9th June 2009
Adam Lambert now officially gay 31
5:55 PM — Adam Lambert, the runner-up of American Idol, has officially come out. After weeks of speculation, the star confirmed he is gay in an interview, adding: “I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that.”
Video: San Diego Pride organiser attacked at equality event 6
12:58 PM — The organiser of San Diego Pride, Ron deHarte, was attacked on Saturday at the city's annual Equality Torch Relay. Kenyatta Mitchell was arrested after taunting deHarte with homophobic slurs, kicking out at him and trying to take his Pride flag.
Groups threaten to publish names of US gay rights opponents 9
11:53 AM — Two groups are threatening to publish the names of Washington voters who oppose a new law granting same-sex couples many of the benefits received by straight married couples.
US gay advocates call for national march 4
11:16 AM — Gay rights activists in the US are calling for a national march on Washington to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11th.
8th June 2009
Poll finds rising support for gay US troops 6
5:30 PM — A poll has found rising support for repealing the US ban on openly gay military personnel. The Gallup-conducted research found the biggest increases in support among conservatives and weekly churchgoers - up 12 and 11 percentage points respectively.
Supreme Court rejects challenge to military gay ban
4:47 PM — The Supreme Court has today rejected a challenge to the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' rule, which bans openly gay men and women from serving in the US military.
5th June 2009
Comment: Is Obama all talk and no action on gay issues? 36
6:43 PM — Impatience is growing amongst the USA’s gay and lesbian community over President Barack Obama’s slow approach to tackling the LGBT issues he promised to address.
Study finds gay men do better at college but bisexual women lag behind 6
12:56 PM — New research has indicated that gay men achieve more at college than their straight male counterparts. However, the work also showed that bisexual women do worse during higher education than straight women.
Gay couples refused marriage and partnership announcements 7
10:44 AM — A number of American newspapers in states where gay marriage is illegal are refusing to print announcements of civil unions.
4th June 2009
Tennessee schools to remove block on gay educational and news websites 1
4:34 PM — A long running battle to unblock educational gay websites from schools in Knox County, Tennessee may be over. Following the start of legal proceedings, the County Superintendent has said web filters would be adjusted.
Gay marriage law to be debated in Pennsylvania Senate 1
11:03 AM — Yesterday as the Governor of New Hampshire made gay marriage legal, a Pennsylvania Democrat Senator has introduced the state's first bill to legalise gay marriage. But at the same time a Republican Senator will propose a constitutional ban on gay marriage saying it could lead to polygamy.
Lady Gaga reveals she is bisexual but her boyfriends never want a threesome 13
10:17 AM — Singer Lady Gaga has told the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine that she's disappointed at her boyfriends' reactions to the fact that she is bisexual.
Bruno star Sasha Baron Cohen sued for allegedly leaving woman wheelchair bound after stunt at bingo contest 6
9:29 AM — A case has been filed in the the Los Angeles Superior Court against comic Sasha Baron Cohen. He is accused of leaving a woman wheelchair bound as a result of a stunt while playing gay fashion reporter Bruno.
3rd June 2009
Gay marriage legal in New Hampshire after Governor signs law 10
10:34 PM — John Lynch, the Democrat governor of New Hampshire has confirmed that he would sign into law a bill to legalise gay marriage.
Harvard university creates professorship of LGBT studies 5
7:15 PM — The prestigious American Harvard University is to appoint a professor of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)studies.
Chicago may appoint ‘anti-gay’ city councillor 5
1:05 PM — The mayor of Chicago may be about to appoint an openly homophobic alderman to its city council, according to reports.
2nd June 2009
Hillary Clinton promises to fight for gay rights abroad 10
7:25 PM — US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said yesterday she will fight for gay rights abroad. Speaking prior to this month's 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Clinton called the persecution of gays and lesbians "an affront to human decency".
LGBT legal group praises Obama’s nomination of Sotomayor for US Supreme Court 2
6:16 PM — US President Barack Obama's nominee for the vacant seat on the country's Supreme Court is on Capitol Hill this morning meeting with key Senators ahead of her confirmation hearings.
Dick Cheney speaks out in favour of gay marriage 17
3:17 PM — Former US Vice President Dick Cheney has said gay Americans should have the right to get married. Addressing the National Press Club Mr Cheney, whose daughter Mary is a lesbian, said that freedom "means freedom for everyone".
Comment: Barack Obama’s proclamation for LGBT Pride Month 7
1:59 PM — Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.