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  • 20th April 2011

    Delaware approves civil unions for gay couples 3

    Gay couples in Delaware will have the right to civil unions (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    1:51 PM — The US state of Delaware has become the eighth to give gay couples the right to civil unions. The measure was approved this month by 13-6 votes in the Senate and 25-16 votes in the House.

  • US student charged for lying about anti-gay attack 28

    Quinn Matney's injury was self-inflicted

    10:25 AM — A student who lied about being the victim of a homophobic attack has been charged with filing a false report. Quinn Matney, a 19-year-old freshman at the University of North Carolina, claimed that a man shouted anti-gay abuse at him and burned his wrist.

  • 19th April 2011

    Evan Rachel Wood comes out as bisexual 31

    Evan Rachel Wood is bisexual (Photo: Esquire)

    10:28 AM — True Blood actress Evan Rachel Wood has announced she is bisexual. The star, who used to date Marilyn Manson, told Esquire magazine that she prefers to take the lead when dating women.

  • Facebook apologises for removing gay kiss photo 31

    The photo removed by Facebook

    9:55 AM — Facebook has apologised for removing a photo of a gay kiss. The image, of a gay kiss on UK soap EastEnders, was removed for being “sexually suggestive” and “abusive”

  • 18th April 2011

    Facebook removes gay kiss photo for ‘being sexually suggestive’ 75

    The 'sexually suggestive' image banned by Facebook

    4:27 PM — Facebook has apparently removed a photo of two men kissing for being "sexually suggestive". The image, of a gay kiss on UK soap EastEnders, was used by US writer Niall O'Conghaile to accompany a blog post about the kiss-in' held to support a gay couple who were kicked out of a pub.

  • US study: Gay teen suicide risk higher in conservative areas 40

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

    10:38 AM — An American study suggests that attempted suicide rates among gay teenagers are higher in areas considered less liberal. Researchers said youths were more likely to try to kill themselves in areas without gay-supportive school programmes.

  • 15th April 2011

    Bill could make gay history compulsory in California schools 30

    Schools may be required to teach gay history

    5:52 PM — The teaching of gay history could become compulsory in California schools if a new bill becomes law. The bill, SB 48, was passed by the Senate today by 23 to 14 votes. Its full name is The FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful) Education Act.

  • Gay dads celebrate 21 years with plastic baby 29

    The couple with Digby (Photo via The Daily)

    5:50 PM — If you thought Sir Elton John and David Furnish's son Zachary was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, then spare a thought for Digby du Pont. He's travelled the world, met celebrities and has a wardrobe of more than 300 made-to-measure suits. Not bad for a plastic doll.

  • Rev Jesse Jackson denies harassing gay employee 13

    Jesse Jackson refutes the claims

    4:23 PM — Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has denied claims he harassed and ridiculed a gay employee. Tommy Bennett, who worked for Rev Jackson's civil rights group Rainbow PUSH from 2007-2009, alleges that his co-workers discriminated against him because he is gay.

  • 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.

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