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  • 14th April 2011

    Basketball star Kobe Bryant fined $100,000 for anti-gay slur 35

    Kobe Bryant called a ref a "faggot". (Photo: David Allison)

    10:08 AM — US basketball star Kobe Bryant has been handed a $100,000 fine for using a homophobic slur against a referee. During Tuesday's game, the Lakers player called Bennie Adams a "faggot" when the referee judged he had committed a foul.

  • 13th April 2011

    Gay penguins book is back at top of complaints list 35

    And Tango Makes Three is considered 'anti-family'

    10:56 AM — A children's book about two gay penguins has returned to the top spot in a list of America's most controversial books. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell has been on the American Library Association's (ALA) list of the most complained about books for five years.

  • Student lied about anti-gay campus attack 41

    It is not clear why Quinn Matney made up the assault

    10:03 AM — A University of North Carolina student who claimed he was branded in a homophobic attack on campus lied about it, police have said.

  • 12th April 2011

    US student branded in homophobic attack 52

    The burn on Quinn Matney's wrist

    5:07 PM — A student at the University of North Carolina had his wrist burned with a hot object in a homophobic attack. Freshman Quinn Matney may be permanently scarred after the incident, which took place last week on campus.

  • More US schools warned about gay censorship 6

    Some US schools routinely block gay support websites

    4:21 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has written to more schools to question their filters on LGBT support websites. As part of the group's 'Don't Filter Me' campaign, it has sent letters to schools in Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania and Virginia, asking them to stop censoring the websites.

  • New Jersey trans man fired from men-only job 16

    El'Jai Devoureau was sacked on his second day at work

    2:52 PM — A New Jersey transgender man has been fired after his employers decided that he did not fulfil a men-only requirement of the job. El'Jai Devoureau, 39, was hired by a drug treatment centre last summer and was required to watch men giving urine samples for drug testing.

  • Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson calls party homophobes ‘disgusting’ 6

    There are homophobes in the Republican party, Alan Simpson said

    1:29 PM — Former Republican Senator for Wyoming, Alan Simpson, has hit out at anti-gay politicians in his party. During an interview with MSNBC's Hardball programme, he said men shouldn't be allowed to vote on abortion and called homophobes 'disgusting".

  • 11th April 2011

    Former National Organization for Marriage strategist turns gay civil marriage supporter 17

    Louis Marinelli says he now supports civil marriage equality

    6:52 PM — The former online strategist for the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage has defected and now says he wants to help gays and lesbians win the right to civil marriage. Louis Marinelli helped organise the US group's 2010 Summer Tour but said that during the event, the lesbian and gay activists he met "became real people" to him.

  • US HIV patients want right to HIV organ transplants 6

    US law forbids HIV-positive organs going to HIV-positive recipients

    4:05 PM — HIV-positive patients in the US are lobbying for the right to receive HIV-infected transplant organs. They argue that there are hundreds of HIV-infected organs available every year and that making the change would save lives and give more people the chance of a transplant.

  • US students charged with indecency for lesbian library sex

    The students were in a library study room

    2:42 PM — Two female students in the US state of Georgia have been charged with public indecency offences for allegedly having sex in a college library.

  • Lesbian judge in Chile fights for new US anti-discrimination laws 10

    Karen Atala's children were taken away from her

    1:57 PM — A lesbian judge from Chile is calling for new anti-discrimination laws to be introduced across North and South America. Karen Atala, 47, lost custody of her three daughters in 2004 because of her sexual orientation. She won custody of her children in two hearings, but they were overturned by the Supreme Court in 2006.

  • Glee and Modern Family tie at GLAAD Media Awards 9

    Glee (pictured) and Modern Family won GLAAD awards

    1:43 PM — Glee and Modern Family tied in the GLAAD Media Award for best TV comedy series on Sunday. The two Emmy-award winning shows feature gay characters and themes that have helped build acceptance of the LGBT community, the gay rights group said.

  • 8th April 2011

    Video: Lady Gaga confronts anti-gay preacher 15

    Lady Gaga confronted an anti-gay preacher

    4:46 PM — Lady Gaga has released a video of her confronting an anti-gay fundamentalist. The clip shows the gay-friendly star being handed a 'get out of hell free' card by a preacher as she arrived at one of her gigs.

  • Judge rules gay rights group can canvass outside Target 9

    Target lost its case against the gay group

    3:20 PM — A judge has ruled against US retailer Target in its bid to ban gay rights campaigners canvassing outside its San Diego stores. Target, which has been criticised for supporting anti-gay groups, claimed that Canvass For A Cause, which is working for gay marriage, was driving away its customers.

  • US military chiefs committed to ending gay ban 12

    The ban is set to be lifted in the summer

    10:35 AM — US military chiefs say they are making smooth progress towards lifting the ban on openly gay troops. During a House Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, the leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force and Marines said troops did not appear anxious about the change.

  • 7th April 2011

    Study says 3.8 per cent of Americans are gay, bisexual or transgender 43

    3.8 per cent of Americans are estimated to be LGBT (Photo: Made-Underground)

    2:39 PM — A study suggests that 3.8 per cent of Americans are openly gay, bisexual or transgender. However, the number of those who say they have engaged in same-sex relationships or sexual behaviour is twice as high as 8.2 per cent - or 19 million people.

  • Video: Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful’ voted most gay-empowering song 28

    Christina Aguilera says she values her gay fans (Photo: Raffaele Fiorillo)

    10:19 AM — 'Beautiful' by Christina Aguilera has been voted the most empowering song of the last decade for gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

  • Prop 8 judge speaks for the first time about being gay 14

    Judge Vaughn Walker has not mentioned his sexuality before

    9:05 AM — The judge who struck down California's ban on gay marriage has spoken publicly for the first time about the fact he is gay. US District Judge Vaughn Walker, now retired, was outed during the course of last year's trial by a newspaper which said his sexuality was an open secret.

  • 6th April 2011

    Hawaii moves forward with workplace transgender protection bill 3

    Hawaii will add trans employment protection to the statute

    4:02 PM — A bill to protect trans people from discrimination at work is moving forward in Hawaii. It has already been passed in the House and was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

  • New version of novel ‘From Here to Eternity’ to contain gay references 2

    Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in 'From Here to Eternity'

    12:57 PM — A new version of the novel 'From Here to Eternity' will contain the gay references originally included by author James Jones. The book inspired one of film's most famous heterosexual kisses, between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr.

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