23rd December 2010
Texas softball coaches sued for ‘outing lesbian student to her parents’ 13
3:45 PM — Two softball coaches in Texas are being sued for allegedly outing a lesbian student to her parents. The 18-year-old, named as SW in court filings, says the coaches at Kilgore Independent School District interrogated her aggressively and violated her privacy.
Obama ‘still wrestling’ with gay marriage question 32
11:12 AM — He signed a bill to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell yesterday but US president Barack Obama says he is continuing to "wrestle" with the issue of gay marriage.
22nd December 2010
Portia DeGeneres: I had no lesbian role models
5:25 PM — Portia DeGeneres says her struggle with her sexuality contributed to years of suffering with eating disorders. The former Ally McBeal star, now married to talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres, revealed that she didn't know of any lesbian actresses to look up to.
Canadian province still lists homosexuality as a mental illness 23
4:49 PM — The Canadian province of Alberta still classifies homosexuality as a mental disorder, government records show. Between 1995 and 2004, doctors cited the diagnostic code more than 1,750 times when billing the province for treating gays and lesbians, the Vabcouver Sun reports.
Obama signs bill to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 10
2:58 PM — President Obama has signed a bill to end the ban on openly gay troops in the US military. Two years after he promised to end the controversial policy in his election campaign, the president signed the bill during a ceremony at the Interior Department.
Parents of gay suicide student will sue university 15
2:52 PM — The parents of a New Jersey student who jumped to his death after his roommate allegedly broadcast his gay sex session are to sue his university. Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University, killed himself by jumping from the George Washington Bridge in September.
Federal inquiry into US gay teenager’s suicide 9
1:05 PM — Federal education officials are investigating the suicide of a 13-year-old California boy who killed himself after suffering homophobic bullying. Seth Walsh died nine days after hanging himself in his garden on September 28th.
Obama to sign repeal of gay military ban today 6
11:15 AM — President Obama is to sign a bill to repeal the ban on out gay troops in the US military today. He will sign the bill during a ceremony at the Interior Department.
21st December 2010
UN votes to reinstate resolution condemning execution of gays 26
11:03 PM — The United Nations General Assembly has voted to restore a reference to sexual orientation in a resolution opposing the unjustified killings of minority groups. Last month, a UN panel deleted a reference to gays and lesbians in resolution introduced by Morocco and Mali. The vast majority of countries in support were African or Arabic.
Video: Glee star Jane Lynch in TV network’s Christmas clip
5:07 PM — Her marriage was a publicity stunt, she's having a heterosexual affair and she hates the cast of Glee so much she's giving them sick kittens for Christmas. Jane Lynch shows off her Sue Sylvester side in a jokey Christmas video for 20th Century Fox.
Malaysian gay man gets death threats after support video 15
4:45 PM — A Malaysian Muslim man who spoke out about being gay has received death threats and says he fears for his life. Azwan Ismail, a 32-year-old engineer, made a YouTube video called 'I'm gay, I'm ok', in an effort to encourage other gay Malaysians to feel comfortable with their sexual orientation.
Pentagon unsure how long repeal of gay ban will take 11
11:59 AM — The Pentagon says it has no timeline for the lifting of the ban on out gay soldiers in the US military. The Senate voted on Saturday to repeal the law but change is expected to take months.
20th December 2010
Italian companies drop racy lesbian car advert 15
4:50 PM — The risque Renault Twingo advert has been shelved by Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset for its depiction of two women at a party
German politician Volker Kauder: Gays have no right to children 31
3:50 PM — Anti-adoption comments made today by the chairman of the Christian Democratic Union to the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung.
US awaits signing of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal laws
3:13 PM — Celebrities and politicians have voiced their support for the Senate after it voted to repeal the ban on out gay soldiers.
Businessman’s family attack “spurious allegations” in bride murder case
2:25 PM — The family of Shrien Dewani, who is suspected of arranging his bride's murder in South Africa, deny his involvement in the killing, and the rumours surrounding a gay prostitute.
South Africa launches “bold” Mr Gay World bid 7
12:58 PM — The 2012 bid is launched against a rising tide of homophobia, the Guardian reports.
Prague puts gay hotspots on the map
11:56 AM — A new initiative will see the publication distributed for free at clubs and hotels across the Czech Republic's capital city.
Australian Catholics told to lobby MPs against gay marriage 14
11:05 AM — Sydney Archdiocese says arguments should be based on the "natural order", amid a growing movement to alter the law.
18th December 2010
Video: US Senate votes to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban on gays serving in the military 38
8:36 PM — The US Senate has voted 65 to 31 to repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. Since the ban was introduced in 1993, more than 13,500 LGBT service personnel have been dismissed from the military.