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  • 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.

  • New Jersey gay couples sue for the right to marry 33

    Gay couples in NJ will sue for the right to wed

    12:21 PM — Seven gay couples in the US state of New Jersey are to sue for the right to marry. The couples, along with some of their children, say they will file a suit in the state Supreme Court today to demand that their partnerships are recognised as marriages rather than civil unions.

  • 28th June 2011

    New York governor Andrew Cuomo tipped for 2016 presidential run 7

    Andrew Cuomo kept his promise on gay marriage

    2:47 PM — New York governor Andrew Cuomo's gay marriage victory may give him a boost for the 2016 presidential election. Five years is a long time in politics and Mr Cuomo has refused to publicly discuss his intentions, calling suggestions of a presidential run "silly".

  • Anna Paquin: ‘We should talk about bisexual prejudice’ 77

    Anna Paquin says prejudice against bisexuals should be discussed

    1:47 PM — True Blood star Anna Paquin says there is a lot of prejudice against bisexual people. The 28-year-old actress, who is married to her co-star Stephen Moyer, came out as bisexual last April when she filmed an advert for an LGBT charity.

  • Brazil judge approves gay marriage 11

    A gay couple in Brazil are now considered married

    11:30 AM — A judge in Brazil has approved the country's first gay marriage. The country legalised civil unions in May but stopped short of granting same-sex couples the right to marry.

  • 27th June 2011

    Perez Hilton: Gay men were embarrassed by me but I’ve changed 39

    Perez Hilton says he's changed (Photo: MichaelTuckerPhotography.com)

    3:54 PM — Exclusive interview: Like him or loathe him, it’s hard to deny that Perez Hilton is anything less than a media phenomenon. Though highly controversial in the past, he’s been better behaved of late. Laurence Watts caught up with the world’s most famous blogger to find out more.

  • Hundreds of thousands celebrate gay marriage at New York Pride 3

    This year's New York Pride had special meaning for participants

    11:57 AM — Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in New York on Sunday for the city's annual Pride festival. The celebrations were held just two days after the state legalised gay marriage.

  • New Jersey governor says he won’t sign gay marriage bill 67

    The governor of New Jersey said he would not back gay marriage

    10:45 AM — The governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, has said he won't follow New York in legalising gay marriage. Mr Christie, a Republican, said he was "not a fan" of allowing gay couples to marry and would be pursuing civil unions instead.

  • 25th June 2011

    Governor Andrew Cuomo: Gay marriage equality makes New York a ‘beacon for social justice’ 88

    Andrew Cuomo toured New York state to call for gay marriage equality

    3:30 PM — After signing the long awaited legislation to allow gay marriage in New York state into law, Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed reporters and said that New York has regained its reputation as a "beacon for social justice."

  • New York state approves gay marriage law 113

    New York legalised gay marriage

    9:13 AM — Late on Friday evening, New York became the sixth US state to legalise gay marriage. After days of negotiation over protections for religious groups, senators voted 33-29 to pass the bill.

  • 24th June 2011

    Women’s gaydar ‘better during ovulation’ 22

    Ovulating women have better gaydar, the study claimed

    4:27 PM — A small-scale study suggests that women's ability to tell whether men are gay improves during the most fertile phase of their menstrual cycle. According to researchers at the University of Toronto, women who are ovulating are better at deciding which men are gay than women who are not.

  • US pilot escapes sacking over homophobic rant 25

    The pilot was heard making offensive remarks about cabin crew (Photo: Aaron Escobar)

    3:14 PM — A pilot for Southwest Airlines was briefly suspended, then reinstated, over an anti-gay rant accidentally broadcast to air traffic control. He was heard complaining about "f**king homosexuals" and calling other staff members old, overweight and ugly.

  • Anti-gay singer Buju Banton jailed for drug offences 52

    Buju Banton was jailed for ten years (Photo: Wili Hybrid)

    2:07 PM — Homophobic reggae singer Buju Banton has been sentenced to ten years in jail for drug offences. The Jamaican star, real name Mark Myrie, was found guilty in February after a previous mistrial.

  • Barack Obama supports ‘equal rights’ but stops short of backing gay marriage 88

    President Obama spoke carefully at an LGBT fundraiser last night

    11:25 AM — Addressing LGBT Democrat supporters at a New York fundraiser last night, Barack Obama spoke carefully, aware of the current gay marriage debate in the state Senate.

  • New York gay marriage vote delayed again 37

    New York's gay marriage bill drags on (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    10:37 AM — The New York Senate's vote on gay marriage has been delayed again. The bill has already been approved by the Assembly but amendments to give religious groups more protection are being discussed.

  • 23rd June 2011

    Chris Brown defends homophobic comment to photographer 57

    Chris Brown called a photographer 'gay' (Photo: Gemma Mary)

    1:37 PM — US singer Chris Brown has defended himself after calling a paparazzi photographer 'gay'. The star made the remark after almost receiving a parking ticket in Los Angeles.

  • New Jersey man charged over murder of transgender model

    Victoria Carmen White was shot dead in an alleged hate crime

    11:43 AM — A New Jersey man has been charged with murder and bias intimidation over the death of a transgender woman last September. Victoria Carmen White, 28, was shot dead after an altercation on September 12th 2010 at a house in Maplewood.

  • Obama holds New York gala fundraiser for gay supporters 19

    President Obama is hosting a fundraiser for gay supporters tonight

    11:07 AM — President Obama is to hold a fundraiser for gay supporters in New York tonight - as the state Senate is expected to vote on a gay marriage bill. The gala was booked far ahead of the vote, making the timing a coincidence, albeit a happy one for gay rights campaigners.

  • 22nd June 2011

    30 Rock star Tracy Morgan apologises to Nashville for anti-gay gig 21

    Tracy Morgan: on a publicity blitz (Photo: Alex Erde)

    1:48 PM — US comedian Tracy Morgan has visited Nashville to apologise for homophobia during a recent gig. The star, who has embarked on a publicity blitz to show his contrition, addressed media and gay rights campaigners yesterday at a press conference organised by GLAAD.

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