4th November 2009
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.
Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black barred from speaking at Michigan college 11
5:28 PM — Dustin Lance Black has been barred from appearing at a college discussion on sexuality because college officials felt he would be too divisive.
Cher’s son Chaz Bono to give TV interview 3
4:48 PM — Chaz Bono, the son of singer Cher, is to give his first television interview since announcing his plans to become a man.
Pennsylvania senator changes mind on gay marriage 14
2:36 PM — Arlen Specter, the Democrat senator for Pennsylvania, has changed his mind on the issue of gay marriage. He had previously been in favour of the Defence of Marriage Act and a ban on the practice in his state.
NFL star Larry Johnson suspended for anti-gay slurs 6
12:37 PM — American football star Larry Johnson has been suspended for allegedly making homophobic comments on Twitter.
27th October 2009
Maine governor announces support for gay marriage 12
8:22 PM — John Baldacci, the governor of Maine, has given his support for gay marriage in the state and urged voters to do the same on November 3rd's referendum.
Golden Girl Bea Arthur leaves $300,000 to gay youth shelter 11
7:53 PM — Bea Arthur, the former Golden Girls star who died earlier this year, has left $300,000 to a shelter for gay homeless teenagers.
Obama set to sign Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill tomorrow 11
11:14 AM — US president Barack Obama will reportedly sign a bill giving gays new protections from hate crime. The bill is nicknamed the Matthew Shepard Bill, after the gay Wyoming teenager who was murdered in 1998.
26th October 2009
Film director accuses Scientology of homophobia 32
2:56 PM — A Hollywood film director has left the Church of Scientology, citing the religion's opposition to gay marriage. Paul Haggis, who directed the 2005 film Crash, was a member of the church for around 35 years.
23rd October 2009
Ruling bars courts from asking for doctor’s notes in trans name changes 1
6:40 PM — Trans people who legally change their names will no longer need to provide courts with a doctor's note after a ruling from New York's Supreme Court.