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  • 7th July 2011

    New York register offices to open on a Sunday for gay weddings 12

    New York will soon allow gay couples to wed

    2:04 PM — Some register officers in New York are to open on a Sunday to give gay couples a chance to marry as soon as they can.

  • Appeals court rules that Pentagon must stop enforcing gay military ban 16

    The Pentagon must stop enforcing the law

    12:32 AM — A US appeals court has ordered the US government to stop enforcing the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) ban on gay men and women openly serving in the military.

  • 6th July 2011

    Lesbian asylum seeker wins right to stay in UK 6

    A court ruled that the woman could stay in the UK

    4:34 PM — A lesbian asylum seeker from Jamaica has been granted the right to stay in the UK after immigration judges ruled that she could face persecution if sent home. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was originally told by the Home Office that she could not stay.

  • California Assembly passes gay education bill 17

    Schools would be require to teach about gay rights figures like Harvey Milk (right)

    3:31 PM — A bill requiring schools in California to teach pupils about LGBT history has been passed by the Assembly. It has already been approved by the Senate and now goes to state governor Jerry Brown, who has not said whether he will sign it.

  • Brad Pitt speaks up for gay marriage 21

    Brad Pitt once said he wouldn't marry Angelina Jolie until all couples can wed

    1:39 PM — Brad Pitt has made a statement in support of marriage equality. The star, who once said he would marry girlfriend Angelina Jolie when everyone has the right to wed, was speaking after New York legalised marriage for gay couples.

  • Lady Gaga: ‘I don’t use the gay community to sell records’ 39

    Lady Gaga took a self-portrait for the magazine cover

    10:52 AM — Lady Gaga has hit back at claims she uses gay rights issues to sell more records. The star, who has called for gay marriage, led Pride marches and lobbied politicians and companies over anti-gay policies, is arguably the most influential gay rights campaigner on the planet.

  • 5th July 2011

    Trial begins for US teen accused of shooting dead gay classmate

    Larry King was shot dead by his classmate

    2:43 PM — The trial has begun in the case of an American teenager accused of shooting dead a gay classmate. Lawrence King, 15, who self-identified as gay and wore feminine clothing, was shot twice in the head on February 12th 2008 during a lesson at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California.

  • Ricky Martin ‘protected’ by gay community 13

    Ricky Martin said LGBT people had protected him

    1:18 PM — Ricky Martin has spoken of feeling "protected" by the gay community. The star, who came out last year, said he had been overwhelmed with the "love" LGBT people had shown him.

  • 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.

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