5th November 2010
Mum’s defence of cross-dressing 5-year-old becomes internet hit 46
3:03 PM — A US mother has become an internet hit for defending her decision to let her son dress as a girl for Halloween. Missouri blogger Sarah wrote: "He's gay. Or he’s not. I don’t care. He is still my son."
Ian McKellen: Don’t call me ‘Sir’ 15
2:28 PM — Veteran gay actor Ian McKellen has revealed that he does not like using his title of 'Sir', despite being knighted in 1991. The Lord of the Rings star was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Savannah Film Festival yesterday.
4th November 2010
Vince Vaughn glad that gay joke will stay in film 16
6:44 PM — Actor Vince Vaughn says he is glad that a joke about 'gay' cars will stay in his latest film. He said the use of the word in The Dilemma "wasn't derogatory".
Christina Aguilera tells gay kids ‘just be yourself’ 3
3:41 PM — Pop star Christina Aguilera has added her support to Stonewall's campaign against homophobic bullying. The charity has begun a new campaign called It Gets Better... Today, which is inspired by the US YouTube campaign It Gets Better.
Trans student first to play NCAA basketball 11
1:52 PM — A Washington student has become the first transgender person to play NCAA basketball. Kye Allums, 21, of George Washington University, is returning to the women's team this month, although he is now known as a man.
Glee attacked for ‘tranny slur’ 29
11:59 AM — US comedy Glee has been criticised for using the word 'tranny'. The show, which has been commended for its approach to LGBT issues, had a Rocky Horror-themed episode last week, in which the cast took on roles from the 1970s musical.
Head of Belgian Catholic church says AIDS is ‘justice’ for gays 86
11:20 AM — The head of the Catholic Church in Belgium has said that AIDS is "intrinsic justice" for homosexuality. Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard also said that elderly priests found to have sexually abused children should not be punished.
3rd November 2010
US mid-term elections: Four out gay representatives 4
3:45 PM — There are now four out gay men and women in the US House of Representatives after David Cicilline, a Democrat, won the Rhode Island congressional seat being vacated by retiring Representative Patrick Kennedy.
US mid-term results pose challenges and opportunities for gay rights 13
2:50 PM — The US mid-term elections have seen the Republicans gain control of the lower house, while the Democrats held on to the Senate. According to commentators, the result presents both challenges and opportunities for gay rights.
Iowa voters oust gay marriage ruling judges 23
12:53 PM — Three Iowa Supreme Court judges who ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional have been ousted by voters after a campaign by anti-gay groups.
2nd November 2010
US school official formally resigns after anti-gay rant 9
6:49 PM — Clint McCance, the US school district official who had to apologise last week for an anti-gay rant on his Facebook page, has officially resigned.
Ron Howard says ‘Dilemma’ gay joke will stay in film 8
4:03 PM — Ron Howard, the director of The Dilemma, says a joke about 'gay' cars will stay in the film. The film was criticised by GLAAD and CNN news anhor Anderson Cooper for a scene in which Vince Vaughn's character makes a joke about electric cars being gay.
Silvio Berlusconi says it’s ‘better to like pretty women than be gay’ 55
1:56 PM — Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has angered gay groups by saying that having an eye for beautiful women is better than being gay. The premier has been fighting allegations of sexual impropriety in his private life.
Ricky Martin reveals he ‘cried like a baby’ after coming out 5
1:02 PM — Ricky Martin has told Oprah Winfrey about the moment he decided to announce he was gay. The Puerto Rican star posted a message on his website declaring himself to be a "fortunate gay man" but says he broke down in tears afterwards.
Federal appeals court rules DADT will remain in place indefinitely 13
11:56 AM — A US federal appeals court has ruled that Don't Ask, Don't Tell should stay in place indefinitely. The decision by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals means that the ban on out gay soldiers is expected to be retained throughout a legal battle over whether it is constitutional.
1st November 2010
Students deny putting roommate’s gay sex session online
3:22 PM — Two US students accused of invading the privacy of a friend who committed suicide say they did not broadcast his gay sex session online. Dharun Ravi of Plainsboro, New Jersey, and Molly W Wei of Princeton, both 18, were accused of secretly recording Mr Ravi's roommate Tyler Clementi having sex with a man.
Updated: Ugandan newspaper ordered to stop outing gay men 16
3:17 PM — Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone has been ordered to stop outing gay men and lesbians. The publication, no relation to the US magazine, began publishing the names of gays and lesbians last month. In a previous issue, it carried a banner stating that the individuals should be hanged.
31st October 2010
Gay synagogue was target of Yemeni exploding packages plot 5
11:49 AM — A lesbian and gay Jewish congregation in Chicago was the target of one of the explosive-laden packages intercepted on route from Yemen, a Rabbi has claimed.
29th October 2010
Golden Girl Betty White supports gay marriage 17
5:48 PM — Veteran actress Betty White says she supports gay marriage and doesn't understand how people can oppose it so much. The 88-year-old former star of Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show said people should mind their own business.
Study says one in ten sexually-active teens has same-sex partners 4
5:32 PM — A study of sexually-active American teenagers says that almost one in ten has same-sex partners. In 2002, a similar study of teenagers in Vermont and Massachusetts found that only five to six per cent had same-sex partners.