2nd August 2011
Dolly Parton apologises to lesbian couple after Dollywood banned pro-gay marriage T-shirt 23
1:08 PM — Dolly Parton has apologised to a lesbian couple after one of them was ordered to reverse a t-shirt with a gay slogan when visiting her theme park.
Study to be carried out on gay Mormons 58
12:16 PM — US researchers are carrying out an online survey on the lives and experiences of LGBT Mormons. Renee Galliher, a psychology professor at Utah State University, and Bill Bradshaw, a biology professor at Brigham Young University, say they hope to find out the truth about the gay Mormon experience" and give faith leaders more information.
Coco Chanel was bisexual, new biography claims 15
10:44 AM — A new biography of the fashion designer Coco Chanel claims she was bisexual and took drugs. Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life by Lisa Chaney says the style legend had a number of affairs with men and women, including a relationship with the artist Salvador Dali while he was married.
1st August 2011
California Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case next month 35
4:26 PM — California's highest court is to hear arguments on September 6th around the state's gay marriage ban. The Supreme Court will consider whether gay marriage opponents in the state have the legal standing to challenge a court ruling overturning the 2008 ban, known as Proposition 8.
29th July 2011
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi calls on Michele Bachmann to address anti-gay bullying 129
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
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".
John Barrowman: ‘Torchwood’s Jack isn’t a gay stereotype’ 34
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.
28th July 2011
Texas university gets gender-neutral toilet 22
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
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.
27th July 2011
Student in gay suicide case wants charges dismissed
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
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
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.
US to look again at gay blood donation ban 2
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.
Dolly Parton’s Dollywood bans ‘gay marriage’ t-shirt 34
11:30 AM — A lesbian couple have complained after one of them was ordered to reverse a t-shirt with a gay slogan at country legend Dolly Parton's theme park. Olivier Odom and Jennifer Tipton were told the shirt could offend other visitors.
Michigan court won’t hear lesbian custody case 6
11:06 AM — Michigan's Supreme Court has refused to hear a child custody case involving two lesbians. The court said there was no evidence that a review is necessary in the case of Renee Harmon and her former partner Tammy Davis.
26th July 2011
Justin Timberlake ‘stoked’ at New York gay weddings 27
3:38 PM — Justin Timberlake says he's "stoked" that New York has legalised gay marriage. He said he was "proud New York has the balls to stand up for what's right".
25th July 2011
Anti-gay group files lawsuit against New York gay marriage 28
6:07 PM — An anti-gay group in New York has filed a lawsuit against the city's new marriage laws. The group, called New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, claims the state Senate acted illegally when it voted to approve a gay marriage bill earlier this year.
New York mayor officiates aides’ wedding 17
4:31 PM — Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City, presided over the marriage of two of his aides yesterday. He officiated the wedding ceremony of John Feinblatt, his chief policy advisor, and Jonathan Mintz, the city’s commissioner for consumer affairs, who have been together for 14 years.
US Navy officer censured for anti-gay hazing 9
2:37 PM — A retired US Navy officer has been censured to allowing a junior to be given anti-gay nicknames. Commander Liam Bruen was the leader of the Strike Fighter Squadron 136 at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach when the 2009 incident took place at a meeting to discuss call signs for new officers.
Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty attacks gay marriage again 66
12:48 PM — US Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has hit out at gay marriage again. Mr Pawlenty was speaking on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, the first day of marriage equality in New York.