shown that just under half are in favour of gay marriage. The lowest levels of support were found among evangelical Christians.
9th December 2009
US lesbian bishop-elect ‘hurt’ by claims she is divisive 18
6:56 PM — Rev Mary Glasspool, the lesbian Los Angeles assistant bishop who was elected last weekend, has said she is upset by claims that she is dividing the Anglican church.
Bruce Springsteen supports gay marriage 11
2:36 PM — Bruce Springsteen, who was born in New Jersey, has released a message in support of gay marriage in the state. He said he had been following the progress of a bill which would allow the right.
8th December 2009
Researchers say stem cells could be engineered to fight HIV 3
5:43 PM — Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have discovered that human stem cells could be engineered to kill HIV-infected cells. They say it could be developed into a genetic medicine.
Colin Firth says Hollywood ‘constrains’ gay actors 12
4:56 PM — Colin Firth has agreed that it is difficult for gay actors to be open about their sexuality. Similar comments were made by Rupert Everett last week, who warned that stars could see their careers curtailed for coming out the closet.
New Jersey gay marriage bill passes committee vote 4
12:21 PM — A bill which would allow gay marriage in New Jersey has passed a Senate Judiciary Committee vote 7-6. The vote was taken yesterday and the bill is scheduled for a full Senate vote on Thursday.
US Christian student group fights for right to ban gays 17
12:18 PM — A Christian student group based at a California law school is fighting to the right to bar gay students. UC Hastings College of Law has withdrawn recognition of the group unless it changes its discriminatory rules.
7th December 2009
Actor sues over Wikipedia ‘gay’ edits 23
3:04 PM — An American actor has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop an unknown hacker calling him gay on Wikipedia. Ron Livingston, the Stand-Off actor who married his co-star Rosemarie De Witt last month, has been plagued by a user of the site who keeps changing his personal information.
‘Homophobic’ Buju Banton receives fourth Grammy nomination 14
12:12 PM — Buju Banton, the Jamaican reggae star who has been accused of inciting hatred towards gays, has been nominated for a Grammy award. The singer had a string of gigs in the US cancelled this autumn after protests from gay groups.
Archbishop of Canterbury criticises lesbian bishop’s appointment 40
10:36 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has criticised the election of a lesbian assistant bishop in Los Angeles, saying it was a threat to the cohesion of the Anglican Church.
4th December 2009
New York Senator ‘never promised to support gay marriage’ 13
6:03 PM — One of the eight Democrat Senators who voted against gay marriage in New York this week said he had never promised he would support it. Joseph Addabbo, of Queens, admitted he had received donations from gay rights activists but said he made no promises to them.
Gay man bids to become California Assembly Speaker 1
4:55 PM — John Perez, an out gay man, is vying to become the Speaker of the California Assembly. He would become the first openly assembly leader in America's history if elected.
Gay Buenos Aires couple demand fine for mayor who barred marriage 1
4:37 PM — A gay Buenos Aires couple who hoped to become the first to marry in Argentina this week have said the city mayor should be fined for not authorising their wedding.
New Jersey Senate to vote on gay marriage next week
12:10 PM — The US state of New Jersey's Senate will consider the question of gay marriage next week, just days after New York's lawmakers voted to reject it.
Voting opens for Los Angeles gay assistant bishop candidates 6
11:42 AM — Voting opens today for the next Los Angeles assistant bishop and two of the six candidates are openly gay. The Rev John L Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev Mary Douglas Glasspool of Maryland are both in committed same-sex relationships.