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September 2011

  • 14th September 2011

    PayPal won’t announce action against ‘gay hatred’ groups 47

    PayPal says it has to respect religious freedom

    3:47 PM — PayPal has responded to calls for it to cancel the accounts of faith groups accused of promoting hate against gay people. The e-payments service said it could not comment on individual accounts and has to take "freedom of religion" into account.

  • Transgender girl, 10, tells of classmates’ reactions 33

    Photo: Barockschloss (posed by model)

    2:12 PM — A ten-year-old transgender girl who is bullied by adults, rather than children, has spoken of her excitement at returning to school as a female.

  • John Barrowman criticises church over gay marriage attacks 68

    John Barrowman said church groups were hypocritical

    1:09 PM — John Barrowman says he's horrified at the Scottish Catholic Church's comments on gay marriage proposals. The Glasgow-born actor, who is in a civil partnership, accused church leaders of "evil", hypocrisy and potentially ruining people's lives.

  • Clint Eastwood against gay marriage bans 20

    Clint Eastwood spoke about his libertarian views

    11:36 AM — Clint Eastwood has criticised bans on gay marriage. In typically gruff style, the actor told GQ that everyone should have the change to lead they life they want.

  • In photos: Launch of Kaleidoscope at Speaker’s House 1

    11:11 AM — A selection of images from the launch of Kaleidoscope, the new trust to support legislative and cultural changes in attitudes to homosexuality abroad.

  • Speaker launches gay rights group Kaleidoscope 39

    Bisi Alimi said Kaleidoscope would ask gay Africans what help they need

    10:50 AM — New gay rights group Kaleidoscope has been launched by its honorary president Speaker John Bercow. A reception was held in parliament last night to celebrate the new non-profit organisation, which seeks to help LGBT people and rights movements around the world.

  • 13th September 2011

    New York clerk refuses to sign gay marriage licences 141

    The clerk has refused to issue gay marriage licences

    5:00 PM — A town clerk in New York may be forced to resign over her refusal to sign marriage licences for gay couples. Rose Marie Belforti, the town clerk for Ledyard, suggested that the new gay marriage law could lead to people marrying animals.

  • Gay Iranians come out on Facebook 24

    Homosexuality is illegal in Iran

    4:27 PM — A Facebook group has been set up for gay Iranians to come out and discuss their personal stories. Iran has the death penalty for homosexuality and there is no gay rights movement operating openly within the country.

  • PayPal asked to block accounts of ‘gay hate’ groups 38

    PayPal has been asked to ban groups accused of promoting homophobia

    3:11 PM — PayPal has been asked to cancel the accounts of religious groups accused of supporting anti-gay legislation. Campaign group AllOut says that as the e-payments site quickly banned white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan, it should also cancel the accounts of groups such as Abiding Truth Ministries.

  • Gay Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson joins Gaydio 3

    Kieron Richardson plays Ste Hays in Hollyoaks

    2:33 PM — Hollyoaks actor Kieron Richardson has been given a weekly show at gay radio station Gaydio. The star, who came out as gay last year, will host a two-hour Sunday show at 4pm with fellow cast member Bronagh Waugh.

  • Jane Lynch: ‘I can’t tell anyone else how to come out as gay’ 9

    Jane Lynch plays Sue Sylvester in Glee

    1:58 PM — Glee star Jane says she would never give anyone advice on how to come out as gay. The actress, 51, appears on the cover of this month's Advocate magazine and is one of Hollywood's most high-profile LGBT people.

  • Episcopal bishop who ordained gay man dies aged 87 6

    Walter C Righter was accused of heresy for ordaining a gay man

    1:21 PM — A retired US Episcopal bishop who was accused of heresy for ordaining a gay man has died aged 87. Walter C Righter was an assistant bishop in Newark, New Jersey, in 1990 when he ordained Barry Stopfel, who he knew was gay and not celibate, as a deacon.

  • Lib Dems urge Scottish government not to give in to gay marriage threats 21

    Willie Rennie said the government should do what is "right and fair"

    12:07 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the government not to be swayed by Catholic threats over gay marriage. While the SNP government says it is inclined to back marriage equality, Catholic leaders say it will lose the support of 800,000 Catholics if it presses ahead with the proposals.

  • Section 28 backer Brian Souter accuses Google of censoring his website 69

    Brian Souter accused Google of censoring free speech

    10:58 AM — Scottish entrepreneur Brian Souter, who gave £1 million to the campaign to keep Section 28, has accused Google of blocking his personal website. The Stagecoach founder accused the search engine of censoring free speech and said his website, briansouter.com, had "mysteriously disappeared" from Google's top results for his name.

  • North Carolina House approves referendum on gay marriage ban 10

    North Carolina is seeking to ban gay marriage

    10:33 AM — North Carolina's House of Representatives have approved a measure for a voter referendum on a gay marriage ban. Although the US state does not currently recognise gay marriage, Republicans are seeking a constitutional ban on the practice, which would prevent courts from ruling for marriage equality.

  • 12th September 2011

    Mother of transgender girl says adults, not children, taunt her 56

    The school's headteacher has been supportive, the mother said

    5:32 PM — The mother of a ten-year-old transgender girl in Worcester has told how adults, rather than children, taunt and harass her daughter. The 36-year-old woman, who has not been named to protect her daughter's identity, said that while the girl's classmates had largely accepted her, other parents and adults had not.

  • Harvard University hires ‘gay student life’ director 2

    Harvard has hired a director of LGBT student life (Photo: Chensiyuan)

    5:04 PM — Harvard University has appointed a director of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life. Lisa 'Lee' Forest, who is currently the head of the GLTB and Allies Pride Center at Bridgewater State University in Massechusetts, will take up the post in November.

  • MTV Networks closes 365gay.com 5

    365gay.com is to close on September 30th

    4:36 PM — Gay news website 365gay.com is to be shut down by Viacom's MTV Networks division. Editor in chief Jennifer Vanasco said MTV Networks “has shifted its online strategy".

  • LGBT foster parents condemned for ‘dressing boy in girl’s clothes’ 41

    The couple were accused of 'humiliating' the boy

    3:42 PM — A couple in Australia have been condemned for allegedly dressing their six-year-old foster son in girl's clothes and putting a photo on Facebook.

  • Gay senator David Norris ‘could re-enter race for Irish presidency’ 46

    David Norris will reportedly re-enter the race

    3:04 PM — Openly gay independent senator David Norris could re-enter the race for the Irish presidency, it has been reported. The Sunday Independent reported that he is considering whether to stand again, following a "consistent outpouring of public support".

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