16th June 2011
New York Assembly passes gay marriage bill 26
10:30 AM — The New York Assembly has approved a gay marriage bill, setting the stage for a crucial Senate vote on Friday. The Democrat-controlled Assembly passed the bill by 80-63 votes yesterday.
15th June 2011
More US gay couples adopting children 9
4:18 PM — Despite discouraging laws in some parts of the country, new figures say that the number of US gay couples adopting children is rising.
New York ‘close to legalising gay marriage’ 26
12:07 PM — New York is reportedly on the brink of marriage equality after another Republican senator said yesterday he would support the move. Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the legislation in both houses yesterday.
Federal court upholds gay judge’s ruling on California gay marriage ban 42
11:21 AM — A US federal court has upheld a ruling by a gay judge that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. This is the latest round in a long legal battle over the issue.
14th June 2011
US defence secretary says progress on gay ban could come this month 14
3:10 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates says he sees no bar to repealing the military gay ban and could endorse the change at the end of this month. Speaking to Associated Press, Mr Gates said he will back progress if the chiefs of the military recommend moving forward at the end of this month.
Tracy Morgan promises amends for anti-gay rant 43
11:19 AM — Comedian Tracy Morgan has promised to meet teenage victims of homophobia in an effort to make up for an anti-gay rant. The 30 Rock star sparked outrage when he said at a recent gig that homophobic bullying was "insignificant" and that he would "stab" his own son if he came out.
Another lesbian blogger exposed as a man 45
10:43 AM — Another blogger who claimed to be a lesbian has been exposed as a middle-aged, heterosexual man. 'Paula Brooks', the executive editor of LezGetReal.com, is actually 58-year-old Bill Graber, a former Air Force pilot and construction worker from Ohio.
13th June 2011
Comment: Don’t fight bigotry with bigotry 600
5:15 PM — Why does the LGBT community so easily react to homophobia with more bigotry, asks Lola Olson.
First photos of shot pro-gay congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords 16
4:26 PM — The first images have been released of US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in the head by a gunman in January. The politician, who has stood up for gay rights, was shown smiling in the images with no obvious sign of her injury, aside from her new short hairstyle.
10th June 2011
30 Rock star Tracy Morgan: ‘I went too far with anti-gay jokes’ 66
5:47 PM — 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan has apologised for making anti-gay jokes at a recent gig in Nashville. The comedian said he "clearly went too far" with the remarks, which included saying he would stab his son to death if he came out as gay.
Canadian Catholic school bans rainbows 86
2:15 PM — A Canadian Catholic school has banned pupils from using rainbows, the symbol of the gay pride movement. St Joseph Catholic Secondary School in Ontario apparently told students holding a June 3rd anti-homophobia event that they couldn't use the colourful symbol.
30 Rock star Tracy Morgan accused of onstage anti-gay tirade 65
11:36 AM — 30 Rock star and comedian Tracy Morgan has been accused of an extreme anti-gay tirade onstage. An audience member at a recent Nashville show claimed the bawdy comic said he would kill his son if he turned out to be gay and that homosexuality is a "mistake".
9th June 2011
Gay Glee star Chris Colfer signs children’s book deal 18
5:09 PM — Glee actor Chris Colfer has signed a deal to write two children's books. The gay star, who plays Kurt Hummel in the series, will pen children's novel The Land of Stories for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, with a follow-up later.
8th June 2011
CNN documentary reveals tragic consequences of ‘experimental therapy’ designed to make young boys ‘more masculine’ 98
3:13 PM — CNN are to screen a three-part documentary about a form of 'experimental therapy' designed to make 'feminine' boys more masculine.
Republican congresswoman Vicky Hartzler compares gay marriage to incest and paedophilia 194
10:57 AM — A secret recording has emerged on YouTube in which Missouri congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is seen comparing gay marriage to incest, paedophilia and allowing three-year-olds to drive.
7th June 2011
Trans prisoner files lawsuit after botched self-castration attempt 21
4:29 PM — A trans inmate in a Virginia prison has filed a federal lawsuit months after a botched attempt at self-castration, claiming the state failed her because of its refusal to provide a sex-change operation.
Unitarian minister in Kentucky refuses to sign marriage licences until gay couples are given marriage equality 64
12:52 PM — A Unitarian minister in Kentucky has pledged that she will not sign any more marriage licences until the state makes same-sex marriages legal.
Natalie Portman joins gay marriage equality campaign 7
12:20 PM — Natalie Portman and her fiancé, Benjamin Millepied, have joined Freedom to Marry’s "I Do" campaign, which was launched in March and urges President Barack Obama to support full gay marriage equality.
US high school survey findings conclude that LGBT teens are exceptionally prone to ‘risky behaviour’ 24
11:20 AM — A report released in the US yesterday found that LGBT teens are more likely to engage in "risky behaviour" including smoking, drinking alcohol and carrying guns, than their heterosexual counterparts.
6th June 2011
BFI has footage of first known male-to-male television kiss – featuring Sean Connery 33
4:58 PM — TV researchers at the British Film Institute (BFI) have revealed they have footage of what is believed to be the first male-to-male kiss on UK television featuring Sean Connery.