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August 2011

  • 22nd August 2011

    US country music star Chely Wright weds girlfriend 20

    Wright made the announcement to congratulatory fans on Twitter

    10:12 AM — Singer who described difficulties of being gay in the industry marries partner in Connecticut ceremony.

  • 19th August 2011

    White House announces immigration changes that could benefit gay couples 14

    Anthony John Makk and Bradford Wells have been told Mr Makk must soon leave the US

    5:49 PM — The Obama administration has announced changes in immigration policy that could benefit gay couples. The changes mean that deportation cases will be prioritised according to security risk, such as those with criminal convictions.

  • Christine O’Donnell calls Piers Morgan ‘sexist’ and ‘creepy’ over gay marriage interview 42

    Christine O'Donnell said Piers Morgan was bordering on sexual harassment

    2:23 PM — Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell has explained why she walked out of a 'Piers Morgan' interview after the CNN host asked her about her views on gay marriage. The politician, who is against gay marriage and has a history of anti-gay comments, tore off her microphone and walked off set during filming for Wednesday's show.

  • Cameroon men arrested for ‘looking feminine’ 18

    The men were arrested in Cameroon's capital last month

    1:41 PM — The lawyer for two men facing trial in Cameroon for homosexuality offences says they were arrested for looking feminine. Alice Nkom, speaking to BBC News, said that her clients, aged 19 and 20, were accused of homosexuality because their hair was "dressed like women".

  • Will Young wants to be a father 33

    Will Young says he wants to be a dad

    1:11 PM — Will Young says he's looking forward to having children and a "less selfish" job. The gay singer said he was "very broody" but wants to meet the right man.

  • Anne Hathaway says ex-boyfriends were gay 6

    Anne Hathaway supports marriage equality

    12:47 PM — Anne Hathaway says she believes several of her ex-boyfriends were gay. The actress, who is dating fellow actor Adam Shulam, said she is convinced they couldn't face their sexuality.

  • Teenager found guilty of stabbing gay man in north London 17

    Guelor Moaso was found guilty of the attack

    11:35 AM — An 18-year-old has been found guilty of an unprovoked attack on a gay man in Camden, north London, earlier this year. Guelor Moaso, of Maitland Park Road, Chalk Farm, stabbed 37-year-old David Farrer three times.

  • EHRC confirms backtrack on opt-outs for anti-gay workers 162

    Lillian Ladele, a registrar, said she could not conduct civil partnerships

    10:38 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has confirmed that it will not seek 'reasonable adjustments' to be made for religious workers who refuse to serve gay people, to the dismay of Christian rights groups.

  • Ugandan asylum seeker wins reprieve 17

    Supporters of Robert Segwanyi said he would be persecuted if sent home to Uganda

    10:00 AM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who says he will face homophobic persecution if returned home has been permitted to make a fresh appeal. Robert Segwanyi, 33, was due to be deported from the UK at 8pm last night.

  • 18th August 2011

    SNP leader denies ‘going mental’ at Labour MP over gay marriage 8

    Alex Salmond denied losing his temper

    4:43 PM — SNP leader Alex Salmond has denied going "absolutely mental" at a Labour MP who asked him to comment on the gay marriage controversy. He and Labour MP Thomas Docherty were visiting a Dunfermline school On Wednesday when Mr Docherty claims he asked the First Minister to make a statement on SNP MP Bill Walker's "despicable" comments on gay marriage.

  • Florida teacher suspended for Facebook anti-gay remarks 69

    Jerry Buell made his remarks on his home computer (Photo: Declan TM)

    3:49 PM — A Florida teacher who wrote on Facebook that he "almost threw up" when New York legalised gay marriage has been suspended. Jerry Buell, a social studies teacher at Mount Dora High School, also wrote that gay marriages were a "cesspool" and a "sin".

  • Gay protests greet Pope’s visit to Spain 31

    The Pope is visiting Spain

    2:36 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Spain held a protest last night to mark the Pope's visit to the country. The Pontiff is in Spain for a four-day visit but critics complain that the country cannot afford the cost of the trip. Estimates suggest the total cost could reach 100 million euros.

  • Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill nominated for charity award 42

    Ben Summerskill has been nominated for a charity award

    1:44 PM — The chief executive of Stonewall, Ben Summerskill, has been nominated as Britain’s ‘Most Admired Charity Chief Executive'. Mr Summerskill is one of six charity chief executives nominated for the Third Sector award.

  • MP and Ugandan bishop speak out for gay asylum seeker 19

    A previous protest against Uganda anti-gay laws (Photo: Brett Lock)

    11:52 AM — A Liberal Democrat MP and a Ugandan bishop are calling for a gay asylum seeker to be given the right to stay in the UK. Mike Hancock, the MP for Portsmouth South, and Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo say that 33-year-old Robert Segwanyi will face harassment and possibly violence if he is sent home.

  • Video: Christine O’Donnell walks out of ‘Piers Morgan’ over gay marriage question 64

    Christine O'Donnell said questions about gay rights were 'irrelevant'

    10:54 AM — Tea Party favourite Christine O'Donnell walked off Piers Morgans' chat show after he asked her about gay marriage. She was on the show yesterday to discuss her new book Troublemaker, which mentions her anti-gay views.

  • Keighley man jailed for horrific attack on lesbian couple 57

    Adrian Feather was jailed for the attack

    10:09 AM — A 22-year-old man from Keighley, West Yorkshire, has been jailed for six and a half years for a vicious attack on a lesbian couple. Adrian Feather was said to have borne a grudge against Verona Benson and Tracey Williams after an incident in a pub.

  • 17th August 2011

    American Idol producer rejects Adam Levine’s call for more openly gay contestants 21

    Nigel Lythgoe on the set of So You Think You Can Dance?

    11:03 PM — Yesterday, in an interview for Out magazine, Adam Levine, a judge on NBC's The Voice, called for the producers of American Idol to find more gay contestants. Today, the American Idol's producer rejected the calls saying that sexuality doesn't have anything to do with singing.

  • Woman accused of anti-gay attack showed jurors gay pride tattoo 17

    The defendant showed jurors a rainbow tattoo (Photo: Kevin Wong)

    5:34 PM — A woman accused of a homophobic attack showed jurors a picture of a rainbow tattoo on her bottom to prove she is not anti-gay. Lauren Proverbs, 21, of Borehamwood, was found not guilty of actual bodily harm over an incident in a takeaway in January.

  • Bishop Gene Robinson: God celebrates gay people 74

    Gene Robinson is to retire in two years (Photo: BProud Photography, Philadelphia)

    4:46 PM — Laurence Watts travels to New England, USA, to talk faith, service and retirement with the openly gay Right Reverend Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire. "After my election but before my consecration I was getting calls to step down from archbishops around the world. People I’d never met were calling me. I took that to God and said: "If I’ve done enough and I’m to back off, let me know,! but I never got anything from God other than, 'Come forward and I will be with you'."

  • Manchester Pride’s festival director steps down 4

    Manchester Pride parade takes place next weekend

    2:38 PM — The director of Manchester Pride, Jackie Crozier, has announced she will leave her role. Ms Crozier announced today she would step down after six years with the event, although she will leave once a replacement has been found.

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