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  • 15th August 2011

    Video: Michele Bachmann still won’t talk about gay rights 54

    Michele Bachmann won't talk about gay rights

    2:52 PM — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has been challenged again on her controversial anti-gay views - but still refuses to discuss them. Appearing on NBC's Meet The Press, she would only tell host David Gregory "I don't judge them" when asked to make her views clear.

  • Anti-gay Republican ‘arranged gay sex with teenager’ 78

    Phillip Hinkle has opposed gay marriage.

    2:18 PM — An Indianapolis politician who has voted against gay marriage allegedly arranged a gay sex session with a teenager and tried to bribe him not to tell anyone. Republican Phillip Hinkle, 64, reportedly responded to a Craigslist ad looking for a "sugga daddy".

  • Trans woman and gay man wed in Cuba 30

    The wedding is a first for Cuba

    10:07 AM — A transgender woman and a gay man have married in Cuba. Wendy Iriepa, 37, and Ignacio Estrada, 31, said their marriage is a significant step forward for LGBT rights in the country.

  • 12th August 2011

    Ricky Martin says women still flirt with him 17

    Ricky Martin says he's still popular with the ladies

    5:32 PM — Gay singer Ricky Martin says women still try to seduce him, a year after he came out. The star said he was flattered, but uninterested.

  • Trial of US gay school shooting expected to end next week

    Brandon McInerney was 14 when he shot Larry King

    5:23 PM — The trial of a California boy accused of murdering his gay classmate is expected to end this week. Lawyers for Brandon McInerney, now 17, were expected to rest their case today.

  • Starbucks CEO pulls out of talk at anti-gay mega-church 32

    The Starbucks CEO pulled out of a talk held by the church

    3:19 PM — The chief executive of Starbucks has cancelled a talk at an anti-gay mega-church. Howard Schultz, who is also the coffee chain's president and chairman, was due to speak at the 2011 Leadership Summit at Illinois-based Willow Creek Church, held this week.

  • Republican gay group appoints ‘homophobe’ Ann Coulter to its board 94

    Ann Coulter is GOProud's 'gay icon'

    3:17 PM — The US Republican gay group GOProud has appointed Ann Coulter to its advisory board. Ms Coulter, a lawyer and conservative commentator, opposes gay marriage, the end of the military gay ban and teaching children about the "homosexual lifestyle", among other LGBT issues.

  • 11th August 2011

    San Francisco married gay couple lose immigration case 118

    The couple are fighting the ruling

    4:41 PM — A married gay couple in San Francisco who have lived together for nearly 20 years have been told that one must leave the US by August 25th. Bradford Wells and Antony John Makk married seven years ago in Massachusetts. For most of the last 19 years, they have shared a home in the Castro district.

  • Trial continues over gay school shooting

    Larry King was shot dead by a classmate in 2008

    12:12 PM — The trial of a boy accused of shooting dead a gay classmate has heard that administrators failed to address problems around the victim's clothes and behaviour. Brandon McInerney, who was 14 at the time, is accused of shooting 15-year-old Larry King in the back of the head during a lesson at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California, in February 2008.

  • Another gay harassment lawsuit filed in Minnesota 16

    The school district may face more lawsuits

    10:28 AM — Another lawsuit has been filed against a school district in Minnesota, which has been accused of allowing homophobic bullying. Last month, a suit was filed on behalf of five students in the Anoka-Hennepin school district, where a number of LGBT teen suicides have been reported.

  • 10th August 2011

    Gay Republican presidential candidate wants to inspire young people 14

    Fred Karger is running for president in 2012

    4:05 PM — Fred Karger, the gay Republican presidential candidate, says he wants to "send a message" to LGBT young people. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Karger, a former political advisor, described how he felt too ashamed to come out for years.

  • Petition wants gay marriage for Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie 29

    Bert and Ernie are not gay, producers say

    2:52 PM — An online petition signed by more than 900 people is calling for Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie to have gay wedding. The petition, at change.com, says a wedding could give hope to bullied gay children.

  • Chile’s president backs civil unions 7

    Chilean gay couples could get the right to civil unions

    12:26 PM — The president of Chile has proposed legalising civil unions for gay and straight couples. Sebastian Pinera said that all couples deserve "respect, dignity and support of the state" in a speech this week.

  • Men seek damages for ‘gay slur’ on California theme park photo 43

    The theme park has been sued for harassment and discrimination

    11:11 AM — Two men are suing a California theme park for damages after a photo of them on a ride was allegedly doctored and displayed with a gay slur.

  • 8th August 2011

    Interview: RuPaul, America’s first drag superstar 14

    RuPaul speaks to PinkNews.co.uk about his career (Photo: Mathu Andersen)

    6:09 PM — Laurence Watts meets America's first drag superstar, RuPaul.

  • 5th August 2011

    Sao Paulo city council backs ‘heterosexual pride’ 53

    Sao Paulo Pride is the largest in the world

    2:47 PM — The city council of Sao Paulo, Brazil, has passed a measure calling for an annual Heterosexual Pride Day to be celebrated each December. City alderman Carlos Apolinario, who authored the legislation, said the idea is "not anti-gay but a protest against the privileges the gay community enjoys".

  • American Psychological Association calls for gay marriage 126

    The APA says gay marriage is good for health

    11:07 AM — The world's largest body of psychologists, the American Psychological Association, has called for state and federal officials to lift barriers to marriage equality. Members at the group's annual meeting in Washington voted unanimously on Wednesday to back "full marriage equality for same-sex couples".

  • 4th August 2011

    Young gay meth users more likely to be exposed to HIV 33

    Meth is said to increase libido (Photo: eMagine Art)

    5:55 PM — Young gay and bisexual men who use methamphetamine are more likely to be exposed to HIV, research suggests. Most studies on the issue focus on older gay men, but the latest research suggests a link between use of the drug and risky sexual behaviour which can lead to HIV infection.

  • Another trans woman attacked in Washington DC 8

    Transgender woman Lashai McLean was shot dead last month

    2:37 PM — A transgender woman in Washington DC narrowly missed being shot last month, two weeks after another transgender woman was shot dead just a block away. Police said that the latest attack suggests a potential pattern of transphobic violence.

  • 3rd August 2011

    Marvel Comics reveals black-Latino Spider-Man – who could be gay in future 53

    Miles Morales is the new Spider-Man

    2:35 PM — The creators of Spider-Man have revealed a new incarnation of the superhero as a black-Latino teenager. Marvel Comics has announced that the new character, Miles Morales, is to take over after the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker, was killed off in June by the Green Goblin.

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