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  • 23rd August 2008

    No hope for Hillary Clinton – Obama picks Joe Biden as running mate 5

    Senator Joe Biden

    7:31 PM — Ending weeks of speculation as to who would join Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama on the November ticket, the Obama campaign announced on Friday that Delaware Senator Joe Biden would be the vice presidential nominee.

  • 15th July 2008

    Tom Cruise adverts appear on gay blog

    Queerty is a New York-based blog

    3:50 PM — File this one under oops… maybe. After years of telling the world he’s not gay, an ad for Tom Cruise’s official website is going after the gay community for business.

  • 7th July 2008

    American gay rights opponent Jesse Helms dies 2

    Helms had been plagued by health problems in later years

    10:57 AM — Former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, often portrayed as a racist and a sexist in the media, died this morning on the Fourth of July. He was 86.

  • 1st July 2008

    Retired general questions McCain’s military experience 3

    McCain spent pent five years as a prisoner of war

    10:51 AM — John McCain’s campaign has said it is "outraged" by remarks from retired General Wesley Clark that the Republican Presidential hopeful lacks command experience.

  • 27th June 2008

    You will go to hell, preacher tells “gay” CNN presenter 22

    Cooper was the subject of a much discussed Out magazine cover

    12:31 PM — Is Anderson Cooper going to hell? Rev. Al Sharpton seems to think so, and while appearing on Anderson Cooper 360 to discuss Rev. James Dobson.

  • 27th May 2008

    Hillary in hot water over assassination comment

    Hillary Clinton is moving quickly to recant comments made last week

    11:02 AM — Facing a firestorm of criticism from the Obama campaign and political pundits right and left, Hillary Clinton is moving quickly to recant comments made last week.

  • 21st May 2008

    Concerned Women of America insult Ellen’s gay wedding 2

    Ellen Degeneres announced she would marry her longtime partner Portia De Rossi

    11:51 AM — In the aftermath of California's historic Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, talk show host Ellen Degeneres announced she would, at long last, marry her longtime partner Portia De Rossi.

  • 8th May 2008

    Former supporter urges Clinton to make way for Obama 4

    Clinton is expected to travel to South Dakota tomorrow

    11:05 AM — On the heels of Tuesday’s narrow win in Indiana and huge loss in North Carolina for the Clinton camp, Senator George McGovern called for the New York Senator to drop out of the race and let Barack Obama secure the nomination.

  • 7th May 2008

    INTERVIEW: The master of homoerotic horror

    The Brotherhood was an acclaimed homoerotic thriller

    4:33 PM — Working for B-movie great Roger Corman in the early 1980s launched director David DeCoteau's career, but in the 57 films he's directed in the 20-some years since, the openly gay director has carved out a niche all his own.

  • 15th December 2006

    Comment: Gay icons behaving badly

    Ditto for Britney Spears, who has never been known for her overwhelming talent

    12:00 AM — It's 4am on a Monday morning in Los Angeles—the majority of the city has long been asleep... a restless few are already turning over in bed to the sound of alarms, harkening the beginning of a new week. And in Burbank, Nicole Richie is heading West on the eastbound side of the 134 freeway, chatting away with one of her socialite friends on her cellphone, traces of pot and Vicodin working their way through her bloodstream.Granted, I'm sure all of us know a gay or two who partied a few too many hours past closing and wound up in the slammer for a DUI, but when even Nicole Richie can't seem to find someone to guide her home in the wee hours of the morning, Hollywood, I fear, is in crisis.

  • 8th December 2006

    Celebs split while gay marriage thrives

    It seems that before Pam Anderson and Kid Rock went their separate ways, they sat down with GQ Magazine for an interview appearing in this month's issue to discuss marriage

    12:00 AM — "Everybody sins. No sin is greater or different than the other. To each his own. If it don't bother Jennifer, then Jennifer don't mind. I don't really even think about it because I don't believe in judging people for what they do."Yes folks, you read it. Unfortunately, a reporter from the Dallas Voice quoted everybody's favourite Dreamgirl Jennifer Hudson (yeah, you heard that Beyonce) saying homosexuality is a sin when he asked the budding starlet where she stood on gay marriage.

  • 23rd June 2006

    Paris and Nicole plan lesbian wedding

    The Simple Life: Till Death Do Us Part airs Sundays at 10pm central on E!

