12th August 2011
Starbucks CEO pulls out of talk at anti-gay mega-church 32
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
6:09 PM — Laurence Watts meets America's first drag superstar, RuPaul.
5th August 2011
Sao Paulo city council backs ‘heterosexual pride’ 53
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
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
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
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
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.
American Indian tribe approves gay marriage 26
1:32 PM — An American Indian tribe in Washington has become the second in the US to approve gay marriage. On Monday, the Suquamish Tribal Council voted to give marriage rights to gay couples on its Seattle reservation.
Teachers were concerned over shot gay teen’s feminine appearance
1:28 PM — The case of a US student who shot dead a gay classmate has heard from the victim's teachers. Larry King, 15, who self-identified as gay and wore feminine clothing, was shot in the head on February 12th 2008 during a lesson, allegedly by Brendan McInerney, his classmate at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California.
2nd August 2011
Dolly Parton apologises to lesbian couple after Dollywood banned pro-gay marriage T-shirt 23
1:08 PM — Dolly Parton has apologised to a lesbian couple after one of them was ordered to reverse a t-shirt with a gay slogan when visiting her theme park.
Study to be carried out on gay Mormons 58
12:16 PM — US researchers are carrying out an online survey on the lives and experiences of LGBT Mormons. Renee Galliher, a psychology professor at Utah State University, and Bill Bradshaw, a biology professor at Brigham Young University, say they hope to find out the truth about the gay Mormon experience" and give faith leaders more information.
Coco Chanel was bisexual, new biography claims 15
10:44 AM — A new biography of the fashion designer Coco Chanel claims she was bisexual and took drugs. Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life by Lisa Chaney says the style legend had a number of affairs with men and women, including a relationship with the artist Salvador Dali while he was married.