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  • 2nd June 2010

    Lesbian Glee star Jane Lynch marries 5

    Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester

    11:00 AM — Jane Lynch has married her partner Lara Embry in a ceremony in Massachusetts. The actress, who plays cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester in Glee, tied the knot with Embry in front of 18 of their friends and family on Monday.

  • 1st June 2010

    Gay US soldier Dan Choi on hunger strike 37

    Dan Choi in a recent protest at the White House

    5:27 PM — Gay US soldiers Dan Choi and Jim Pietrangelo entered their sixth day of a hunger strike today over the military gay ban. The pair, who chained themselves to the White House fence recently, announced last Thursday they were going on hunger strike and say they will not eat until President Barack Obama meets their demands.

  • Madonna celebrates release of gay Malawi couple 9

    Madonna thanked her fans for supporting the couple (Photo: David Shankbone)

    4:37 PM — Madonna has thanked her fans for supporting her call for Malawi to release a couple jailed for homosexuality offences. Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were pardoned by Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika last week after being sentenced to 14 years of hard labour.

  • A Team star Quinton Jackson says acting is ‘kinda gay’ 30

    Quinton Jackson said acting was "kinda gay".

    1:58 PM — One of the stars of upcoming film The A-Team has said that acting is "kinda gay". Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, the Ultimate Fighting champion, told the Los Angeles Times that it "makes you soft".

  • US Catholic Church ‘scapegoating’ gay priests 28

    Non-celibate gay men are barred from being priests (Photo: runneralan2004)

    11:26 AM — The Catholic Church in America has been accused of effectively barring celibate gay priests by asking new recruits a battery of deeply personal questions about their sexuality. Prospective priests are being asked the questions in an attempt to weed out those with paedophile tendencies but the church has been accused of "scapegoating" gay men in the process.

  • 28th May 2010

    Cult gay director John Waters has new book out 2

    Hairspray the Musical is based on Waters' 1988 film

    11:22 AM — John Waters, director of Hairspray, Serial Mom and a whole host of lesser-known trashy and camp underground epics of the 1970s inclding Multiple Maniacas, Desperate Living and Pink Flamingos, has a new book out this week. Role Models showcases his adoration for the the fringes of society and hose who dwell there.

  • US House delivers victory on proposal to overturn gay military ban 14

    President Obama has backed the ban

    10:20 AM — The US house of Representatives approved yesterday the proposal to overturn the law banning openly LGB people serving in the military.

  • 27th May 2010

    Massachusetts Attorney General challenges federal ban on gay marriage 4

    Massachusetts legalised same-sex unions in 2004

    3:09 PM — The Massachusetts attorney general, Martha Coakley, requested that a federal court in Boston yesterday strike down the federal ban on gay marriage, arguing that it interfered with the rights of individual states to define marriage and have those unions recognised by the federal government.

  • US Congress may vote on military gay ban today 5

    The "don't ask, don't tell" law may be repealed after 17 years

    10:42 AM — The US Congress is on track for taking a landmark vote over the issue of LGBT people serving in the military, according to the Associated Press.

  • 26th May 2010

    Canadian researchers argue for lifting of blood ban for gay men 9

    gay men are banned from giving blood in the UK, US and Canada

    3:47 PM — A team of investigators in the online edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal has argued that the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood should be replaced with a deferral for those who have been in a stable, monogamous relationship for at least one year. In Canada, the USA and the UK, gay men and any other men who partake in sex with men are permanently banned from giving blood.

  • 25th May 2010

    New Lady Gaga video is a ‘celebration of gay love’ 24

    Lady Gaga performing

    5:56 PM — Flamboyant popstar Lady Gaga has said that the video for her new single 'Alejandro' is a "celebration and admiration of gay love."

  • White House supports repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy 5

    President Obama supports the repeal of the ban on LGB people in the US military

    9:43 AM — The White House has given its full support to legislation that would repeal the ban on openly gay people serving in the US military. President Obama ordered a review of the policy, directing Defence Secretary Robert Gates to gauge the attitudes of military personnel and the effect on morale that repealing the ban might have.

  • 24th May 2010

    Lesbian pastor officially recognised by Evangelical Lutheran Church 3

    The issue of same-sex relationships remains divisive in the USA

    6:06 PM — The Reverend Mary Albing, who has been pastor at Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer in south Minneapolis since 2003, was finally officially recognised by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) this Sunday.

  • 18th May 2010

    Video: Daniel Radcliffe’s ad on gay youth suicide rates 14

    Daniel Radcliffe appears in the gay charity's ad (Photo: David Jo)

    5:45 PM — Actor Daniel Radcliffe has filmed a public service announcement on behalf of a gay charity. The Harry Potter star is a supporter of the Trevor Project, a charity which supports LGBT young people who are at risk of suicide.

  • 17th May 2010

    US lesbian bishop Mary Glasspool is ordained 9

    Mary Glasspool (right) is ordained. (Photo: Janet Kawamoto/Episcopalian News Service)

    11:14 AM — The second out gay bishop in the US has been ordained. Mary Glasspool, 56, was ordained as assistant Los Angeles bishop at a ceremony in California on Saturday.

  • 14th May 2010

    Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan ‘outed by softball photo’ 7

    Elena Kagan on the Wall Street Journal's front page

    10:35 AM — An American newspaper has been accused of outing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan by publishing a photograph of her playing softball as a student.

  • 13th May 2010

    Video: Laura Bush reveals she supports gay marriage and abortion rights 15

    Laura Bush said she was in favour of gay marriage

    11:48 AM — Laura Bush, the wife of former US president George Bush, has announced she supports same-sex marriage and believes abortion should remain legal.

  • Man jailed for 99 years for murder of Puerto Rican gay student 4

    The teenager was found murdered last November

    10:58 AM — A Puerto Rican man has been jailed for 99 years after pleading guilty to the first-degree murder of a gay student. Juan Martinez Matos, 26, admitted killing 19-year-old Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado in November.

  • Anti-gay activist George Rekers resigns over holiday with male prostitute 22

    George Rekers resigned from NARTH

    10:35 AM — George Rekers, the American anti-gay campaigner photographed returning from holiday with a male prostitute, has resigned from the board of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), the country's more prominent gay cure organisation.

  • 12th May 2010

    Glee creator calls for boycott of ‘bigoted’ magazine column 6

    Glee creator Ryan Murphy attacked the article

    7:01 PM — The creator of gay-friendly comedy Glee has urged a boycott of Newsweek magazine over a "bigoted" column. Ryan Murphy said that an article questioning whether gay actors could play straight characters was "needlessly cruel and mind-blowingly bigoted".

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