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12 April 2011

  • 12th April 2011

    Ian McKellen visits schools to talk about being gay 28

    Sir Ian has toured more than 50 schools (Photo: Stefan Servos)

    5:39 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has visited 54 schools in two years to talk about being gay. The veteran actor was enlisted by Stonewall to help its campaign to stamp out homophobic bullying.

  • US student branded in homophobic attack 52

    The burn on Quinn Matney's wrist

    5:07 PM — A student at the University of North Carolina had his wrist burned with a hot object in a homophobic attack. Freshman Quinn Matney may be permanently scarred after the incident, which took place last week on campus.

  • More US schools warned about gay censorship 6

    Some US schools routinely block gay support websites

    4:21 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has written to more schools to question their filters on LGBT support websites. As part of the group's 'Don't Filter Me' campaign, it has sent letters to schools in Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania and Virginia, asking them to stop censoring the websites.

  • Government seeks transgender community’s feedback 15

    Equality minister Lynne Featherstone said the government was committed to trans rights

    3:48 PM — The coalition government is to publish its first 'Transgender Action Plan' later this year and is asking trans people to help shape the document. Ministers promised last May that they would produce an action plan specifically for trans people.

  • New Jersey trans man fired from men-only job 16

    El'Jai Devoureau was sacked on his second day at work

    2:52 PM — A New Jersey transgender man has been fired after his employers decided that he did not fulfil a men-only requirement of the job. El'Jai Devoureau, 39, was hired by a drug treatment centre last summer and was required to watch men giving urine samples for drug testing.

  • Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson calls party homophobes ‘disgusting’ 6

    There are homophobes in the Republican party, Alan Simpson said

    1:29 PM — Former Republican Senator for Wyoming, Alan Simpson, has hit out at anti-gay politicians in his party. During an interview with MSNBC's Hardball programme, he said men shouldn't be allowed to vote on abortion and called homophobes 'disgusting".

  • Out gay London deputy mayor Simon Milton dies 18

    Simon Milton died after a short illness

    10:53 AM — London deputy mayor Sir Simon Milton has died after a short illness at the age of 49. The Conservative politician, who was mayor Boris Johnson's chief of staff, died in hospital on Monday.

  • Daily Star columnist: ‘If Ricky Gervais was gay, you’d think he had AIDS’ 107

    Ricky Gervais looks like a "dying man", Joe Mott wrote (Image: TwitPic)

    10:47 AM — A Daily Star columnist has been accused of tastelessness and homophobia for a remark about Ricky Gervais' recent weight loss. Joe Mott wrote in Sunday's edition that if the actor was gay, it would be assumed he had AIDS.

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