    12:00 AM — It should come as no surprise to fans of television's The Simple Life that sooner or later, the bumbling blonde duo of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie would put their minds to planning a wedding.The fact that it's a lesbian wedding, however, did throw the press for a loop. Hilton and Richie, who filmed the latest season of The Simple Life, billed Till Death Do Us Part, apart (the pair weren't speaking when the show went before cameras) will drop their household chores and compete against each other to plan to perfect commitment ceremony.

  • 14th June 2006

    Mobster who inspired gay Sopranos’ star is jailed 2

    Gannascoli did the gay press circuit leading up to this season's killing, and told the press he felt the writers of the show treated his character with the respect he deserved

    12:00 AM — The real-life mobster who ordered a hit on a gay mob boss, and whose story inspired an entire season of suspense surrounding gay mobster Vito Spatafore (Joe Gannascoli) in TV series' The Sopranos, has been sentenced to life in prison.Stefano Vitabile, 71, was sentenced to life in prison for ordering the 1992 slaying of acting DeCavalcante crime boss John (Johnny Boy) D'Amato, who was killed when he was outed by his fellow mobsters, according to New York's Daily News.

  • 6th June 2006

    US President backs gay marriage ban despite waning support 4

    US President George W Bush also used his weekly radio address last weekend  to voice support for a constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage

    12:00 AM — US President George W Bush yesterday called for support of the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage to be debated in the Senate from today.The President, who had been tight lipped in recent months on the issue of same-sex marriage, announced last week he supports an amendment to the constitution, sticking firm to the belief than marriage is between a man and a woman, despite the fact that Vice President Dick Cheney and even the first lady have offered differing opinions.

  • 18th May 2006

    Will & Grace – The end of a gay era 1

    The show that once attracted a slew of gay and lesbian fans to bars across the United States for drink specials and Will  Grace every Thursday night has been dismissed in recent years for failing to allow Will and Jack to evolve into anything more than a gay stereotype

    12:00 AM — Gay America will be filled with mixed emotions tonight as the groundbreaking NBC sitcom Will Grace ends its eight-year run with a two-hour series finale.The show, which has tumbled in the ratings over the past two seasons from its one time top-ten status, has admittedly alienated a number of its gay fans in the past few years, relying on a bevy of A-list guest stars and stunt casting to mask sagging scripts.

  • 29th March 2006

    American TV networks ban pro-gay Church adverts

    The church has spent $1.5m on the campaign

    12:00 AM — Citing policies to refuse controversial or religious advertising, all for major television networks in the United States have refused to air a gay-friendly advertisement for the United Church of Christ.A 30-second commercial for the church showing a gay couple, a single mother and a disabled man flying out of their pews as an unidentified hand pushed a red "ejector" button" will begin airing on cable networks and Spanish-language channels in April.

  • 27th January 2006

    Californian teachers boycott gay and lesbian rights poster

    The teachers say homosexuality violates their religious beliefs

    12:00 AM — Teachers at San Leandro High School, California, have refused to participate in a school district order to display a rainbow-flag poster in their classrooms that reads, "This is a safe place to be who you are."The teachers say homosexuality violates their religious beliefs, the school's principal Amy Furtado said.

  • Jamie Babbit chosen to direct lesbian feature film

    Jamie Babbit has also directed episodes of the TV series Popular

    12:00 AM — The openly gay film director Jamie Babbit has been selected to helm the first feature film for Los Angeles based gay group Power Up, the feminist comedy The Itty Bitty Titty Committee.Ms Babbit, whose projects include But I'm a Cheerleader and the TV series Popular, has rounded up a veritable who's who of stars for the film, which centres on a woman (Melonie Diaz) who finds her purpose in life after she hooks up with a radical underground feminist group.

  • 30th December 2005

    Gay and Transgender prison to close 1

    The unit, was opened in the 1970s in reply to complaints of abusive treatment of gays in the prison system

    12:00 AM — One of the America's few jail facilities specifically for gay or transgender prisoners is closing on Rikers Island, prompting complaints from gay rights activists who say it is still a much-needed safe haven.The unit, which opened on the city's island prison complex in the late 1970s in reply to complaints of abusive treatment of homosexuals in the prison system, stopped accepting new inmates last month.

  • 16th December 2005

    Ford will advertise in gay publications

    Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force said: “I think we're back in gear with Ford”

    12:00 AM — Representatives for the Ford Motor Co. have announced advertisements featuring the company's eight vehicle brands will run in gay publications, responding to complaints from gay rights groups when Jaguar and Land Rover pulled their spots.In a letter addressed to the groups, Ford said not only will it resume buying corporate ads featuring Land Rover and Jaguar, it will begin advertising Ford's other brands in gay-themed publications as well.

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