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  • 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.

  • American Indian tribe approves gay marriage 26

    The tribe will recognise gay marriage

    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

    Larry King was shot dead by his classmate

    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

    Dolly Parton said she was truly sorry about the incident

    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

    The church frowns on homosexuality

    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

    Coco Chanel was bisexual, a new book claims

    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.

  • 1st August 2011

    California Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case next month 35

    This is the latest round in California's gay marriage fight

    4:26 PM — California's highest court is to hear arguments on September 6th around the state's gay marriage ban. The Supreme Court will consider whether gay marriage opponents in the state have the legal standing to challenge a court ruling overturning the 2008 ban, known as Proposition 8.

  • 29th July 2011

    House minority leader Nancy Pelosi calls on Michele Bachmann to address anti-gay bullying 129

    Michele Bachmann has refused to discuss her views on homosexuality

    5:06 PM — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann must address the teen LGBT suicides in her congressional district, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi says.

  • Denise Richards says she had lesbian relationship 18

    Denise Richards said she had a same-sex relationship (Photo: Glenn Francis, pacificprodigital.com)

    3:48 PM — Denise Richards has revealed she had a brief lesbian affair with a well-known woman. The actress, who is the former wife of Charlie Sheen, told radio host Howard Stern about the relationship she had "a long time ago".

  • John Barrowman: ‘Torchwood’s Jack isn’t a gay stereotype’ 34

    John Barrowman says he doesn't see his character's sexuality as an issue

    1:37 PM — Torchwood star John Barrowman says his character Captain Jack Harkness is not a gay stereotype. The gay actor said he doesn't see the character's "omnisexuality" as an issue.

  • 28th July 2011

    Texas university gets gender-neutral toilet 22

    The university has installed a gender neutral bathroom

    4:56 PM — A university in Texas has installed a gender neutral toilet. Officials at the University of Texas in Austin believe the new facility will benefit disabled people and those who need space for medical injections as well as LGBT people.

  • Anti-gay Christian rocker Bradlee Dean sues Rachel Maddow for ‘defamation’ 59

    Lesbian MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is being sued by Bradlee Dean

    2:46 PM — The homophobic Christian rocker Bradlee Dean is suing lesbian MSNBC talkshow host Rachel Maddow for "defaming" him. According to a lawsuit, Dean, who runs a ministry called 'You Can Run But You Can't Hide', is accusing Maddow of making misleading statements about his views on gays and Muslims. He is seeking $50 million in damages.

  • 27th July 2011

    Student in gay suicide case wants charges dismissed

    Tyler Clementi jumped to his death last September

    4:57 PM — Lawyers for a student accused over the suicide of his gay roommate say the charges against him should be dismissed and that prosecutors withheld evidence. Dharun Ravi, 19, of Plainsboro, New Jersey, is accused of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation in the case of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi (pictured).

  • A third of US workers have health benefits for gay partners 2

    Around a third of US workers can get same-sex partner health benefits

    4:24 PM — Around a third of workers in the US have access to health benefits for gay partners, research shows. According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 33 per cent of state and local government employees can get same-sex partner benefits. For private sector workers, the figure was 29 per cent.

  • Video: True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård films ‘It Gets Better’ clip 5

    Alexander Skarsgård plays Eric Northman in True Blood

    3:07 PM — True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård has filmed an 'It Gets Better' video for LGBT young people. In the sombre clip, the Swedish actor, 34, urges parents to teach their children that homophobic bullying and discrimination are unacceptable.

  • US to look again at gay blood donation ban 2

    The US bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood

    2:00 PM — The US Department of Health and Human Services is to look again at the lifetime blood donation ban for men who have had gay sex. The department said yesterday that the current policy is "sub-optimal" and announced it has instructed advisors to study whether the strict rules can be relaxed.

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