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  • 6th September 2011

    Rap star Game urges gay artists to come out to avoid passing on ‘AIDS’ 44

    Game said gay singers should come out (Photo: Mikko Koponen)

    12:54 PM — Rapper Game has said that he believes a number of other rap stars are gay and should come out. The 'Mr Life' performer, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, said he was not homophobic but has a problem with people who stay in the closet.

  • Next round for California’s gay marriage ban 21

    The court will hear the next round in the battle (Photo: Tim Schapker)

    11:34 AM — The next challenge for California's ban on gay marriage comes today when the state's highest court considers whether gay marriage opponents have the legal standing to defend it in court.

  • 5th September 2011

    Katy Perry films YouTube tribute to Freddie Mercury 2

    6:59 PM — It's not just Google who has been paying tribute to the late gay Queen star Freddie Mecury on what would have been his 65th birthday. Singer Katy Perry posted a video on YouTube to someone who she credits with inspiring her to go into the music industry.

  • Video: K-Y Jelly makes first lesbian ad 20

    The ad is K-Y Brand's first to feature a lesbian couple

    10:17 AM — K-Y Jelly has made its first advert featuring a lesbian couple. The ad, which will air today in the US, shows couple Alex and Emma talking about their relationship.

  • Prosecutors seek new trial for boy who shot gay classmate

    Larry King was killed by his classmate

    9:39 AM — Prosecutors in California are seeking a new trial for a teenager who shot his gay classmate dead. Last week, a mistrial was declared in the case of 17-year-old Brandon McInernery, who admits killing 15-year-old Larry King in 2008.

  • 2nd September 2011

    Alabama school backs down over student’s gay rights t-shirt 475

    5:33 PM — A school in the US state of Alabama has backed down after telling a student she could not wear a gay rights t-shirt. Sara Couvillon, a student at Hoover High School in Birmingham, threatened school officials with legal action when she was told not to wear the shirt for her own safety.

  • Mistrial declared in US gay school shooting

    Brandon McInerney was 14 when he shot dead a gay classmate

    10:30 AM — A mistrial was declared yesterday in the case of a US teenager accused of murdering a gay classmate. Jurors deliberating charges against 17-year-old Brandon McInerney could not decide whether he was guilty of first or second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter.

  • 1st September 2011

    US gay group wants further action on military gay ban 21

    The lawsuit says the ban could be reinstated in future

    5:31 PM — A Republican gay rights group is asking a court to declare the ban on openly gay troops unconstitutional. Log Cabin Republicans says it is taking the action because although the ban is due to be repealed this month, it can still be re-enacted in future.

  • North Carolina lawmakers consider gay marriage bill 7

    North Carolina lawmakers are seeking a ban on gay marriage (Photo: Ludovic Berton)

    4:27 PM — Republican lawmakers in North Carolina, US, announced this week that they hope to win a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Speaking at a press conference in Raleigh on Tuesday, they said they will push for a voter referendum on the issue in 2012.

  • Cher says Dancing With the Stars viewers will ‘love’ transgender son Chaz 5

    Cher says viewers will love her son

    1:54 PM — Cher says that viewers of Dancing With the Stars will love her transgender son Chaz Bono. Bono will be the first transgender celebrity to appear on the primetime US show and has said he hopes to educate viewers about transgender people.

  • Canadian broadcast watchdog amends ruling on ‘anti-gay’ Dire Straits song 31

    The Dire Straits song includes the word three times (Photo: Helge Øverås)

    11:46 AM — Canada's broadcast standards council has amended an earlier ruling which said that radio stations must censor a Dire Straits song which includes the homophobic slur 'faggot'. The body now says the word must be taken in context.

  • Trial of gay US soldier Dan Choi put on hold 11

    Dan Choi may have the charge against him dismissed

    10:43 AM — The federal trial of a gay soldier who chained himself to the White House fence to protest over the gay military ban has been put on hold. Reports say that former Army lieutenant Dan Choi may be closer to having the charges against him dismissed.

  • 31st August 2011

    Chaz Bono to appear on Dancing With the Stars 13

    Chaz Bono will appear on Dancing With the Stars

    3:44 PM — Chaz Bono is to take part in the new series of Dancing With the Stars. The 42-year-old, who completed his transition earlier this year, says he hopes to educate viewers about transgender people.

  • GLAAD calls VMA winner Tyler, The Creator ‘violently anti-gay’ 60

    Tyler, The Creator said his gay fans don't mind his lyrics

    1:55 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has condemned MTV for giving a VMA award to a singer it says is "violently anti-gay". Tyler, The Creator, whose real name is Tyler Okonma, won the best new artist award at Monday night's ceremony.

  • Anti-gay Puerto Rican senator blames ‘political enemies’ for naked Grindr photos 26

    Roberto Arango blamed political enemies

    10:52 AM — A Puerto Rican senator who allegedly posted a picture of his naked buttocks on gay iPhone app Grindr says he is the victim of political enemies. New Progressive Party Senator Roberto Arango has not denied the images are of him.

  • 30th August 2011

    Anti-gay presidential hopeful claims ‘gay jihad’ against him 53

    Rick Santorum said there was a gay "jihad" against him (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

    3:02 PM — Rick Santorum, the anti-gay Republican presidential candidate, claims there is a gay "jihad" against him. The former Pennsylvania senator, who has attacked gay marriage and compared it to incest, was speaking on Friday in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

  • DADT campaigner Dan Choi on trial for White House protest 13

    Dan Choi chained himself to the White House fence

    2:43 PM — Gay former Army lieutenant Dan Choi has appeared in federal court over a protest he held against the military gay ban. The former soldier, who was dismissed two years ago after coming out on television, chained himself to the fence of the White House last November.

  • Puerto Rico politician resigns over gay Grindr photos 34

    Roberto Arango has not explained how the images came to be on Grindr.

    11:45 AM — A Puerto Rico politician who has voted against gay rights has resigned after reports said explicit photos of him had been found on gay iPhone app Grindr. New Progressive Party Senator Roberto Arango said he had taken some snaps to document his weight loss.

  • 26th August 2011

    Pro-gay reggae album world’s first 31

    Mista Majah P, who is not gay, has received death threats for the album

    12:18 PM — The album, Tolerance, rails against a 'murder music' culture and homophobia, including the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, and includes a letter to the Jamaican prime minister.

  • 25th August 2011

    Inter-American Court of Human Rights hears landmark lesbian custody case 4

    Chile currently has no enshrined anti-discrimination laws and no recognitions for same-sex couples

    9:45 AM — Karen Atala had been told by Chilean courts that her children faced a risk of "social discrimination" because she was a lesbian, but the country has agreed to defer to the international court's decision.

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