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  • 8th February 2011

    Nebraska lesbians not allowed to divorce 7

    Nebraska says that no gay marriage means no gay divorce

    5:02 PM — A lesbian couple in the US state of Nebraska have been barred from divorcing by a judge. Brenda Mueller and Deborah Pry were told that as Nebraska doesn't recognise gay marriage, it doesn't recognise gay divorce.

  • Seven-year-old donates to LA gay centre because he thinks inequality is unfair 40

    Malcolm and his letter

    12:55 AM — A seven-year-old has donated $140 to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) because he doesn't think it's right for gay people not to be treated equally. The child, called Malcolm, was given $140 by his parents to donate to the charity of his choice. He chose to split the money between the gay centre and the HRC.

  • 7th February 2011

    ‘Faggot taunt’ started Shia LaBeouf fight 8

    Shia LaBeouf allegedly lashed out after being called a 'faggot'

    5:24 PM — Transformers star Shia LaBeouf was arrested this weekend after allegedly being involved in a bar fight in California. According to reports, the fight broke out after fans called the actor a "faggot" for refusing to speak to them.

  • 4th February 2011

    US lesbians win right to attend school event together 7

    The students won the right to attend together (FILE PHOTO)

    2:08 PM — A Minnesota lesbian couple have won the right to attend their school's royalty court event together. Desiree Shelton and Sarah Lindstrom, both 18, were elected to onto the royalty court but Champlin Park High School then announced a change in policy, saying that students would walk with a parent or favourite teacher.

  • US transgender survey finds ‘discrimination and ridicule at every turn’ 12

    Trans people face 'abuse, ridicule and discrimination'. (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    11:47 AM — A large-scale study of trans people in America says that almost every part of social and legal convention ridicules, abuses and discriminates against transgender people.

  • 3rd February 2011

    Utah politician’s bill ‘to exclude gay families’ 15

    Gay parents have few rights in Utah (Photo: ILGA)

    5:31 PM — A politician in the US state of Utah has introduced a bill which gay groups fear could strip all recognition of gay couples.

  • Homophobia ‘can make you ill’, study says 17

    The study looked at cortisol levels in the brain

    4:48 PM — A study has found a link between homophobia and hormonal changes that can lead to illness. According to research from Montreal's Concordia University, people who had suffered homophobia had higher levels of stress hormone cortisol in their brains.

  • I’d be bisexual if I was 21, Ted Haggard says 45

    Ted Haggard said he didn't have "sex sex" with the male prostitute

    10:46 AM — Former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard says he would be bisexual if he was 21 and not a Christian. Speaking to GQ magazine, the disgraced preacher insisted he was happily married to wife Gayle and said he still believes that the Bible says homosexuality "is not God's best plan for people".

  • 2nd February 2011

    Iowa lawmakers move to ban gay marriage 23

    Iowa's gay marriage laws are under threat

    3:41 PM — Iowa's House has approved a measure that seeks to ban gay marriage in the state. The state legalised marriage for couples in 2009 after Supreme Court judges said a ban violated the constitution.

  • Video: Saturday Night Live attacked for ‘transphobic’ skit 13

    A still from the fake commercial

    10:51 AM — US television show Saturday Night Live has been attacked for including a skit which mocked transgender women. The piece, a mock advertisement for hormone pills, was "destructive and dehumanising", the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said.

  • 1st February 2011

    Six trans women killed in Honduras in two months 7

    LGBT groups say the killings need to be investigated

    5:57 PM — LGBT campaigners are calling on Honduran authorities to fully investigate the murders of six transgender women in just 60 days. According to Human Rights Watch, the first death was on November 29th and the latest took place on January 17th.

  • Video: George Bush’s wife and daughter support gay marriage 12

    Barbara Bush says gay couples should be allowed to wed

    3:18 PM — Former US president George Bush's daughter has joined his wife in declaring her support for marriage equality. Laura Bush announced last year that she supports same-sex marriage and believes abortion should remain legal.

  • New Kids star Jonathan Knight confirms he’s gay 8

    Jonathan Knight said he didn't want to exploit his sexuality

    10:51 AM — New Kids on the Block star Jonathan Knight has confirmed he is gay. He appeared to have been outed by 90s popstar Tiffany last week but said he had "never been outed by anyone but myself".

  • Governor of Illinois signs gay civil-unions into law 9

    2:36 AM — The Governor of Illinois has signed the state's same sex civil-union legislation into law. The move comes after a state senate vote to recognise same sex unions.

  • 31st January 2011

    Gay people were sexually abused, says senior advisor of New York Muslim centre 58

    The mosque is to be built near Ground Zero (Photo: Derek Rose)

    4:40 PM — A senior advisor of the proposed Muslim centre near Ground Zero says that homosexuality is mainly caused by emotional or sexual abuse. Abdallah Adhami, 44, said in a lecture that being gay was a "painful trial" which results from past trauma.

  • 28th January 2011

    Star Trek writer wishes he’d included gay roles 29

    Star Trek has never had a gay character

    3:33 PM — Star Trek writer and producer Brannon Braga says he regrets not including gay characters in the TV series and films. Speaking to After Elton, he said it was "a shame" that gay characters had not been included in the late 80s and early 90s.

  • US store censors Elton’s magazine cover with new baby 37

    The 'modesty shield' over the magazine (Photo: Twitter)

    11:11 AM — A US chain store deemed a magazine cover featuring Elton John's family so offensive, it was covered to "protect" young shoppers.

  • 27th January 2011

    Glee creator calls Kings of Leon drummer ‘homophobic’ 26

    Ryan Murphy said the band were "assholes". Photo: Gage Skidmore)

    2:16 PM — Glee creator Ryan Murphy has called Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill a “homophobe” for comments he made about the show. The row started after the band refused permission for their song 'Use Somebody' to be included in the gay-friendly comedy.

  • 26th January 2011

    Gay marriage bill gains support in Maryland 9

    Maryland has been urged to grant gay couples marriage, rather than civil unions (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    5:32 PM — A bill to give gay and straight couples equal marriage rights has been introduced in Maryland's House of Delegates.

  • Tom Ford on why gay men are ‘better fashion designers’ 16

    Tom Ford says gay men make better designers (Photo: Nicolas Genin)

    3:40 PM — Tom Ford says gay men make better designers because they can "detach the physical from the spiritual". Speaking to artist John Currin for Interview magazine, the designer said that gay men's lack of sexual desire for women allows them to combine physical beauty with "soul and personality".

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