13th October 2008
Gay state senator dies, aged 71
1:14 PM — Allan H. Spear, one of the first out gay US legislators, died on Saturday. Mr Spear died following complications that developed during heart surgery he underwent on Thursday.
12th October 2008
Travel: America’s strangest landmarks 3
12:38 PM — If you're looking for a close encounter of the unexpected kind then you might enjoy a trek around some of North America's strangest landmarks. There are some fascinating tourist spots in the area and we're not talking about Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon.
Preview: Stephen Fry In America – The New World 2
12:10 PM — Stephen Fry was very nearly an American. Just before he was born, his father was offered, but turned down, a job at Princeton University.
11th October 2008
Connecticut Supreme Court overturns ban on gay marriage 6
10:57 AM — The Supreme Court of Connecticut has overturned a ban on gay marriage saying that by stopping same sex partners from marrying was a violation of their constitutional rights.
10th October 2008
Post debate bump puts Obama 11% ahead
2:54 PM — The latest Gallup poll of the support for the candidates for President of the United States indicates that Barack Obama has widened his lead over John McCain.
Matthew Shepard’s mother hits out at prejudice and ignorance, ten years on 2
2:34 PM — Judy Shepard, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, released the following statement as she marks the tenth year since his death on October 12th 1998.
Victory for Christians as McDonald’s gives in over gay rights 27
12:48 AM — Christian and conservative Americans are claiming they have forced one of the world's best-known companies to withdraw from National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
Grey’s Anatomy star donates to California gay marriage defence fund
12:02 AM — Hollywood star TR Knight has donated $50,000 (£29,000) to help defeat a proposal to remove the rights of lesbian and gay Californians to get married.
9th October 2008
86% of LGBT teens face harassment in US schools
4:24 PM — The most comprehensive study ever undertaken into the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in the United States has found they face widespread abuse.
Immigration minister criticised for letting homophobic artist into Canada 1
1:44 PM — Campaigners against anti-gay "murder music" artists have accused a government minister in Canada of giving Jamaican star Buju Banton "a platform to incite murder."
8th October 2008
Poll shows increased support for gay marriage ban in California 5
1:25 PM — A ballot proposition that would remove the right of same-sex couples to get married in California appears to be gaining support.
McCain ignores gay adoption in letter to campaigners 4
1:00 PM — The Republican candidate for President of the United States has declined to say how he would protect families headed by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Americans.
7th October 2008
Obama’s gay rights stance gets Drew Barrymore’s vote 2
1:34 PM — A Hollywood actress has said she is backing the Democratic nominee for President of the United States after she heard him talk about equality for gay and lesbian people.
Mistrial scuppers firefighters claims of ‘sex harassment’ at Pride
1:07 PM — A jury in San Diego has been unable to decide whether or not to the city of San Diego was liable to pay damages to four firefighters who claim they were sexually harassed at a Pride parade.
11,000 same-sex weddings in Califonia since legalisation
11:27 AM — New research published in Los Angeles today has revealed that estimated 11,000 same-sex couples have married in California in the first three months since gay weddings were ruled legal in the state.
6th October 2008
Teen who murdered gay classmate had white supremacist literature 4
11:50 AM — A fourteen year old boy who is standing trial for the murder of a fellow school student, had "literature and drawings depicting a "racist skinhead philosophy" in his bedroom.
4th October 2008
Eamonn Holmes accidentally “outs” Salma Hayek as a lesbian 7
11:26 AM — Sky News anchor Eamonn Holmes has accidentally outed Hollywood star Salma Hayek as lesbian.
Lesbian comic Rosie O’Donnell to host NBC variety show 1
10:27 AM — Lesbian comedienne Rosie O'Donnell is to return to television with her own variety show next month.
3rd October 2008
Opposition to gay marriage brings rare moment of unity in VP debate 7
7:53 PM — The Republican and Democratic candidates for Vice President of the United States have spoken of their opposition to same-sex marriage.
2nd October 2008
Melissa Ethelridge to get married ahead of California vote
8:43 PM — Lesbian rock icon Melissa Etheridge is getting married. She told US celebrity TV show Extra that she intends to tie the knot with girlfriend Tammy Lynn Michaels.