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  • 27th July 2011

    A third of US workers have health benefits for gay partners 2

    Around a third of US workers can get same-sex partner health benefits

    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

    Alexander Skarsgård plays Eric Northman in True Blood

    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

    The US bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood

    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

    Dolly Parton is a strong supporter of gay rights

    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

    Renee Harmon lost custody of her children (Photo: Christopher Meredith)

    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

    Justin Timberlake supports gay rights (Photo: Caroline Bonarde Ucci)

    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".

  • Interview: Reichen Lehmkuhl on life, love and reality TV 12

    Reichen Lehmkuhl is a former model

    1:51 PM — Since winning The Amazing Race in 2003, Reichen Lehmkuhl has forged a successful career in television and print. Laurence Watts caught up with the US Air Force veteran as he finished filming the second season of The A-List: New York.

  • 25th July 2011

    Anti-gay group files lawsuit against New York gay marriage 28

    An anti-gay group wants to challenge the gay marriage law

    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

    Mr Bloomberg officiated the wedding

    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

    The Navy said Commander Liam Bruen failed to show leadership

    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

    Tim Pawlenty is against marriage equality

    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.

  • Obama signs certification to end military gay ban 33

    President Obama has signed a certification to end the law

    10:40 AM — On Friday, President Obama and two military leaders signed a certification declaring that lifting the ban on openly gay troops will not harm the military. This means that the ban. known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, will officially end in mid-September, allowing gay and lesbian troops to finally be open about their sexual orientation.

  • 24th July 2011

    Gay couples celebrate first gay marriages in New York 49

    The Niagara Falls were lit in rainbow colours (Photo:@NewYorkTheater)

    4:28 PM — Gay couples have begun to marry in ceremonies all over New York state during the first day that same-sex weddings are legal in the state.

  • 22nd July 2011

    New York city extends gay marriage plans 4

    The first weddings will take place on Sunday (Photo: Ludovic Berton)

    3:21 PM — All of the gay couples who applied to wed on the first day gay marriage is legal in New York will be able to do so. The new law comes into power on Sunday and as the city can only cope with so many ceremonies officials ran a lottery to determine who could wed on the day.

  • One in four Massachusetts gay teenagers ‘are homeless’ 34

    One in four of the lesbian and gay teenagers surveyed had no regular home

    2:39 PM — A study of teenagers in the US state of Massachusetts suggests that one in four are homeless. The study, carried out by the Children's Hospital Boston, looked at the sexual orientation and home status of 6,317 teenagers.

  • Video: Gay ‘barbarians’ glitter Marcus Bachmann’s office 15

    Protesters outside a Bachman & Associates clinic

    12:24 PM — Gay rights activists dressed as 'barbarians' glittered one of Marcus Bachmann's counselling clinics after footage emerged of an employee telling a gay man he could become straight.

  • Five students sue Minnesota school district over anti-gay bullying 12

    The five students were bullied relentlessly because they were thought to be gay

    11:22 AM — Five students who say they were victims of homophobic bullying are suing a Minnesota school district over an "epidemic of harassment". They say that the Anoka-Hennepin School District, the state's largest, failed to protect them and that a "gag policy" restricting teachers' ability to discuss gay and lesbian issues made the problem worse.

  • 21st July 2011

    Transgender woman shot dead in Washington DC 14

    Lashai McLean was shot on Wednesday morning

    5:12 PM — A transgender woman was shot dead in Washington DC on Wednesday morning. Police said Lashai McLean, 23, was walking along Dix Street in the north-east area with another transgender person when they exchanged words with two men.

  • 20th July 2011

    Jane Lynch says she knew she was a lesbian at age 12 8

    Jane Lynch as Glee's sociopathic sports coach, Sue Sylvester

    3:50 PM — Glee star Jane Lynch says that although she was 21 when she came out, she knew she was gay from a much earlier age. Speaking to Vogue, the actress said she knew by the age of 12.

  • Vermont wedding venue bars lesbian couple 16

    The inn turned the couple away after realising they were lesbians

    11:47 AM — A lesbian couple from New York City are suing a Vermont inn for refusing to host their wedding party. Kate Baker and Ming Linsley said they were "saddened" and "shocked" when the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville turned them away last autumn after the owners realised they were lesbians.

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