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  • 4th April 2011

    Defense of Marriage Act still applies to US immigration 6

    The Defense of Marriage Act remains law

    4:48 PM — US immigration officials have confirmed that the Defense of Marriage Act still applies to gay spouses seeking a green card. The US Citizens and Immigration Service briefly put gay spouses' applications on hold while it took legal advice but has now returned to processing them.

  • Elton John confirms Lady Gaga is his baby’s godmother 6

    Elton hosted Saturday Night Live

    3:44 PM — Elton John has confirmed that Lady Gaga is godmother to his baby son Zachary. The singer did a star turn on US show Saturday Night Live this weekend.

  • US lesbian teenager allowed to wear tux to prom 7

    The teenager was permitted to wear her tux

    2:34 PM — A lesbian teenager from Illinois has been given the right to wear a tuxedo to her prom. Belinda Sanchez, a student at Proviso East High School, was initially denied the right to wear the garment by principal Milton Patch.

  • Marc Jacobs president ‘made staff look at gay porn’ 11

    The New York company was named in a lawsuit last week

    10:41 AM — The president of fashion label Marc Jacobs is being sued by its former chief operating officer. Patrice Lataillade claims that company president Robert Duffy made staff watch gay porn, ordered an employee to pole-dance for him and treated the firm as his own private bank account.

  • New York ‘hate crime’ suspect says he is also gay

    One of the images Damian Furtch posted on Facebook

    9:18 AM — A suspect accused of a homophobic attack on a New York gay man has denied that the attack was motivated by hate and claims that he is gay too.

  • 1st April 2011

    Donald Trump doesn’t ‘feel good’ about gay marriage 98

    Donald Trump doesn't 'feel good' about marriage equality (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

    4:09 PM — US billionaire Donald Trump says he doesn't "feel good" about the issue of marriage equality. The thrice-married tycoon, who is a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has stated his opposition to the issue several times in the last month.

  • Nicki Minaj says ‘openly bisexual’ rumours aren’t true 8

    Nicki Minaj 'embraces gay culture'. (Photo: Truu Wiki)

    3:45 PM — Pop star Nicki Minaj has shot down rumours that she is "openly bisexual". The star, who has been linked to fellow singer Rihanna, said people were "thrown off" by the fact she embraces gay culture.

  • Adult movie actors’ real names revealed on ‘Porn WikiLeaks’ 18

    Adult film actors have had their real names leaked (Photo: Stag Shop)

    2:24 PM — A WikiLeaks-style website has revealed the real names, birthdates and professional names of 15,000 past and present American adult movie actors. The amateur website is causing concern among performers because some prefer to hide their acting careers from family members and employers.

  • Gay sailor told he can stay in the US Navy 18

    The military gay ban is to be lifted this year

    12:24 PM — A gay sailor who was outed has been told by a military panel that he can stay in the Navy. Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Morado, 26 told reporters that the three-member panel apparently agreed with his lawyer's argument that Don't Ask, Don't Tell is now dead.

  • 31st March 2011

    US report calls for study of LGBT health issues 4

    Health surveys should ask people if they are LGBT, the report said

    5:40 PM — A major US report says that the unique health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people should be identified. The Institute of Medicine report says that government-funded health studies should routinely ask people their sexual orientation and gender identity, just as they already ask about race and ethnicity.

  • US gay sailor outed by colleague faces dismissal 18

    The military gay ban remains in place

    4:12 PM — A gay US sailor is facing dismissal after a colleague outed him. Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Morado, 26, is to appear before a private military hearing today where he will find out if he is to be fired under Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

  • Washington state to recognise out-of-state gay marriages 3

    Washington will recognises gay marriages as domestic partnerships

    1:29 PM — The US state of Washington is to recognise gay marriages performed in other states as domestic partnerships. A bill has already passed in the state Senate 28-19 and by 58-39 in the House.

  • Louis Theroux returns to anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church 106

    Louis Theroux with his 'gift' placard

    9:42 AM — Four years after his documentary on the notorious Westboro Baptist Church, Louis Theroux revisits the homophobic Kansas cult to see what has changed.

  • 30th March 2011

    Young gay man brutally beaten at New York McDonald’s 47

    Damian Furtch needed four stitches after the attack

    1:31 PM — A young gay man has posted pictures of his injuries on Facebook after he was set upon in an anti-gay attack outside a McDonald's restaurant in New York.

  • US immigration officials put hold on gay spouse cases 5

    1:04 PM — The US is apparently no longer automatically rejecting green card applications from the foreign spouses of gay and lesbian citizens.

  • 29th March 2011

    Indiana Senate approves gay marriage ban bill 26

    The ban will only become law if approved by the public

    9:51 PM — The Indiana Senate has approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages and civil unions by 40 votes to 10. The public gallery had to be cleared after gay rights protesters shouted at politicians.

  • US gay and lesbian military group launches magazine 4

    The magazine is for gay and lesbian troops

    4:23 PM — The first magazine for gay and lesbian troops has been launched in the US. OutServe is currently available online, although publishers say the next issue will be in print.

  • US schools warned to stop censoring gay websites 51

    The ACLU says LGBT teens are being barred from information

    1:42 PM — American schools have been warned to stop censoring educational lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender websites. The American Civil Liberties Union has written to school districts in Missouri and Michigan to warn that filtering such sites violates the constitution.

  • Gay rights group wants military gay ban to end immediately 15

    The military gay ban remains in place

    9:05 AM — A gay Republican group has filed an appeal to end the US ban on openly gay soldiers immediately. The Log Cabin Republicans filed their brief in the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco yesterday.

  • 28th March 2011

    Maryland House approves transgender protections bill 7

    The bill does not give enough protection, trans campaigners say

    4:16 PM — The Maryland House has approved a bill to give transgender people more legal protection. However, trans campaigners are angry that the bill does not protect them from discrimination in hotels, restaurants and public toilets.

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