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  • 24th February 2011

    Congressman pushes for repeal of anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act 9

    A congressman is trying to repeal DOMA

    6:19 PM — A Democratic congressman is to re-introduce a bill to overturn the anti-gay Defence of Marriage Act next week. Jerrold Nadler, a representative for New York, is calling on other politicians to support the Respect for Marriage Act.

  • Maryland gay marriage bill gains preliminary Senate approval 1

    Maryland may be the sixth state to make gay marriage legal

    5:48 PM — The Maryland Senate last night gave preliminary approval for a gay marriage bill in the state, 25 votes to 22. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act will remove gender references in the US state’s marriage laws and give churches the right not to conduct ceremonies.

  • Hawaii governor signs civil unions bill 2

    Governor Neil Abercrombie at the signing ceremony (Photo: Ed Morita)

    1:06 PM — The governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie, signed a civil unions bill into law yesterday. The measure was approved by the Senate last week and will give gay couples almost all of the rights of marriage.

  • Christian website blames Christchurch Quake on gays 92

    The ChristchurchQuake.net website is hosted in Utah

    12:13 PM — Members of the LGBT community in New Zealand have denounced a US-based Christian website for blaming the Christchurch earthquake on vengeance from God because of the "amoral" behaviour of gays and lesbians.

  • 23rd February 2011

    Video: Barack Obama rules US will not defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act 13

    President Obama says that the Defense of Marriage Act is unfair

    9:10 PM — In what could be a historic advance for gay rights in the United States, Barack Obama's administration has announced that it will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act in two specific cases because it defines a marriage as only being between a man and a woman.

  • Maryland Senate debates gay marriage

    Gay campaigners want Maryland to offer marriage equality (Photo: Matthias Homberg)

    3:37 PM — Maryland's Senate began debating gay marriage today. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act will remove gender references in the US state's marriage laws and give churches the right not to conduct ceremonies.

  • Anti-gay singer Buju Banton guilty of drug charges 20

    Buju Banton was found guilty (Photo: Wili Hybrid)

    1:22 PM — The homophobic Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton has been found guilty of cocaine charges. The star was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms of cocaine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and aiding and abetting others.

  • 22nd February 2011

    Gay author and Narnia producer Perry Moore dies at 39 11

    Perry Moore won a Lambda Literary award for Hero

    4:01 PM — Perry Moore, a producer of the Chronicles of Narnia films and an award-winning gay author, has died at the age of 39. He was found dead in the bathroom of his Manhattan apartment by his partner Hunter Hill last Thursday morning.

  • Scottish police ‘are more gay-friendly than in San Francisco’ 12

    Scottish police are said to be more gay-friendly

    3:39 PM — Scottish police are more gay-friendly than their counterparts in San Francisco, a researcher claims. According to Northern Constabulary advisor Lisa Buchanan, victims of anti-gay hate crimes are more likely to come forward in Scotland than they are in the traditionally gay-friendly areas of California.

  • America’s biggest firms pay for transgender treatment 17

    Large companies would rather keep hold of talented staff

    10:27 AM — Some of America's biggest firms offer their employees medical insurance to cover gender reassignment. Companies including Coca Cola, American Express and Yahoo! would prefer to pay out rather than lose valuable employees.

  • 21st February 2011

    Target agrees to fund gay groups following Lady Gaga deal 44

    Lady Gaga's new single has been described as the 'new gay anthem' by Sir Elton John

    11:11 PM — A special edition of Lady Gaga's new single, 'Born This Way', is to be exclusively sold at the retailer Target. The company has in the past donated considerable sums to organisations that support those who discriminate or even advocate death and violence to gays. Now Lady Gaga has forced the retail chain to "make amends" and donate to gay rights groups.

  • Rufus Wainwright has baby with Leonard Cohen’s daughter 8

    Rufus Wainwright has become a father

    2:44 PM — Rufus Wainwright has become a father. The gay singer-songwriter announced on his website today that he and Lorca Cohen, daughter of Leonard Cohen, had become "proud parents".

  • Trans model Lea T says she wished she was gay 7

    Lea T said her family had come to accept her

    9:45 AM — Givenchy muse and model Lea T has revealed she used to wish she was gay instead of transgender. The 28-year-old was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey last week and explained how she had come to accept she was born in the wrong body.

  • 20th February 2011

    Preview: BBC investigates religious gay Muslim marriages being held in the UK and USA 22

    Gay Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been performing gay marriages in the USA

    11:26 AM — Less than a week after the government announced the process for religious civil partnerships, BBC Radio 5 Live are to broadcast an investigation into the growing numbers of gay Muslims seeking Islamic marriages.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio to play gay J Edgar Hoover in film penned by writer of ‘Milk’ 12

    Leonardo DiCaprio is to play Hoover as gay (photo credit: Georges Biard)

    1:23 AM — Former teenage heart throb Leonardo DiCaprio will play J Edgar Hoover, in a biopic of the FBI's first director as a cross dressing repressed homosexual.

  • 18th February 2011

    New Hampshire’s gay marriage law under threat 10

    New Hampshire's gay marriage law is under threat

    3:03 PM — Politicians in the US state of New Hampshire are attempting to repeal a 2009 marriage equality law. New Hampshire legalised the practice in 2009 but two bills to make it illegal are currently in front of the House.

  • Facebook adds ‘civil union’ status to profiles 23

    11:35 AM — Gay and lesbian Facebook users can now state whether they are in a civil union or domestic partnership on their profile pages. Groups had been set up to call for the change and the new options are being rolled out in the US, UK and several other countries today.

  • 17th February 2011

    US teen ‘killed gay man in panic after cough medicine overdose’

    Michael Anderson said in 911 calls he killed the older man

    4:49 PM — A North Carolina teenager accused of murdering a gay man confessed he carried out the attack after overdosing on cough medicine, police say. Tapes from emergency calls also suggest that 19-year-old Michael Anderson attacked 36-year-old Stephen Starr after the older man made sexual advances to him.

  • Justin Bieber: Being gay is a decision and abortion is wrong 572

    Justin Bieber won best break through act at the Brit awards

    1:34 PM — Fresh from winning a Brit award, teenage pop sensation Justin Bieber has suggested that homosexuality is a choice and that abortion is wrong even when pregnancy is caused by rape.

  • World’s first ‘gay’ beer brand launched 15

    Both labels can be worn as 'symbols of gay pride'

    1:02 PM — A beer believed to be the first specifically marketed to gay consumers has been launched in Mexico, Colombia and Japan.

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