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  • 17th May 2011

    Teenagers charged with hate crimes for beating of Maryland trans woman

    Trans activists campaign outside the McDonald's where the attack happened

    4:54 PM — Two teenage girls have been indicted on hate crime charges over an attack on a trans woman in a Maryland McDonald's restaurant last month. The attack on Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, was filmed by a store employee and posted online.

  • Wisconsin governor wants to stop defending gay domestic partnerships 26

    Wisconsin allows domestic partnerships

    3:37 PM — The governor of Wisconsin has said he wants to stop defending the state's domestic partnership registry for gay couples. Scott Walker, a Republican, told a judge he believes the law is unconstitutional because it mimics marriage.

  • Poll says most Minnesota voters don’t want gay marriage ban 2

    Minnesota may hold a referendum on banning gay marriage (Photo: Firemedic58)

    2:18 PM — A poll suggests that just over half of Minnesota voters do not want a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The state may hold a referendum on the issue next year if the House follows the Senate in approving a bill.

  • Illinois trans woman sues employer over toilet ban 3

    Meggan Sommerville has filed discrimination charges over the bathroom ban

    1:50 PM — A trans woman from the US state of Illinois is suing her employers for barring her from using the women's toilet. Meggan Sommerville, of Oswego, has filed two charges of discrimination with the Illinois Department of Human Rights.

  • 16th May 2011

    Donald Trump won’t run for US president 23

    Donald Trump won't run for the presidency

    6:11 PM — US billionaire and gay marriage opponent Donald Trump has announced he will not run for the Republican presidential nomination. In a statement today, he said he had a "strong conviction" that he could win the race and ultimately the presidency in 2012 but is not ready to leave the private sector.

  • Chaz Bono hopes to marry his girlfriend 20

    Chaz Bono plans to get married

    2:53 PM — Chaz Bono has revealed he plans to marry girlfriend Jennifer Elia before the year is out. Speaking to Piers Morgan, the star said he and Elia had been engaged for two years but "kind of had to put things on hold a little bit" while he transitioned.

  • US basketball chief Rick Welts announces he’s gay 12

    Rick Welts said he wanted to start a conversation about gay people in sport

    2:30 PM — Rick Welts, the president and chief executive of US basketball team Phoenix Suns, has come out. He made the announcement in a newspaper interview this weekend.

  • 13th May 2011

    Mexican gay rights campaigner murdered 32

    The campaigner's death is being investigated

    5:46 PM — A Pride organiser in Mexico was attacked and killed last week in what may have been a homophobic attack. Quetzalcoatl Leija Herrer was killed while walking home from a night out in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero State, on May 4th.

  • US condemns ‘odious’ Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill 72

    Uganda may debate the bill today

    10:58 AM — The US State Department has strongly condemned Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill. Addressing journalists yesterday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said: "No amendments, no changes, would justify the passage of this odious bill."

  • 12th May 2011

    Study suggests effective vaccine for HIV in monkeys 8

    The study suggested a vaccine could be used to prevent HIV

    5:39 PM — A study on monkeys has suggested that a vaccine could be used against HIV. The experiment, on rhesus macaques, looked at the effect of the vaccine on the monkey form of HIV, known as simian simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV).

  • ‘Milk’ voted gay film of the decade 26

    Harvey Milk (right) was a gay campaigner

    4:52 PM — 'Milk', the story of gay rights hero Harvey Milk, has been voted the gay film of the decade. A Stonewall poll of 800 people put the biopic in the top spot. The film, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn, was commended for its realistic portrayal of gay people.

  • Delaware governor signs civil unions into law 8

    Gay couples in Delaware will soon be able to have civil unions

    3:12 PM — The governor of the US state of Delaware has signed a civil unions bill into law. As he signed the bill yesterday, Governor Jack Markell told gay couples in a 500-strong audience: "Your family is now equal under the law."

  • US House panel attempts to delay lifting of military gay ban 18

    The ban is expected to be lifted this summer (Photo: US Army)

    2:00 PM — A US House panel has approved a defence bill which contains a clause to delay the lifting of the ban on openly gay soldiers. The House Armed Services Committee voted 33-27 to approve an amendment requiring the chiefs of all four military services to certify that the change won't hurt military readiness, AP reports.

  • 11th May 2011

    US Presbyterian church votes to allow gay ministers 28

    The Presbyterian Church (USA) has approved gay clergy

    4:06 PM — US Presbyterians have voted to allow gay people in relationships to be ordained as ministers, elders and deacons. The Presbyterian Church (USA) has been debating the issue for more than 30 years.

  • Peter Tatchell claims WikiLeaks soldier Bradley Manning is a ‘gay hero’ 16

    Bradley Manning has been called a "gay hero"

    12:28 PM — Bradley Manning, the US soldier held for allegedly leaking secret government files, is a "gay hero", rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has claimed. Mr Tatchell said that if Mr Manning had leaked the documents to WikiLeaks, he should be praised as a human rights defender.

  • US Navy backtracks over gay weddings on bases 13

    The Navy backtracked over the plans

    10:57 AM — The US Navy has reversed its plans to conduct gay weddings on bases, saying that officers need more time to look at the legal issues. The change was due to take place this summer.

  • 10th May 2011

    Lady Gaga teams up with FarmVille creators to launch GagaVille 47

    Lady Gaga will now front GagaVille

    10:11 PM — Lady Gaga has announced a partnership with social games giant Zynga to launch GagaVille, a take on the popular FarmVille and CityVille.

  • New York governor begins tour to highlight gay marriage 2

    New York may be next to allow gay marriage

    5:29 PM — Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, has kicked off a state tour to highlight his legislative agenda for 2011. Marriage equality is one of the priorities, along with a property tax and ethics reform.

  • Slim majority of Republicans support legal recognition of gay relationships 11

    Only 12 per cent backed marriage equality (Photo: Matthias Homberg)

    4:31 PM — A poll says that just over half of Republicans support some form of legal recognition for gay couples. The Public Policy Polling survey asked 1,000 people who identified as Republicans about their views on marriage equality.

  • US Navy wants to allow gay marriages on bases 10

    The Navy plans to allow gay marriages on bases

    10:32 AM — The US Navy is planning to allow chaplains to conduct gay marriages on its bases once the ban on openly gay soldiers is lifted this summer. The move would allow chaplains to perform the ceremonies in states which allow the practice.

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