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  • 22nd September 2011

    Margaret Cho: ‘I’d f*** Michele Bachmann and Christine O’Donnell’ 8

    Margaret Cho says she doesn't like labels

    4:04 PM — She’s the Queen of stand-up. She’s twice been nominated for a Grammy. She wore a tasselled rainbow flag dress on Dancing With The Stars and has been one of the gay community’s most vocal allies. On The Cho Show she introduced America to anal bleaching. She’s a Drop Dead Diva with, according to one of her songs, a p**s that has won 15 Tonys. Laurence Watts caught up with comedienne Margaret Cho.

  • Lady Gaga says she will meet Barack Obama over anti-gay bullying 37

    Lady Gaga said she would meet the president

    9:46 AM — Lady Gaga says she plans to meet President Obama to discuss homophobic bullying after one of her young fans killed himself. Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, from Buffalo, New York, killed himself om Sunday after posting an online tribute to the singer.

  • 21st September 2011

    Video: Foo Fighters play ‘gay love song’ to God Hates Fags church 26

    The Foo Fighters teased anti-gay protesters

    2:34 PM — The Foo Fighters found an unusual way to hit back at anti-gay protesters picketing their gig at the weekend - by performing a 'gay love song' for them.

  • Marines begin recruitment drive at gay community centre 8

    Marines began targeting LGB people for recruitment yesterday

    2:12 PM — Marine recruiters pitched up at an Oklahoma gay community centre to find openly lesbian, gay or bisexual recruits. The 18-year-old law banning openly gay troops was finally repealed yesterday and Marine recruiters set up a stall at the Dennis R Neill Equality Center in Tulsa.

  • 20th September 2011

    Video: US airman comes out to his father live on YouTube 48

    The airman who uses the username AreYouSurprised broadcast the video on YouTube

    11:02 PM — On the day that President Obama finally ended the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ban on openly gay people serving in the US military, a young airman came out to his father via the telephone and broadcast a webcam recording of the event on YouTube.

  • Obama praises end of military gay ban 15

    President Obama welcomed the repeal

    5:39 PM — President Obama has hailed the end of the ban on openly gay troops. The 1993 law was repealed today and the president said: "As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love."

  • Poll: Young people see online anti-gay or racist slurs as ‘just joking’ 35

    Young people were likely to find slurs inoffensive when used by online friends

    2:33 PM — A poll suggests that most US young people are not offended by online anti-gay, racist or sexist slurs. According to an Associated Press-MTV survey, most young people think it's just 'joking around' when their friends use words like 'fag' or 'slut'.

  • US military gay ban ends today 23

    Gay and lesbian troops can now be open about themselves

    10:10 AM — The ban on openly gay and lesbian US troops ends today after nearly two decades. The law, known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military if they kept their sexual orientation a secret.

  • 19th September 2011

    Madonna flash mob greets anti-gay Republican Michele Bachmann 28

    Michele Bachmann has brushed away questions about her views

    5:44 PM — Gay rights campaigners staged a Madonna-themed flash mob to greet Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Friday. The anti-gay politician was in California for the state Republican convention.

  • Evan Rachel Wood admits she was ‘terrified’ of first female relationship 12

    Evan Rachel Wood is bisexual (Photo: David Shankbone)

    2:32 PM — True Blood actress Evan Rachel Wood has spoken candidly about being bisexual. The star, who plays lesbian vampire Sophie-Anne Leclerq on the show, told Marie Claire: "That's a big part of who I am, and it always has been for as long as I can remember."

  • 16th September 2011

    Woman ‘too disgusted by gays to leave the house’ 285

    Stacy Trasancos says she is upset at encountering gay people in her daily life

    6:15 PM — A Catholic woman from Massachusetts says she is so disgusted by gay people that she fears leaving her house. Stacy Trasancos, a stay-at-home mother of seven children, detailed her extreme homophobia on her blog, acceptingabundance.com.

  • Archie Comics’ first gay character Kevin Keller to wed 7

    Kevin Keller has been a popular character

    3:29 PM — The first gay character in Archie Comics, Kevin Keller, will get married in an upcoming issue. In the storyline, in Life With Archie #16, Kevin returns to Riverside as an adult after serving in the Army.

  • US gay rights campaigner Arthur Evans dies 6

    Arthur Evans was inspired by the Stonewall uprising

    2:06 PM — Arthur Evans, the American gay rights campaigner, has died at the age of 68. He was found dead of a heart attack at his home in San Francisco on Sunday, having being diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm last year.

  • Gay troops prepare for end of military ban 25

    The ban will end on September 20th

    11:24 AM — The ban on openly gay US troops will come to an end on Tuesday, 18 years after it was signed into law. Despite some attempts to derail the repeal, the process is on track.

  • 15th September 2011

    Interview: Don Lemon, CNN’s openly gay anchorman 6

    Don Lemon says he was already out to family, friends and colleagues

    3:19 PM — Don Lemon is an Edward R Murrow Award-winning reporter and news anchor for CNN. As the weekend face of CNN Newsroom he can be seen each week in more than 100m US households. He publicly came out in his recent book, Transparent. Laurence Watts caught up with him to find out more.

  • US authors say publisher told them to ‘straighten’ gay character 28

    The pair said an agent asked them to make a gay character straight

    1:36 PM — Two authors who wrote a young adults' post-apocalyptic novel say a publisher offered them a deal on the basis that they turn 'straighten' a gay character.

  • Maryland teenager jailed for five years over attack on transgender woman 40

    Trans activists held a protest after the attack

    1:11 PM — A teenage girl from Baltimore, Maryland, has been sentenced to five years in jail for attacking a transgender woman in a McDonalds' restaurant.

  • 14th September 2011

    Mother of gay suicide teenager pressures Michele Bachmann 26

    Michele Bachmann has refused to condemn homophobic bullying

    5:09 PM — The mother of a gay teenager who killed himself is pressuring Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to speak about the issue. Justin Aaberg, 15, who went to school in Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District, hanged himself in 2010 after suffering anti-gay bullying.

  • Clint Eastwood against gay marriage bans 20

    Clint Eastwood spoke about his libertarian views

    11:36 AM — Clint Eastwood has criticised bans on gay marriage. In typically gruff style, the actor told GQ that everyone should have the change to lead they life they want.

  • 13th September 2011

    New York clerk refuses to sign gay marriage licences 141

    The clerk has refused to issue gay marriage licences

    5:00 PM — A town clerk in New York may be forced to resign over her refusal to sign marriage licences for gay couples. Rose Marie Belforti, the town clerk for Ledyard, suggested that the new gay marriage law could lead to people marrying animals.

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