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Americas

  • 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.

  • Tim Cook succeeds Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple 27

    Tim Cook is the new CEO of Apple

    12:18 AM — Tim Cook, appointed chief executive of Apple today, following the resignation of Steve Jobs, has in the past been described as the “most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley.” Although Mr Cook has never spoken publicly about his sexuality, he has long been described as gay and has never denied the claims.

  • 24th August 2011

    Canada mourns loss of gay-friendly opposition leader 17

    Layton was an early campaigner in the HIV/AIDS pandemic

    4:11 PM — Jack Layton, MP, died on Monday morning after a battle with cancer. At one point, he was the only party leader whipping for votes in favour of Canada's landmark gay marriage law in 2005.

  • 19th August 2011

    White House announces immigration changes that could benefit gay couples 14

    Anthony John Makk and Bradford Wells have been told Mr Makk must soon leave the US

    5:49 PM — The Obama administration has announced changes in immigration policy that could benefit gay couples. The changes mean that deportation cases will be prioritised according to security risk, such as those with criminal convictions.

  • Christine O’Donnell calls Piers Morgan ‘sexist’ and ‘creepy’ over gay marriage interview 42

    Christine O'Donnell said Piers Morgan was bordering on sexual harassment

    2:23 PM — Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell has explained why she walked out of a 'Piers Morgan' interview after the CNN host asked her about her views on gay marriage. The politician, who is against gay marriage and has a history of anti-gay comments, tore off her microphone and walked off set during filming for Wednesday's show.

  • 18th August 2011

    Florida teacher suspended for Facebook anti-gay remarks 69

    Jerry Buell made his remarks on his home computer (Photo: Declan TM)

    3:49 PM — A Florida teacher who wrote on Facebook that he "almost threw up" when New York legalised gay marriage has been suspended. Jerry Buell, a social studies teacher at Mount Dora High School, also wrote that gay marriages were a "cesspool" and a "sin".

  • Video: Christine O’Donnell walks out of ‘Piers Morgan’ over gay marriage question 64

    Christine O'Donnell said questions about gay rights were 'irrelevant'

    10:54 AM — Tea Party favourite Christine O'Donnell walked off Piers Morgans' chat show after he asked her about gay marriage. She was on the show yesterday to discuss her new book Troublemaker, which mentions her anti-gay views.

  • 17th August 2011

    Bishop Gene Robinson: God celebrates gay people 74

    Gene Robinson is to retire in two years (Photo: BProud Photography, Philadelphia)

    4:46 PM — Laurence Watts travels to New England, USA, to talk faith, service and retirement with the openly gay Right Reverend Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire. "After my election but before my consecration I was getting calls to step down from archbishops around the world. People I’d never met were calling me. I took that to God and said: "If I’ve done enough and I’m to back off, let me know,! but I never got anything from God other than, 'Come forward and I will be with you'."

  • Gay rights group sues Missouri school district over website blocks 7

    The ACLU is challenging school districts which block gay websites

    1:53 PM — A school district in Missouri, US, is being sued by a gay rights group for restricting access to informative gay websites. Camdenton R-III School District is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union, which says that the district has ignored warnings that its actions are unconstitutional.

  • 16th August 2011

    Comedian Adam Carolla ‘sorry for causing offence’ over anti-LGBT rant 26

    Adam Carolla said he was a comedian, not a politician (Photo: Oddbooks)

    4:53 PM — US comedian Adam Carolla has offered a half-apology for making homophobic and transphobic remarks. The star was condemned by gay rights groups for last week's episode of The Adam Carolla Show, in which he hit out at gays and transgender people.

  • 1,000 gay marriages in Mexico City 5

    Mexico City legalised gay marriage last year.

    3:53 PM — Mexico City's civil registry has announced that 1,000 same-sex marriages have been registered since marriage equality came into law last year.

  • Androgynous supermodel Andrej Pejic says his gender doesn’t matter 75

    Andrej Pejic is considered the 'prettiest boy in the world'

    3:22 PM — Andrej Pejic, the Bosnian-born supermodel often mistaken for a woman, says he doesn't mind whether people think he's male or female. The 19-year-old, who has been dressing in skirts since he was a child, has appeared on catwalks around the world.

  • More details emerge in gay suicide case

    Tyler Clementi jumped to his death last September

    1:15 PM — More details have emerged in the case of a US student who killed himself after his roommate allegedly filmed him having sex with a man. Tyler Clementi, 18, a student at Rutgers University in New Jersey, jumped from the George Washington Bridge last September.

  • Gay birds have lifelong relationships 620

    Zebra finches can form strong same-sex relationships (Photo: Keith Gerstung)

    10:38 AM — A study has found that zebra finches can form lifelong same-sex relationships. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, chose the species to study because zebra finches are known for forming permanent monogamous relationships.

  • 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.

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