11th November 2009
US Mormons back gay rights laws as “fair and reasonable” 13
1:14 PM — The Mormon Church has supported Salt Lake City legislation giving gays and lesbians protection from discrimination, despite traditionally railing against equal rights measures.
10th November 2009
Portia de Rossi: ‘I thought my career would be over if I came out’ 4
4:12 PM — Actress Portia de Rossi has said she was too frightened for years to admit she was a lesbian. De Rossi is now married to television presenter Ellen DeGeneres but has revealed that she thought coming out would mean the end of her acting career.
New York governor David Paterson asks legislature to vote this week on gay marriage
12:12 PM — The New York legislature may vote this week on whether to allow same-sex marriage in the state. AFP reports that governor David Paterson called on the state's upper house yesterday to hold a special legislative session on the issue before Friday.
9th November 2009
Sex tape causes more embarrassment for anti-gay Miss California 25
11:45 AM — Carrie Prejean, the Miss California who told the world she did not believe in gay marriage, has been rocked by a sex tape scandal. The beauty queen and her mother were apparently shown the tape by pageant organisers.
6th November 2009
Gay group attacks South Park for ‘gay slur’ 25
12:51 PM — A recent episode of South Park has angered a gay rights group for using the word 'fag'. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said that the ironic use of the word might not be understood by all readers.
5th November 2009
Fundraising campaign launched to restore gay marriage in California 1
6:45 PM — A day after the anniversary of Proposition 8, gay marriages advocates have launched a new fundraising campaign to get the issue on next year's ballot.
Push for rights reforms after Texas gay bar raid 1
1:24 PM — A task force set up after a police raid on a Fort Worth, Texas, gay bar has recommended a drastic reform of gay and trans rights in the city.
Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects challenge to gay domestic partnerships
12:33 PM — Wisconsin's Supreme Court has thrown out a legal challenge to the state's domestic partnerships law. The law came into force on August 3rd, making Wisconsin the first mid-western state to pass such a law through legislation.
4th November 2009
Kalamazoo grants anti-discrimination protections for gay people 2
6:40 PM — The Michigan city of Kalamazoo has passed an ordinance to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people from discrimination in housing and employment.
Lesbian Annise Parker is frontrunner for Houston mayor 3
4:33 PM — Annise Parker, a lesbian woman, has emerged as the frontrunner in Houston's mayoral race. Houston, in Texas, is the fourth largest city in America and would be the largest to have an openly gay or lesbian mayor if Parker is successful.
Early numbers suggest Washington voters approve expanded gay rights
1:08 PM — Early figures from Washington state suggest that voters have opted to approve a new 'everything but marriage' measure for gay couples.
Echoes of Prop 8 as Maine voters repeal gay marriage 85
10:57 AM — Voters in Maine have opted to repeal a new law which would give gay couples in the state the right to marry. The latest figures show that 52.7 per cent of citizens voted against the new right, compared to 47.2 per cent in favour.
3rd November 2009
Washington voters decide today on expanded gay rights 2
9:23 PM — Voters in Washington state are deciding today (Tuesday) whether to allow expanded rights for gay domestic partners.
Two Washington DC students hurt in anti-gay attacks
3:39 PM — Two students at Georgetown University, Washington DC, have reported being the victim of homophobic attacks. In one, a male student had to be hospitalised after being beaten by a man.
US Census data gives a snapshot of gay families’ lives 4
2:27 PM — Census data released yesterday shows that conservative states such as Utah and Wyoming have some of the highest proportions of gay couples who call themselves married.
Marine Commandant opposes lifting US military gay ban 11
12:12 PM — Marine Commandant General James Conway has emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of lifting the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the US military.
2nd November 2009
Maine to vote on gay marriage today 13
9:17 PM — The US state of Maine will decide today whether a recent law allowing gay marriage should be allowed to remain.
Obama lifts ban on HIV-positive people entering the US 4
3:40 PM — US president Barack Obama has lifted the ban on HIV-positive people entering the country. The 22-year-old law was one of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world for people with HIV.
30th October 2009
Cher’s son gives television interview about sex change 4
1:24 PM — Chaz Bono, son of international star Cher, has spoken candidly for the first time about his sex change, which he started in March this year.
28th October 2009
Mother of Matthew Shepard welcomes US hate crimes bill 7
9:23 PM — Judy Shepard, the mother of murdered gay teenager Matthew Shepard, has given her thanks to Congress and President Barack Obama for passing a new law to protect gays against hate crime.