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July 2011

  • 29th July 2011

    House minority leader Nancy Pelosi calls on Michele Bachmann to address anti-gay bullying 129

    Michele Bachmann has refused to discuss her views on homosexuality

    5:06 PM — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann must address the teen LGBT suicides in her congressional district, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi says.

  • Denise Richards says she had lesbian relationship 18

    Denise Richards said she had a same-sex relationship (Photo: Glenn Francis, pacificprodigital.com)

    3:48 PM — Denise Richards has revealed she had a brief lesbian affair with a well-known woman. The actress, who is the former wife of Charlie Sheen, told radio host Howard Stern about the relationship she had "a long time ago".

  • Indian lesbian couple win police protection after death threats 14

    The couple were granted police protection

    3:02 PM — A lesbian couple in India have been granted 24-hour police protection after family members allegedly threatened to kill them. The women, named as Savita, 25, and Veena, 20, from Manesar, near New Delhi, married last week and went to a court to ask for protection.

  • North Cyprus campaigners call for repeal of anti-gay laws 11

    Gay sex is illegal in North Cyprus

    2:21 PM — Following reports of two men being arrested for gay sex, rights activists in Northern Cyprus are calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Homofobiye Karsi Inisiyatif (Initiative Against Homophobia) has been campaigning for years to have the penal code changed.

  • John Barrowman: ‘Torchwood’s Jack isn’t a gay stereotype’ 34

    John Barrowman says he doesn't see his character's sexuality as an issue

    1:37 PM — Torchwood star John Barrowman says his character Captain Jack Harkness is not a gay stereotype. The gay actor said he doesn't see the character's "omnisexuality" as an issue.

  • Video: Will Young’s new single Jealousy 24

    12:16 PM — Pop Idol winner Will Young admitted earlier this week that he was "terrified" of being gay when he was younger. Check out the video for his latest single, Jealousy.

  • 2,000 join Jerusalem Pride 4

    Past Jerusalem Prides have attracted violence (Photo: Guy Yitzhaki)

    12:03 PM — Around 2,000 people joined a largely peaceful pride march in Jerusalem yesterday. The march has attracted violence in the past and 1,000 police officers were on the streets.

  • Parliament inquiry to be held on religious rights 310

    MPs will consider whether discrimination laws need changing

    11:16 AM — A parliamentary committee is to examine whether changes should be made to discrimination laws after a raft of legal cases over Christian rights. Public hearings will be held in the autumn, with MPs and Lords invited to give their views on whether current laws are adequate.

  • New lesbian couple for Emmerdale 19

    Emmerdale is to get two lesbian characters

    10:15 AM — Emmerdale is to have a new lesbian couple. Kelli Hollis, who has appeared in Shameless, and Bad Girls actress Alicya Eyo will arrive in October.

  • 28th July 2011

    Men arrested in North Cyprus for gay sex 90

    Gay sex remains illegal in North Cyprus

    5:23 PM — Two men have reportedly been arrested in North Cyprus for having gay sex. According to Kibris newspaper, the men were accused of having "unnatural intercourse" in a hostel in Nicosia.

  • Texas university gets gender-neutral toilet 22

    The university has installed a gender neutral bathroom

    4:56 PM — A university in Texas has installed a gender neutral toilet. Officials at the University of Texas in Austin believe the new facility will benefit disabled people and those who need space for medical injections as well as LGBT people.

  • Anti-gay Christian rocker Bradlee Dean sues Rachel Maddow for ‘defamation’ 59

    Lesbian MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is being sued by Bradlee Dean

    2:46 PM — The homophobic Christian rocker Bradlee Dean is suing lesbian MSNBC talkshow host Rachel Maddow for "defaming" him. According to a lawsuit, Dean, who runs a ministry called 'You Can Run But You Can't Hide', is accusing Maddow of making misleading statements about his views on gays and Muslims. He is seeking $50 million in damages.

  • X Factor contestant called ‘tranny’ by staff 66

    The X Factor said the contestant received an apology

    1:38 PM — A transgender X Factor contestant was said to be furious after programme staff mistakenly sent her an email calling her a "tranny". Pamela-Michelle Giovanni, 46, was sent the email by two junior researchers, the Sun reports.

  • Tory MP defends religious rights motion 153

    At least three MPs have withdraw their signatures from the motion

    11:05 AM — A Conservative MP who tabled a motion supporting the Equality and Human Rights Commission's push for 'compromise' for anti-gay workers says it is about freedom of religion. Gary Streeter, the MP for South West Devon, said religious people have been marginalised but denied that his early day motion backs discrimination.

  • Street preacher ‘told gay couple to burn in hell’ 142

    The gay couple say a Christian preacher told them to 'burn in hell'

    10:32 AM — A gay couple in Taunton, Somerset, say that Christian street preacher told them to "burn in hell". Craig Manning and his civil partner, who does not want to be named, say they were walking through the town centre holding hands last month when the man began abusing them in public.

  • 27th July 2011

    Student in gay suicide case wants charges dismissed

    Tyler Clementi jumped to his death last September

    4:57 PM — Lawyers for a student accused over the suicide of his gay roommate say the charges against him should be dismissed and that prosecutors withheld evidence. Dharun Ravi, 19, of Plainsboro, New Jersey, is accused of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation in the case of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi (pictured).

  • A third of US workers have health benefits for gay partners 2

    Around a third of US workers can get same-sex partner health benefits

    4:24 PM — Around a third of workers in the US have access to health benefits for gay partners, research shows. According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 33 per cent of state and local government employees can get same-sex partner benefits. For private sector workers, the figure was 29 per cent.

  • Video: True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård films ‘It Gets Better’ clip 5

    Alexander Skarsgård plays Eric Northman in True Blood

    3:07 PM — True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård has filmed an 'It Gets Better' video for LGBT young people. In the sombre clip, the Swedish actor, 34, urges parents to teach their children that homophobic bullying and discrimination are unacceptable.

  • Will Young was ‘terrified’ of being gay 18

    Will Young said he was "inhibited"

    2:13 PM — Will Young has admitted he was "terrified" of being gay when he was younger. The singer, 32, said he felt "inhibited" until several years ago.

  • US to look again at gay blood donation ban 2

    The US bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood

    2:00 PM — The US Department of Health and Human Services is to look again at the lifetime blood donation ban for men who have had gay sex. The department said yesterday that the current policy is "sub-optimal" and announced it has instructed advisors to study whether the strict rules can be relaxed.

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