13th October 2009
New York’s court of appeal to hear gay rights challenges 2
6:51 PM — The court of appeal in New York is to hear two cases brought by gay rights opponents today. They relate to health benefits for gay partners and out-of-state gay marriages.
Chicago teacher accused of racist and homophobic language 2
5:11 PM — Students at a Chicago school are calling for one of their teachers to be fired after he allegedly used racist and homophobic language in an assembly.
Uruguay approves bill to allow trans people to change names and gender 5
3:42 PM — Trans men and women in Uruguay will soon be permitted to legally change their name and gender under a new bill passed by the government.
New York gay man in coma after ‘hate crime’ beating 8
10:39 AM — A gay man is currently in a medically-induced coma after being attacked by two men in the street in New York.
12th October 2009
Schwarzenegger signs bills to recognise Harvey Milk and out-of-state gay marriages 15
5:31 PM — Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor of California, has signed bills to introduce Harvey Milk Day in the state and to recognise gay marriages performed in other states.
Americans favour civil partnerships but don’t want gay marriage 38
2:15 PM — Support for civil partnerships for gay couples is rising in America - but gay marriage is still a contentious issue, a survey has found.
Gay group attacks Mickey Rourke over homophobic slur 23
12:26 PM — Actor Mickey Rourke has said he "doesn't give a f**k" about calling a journalist a faggot. The star used the derogatory term last November when the reporter asked him whether he was dating actress Evan Rachel Wood.
11th October 2009
Video: Obama pledges the end of ‘Don’t ask Don’t tell” ban on openly gay military 14
9:07 PM — Last night, US President Barak Obama pledged to gay rights campaigners that he would end the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that bans gay people from being open about their sexuality while serving in the military.
9th October 2009
Gay marriage bill looks likely in Washington DC 6
5:03 PM — A Washington DC councilman has introduced a bill that will legalise gay marriage in the district. Nine of the 13 council members are listed as co-sponsors and DC mayor Adrian Fenty has said he will sign it.
US House approves Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill 8
3:56 PM — The US House has agreed to approve a bill that would include LGBT people in federal hate crime laws. It is named the Matthew Shepard Bill after the murdered gay teenager.
Women make up disproportionate amount of gay military firings 4
11:47 AM — Pentagon figures have shown that woman make up a disproportionate number of those being fired under the US military gay ban.
Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize 15
11:09 AM — US president Barack Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize just nine months into his term. He was given the accolade for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".
8th October 2009
Lady Gaga to join gay rights march 4
7:08 PM — Singer Lady Gaga is to join a gay rights march in Washington DC this weekend. She will help lead the National Equality March on Saturday and has called on supporters to join the demonstration.
Schwarzenegger may veto Harvey Milk Day bill 15
4:52 PM — California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger may veto a bill proposing a special day of commemoration for gay rights activist Harvey Milk.
7th October 2009
Mary Cheney pregnant with second child 1
5:44 PM — Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of former US vice-president Dick Cheney, is pregnant with her second child. She had her first baby, Samuel David, in 2007.
Anti-gay group calls for resignation of Obama aide 12
5:15 PM — The American Family Association (AFA) has called for the resignation of a White House official who told a gay student to use a condom.
Microsoft donates $100,000 to protect gay rights in Washington 5
11:50 AM — Microsoft Corporation has made a $100,000 (£62,976) donation to gay rights campaigners in Washington. Next month, the state will hold a referendum on whether gay couples should be given expanded rights under domestic partnerships law.
George Michael denies split with Kenny Goss 5
11:11 AM — Singer George Michael has said there is no truth in reports that he and long-term partner Kenny Goss have split up.
Canadian gay man admits lying to donate blood 11
10:57 AM — A gay man in Canada is suing the the country's blood services for barring him from donating blood. Kyle Freeman admitted in court this week that he had lied about his sexual history in order to undergo the procedure, which he believes is the "ultimate gift" a person can give.
6th October 2009
US gay couples fork out up to $460,000 more than straight couples in a lifetime 5
10:32 AM — The cost of being a gay couple over a lifetime can be around $460,000 (£288,400) more than for being a straight couple, research has suggested.