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  • 23rd November 2010

    Apple approves ‘anti-gay’ iPhone app 48

    A screenshot of the Manhattan Declaration app

    5:54 PM — Apple has approved an iPhone app which calls on users to sign up to a declaration against LGBT rights and gay marriage. The app is based on the Manhattan Declaration, a manifesto released in 2009 by Christian and Catholic leaders which rails against the "erosion" of marriage.

  • Pentagon: No gay soldiers fired this month 2

    There have been no sackings under DADT in the last month

    10:46 AM — No US troops have been fired for being gay in the last month, the Pentagon has said. Last month, defence secretary Robert Gates tightened the rules on dismissals, placing the power to sack out gay troops in the hands of just three officials.

  • 22nd November 2010

    41 per cent of US trans people have attempted suicide 3

    41 per cent of survey respondents said they had attempted suicide

    2:03 PM — A new survey of more than 7,000 trans people in the US says that 41 per cent have tried to kill themselves. The research, carried out by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, also found than 19 per cent had been refused medical care because of their trans status.

  • 20th November 2010

    Gene Robinson: Archbishop of Canterbury ‘abducted by aliens’ over homosexuality 29

    Gene Robinson will retire early

    5:26 PM — The Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, the first openly gay man to be ordained as a bishop has used his first interview since announcing his retirement to criticse the Archbishop of Canterbury. In a wide ranging interview with The Times, Bishop Robinson says Rowan Williams acts as if he was abducted by aliens and replaced with someone with a completely contrary view on homosexuality.

  • 19th November 2010

    Two soldiers held over shooting at Rio de Janeiro Pride

    The teenager was shot at Pride

    4:30 PM — Two soldiers are being held by the Brazilian army after a teenager was shot at Sunday's Rio de Janeiro Pride. Nineteen-year-old student Douglas Igor Marques Luiz was shot once in the stomach during the gay festival.

  • 18th November 2010

    Portia won’t be interviewed by male journalists 47

    Portia DeGeneres (left) won't be interviewed by men

    5:27 PM — Portia DeGeneres has been accused of discrimination after refusing to be interviewed by male journalists. The actress is currently promoting her memoir Unbearable Lightness but has only agreed to be interviewed by women.

  • US Senate to vote again on gay military ban 6

    The Senate is expected to vote on the measure next month

    4:02 PM — The US Senate is expected to vote again next month on the ban on out gay soldiers. Senate majority leader Harry Reid said the vote would be scheduled after Thanksgiving.

  • Bristol Palin says sorry for sister’s anti-gay comments 13

    Bristol Palin said sorry for the comments (Photo: Flickr user er3465)

    10:56 AM — Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, has said sorry after her younger sister used a homophobic slur. Meanwhile, a Republican gay group said the family were being unfairly criticised.

  • 17th November 2010

    Sarah Palin’s daughter in anti-gay row 31

    Willow Palin (left) accused the Facebook user of being a "faggot"

    4:08 PM — Sarah Palin's daughter used the word 'faggot' to attack someone who criticised her mother. Willow Palin, 16, told a Facebook friend that he was "so gay" and used the homophobic insult after he criticised former Alaska governor Mrs Palin's reality TV show.

  • US county elects first transgender judge 10

    Victoria Kolakowski is the first trans trial judge in the US

    3:11 PM — Victoria Kolakowski has become the first trans person to be elected as a trial judge in the US. She was elected as a superior court judge in Alameda County, California, beating deputy district attorney John Creighton with 51 to 48 per cent of the vote.

  • 16th November 2010

    Thirteen gay activists arrested after White House DADT protest 7

    Protesters chained themselves to the White House fence

    3:10 PM — Thirteen gay rights campaigners have been arrested after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest at the ban on out gay troops.

  • 15th November 2010

    US Supreme Court denies request to lift gay military ban 6

    The ban on out gay soldiers was upheld

    6:01 PM — The US Supreme Court declined a request to lift the ban on out gay troops serving in the military on Friday. In the latest round of the fight to have the law repealed, Republican gay group Log Cabin Republicans asked the court to overturn a lower court's ruling that the ban should remain in place indefinitely.

  • Marie Osmond: ‘My son did not commit suicide because he was gay’ 7

    Marie Osmond said her son was not gay (Photo: ABC)

    5:36 PM — Marie Osmond has hit at out suggestions that her son killed himself because he was gay. Michael Blosil, 18, committed suicide in February. There was speculation that he had killed himself because of his sexual orientation and his Mormon religion.

  • Texas gay couple marry by Skype 3

    Texas does not allow gay marriage

    1:04 PM — A gay couple have circumvented Texas' ban on gay marriage by marrying over Skype. Mark Reed and Dante Walkup used the internet software to link to Washington DC, where a registrar conducted the ceremony.

  • 12th November 2010

    New lawsuit over severance pay to outed gay US troops 6

    The ACLU is challenging the policy

    4:53 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has launched a lawsuit over the US Defence Department's policy of paying just half the usual severance pay to individuals sacked under Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

  • Illinois university official ‘fired’ for announcing lesbian wedding 6

    The Catholic university said Ms Tadlock showed "disregard for fundamental Catholic beliefs".

    3:00 PM — A lesbian official at a Catholic university in Illinois claims she was fired after announcing her wedding in a local newspaper. Laine Tadlock, 60, says that her bosses at Benedictine University in Springfield were aware that she was a lesbian but fired after she announced her marriage.

  • Video: Cindy McCain criticises DADT while husband John defends it 2

    Cindy McCain in a previous gay rights campaign

    12:39 PM — Republican senator John McCain's wife Cindy appears in a new video which attacks the ban on out gay soldiers. In the latest ad, she appears to be suggesting that her husband is partly responsible for the homophobic bullying with has led to a number of gay teenage suicides.

  • 11th November 2010

    Portia DeGeneres could be in first US Dancing With the Stars same-sex couple 6

    Portia DeGeneres could be asked on Dancing With the Stars

    5:53 PM — Portia DeGeneres has been tipped to be in the first same-sex couple on Dancing With the Stars, radio host Ryan Seacrest says.

  • Ricky Martin says he’ll get married when Puerto Rico allows it 12

    Ricky Martin said he didn't want to be a "second class citizen"

    3:17 PM — Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin says he will marry his partner when his home country legalises gay marriage. The star has not revealed the name of his long-term boyfriend, but says they would get married if they could.

  • Michigan students criticised for burning gay Pride flag 10

    The rainbow flag is a symbol of the gay rights movement

    2:39 PM — A private college in Michigan, US, says it has taken "appropriate action" after two students burned a gay Pride flag on campus.

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