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  • 4th July 2011

    WikiLeaks soldier Bradley Manning ‘bullied for being gay’ 13

    Bradley Manning apparently said he was bullied for being gay

    2:58 PM — It has been claimed that alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning was mocked and assaulted for being gay while in the US Army.

  • 1st July 2011

    US pilot says sorry for anti-gay rant 18

    James Fritzen Taylor said cabin crew were gay, old, fat and ugly

    3:07 PM — A US pilot has apologised after a mid-flight homophobic rant was accidentally broadcast to air traffic control. James Fritzen Taylor, who works for Southwest Airlines, was flying between Austin and San Diego in March when it is believed a button for the cockpit microphone was hit by mistake.

  • Woman, 74, charged with assault for kissing anti-gay preacher 45

    Joan Parker claimed the preacher had been screaming that gays will go to hell

    2:20 PM — A 74-year-old gay rights supporter has been charged with assault for kissing an anti-gay preacher during a pride event in North Carolina. Joan Parker, who attended last Saturday's event with her husband, says she kissed the preacher on the cheek while he screamed that gay people would go to hell.

  • Seattle man says ‘God told him’ to rape and stab lesbian couple

    Isaiah Kalebu claimed God told him to kill the women

    10:18 AM — A man in Seattle, US, has admitted the rape and stabbing of a lesbian couple, claiming that "God told" him to do it. Isaiah Kalebu, 25, is accused of breaking into the couple's home in July 2009 and and torturing and raping them repeatedly before stabbing them.

  • 30th June 2011

    Rhode Island governor set to sign controversial civil unions bill 13

    Governor Lincoln Chafee has been urged by gay activists not to sign the bill

    10:16 AM — Rhode Island's Senate has approved a civil unions bill for gay couples and state governor Lincoln Chafee is set to sign it. The bill was approved last night by 21-16, after it was voted out of committee stage.

  • Obama still won’t endorse gay marriage 38

    President Obama said his views are 'evolving'

    9:49 AM — President Obama has said that New York's move to legalise gay marriage is a "good thing" but still won't endorse the right of gay couples to wed. Yesterday, he held a news conference and a reception for gay rights campaigners. At both events, he refused to give his personal view on the issue.

  • 29th June 2011

    Gay campaigners oppose Rhode Island civil unions bill 7

    Gay activists want the civil unions bill to be vetoed

    3:20 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Rhode Island are urging the state's governor to veto a civil unions bill because they say it contains “dangerous” and “discriminatory” language. The bill is expected to be passed by the Senate this week but campaigners are deeply concerned about some of the religious provisions within it.

  • US presidential hopeful Rick Santorum hits out at gay marriage 52

    Rick Santorum has form for anti-gay views (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

    2:12 PM — Repblican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum used an appearance in Iowa on Monday night to rail against gay marriage. The politician, who has a track record of anti-gay remarks, said at the Lyon County Republican dinner that gay rights campaigners were deliberately trying to undermine religion.

  • New Jersey gay couples sue for the right to marry 33

    Gay couples in NJ will sue for the right to wed

    12:21 PM — Seven gay couples in the US state of New Jersey are to sue for the right to marry. The couples, along with some of their children, say they will file a suit in the state Supreme Court today to demand that their partnerships are recognised as marriages rather than civil unions.

  • 28th June 2011

    New York governor Andrew Cuomo tipped for 2016 presidential run 7

    Andrew Cuomo kept his promise on gay marriage

    2:47 PM — New York governor Andrew Cuomo's gay marriage victory may give him a boost for the 2016 presidential election. Five years is a long time in politics and Mr Cuomo has refused to publicly discuss his intentions, calling suggestions of a presidential run "silly".

  • Anna Paquin: ‘We should talk about bisexual prejudice’ 77

    Anna Paquin says prejudice against bisexuals should be discussed

    1:47 PM — True Blood star Anna Paquin says there is a lot of prejudice against bisexual people. The 28-year-old actress, who is married to her co-star Stephen Moyer, came out as bisexual last April when she filmed an advert for an LGBT charity.

  • Brazil judge approves gay marriage 11

    A gay couple in Brazil are now considered married

    11:30 AM — A judge in Brazil has approved the country's first gay marriage. The country legalised civil unions in May but stopped short of granting same-sex couples the right to marry.

  • 27th June 2011

    Perez Hilton: Gay men were embarrassed by me but I’ve changed 39

    Perez Hilton says he's changed (Photo: MichaelTuckerPhotography.com)

    3:54 PM — Exclusive interview: Like him or loathe him, it’s hard to deny that Perez Hilton is anything less than a media phenomenon. Though highly controversial in the past, he’s been better behaved of late. Laurence Watts caught up with the world’s most famous blogger to find out more.

  • Hundreds of thousands celebrate gay marriage at New York Pride 3

    This year's New York Pride had special meaning for participants

    11:57 AM — Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in New York on Sunday for the city's annual Pride festival. The celebrations were held just two days after the state legalised gay marriage.

  • New Jersey governor says he won’t sign gay marriage bill 67

    The governor of New Jersey said he would not back gay marriage

    10:45 AM — The governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, has said he won't follow New York in legalising gay marriage. Mr Christie, a Republican, said he was "not a fan" of allowing gay couples to marry and would be pursuing civil unions instead.

  • 25th June 2011

    Governor Andrew Cuomo: Gay marriage equality makes New York a ‘beacon for social justice’ 88

    Andrew Cuomo toured New York state to call for gay marriage equality

    3:30 PM — After signing the long awaited legislation to allow gay marriage in New York state into law, Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed reporters and said that New York has regained its reputation as a "beacon for social justice."

  • New York state approves gay marriage law 113

    New York legalised gay marriage

    9:13 AM — Late on Friday evening, New York became the sixth US state to legalise gay marriage. After days of negotiation over protections for religious groups, senators voted 33-29 to pass the bill.

  • 24th June 2011

    Women’s gaydar ‘better during ovulation’ 22

    Ovulating women have better gaydar, the study claimed

    4:27 PM — A small-scale study suggests that women's ability to tell whether men are gay improves during the most fertile phase of their menstrual cycle. According to researchers at the University of Toronto, women who are ovulating are better at deciding which men are gay than women who are not.

  • US pilot escapes sacking over homophobic rant 25

    The pilot was heard making offensive remarks about cabin crew (Photo: Aaron Escobar)

    3:14 PM — A pilot for Southwest Airlines was briefly suspended, then reinstated, over an anti-gay rant accidentally broadcast to air traffic control. He was heard complaining about "f**king homosexuals" and calling other staff members old, overweight and ugly.

  • Anti-gay singer Buju Banton jailed for drug offences 52

    Buju Banton was jailed for ten years (Photo: Wili Hybrid)

    2:07 PM — Homophobic reggae singer Buju Banton has been sentenced to ten years in jail for drug offences. The Jamaican star, real name Mark Myrie, was found guilty in February after a previous mistrial.

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