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  • 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 Log Cabin Republicans says it is taking the action because although the ban is due to be repealed this month, it can still be re-enacted in future.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.

  • 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".

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