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August 2011

  • 17th August 2011

    Gay rights group sues Missouri school district over website blocks 7

    The ACLU is challenging school districts which block gay websites

    1:53 PM — A school district in Missouri, US, is being sued by a gay rights group for restricting access to informative gay websites. Camdenton R-III School District is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union, which says that the district has ignored warnings that its actions are unconstitutional.

  • Ugandan lesbian campaigner denied entry to UK 42

    Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been denied a UK visa

    1:17 PM — A Ugandan LGBT rights campaigner has been denied entry to the UK to speak at a Northern Ireland Pride festival. Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, who faces death threats for speaking out for LGBT rights in her home country, was invited to open the Foyle Pride Festival in Derry next week.

  • Leeds campaigners want official city gay quarter 6

    Leeds campaigners want recognition for the gay venues

    11:10 AM — Gay rights activists in Leeds hope to persuade the city council to officially recognise the gay village. They want recognition and business schemes for Lower Briggate, Bridge End and The Calls, which have a number of gay venues.

  • Watch: Lady Gaga debuts new video ‘You and I’ 8

    'You and I' is about being away from the one you love, Gaga says.

    10:45 AM — Lady Gaga has debuted the video for her new song 'You and I'. In typical Gaga fashion, the clip includes outlandish fashion, blood, sex and semi-nudity. Gaga is also seen as a mermaid and as her male alter-ego.

  • 16th August 2011

    Comedian Adam Carolla ‘sorry for causing offence’ over anti-LGBT rant 26

    Adam Carolla said he was a comedian, not a politician (Photo: Oddbooks)

    4:53 PM — US comedian Adam Carolla has offered a half-apology for making homophobic and transphobic remarks. The star was condemned by gay rights groups for last week's episode of The Adam Carolla Show, in which he hit out at gays and transgender people.

  • 1,000 gay marriages in Mexico City 5

    Mexico City legalised gay marriage last year.

    3:53 PM — Mexico City's civil registry has announced that 1,000 same-sex marriages have been registered since marriage equality came into law last year.

  • Androgynous supermodel Andrej Pejic says his gender doesn’t matter 75

    Andrej Pejic is considered the 'prettiest boy in the world'

    3:22 PM — Andrej Pejic, the Bosnian-born supermodel often mistaken for a woman, says he doesn't mind whether people think he's male or female. The 19-year-old, who has been dressing in skirts since he was a child, has appeared on catwalks around the world.

  • Supporters launch petition for Ugandan asylum seeker 12

    Uganda is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for LGBT people

    2:26 PM — Supporters of a Ugandan asylum seeker have launched a petition to call for him to be allowed to remain in the UK. Those who have met 33-year-old Robert Segwanyi say he is "obviously gay", despite a judge's ruling that there is no evidence of this.

  • EastEnders’ Pam St Clement to write ‘tell all’ book 5

    Pam St Clement is to write her autobiography

    1:56 PM — EastEnders actress Pam St Clement is reportedly planning to write a book about her quarter of a century with the soap. The bisexual star, who plays Pat Evans, announced last month she will soon leave the programme.

  • More details emerge in gay suicide case

    Tyler Clementi jumped to his death last September

    1:15 PM — More details have emerged in the case of a US student who killed himself after his roommate allegedly filmed him having sex with a man. Tyler Clementi, 18, a student at Rutgers University in New Jersey, jumped from the George Washington Bridge last September.

  • Australian anti-gay marriage rally held as poll finds Christians support equality 109

    A rally held today heard that gay marriage is "selfish"

    11:08 AM — Gay marriage opponents held a rally in Canberra today to condemn marriage equality. The 'National Day for Marriage' rally, organised by the Australian Christian Lobby, heard from a number of speakers, including MPs, who claimed that gay marriage is "selfish", will "destroy marriage" and could give rights to paedophiles.

  • Gay birds have lifelong relationships 620

    Zebra finches can form strong same-sex relationships (Photo: Keith Gerstung)

    10:38 AM — A study has found that zebra finches can form lifelong same-sex relationships. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, chose the species to study because zebra finches are known for forming permanent monogamous relationships.

  • 15th August 2011

    Kieron Richardson: ‘Other gay actors warned me not to come out’ 35

    Kieron Richardson says he's getting involved in gay rights causes

    5:55 PM — Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson has revealed that before he came out last year, other actors warned him that it could stop him from getting roles.

  • Alexandra Burke: ‘Gay rights are so important to me’ 51

    Alexandra Burke performed at Brighton Pride

    5:04 PM — X Factor winner Alexandra Burke has revealed her strong support for gay rights. The singer, who performed at Brighton Pride on Saturday, said that her best friends are gay and that she "absolutely" supports calls for marriage equality.

  • Equality commission seeks views on gay vs religious rights cases 121

    The EHRC is holding a consultation

    4:25 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission is holding a brief consultation on how it should advise in four religious rights cases due to come before the European Court of Human Rights.

  • Amnesty: Cameroon must release men on gay sex charges 10

    Amnesty has called on Cameroon to release the men

    3:37 PM — Amnesty International has called for Cameroonian officials to immediately release two young men charged with homosexuality offences. The pair, a 19-year-old known only as Jonas, and a 20-year-old known only as Francky - were arrested on July 25th in a car outside a night club in the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé.

  • Video: Michele Bachmann still won’t talk about gay rights 54

    Michele Bachmann won't talk about gay rights

    2:52 PM — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has been challenged again on her controversial anti-gay views - but still refuses to discuss them. Appearing on NBC's Meet The Press, she would only tell host David Gregory "I don't judge them" when asked to make her views clear.

  • Anti-gay Republican ‘arranged gay sex with teenager’ 78

    Phillip Hinkle has opposed gay marriage.

    2:18 PM — An Indianapolis politician who has voted against gay marriage allegedly arranged a gay sex session with a teenager and tried to bribe him not to tell anyone. Republican Phillip Hinkle, 64, reportedly responded to a Craigslist ad looking for a "sugga daddy".

  • SNP politician retreats over gay ‘Nazi’ slur 22

    Bill Walker withdrew his remark about Nazis

    10:54 AM — A Scottish Nationalist Party MP has withdrawn a slur he made comparing gay rights campaigners to Nazis. Bill Walker said an anti-homophobia logo was "threatening" and reminded him of the Nazis.

  • Trans woman and gay man wed in Cuba 30

    The wedding is a first for Cuba

    10:07 AM — A transgender woman and a gay man have married in Cuba. Wendy Iriepa, 37, and Ignacio Estrada, 31, said their marriage is a significant step forward for LGBT rights in the country.

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