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  • 13th January 2011

    Maryland edges towards gay marriage 5

    Maryland could be next to allow gay marriage (Photo Ludovic Bertron)

    3:44 PM — The governor of the US state of Maryland says he will sign a gay marriage bill into law. The bill is currently progressing through the state Legislature and it is thought to have enough support to pass.

  • Obama calls gay Giffords intern a ‘hero’ 18

    Daniel Hernandez declined the title of hero

    2:30 PM — The openly gay intern credited with saving the life of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been hailed a hero by President Obama. Daniel Hernandez Jr had only been working for the politician for five days when a gunman opened fire at a meeting.

  • 12th January 2011

    Police chief of ‘America’s gayest city’ resigns after claims of homophobia 10

    Police had arrested gay men after approaching them

    5:11 PM — The police chief of Palm Springs has resigned after targeting gay tourists in an undercover sex sting. David Dominguez was also recorded apparently using the word 'faggot' and one of his detectives used the word 'c*******er' about a suspect.

  • Arizona prevents anti-gay church picketing killed 9-year-old’s funeral 34

    Children from the church at another picket

    3:58 PM — The US state of Arizona has quickly pushed through legislation to ban the picketing of funerals. The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church had planned to picket the funeral of a nine-year-old girl to gain publicity but now says it will not disrupt the event in exchange for air time on radio stations.

  • Shot pro-gay congresswoman given ‘101%’ chance of survival 6

    Gabrielle Giffords is expected to survive

    11:28 AM — A pro-gay US congresswoman shot in the head by a gunman is expected to survive. Gabrielle Giffords, of Tucson, Arizona, was shot on Saturday as she held a meeting in a shopping centre.

  • 11th January 2011

    Hillary Clinton pushes for gay rights but won’t support equal marriage 20

    Hillary Clinton said the Obama administration was leading the way on gay rights globally

    5:02 PM — Hillary Clinton says she's tried to put LGBT rights "near the top" of the Obama administration's foreign agenda. In an interview with US gay magazine The Advocate, Ms Clinton said there was a "rising global tide of violence" against LGBT people around the world and said America was "taking the lead" in making changes.

  • Johnny Weir: ‘I don’t celebrate being white so why should I celebrate being gay?’ 68

    Johnny Weir said he had no interest in being a gay rights activist

    1:40 PM — Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir says he was surprised by the press reaction to his coming out as gay. Speaking to NBC's Today show, he said he saw no reason to "celebrate" his sexual orientation.

  • 10th January 2011

    Pro-gay US congresswoman shot, six killed 29

    Gabrielle Giffords remains seriously ill

    5:30 PM — A pro-gay US congresswoman is in a critical condition and six people were killed after a gunman opened fire at her public meeting in Arizona. Gabrielle Giffords, of Tucson, remains gravely ill in hospital after being shot in the head at close range.

  • 7th January 2011

    Lesbians’ children ‘not hurt by meeting sperm donors’ 2

    The studies looked at sperm donors and their children

    4:49 PM — There is no evidence that lesbians' children are hurt or damaged by meeting their sperm donor fathers, a small study says.

  • US gay group urges CNN not to use guests from the ‘anti-gay industry’ 20

    GLAAD says CNN uses anti-gay guests just because they are anti-gay

    4:19 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has urged TV network CNN not to use guests from the "anti-gay industry". It said figures were being invited on air purely because they are homophobic, rather than having any expertise in subjects.

  • Figure skater Johnny Weir announces he’s gay 28

    Johnny Weir said he was "not ashamed" about who he is (Photo: David W Carmichael)

    11:45 AM — The US figure skater Johnny Weir has announced he is gay. The three-time US champion has refused to clarify his sexual orientation until now and previously said he did not want to label himself.

  • Miss America contestant runs on gay rights ticket 7

    Claire Buffie is a straight ally (Photo: Claire Buffie)

    10:44 AM — A Miss America contestant is competing for the crown on a gay rights platform. Claire Buffie, 24, who is currently Miss New York, is straight but has a lesbian sister.

  • 6th January 2011

    Lesbian priests wed in Massachusetts 9

    The couple married on New Year's Day

    5:32 PM — Two high-level female Episcopal priests married in Massachusetts on New Year's Day. The wedding of Rev Mally Lloyd and Rev Katherine Ragsdale is thought to be a first for the US.

  • Rhode Island gay marriage bill re-introduced 7

    Rhode Island is expected to return to the issue of gay marriage

    4:45 PM — A bill to allow gay couples to marry is to be re-introduced today. Democrat representative Arthur Handy told The Providence Journal he has secured the support of 27 so-sponsors and expects to sign up more.

  • James Franco: ‘Maybe I’m just gay’ 17

    James Franco said he had lots of reasons to play gay characters (Photo: David Shankbone)

    4:18 PM — James Franco has a history of taking on gay film roles, which has inevitably stoked curiosity about his sexuality. He told the Advocate last year that he was straight, but was more nuanced in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.

  • US Navy Capt fired for lewd videos 1

    The Navy fired Capt Owen Honors from his role

    3:46 PM — US Navy Captain Owen Honors has been fired from his role over the obscene comedy videos he produced for his crew. He lost command of the USS Enterprise over the raunchy films, which one gay group described as "frat house behaviour".

  • First US transgender trial judge is sworn in 8

    Victoria Kolakowski took the oath of office this week

    11:23 AM — Victoria Kolakowski made history this week when she became the first trans person to be sworn in as a trial judge in the US.

  • 5th January 2011

    New Rhode Island governor calls for gay marriage 12

    Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee supports gay marriage

    2:28 PM — The newly-elected governor of US state Rhode Island has used his first speech to urge for legal gay marriage. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican turned independent, was sworn in yesterday and took the oath of office on the front steps of the Legislature.

  • ‘Princess boy’, 5, inspires book about tolerance 21

    Dyson Kilodavis is happiest in fairy princess dresses

    10:16 AM — An American mother has published a cartoon picture book about her five-year-old son's love of wearing pink dresses. Dyson Kilodavis, who calls himself a "princess boy", loves wearing pink and purple frothy dresses befitting a fairy or a ballerina.

  • Video: Gareth Thomas tells Ellen he ‘prayed to be straight’ 27

    Gareth Thomas described how his parents accepted his homosexuality

    10:01 AM — Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed he prayed to become straight before he married his wife. He appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show last night and told the lesbian presenter the lengths he went to in order to avoid his homosexuality.

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