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  • 5th October 2010

    Gay skydiving instructor sues after being sacked for ‘groping woman’ 10

    Donald Zarda has filed a lawsuit

    1:34 PM — A gay skydiving instructor is suing his company after he was sacked for allegedly groping a young female student. Donald Zarda, 40, says there is "no way" the alleged incident could have happened because he is "100 per cent gay".

  • ‘Homophobic’ attack at New York’s Stonewall Inn

    A gay man was allegedly attacked in the Stonewall Inn

    1:29 PM — Two men were arrested on Sunday evening after a man was beaten in a "homophobic" attack in the Stonewall Inn in New York. The pub is a symbol of the birth of the gay rights movement after patrons staged protests in 1969 against police raids.

  • Daniel Radcliffe ‘heartbroken’ by gay teen suicides 8

    Daniel Radcliffe expressed his sadness at the suicides (Photo: David Jo)

    10:57 AM — Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has said he is "heartbroken" after hearing about a spate of suicides among young gay American men. The straight star has become known as a gay rights advocate, having recently appeared in a television ad to combat homophobia.

  • 4th October 2010

    US research says 8% of men and 7% of women are gay or bisexual 41

    Ellen and Portia DeGeneres, America's most famous lesbian couple

    6:02 PM — American research suggests that eight per cent of men and seven per cent of women describe themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual. Last month, a British study of 450,000 adults claimed that just 1.5 per cent were lesbian, gay or bisexual.

  • Megachurch pastor accused of seducing young men says faith has been strengthened

    Eddie Long has not addressed the lawsuits directly

    5:25 PM — Eddie Long, the American megachurch pastor accused of seducing young men, says his faith has been strengthened. In his second Sunday sermon since the allegations broke, the Atlanta pastor made no explicit reference to the four lawsuits against him.

  • Hundreds attend vigil for US gay student who jumped from bridge 5

    A vigil was held for Tyler Clementi

    4:37 PM — Hundreds of people joined a vigil last night for 19-year-old student Tyler Clementi, who killed himself after his sexual encounter with a man was streamed online without his knowledge.

  • 50 Cent: ‘Anti-gay’ suicide comment was misinterpreted 22

    50 Cent said his comment had been misinterpreted

    11:57 AM — The rapper 50 Cent has defended a Twitter remark which was interpreted as a joke that gay men should kill themselves. The star, real name Curtis Jackson, said that the comment was "turned into an anti-gay statement".

  • 3rd October 2010

    Five ‘gay’ US teens kill themselves in just three weeks 23

    Raymond Chase is the latest US teenager to take their own life

    1:06 AM — Five US teenagers believed to have been gay have taken their own lives in the past three weeks, it has emerged. The most recent, Raymond Chase, was a 19-year-old studying at Johnson and Wales University, Rhode Island. He reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his dormitory.

  • 1st October 2010

    50 Cent says men who don’t sleep with women ‘should just kill themselves’ 125

    50 Cent has been accused of homophobia in the past

    4:48 PM — Rap star 50 Cent has suggested that men who do not sleep with women should "just kill yourself". The star, real name Curtis Jackson, posted the message shortly after the death of 19-year-old gay student Tyler Clementi.

  • Four US teens bullied for being gay commit suicide in a month 26

    Asher Brown was one of four US teenagers to commit suicide after anti-gay harassment

    3:33 PM — At least four incidents of young men killing themselves after being bullied over their sexual orientation have been reported in the US in the last month. The most recent death was of New Jersey student Tyler Clementi, who jumped from a bridge after his roommate allegedly taped him having sex with a man.

  • 30th September 2010

    US suicide teenager may have asked for help over webcam spying 14

    Tyler Clementi may have asked for help before killing himself

    5:22 PM — The American student who killed himself after a roommate allegedly recorded him having gay sex may have asked for help, reports suggest. A strikingly similar plea for advice was posted on a gay community website.

  • Tasmania to recognise foreign gay marriages 4

    Tasmania will recognise foreign gay marriages

    3:15 PM — Tasmania is to become the first Australian state to recognise gay marriages performed abroad. They will be recognised as Tasmanian deeds of relationship, which are similar to civil partnerships.

  • California governor Schwarzenegger signs ‘gay cure’ repeal bill 3

    California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the repeal bill

    2:24 PM — California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill to remove a 'gay cure' provision from the state's laws. The 1950 law instructed California's State Department of Mental Health to investigate and research "the causes and cures of homosexuality".

  • US teenager kills himself after roommate ‘taped him having sex with a man’ 37

    Tyler Clementi apparently killed himself by jumping from the George Washington Bridge

    11:08 AM — An American student committed suicide after his roommate allegedly taped him having sex with a man and streamed it on the internet. Tyler Clementi, 18, a student at Rutgers University in New Jersey, is thought to have jumped from the George Washington Bridge on September 22nd.

  • 29th September 2010

    British army claims having openly gay soldiers has ‘increased productivity’ 9

    Gay Trooper James Wharton on the cover of Soldier

    11:43 PM — Following the defeat of a vote in the US Senate to debate ending the US army's Don't ask, Don't tell' policy, the British army claims that allowing gay and lesbians to openly served has improved the armed forces.

  • 28th September 2010

    Judge rules sacked lesbian flight nurse should be reinstated

    Major Margaret Witt should be reinstated, a judge ruled

    4:25 PM — A flight nurse sacked under Don't Ask, Don't Tell should be reinstated, a federal judge has ruled. Former Major Margaret Witt was sacked in 2007 after 19 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves.

  • 27th September 2010

    Ann Coulter tells gay Republicans ‘marriage isn’t a civil right’ 81

    Ann Coulter is a conservative newspaper columnist

    4:21 PM — US columnist, Ann Coulter has told an audience of gay Republicans, meeting at the home of PayPal founder Peter Thiel, that gay marriage isn't a civil right. According to US blog Politico, Ms Coulter told 150 attendees of the Homocon event that "marriage ‘is not a civil right – you’re not black!"

  • Former neo-Nazi to address US gay students 11

    Tom "T.J." Leyden spent 15 years campaigning against gay people

    11:34 AM — A former US neo-Nazi activist is to speak at an event hosted by the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer) committee of the State University of New York College (SUNY) at Cortland. Tom "T.J." Leyden spent 15 years as a white supremacist and recruiter, campaigning against blacks, Latinos, Jews and gays before turning his back on the movement.

  • Humphrey Bogart slept with 1,000 women out of fear he was gay 14

    Humphrey Bogart died in 1957

    11:07 AM — A new biography of Humphrey Bogart claims he slept with a thousand women, partly because he feared that he was becoming gay. 'Humphrey Bogart, the Making of a Legend' by journalist Darwin Porter claims that before the Hollywood star married actress Lauren Bacall in 1945, he had slept with an estimated 1,000 women including Bette Davis, Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich and Ingrid Bergman.

  • Anti-gay pastor Eddie Long vows to ‘fight’ gay sex claims

    Eddie Long said he would fight the allegations

    10:58 AM — Eddie Long, the anti-gay leader of one of America's largest church congregations, has said he will fight allegations he coerced young men in his flock to have sex with him. Last week, three young men filed lawsuits alleging that Mr Long gave them money, cars and holidays in return for massages, oral sex and masturbation.

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