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  • 26th May 2011

    Men arrested for gay sex in Grenada 40

    Gay sex remains illegal in Grenada (Photo: Zak Gollop)

    5:28 PM — Two men on the Caribbean island of Grenada have been arrested for having gay sex. The men, aged 41 and 17, could face up to ten years in prison - the maximum penalty for same-sex acts.

  • Transgender woman attacked by mob in Virginia 25

    Police are looking for two more suspects

    4:30 PM — A transgender woman in Virginia was attacked by a mob outside a store last Saturday afternoon. The assault follows the beating of a Maryland trans woman in a McDonald's restaurant, which was filmed by a member of staff.

  • Video: Oprah Winfrey’s farewell to gay fans 15

    Oprah bowed out after 25 years

    3:48 PM — Oprah Winfrey ended her final show last night with a mention of her gay fans. The chatshow queen, who sobbed and laughed through her final hour, thanked viewers for their support over the last 25 years.

  • Texas judge expected to void marriage of trans widow 19

    Nikki Araguz's husband's family say her marriage is void

    2:35 PM — A judge in Texas is expected to declare a trans widow's marriage void after her husband's family launched a legal challenge. The ruling will mean that widow Nikki Araguz, who lost her firefighter husband in a blaze, will not be entitled to survivor benefits.

  • California first-graders learn about marriage equality 56

    Eric Ross read My Uncle's Wedding to the first-grade children

    12:06 PM — First-graders at a California school celebrated Harvey Milk Day last week by learning about marriage equality. Eric Ross, the author of new children's book My Uncle's Wedding, spoke to 40 six and seven-year-olds at a San Francisco elementary school.

  • Brazil’s president suspends school anti-homophobia campaign 72

    Brazil's president objected to the material (Photo: Agencia Brasil)

    10:38 AM — Brazil's president has suspended an anti-homophobia campaign in schools because she thought the DVDs and leaflets were not appropriate for children. President Dilma Rousseff's spokesman said she had viewed the material and "didn't like what she saw".

  • 25th May 2011

    Nevada governor signs transgender protection law 7

    Governor Brian Sandoval signed the law yesterday

    4:02 PM — The governor of Nevada has signed a law to protect transgender people from employment discrimination. Republican governor Brian Sandoval signed the bill into law at a ceremony in Carson City on Tuesday.

  • Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah says $50,000 fine for anti-gay abuse is ‘fair’ 5

    Joakim Noah said he accepted the fine

    11:42 AM — The US basketball player fined $50,000 (£30,968) for calling a fan a "faggot" says the punishment is fair. Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah said: "I made a mistake. I’ll learn from it and move on."

  • White House condemns Minnesota’s proposed gay marriage ban 22

    President Obama said last year his views on gay marriage were "evolving"

    10:14 AM — The White House has issued a statement condemning proposals to ban gay marriage in Minnesota, although it stops short of backing marriage equality. The statement did not explicitly mention the move but called such efforts "divisive" and "discriminatory".

  • 24th May 2011

    Tennessee governor signs bill to wipe out gay legal protection 70

    Governor Bill Haslam has signed a law that makes anti-discrimination protections void (Photo: Brian Stansberry)

    6:09 PM — The governor of Tennessee has signed a bill which gay rights campaigners say will wipe out all any laws which protect LGBT people from discrimination. Governor Bill Haslam signed the law yesterday. It bans cities and municipalities from making their own anti-discrimination ordinances and bans any area from having stronger protections than are available at state level.

  • Military chaplains want reassurances over opposition to homosexuality 57

    Chaplains want reassurances that troops will be able to express anti-gay views

    4:12 PM — Military chaplains are calling for reassurances that troops will not be punished if they speak out about their opposition to homosexuality. According to Associated Press, a joint letter from retired chaplains from 21 religious groups to the lead chaplains of the Army, Navy and Air Force says that troops may be unable to speak openly if they fear punishment.

  • Video: God Hates Fags demo leads to $50,000 donation to gay AIDS charity 28

    Many children took part in the God Hates Fags demonstration

    2:58 PM — A leading American comedienne known as 'the Queen of Mean', Lisa Lampanelli, has donated $50,000 to a gay AIDS charity in the name of the Westboro Baptist Church, home of the 'God Hates Fags' campaign.

  • Roommate of gay suicide student pleads not guilty to intimidation

    Tyler Clementi killed himself because he believed his roommate taped him having sex with a man

    2:46 PM — The roommate of a New Jersey student who committed suicide has pleaded not guilty to a number of charges. Tyler Clementi, 18, jumped to his death after allegedly discovering that his roommate Dharun Ravi had secretly recorded him having sex with another man and showed the footage to classmates

  • Toronto parents raise ‘genderless’ baby 110

    Baby Storm is being raised without a gender (File photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    1:50 PM — A Toronto couple have revealed that they are raising their third child as 'genderless' in order to allow the baby to decide on its own gender. Kathy Witterick and David Stocker, who already have two sons aged five and two, say four-month-old Storm should be allowed to decide his/her gender when he/she grows up.

  • US anti-gay campaigner: ‘We’re losing on gay marriage’ 58

    Anti-gay campaigners including Jim Daly concede they are losing the fight

    11:31 AM — One of America's most prominent anti-gay campaigners has conceded that the battle against gay marriage is being lost. Jim Daly, the chief executive of Focus on the Family, told an evangelical magazine that the majority of those under 30 now support gay marriage.

  • Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah fined $50,000 for anti-gay outburst 16

    Joakim Noah was fined $50,000

    10:33 AM — US basketball star Joakim Noah has been fined $50,000 (£30,968) for calling a rival fan a "faggot". The Chicago Bulls star, whose team lost to Miami Heat in the NBA play-offs on Sunday, was caught on camera saying “f**k you faggot” to the fan.

  • 23rd May 2011

    Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah apologises for gay slur 10

    Joakim Noah said sorry today

    5:07 PM — Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah has apologised for calling a fan a “faggot” at last night’s game. The player, whose team lost to Miami Heat in the NBA play-offs, was caught on camera saying “f**k you faggot” to a fan. Today, the 26-year-old said: “I apologise. “The fan said something to me that I thought […]

  • Minnesota voters to decide on gay marriage ban 79

    Minnesota voters will be asked whether gay marriage should be banned in the consitution (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    10:50 AM — Voters in the US state of Minnesota will decide next year whether to place a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Late on Saturday night, the state House voted to allow voters to decide the issue.

  • 21st May 2011

    Tennessee Senate approves ‘don’t say gay’ bill 629

    Tennessee's senate voted for the ban

    12:08 AM — Tennessee’s Senate has passed a bill that proposes to introduce a ban of discussing homosexuality within schools. The bill, approved by 5 votes to 4 at the Senate will ban all teachers in public elementary and middle schools from talking about the subject.

  • 20th May 2011

    Another US poll finds majority support for gay marriage 23

    A majority want marriage equality, the poll said

    5:41 PM — A Gallup poll has found that 53 per cent of American respondents support giving gay couples the right to marry. This is the first time a Gallup poll has found a majority in favour of marriage equality.

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