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  • 22nd July 2011

    One in four Massachusetts gay teenagers ‘are homeless’ 34

    One in four of the lesbian and gay teenagers surveyed had no regular home

    2:39 PM — A study of teenagers in the US state of Massachusetts suggests that one in four are homeless. The study, carried out by the Children's Hospital Boston, looked at the sexual orientation and home status of 6,317 teenagers.

  • Video: Gay ‘barbarians’ glitter Marcus Bachmann’s office 15

    Protesters outside a Bachman & Associates clinic

    12:24 PM — Gay rights activists dressed as 'barbarians' glittered one of Marcus Bachmann's counselling clinics after footage emerged of an employee telling a gay man he could become straight.

  • Five students sue Minnesota school district over anti-gay bullying 12

    The five students were bullied relentlessly because they were thought to be gay

    11:22 AM — Five students who say they were victims of homophobic bullying are suing a Minnesota school district over an "epidemic of harassment". They say that the Anoka-Hennepin School District, the state's largest, failed to protect them and that a "gag policy" restricting teachers' ability to discuss gay and lesbian issues made the problem worse.

  • 21st July 2011

    Transgender woman shot dead in Washington DC 14

    Lashai McLean was shot on Wednesday morning

    5:12 PM — A transgender woman was shot dead in Washington DC on Wednesday morning. Police said Lashai McLean, 23, was walking along Dix Street in the north-east area with another transgender person when they exchanged words with two men.

  • 20th July 2011

    Jane Lynch says she knew she was a lesbian at age 12 8

    Jane Lynch as Glee's sociopathic sports coach, Sue Sylvester

    3:50 PM — Glee star Jane Lynch says that although she was 21 when she came out, she knew she was gay from a much earlier age. Speaking to Vogue, the actress said she knew by the age of 12.

  • Vermont wedding venue bars lesbian couple 16

    The inn turned the couple away after realising they were lesbians

    11:47 AM — A lesbian couple from New York City are suing a Vermont inn for refusing to host their wedding party. Kate Baker and Ming Linsley said they were "saddened" and "shocked" when the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville turned them away last autumn after the owners realised they were lesbians.

  • New York holds lottery for first gay marriages 12

    Gay marriages will begin on Sunday

    10:34 AM — New York City is to hold a lottery to determine which gay couples can be the first to tie the knot when a gay marriage law comes into power on Sunday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that demand to wed on the first day gay marriage is legal far outstrips supply and 764 couples, including straight couples, will be permitted to wed on the day.

  • 19th July 2011

    Obama ‘proud to support’ the repeal of gay marriage ban 30

    President Obama is said to be "proud" to support the end of the federal ban of gay marriage

    11:44 PM — The White House has revealed that president Barack Obama is "proud to support" the Respect for Marriage Act, which aims to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act [sic], the federal ban on same sex marriage.

  • Gay conservatives GOProud want to meet Michele Bachmann 22

    Michele Bachmann has recently refused to discuss her views on homosexuality

    2:40 PM — US gay conservative group GOProud says it wants to meet Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to discuss her anti-gay views. Mrs Bachmann, has said in the past that homosexuality is "slavery" and that gays are recruiting children. But since she began her presidential campaign, she has refused to talk about homosexuality.

  • First out gay man confirmed as federal court judge 9

    J Paul Oetken is the first out gay man confirmed as a federal court judge

    10:59 AM — The US Senate has confirmed the first out gay man to serve as a federal court judge. J Paul Oetken, 45, was last night voted on to the bench for the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York.

  • 18th July 2011

    Utah Democrats elect gay man as chairman 10

    Utah's Democrats elected a gay man as chairman

    4:03 PM — The US state of Utah's Democratic party has elected a gay man as its chairman. Art dealer Jim Dabakis, who has been involved in gay rights campaigning in the state, was elected on Saturday during a party convention in Salt Lake City.

  • Michele Bachmann’s husband says clinic doesn’t force gays to turn straight 17

    Michele Bachmann's husband did not deny he and other counsellors tried to 'cure' gays

    2:58 PM — Marcus Bachmann has said that his counselling clinics do not have a "special interest" in trying to turn gay people straight. The husband of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann came under fire this month after his Christian counselling clinic was recorded trying to 'cure' a gay man.

  • Chris Brown may sue magazine over anti-gay claims 7

    Chris Brown's representatives said the story was untrue

    1:43 PM — Chris Brown is reportedly considering whether to sue over a magazine article which claimed he hurled homophobic abuse during a casual basketball game. Last week, US magazine Star reported that the singer was at an LA gym recently when he lost his temper and called other players "faggots".

  • Chicago man ‘looked too gay’ to donate blood 23

    US law places a lifetime blood donation ban on any man who has had gay sex

    11:54 AM — A straight Chicago man says he was turned away from a blood donation centre because he "looked gay". Aaron Pace, 22, who says he is effeminate but not gay, went to the Bio-Blood Components donation centre recently.

  • ‘Family’ group wants referendum on California gay education 51

    Schools will have to teach pupils about gay history

    10:39 AM — A California 'family' group is seeking a voter referendum on a new state law requiring schools to teach pupils about gay history. The Capitol Resource Institute, a socially conservative group, has long campaigned against the legislation, which was signed into law last week.

  • 16th July 2011

    Video: Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria’s first lesbian sex scene 2

    Eva Longoria and Kate del Castillo's on-screen kiss

    2:33 PM — Star of Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria, is set to feature in her first same-sex love making scene in upcoming comedy, Without Men.

  • Tyler Perry ends gay rumours with talk of pregnancy scare 27

    Tyler Perry is the cover star of Ebony Magazine

    12:52 PM — Tyler Perry, the Hollywood actor, writer and producer has ended years of speculation over his sexuality with a reference to a pregnancy scare with an unnamed female partner.

  • 15th July 2011

    Elton’s wake-up call for astronauts 15

    The star gave the crew a wake-up call

    3:40 PM — Astronauts on the final NASA shuttle mission on Thursday woke up to a pre-recorded message from gay singer Sir Elton John.

  • Obama administration asks court to keep military gay ban for now 59

    The ban on out gay troops is set to be repealed this year

    3:30 PM — The Obama administration has asked an appeals court to reconsider a verdict ruling that the ban on openly gay troops should end immediately. Last week, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Pentagon to cease enforcing the ban.

  • Travel: A Pacific paradise and the Latin New York 7

    A view from a balcony at Casa Cupula

    3:00 PM — Why should gay travellers consider Mexico? Martin Popplewell visits Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City to find out more.

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