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09 May 2011

  • 9th May 2011

    US Olympic official quits over gay marriage comments 17

    Peter Vidmar was chef du mission of the 2012 US team

    5:52 PM — Former Olympic gymnast Peter Vidmar has resigned as the chef du mission of the US 2012 team after anger over comments he made about gay marriage. In 2008, Mr Vidmar, a Mormon, joined the fight against California's gay marriage law.

  • Girl, 13, is latest victim of South African ‘corrective rape’ 45

    South Africa's government condemned the attack

    4:39 PM — A 13-year-old girl in South Africa has reportedly become the latest victim of the 'corrective rape' epidemic. The girl, who was attacked on Thursday in Pretoria, was said to be open about being a lesbian and it is believed she was targeted for this reason.

  • Gay MP David Laws may be reprimanded over expenses 36

    David Laws may be reprimanded for his expenses (Photo: Keith Edkins)

    2:33 PM — Liberal Democrat MP David Laws is expected to be reprimanded over his expenses claims when a parliamentary standards report is published this week. The former chief secretary to the Treasury's return to government may be hampered by the verdict, reports said.

  • Chaz Bono ‘thrilled’ with results of transition 249

    Chaz Bono is publicising his memoirs and a documentary

    2:29 PM — Chaz Bono, the son of singer Cher, has spoken candidly about his transition from female to male. Speaking ahead of a book and documentary about his journey, the star said he never had a moment's doubt that he was supposed to be a man.

  • Gay activists’ petition against Ugandan ‘kill gays’ bill 30

    An earlier protest against the bill (Photo: Brett Lock)

    12:55 PM — Gay rights campaigners hope to collect enough signatures to ask Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni to refuse to sign an anti-homosexuality bill. The legislation, in its current form, calls for harsher punishments for homosexuality. For "aggravated" case, such as those involving disabled people, those with HIV or minors, it calls for the death penalty.

  • Gay MP Nigel Evans ‘in denial’ when he voted for Section 28 75

    Nigel Evans said he went through a "neanderthal phase"

    11:42 AM — Gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans says he was in denial and going through a "neanderthal phase" when he voted for Section 28. The MP for Ribble Valley, who came out last year, backed the legislation to ban mention of homosexuality in schools and once voted against lowering the age of consent for gay men.

  • Study finds gay men are more likely to have had cancer 84

    It is not clear why gay men were more likely to have had cancer (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    10:55 AM — A large US study has suggested that gay men are more likely to have had cancer than straight men. The research, from California, found that gay men were almost twice as likely as straight men to have been diagnosed with this disease. On average, diagnoses happened a decade earlier for gay men.

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