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  • 24th January 2012

    Washington Senate has votes for marriage equality 10

    The state legislature now has enough supporters to pass a bill (Photo: Wikimedia/Cacophony)

    10:55 AM — State senator Mary Margaret Haugen became the crucial 25th supporter of proposed legislation, saying "none of us holds a monopoly on what it means to be an American".

  • 23rd January 2012

    Jane Lynch to get ‘authentic gay life’ honour 5

    Jane Lynch plays Sue Sylvester in Glee

    1:40 PM — Gay actress Jane Lynch is to be honoured by the National Center for Lesbian Rights for "blazing a path not just for the artists who follow in her footsteps, but for young people everywhere who look up to her."

  • 20th January 2012

    Virginia gay adoption battle kicks off 1

    The General Assembly will decide on legislation stopping discrimination based on sexual orientation

    5:35 PM — At the General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia, a battle is heating up over whether adoption agencies should be allowed to discriminate against prospective parents based on their sexual orientation.

  • Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrisson in Prop 8 play 4

    (Photo: Flickr user Greginhollywood)

    4:56 PM — Glee stars Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison are the latest stars to sign up to the one-night-only LA production of Dustin Lance Black's play about the Proposition 8 ballot.

  • US study: ‘Sexual minority stress’ risk for older gays 6

    Some men were affected by losing peers to AIds

    11:47 AM — A US study says sexual minority stress, along with aging-related stress, endangers the mental health of middle-aged and older gay men. Sexual minority stress was defined as a combination of men feeling the need to hide their sexuality or concern that others avoided them because of it.

  • Microsoft: Equal marriage is good for business 15

    Microsoft is based in Washington state (Photo: Robert Scoble)

    10:25 AM — Software behemoth Microsoft has put its weight behind Washington state's proposed equal marriage laws. The corporation, which has its headquarters in the Washington city of Redmond, also backed the state's successful 2009 legislation to give gay couple's domestic partnerships the same rights as marriages.

  • 30 Rock ribs Tracy Morgan for gay jokes 12

    Morgan has been an active comedian since the 1980s (Photo: Alex Erde)

    9:50 AM — Hit US series 30 Rock has mocked cast-member Tracy Morgan for his ill-received gay jokes last summer. In the show, Morgan's character mistakenly apologises to Glad, a Californian bin bag company, rather than GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

  • 19th January 2012

    Video: Beginners, Gaga and Glee in GLAAD nominations

    GLAAD

    4:21 PM — The nominees for the 23rd annual GLAAD awards have been announced. The awards are designed to honour the media for positive portrayals of LGBT people and issues.

  • Study doubts Santorum view that lesbian parents “rob children” 26

    Rick Santorum (phot: Flikr user gageSkidmore)

    3:01 PM — A new study provides a counter-argument to Rick Santorum, who suggested that children of lesbian parents were "worse off than children with a father in prison."

  • Gay marriage rifts appear in several US states 11

    Debates over same-sex marriage are heating up in New Jersey, North Carolina and Minnesota

    2:32 PM — Politicians and campaigners in Minnesota, New Jersey and North Carolina on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are gearing up for battle ahead of legislative sessions later this month.

  • Seventy mayors to press Obama on gay marriage 19

    Both sides are gearing up for the ongoing debate on marriage equality

    11:03 AM — A number of large-city mayors in the US have formed a coalition with the hope to achieve same-sex marriage equality.

  • 18th January 2012

    Cuba may legalise same-sex civil unions this year 21

    Civil unions are "on the agenda" this year.

    3:16 PM — Cuba’s first daughter, Mariela Castro, said the country’s lawmakers will consider legalising same-sex civil unions this year.

  • Amsterdam’s chief rabbi suspended over gay cure declaration 129

    Amsterdam is a famously liberal city (Photo: Flickr user Moyan Brenn)

    3:02 PM — Aryeh Ralbag, the chief rabbi of Amsterdam, has been suspended from his today after he signed a document alleging homosexuality could be “modified and healed".

  • LA to require condoms at porn shoots 89

    Gay and straight performers will need to wear condoms in LA

    1:20 PM — The Los Angeles City Council voted yesterday to introduce a rule that condoms must be worn during pornographic video shoots in the city. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest AIDS organisation in the world, had been fighting a battle in Los Angeles for the new regulation.

  • University records 5% gay applicants 3

    Elmhurst is a liberal arts college (Photo: Flickr user Discover DuPage)

    12:23 PM — A university in the US state of Illinois has said 5% of student hopefuls voluntarily noted they were gay, bi or trans on admission forms. Elmhurst College, based outside Chicago was the first university in the country to ask prospective students the question.

  • US bishops: Protect straight couples’ sacrifices with marriage 85

    The Archbishop of Seattle is opposed (Photo: Flickr user dherra_96)

    10:44 AM — Four Catholic bishops have said Washington state's "special" marriage laws should remain unchanged to protect the "unique sacrifices" of straight couples who have children.

  • 17th January 2012

    Video: Gay documentary plea goes viral 11

    Second Class Citizens

    4:36 PM — A video of key moments in the US' gay rights movement has become a viral hit. The montage of clips is a plea by film-maker Ryan James Yezak for funding to make a documentary on discrimination in America.

  • US comedian Todd Glass comes out 10

    Glass' decision was prompted by the recent swathe of teen suicides (Photo: Youtube/toddglasscomedy)

    11:38 AM — US comedian Todd Glass has come out, after 25 years in the business. The comedian talked about being told of other people's supposed homosexuality when people thought he was straight.

  • US teen ‘killed himself weeks after It Gets Better video’ 15

    EricJames Borges died earlier this month (Photo: Youtube)

    10:13 AM — A Trevor Project teen volunteer has reportedly committed suicide weeks after filming an It Gets Better video. Just a month after participating in the video project, the teenager was reported to have committed suicide, shocking close friends and supporters.

  • 16th January 2012

    US cross-dressing sitcom cancelled after two espiodes 5

    The network's entertainment president said he "didn't get" the complaints

    3:47 PM — US television network ABC has axed its new sitcom 'Work It', about a pair of cross-dressing men looking for work, after only two episodes, but its entertainment president said it could be compared with Tootsie.

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