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  • 12th July 2011

    James Franco: ‘Rumours said I was a gay rapist’ 13

    James Franco has taken on gay film roles (Photo: David Shankbone)

    4:23 PM — Actor James Franco has revealed he was the subject of rumours which claimed he had raped a former boyfriend. In an interview with Playboy magazine, he said he had been a victim of false accusations that he had dated a man for six months and then beat him up.

  • Video: Clinic owned by Michele Bachmann and husband tries to ‘cure’ gays 21

    A counsellor at the company owned by Michele Bachmann's husband was filmed trying to 'cure' a gay man

    2:47 PM — Video footage has been emerged of a counsellor at a clinic owned by Michele Bachmann and her husband telling a gay man he can become straight. Mrs Bachmann is a Republican presidential candidate with a history of making offensive remarks about gay people.

  • 11th July 2011

    US Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s husband ‘tried to cure gays’ 141

    Michele Bachmann's husband is a Christian counsellor

    3:13 PM — The husband of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has been accused of trying to cure gay people. Marcus Bachmann, a Christian counselling therapist, has denied practising 'reparative therapy', which aims to turn gays straight, but several witnesses say the clinic tried to 'cure' them.

  • 7th July 2011

    Interview: It’s more than OK to be George Takei 15

    It's OK to be George Takei

    5:41 PM — For many, George Takei will always be Sulu, the helmsman he immortalised in the science-fiction series Star Trek. But the veteran actor has forged a long and diverse career incorporating stage, television, radio and film. He has been involved in civil rights movements for just as long. Laurence Watts met him at his Hollywood home.

  • New York register offices to open on a Sunday for gay weddings 12

    New York will soon allow gay couples to wed

    2:04 PM — Some register officers in New York are to open on a Sunday to give gay couples a chance to marry as soon as they can.

  • Appeals court rules that Pentagon must stop enforcing gay military ban 16

    The Pentagon must stop enforcing the law

    12:32 AM — A US appeals court has ordered the US government to stop enforcing the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) ban on gay men and women openly serving in the military.

  • 6th July 2011

    Lesbian asylum seeker wins right to stay in UK 6

    A court ruled that the woman could stay in the UK

    4:34 PM — A lesbian asylum seeker from Jamaica has been granted the right to stay in the UK after immigration judges ruled that she could face persecution if sent home. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was originally told by the Home Office that she could not stay.

  • California Assembly passes gay education bill 17

    Schools would be require to teach about gay rights figures like Harvey Milk (right)

    3:31 PM — A bill requiring schools in California to teach pupils about LGBT history has been passed by the Assembly. It has already been approved by the Senate and now goes to state governor Jerry Brown, who has not said whether he will sign it.

  • Brad Pitt speaks up for gay marriage 21

    Brad Pitt once said he wouldn't marry Angelina Jolie until all couples can wed

    1:39 PM — Brad Pitt has made a statement in support of marriage equality. The star, who once said he would marry girlfriend Angelina Jolie when everyone has the right to wed, was speaking after New York legalised marriage for gay couples.

  • Lady Gaga: ‘I don’t use the gay community to sell records’ 39

    Lady Gaga took a self-portrait for the magazine cover

    10:52 AM — Lady Gaga has hit back at claims she uses gay rights issues to sell more records. The star, who has called for gay marriage, led Pride marches and lobbied politicians and companies over anti-gay policies, is arguably the most influential gay rights campaigner on the planet.

  • 5th July 2011

    Trial begins for US teen accused of shooting dead gay classmate

    Larry King was shot dead by his classmate

    2:43 PM — The trial has begun in the case of an American teenager accused of shooting dead a gay classmate. Lawrence King, 15, who self-identified as gay and wore feminine clothing, was shot twice in the head on February 12th 2008 during a lesson at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California.

  • Ricky Martin ‘protected’ by gay community 13

    Ricky Martin said LGBT people had protected him

    1:18 PM — Ricky Martin has spoken of feeling "protected" by the gay community. The star, who came out last year, said he had been overwhelmed with the "love" LGBT people had shown him.

  • 4th July 2011

    WikiLeaks soldier Bradley Manning ‘bullied for being gay’ 13

    Bradley Manning apparently said he was bullied for being gay

    2:58 PM — It has been claimed that alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning was mocked and assaulted for being gay while in the US Army.

  • 1st July 2011

    US pilot says sorry for anti-gay rant 18

    James Fritzen Taylor said cabin crew were gay, old, fat and ugly

    3:07 PM — A US pilot has apologised after a mid-flight homophobic rant was accidentally broadcast to air traffic control. James Fritzen Taylor, who works for Southwest Airlines, was flying between Austin and San Diego in March when it is believed a button for the cockpit microphone was hit by mistake.

  • Woman, 74, charged with assault for kissing anti-gay preacher 45

    Joan Parker claimed the preacher had been screaming that gays will go to hell

    2:20 PM — A 74-year-old gay rights supporter has been charged with assault for kissing an anti-gay preacher during a pride event in North Carolina. Joan Parker, who attended last Saturday's event with her husband, says she kissed the preacher on the cheek while he screamed that gay people would go to hell.

  • Seattle man says ‘God told him’ to rape and stab lesbian couple

    Isaiah Kalebu claimed God told him to kill the women

    10:18 AM — A man in Seattle, US, has admitted the rape and stabbing of a lesbian couple, claiming that "God told" him to do it. Isaiah Kalebu, 25, is accused of breaking into the couple's home in July 2009 and and torturing and raping them repeatedly before stabbing them.

  • 30th June 2011

    Rhode Island governor set to sign controversial civil unions bill 13

    Governor Lincoln Chafee has been urged by gay activists not to sign the bill

    10:16 AM — Rhode Island's Senate has approved a civil unions bill for gay couples and state governor Lincoln Chafee is set to sign it. The bill was approved last night by 21-16, after it was voted out of committee stage.

  • Obama still won’t endorse gay marriage 38

    President Obama said his views are 'evolving'

    9:49 AM — President Obama has said that New York's move to legalise gay marriage is a "good thing" but still won't endorse the right of gay couples to wed. Yesterday, he held a news conference and a reception for gay rights campaigners. At both events, he refused to give his personal view on the issue.

  • 29th June 2011

    Gay campaigners oppose Rhode Island civil unions bill 7

    Gay activists want the civil unions bill to be vetoed

    3:20 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Rhode Island are urging the state's governor to veto a civil unions bill because they say it contains “dangerous” and “discriminatory” language. The bill is expected to be passed by the Senate this week but campaigners are deeply concerned about some of the religious provisions within it.

  • US presidential hopeful Rick Santorum hits out at gay marriage 52

    Rick Santorum has form for anti-gay views (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

    2:12 PM — Repblican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum used an appearance in Iowa on Monday night to rail against gay marriage. The politician, who has a track record of anti-gay remarks, said at the Lyon County Republican dinner that gay rights campaigners were deliberately trying to undermine religion.

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