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  • 27th September 2010

    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.

  • 24th September 2010

    Gay men achieve world’s longest kiss 8

    Matty Daley and Bobby Canciello on their record-breaking attempt

    10:44 AM — Two American gay men have broken the world record for the longest kiss - locking lips for almost 33 hours. Students Matty Daley and Bobby Canciello, who are just friends, hope to win a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for their achievement.

  • 23rd September 2010

    Anti-gay megachurch preacher denies sex with young men

    Eddie Long has been accused of coercing young men into sex

    5:04 PM — The pastor of one of America's largest congregations is denying that he coerced three young men into sex by offering them cars, jewellery and cash. Eddie Long, the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, has frequently attacked homosexuality and has called for a national ban on gay marriage.

  • Florida ends ban on gays and lesbians adopting 4

    Florida's ban on gays and lesbians adopting has been overturned (Photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    1:44 PM — The US state of Florida has overturned its ban on gays and lesbians adopting children. Governor Charlie Crist announced the 3rd District Court of Appeal ruling yesterday and said the ban would end immediately, although the decision can be appealed.

  • 22nd September 2010

    Lesbian feminist writer Jill Johnston dies aged 81 6

    Jill Johnstone died last week

    6:15 PM — The feminist author Jill Johnston has died of a stroke at the age of 81. she lived with her wife and partner of 30 years Ingrid Nyeboe in northwestern Connecticut after their second marriage last year.

  • 21st September 2010

    Senate to vote on out gay soldiers 2

    The US Senate will vote later today (Photo: US Army)

    6:37 PM — The US Senate is to vote today on a bill which contains a measure to repeal the ban on out gay soldiers in the military. The measure has been added to the National Defence Authorisation Act and Democrat senators need 60 votes for it to progress to a debate on the floor.

  • 20th September 2010

    Lady Gaga to join gay rights protest 7

    Lady Gaga will join a protest today

    3:43 PM — Lady Gaga will join a protest in Maine against the ban on out gay soldiers in the US military. A spokesman from the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network said the bisexual singer would join LGBT veterans at the event today in Portland.

  • 19th September 2010

    Montana Republicans want to make homosexuality and straight public hand holding illegal 29

    The ban on homosexuality is included in a list of bizarre proposed prohibitions

    6:50 PM — As socially conservative 'Tea Party' win a number of victories in Republican primaries across the United States of America, it has emerged that the Republican Party in Montana has retained a policy to criminalise homosexuality in the state. Although the proposed ban sits alongside bizarre official policies including a proposed ban on mixed sex couples holding hands after sunset.

  • 17th September 2010

    California waiter ‘stabbed for being gay’ 5

    The waiter was attacked in what police say was a hate crime

    6:02 PM — A waiter in Santa Maria, California, is recovering in hospital after he was stabbed for "being gay". Police said the unnamed waiter was at work in a Denny's restaurant when 24-year-old Curtis Martin tapped on the window and asked to use the toilet.

  • 16th September 2010

    Nearly 90 per cent of US gay students harassed over sexuality

    Homophobic bullying led to students skipping more classes

    11:22 AM — A US survey of more than 7,000 LGBT students has suggested that the vast majority are harassed at school for their sexuality or gender identity. The national survey found that 84 per cent were verbally harassed and 18 per cent were physically attacked for being gay, lesbian or bisexual.

  • 15th September 2010

    Gay mayor gets a step closer to being a congressman

    David Cicilline hopes to become the fourth out gay Congressman

    6:08 PM — The mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, has won the Democratic nomination for a seat in Congress. David Cicilline, 48, is gay and has served two terms as mayor.

  • Ricky Martin ‘more creative’ after coming out 2

    Ricky Martin came out in March

    3:54 PM — Ricky Martin is more creative after coming out as gay, his songwriting partner says. The singer came out in March after years of speculation about his sexuality and songwriter Desmond Child says the admission has changed him for the better.

  • 14th September 2010

    Video: Lady Gaga defends meat dress as part of protest for gay rights 10

    Lady Gaga said the meat dress was about gay equality (Photo: MTV)

    4:44 PM — Lady Gaga has revealed that one of the dresses she wore to the MTV awards was made of real meat. The bisexual singer was criticised for the choice by animal rights organisations, who said it was another animal that had been killed.

  • 13th September 2010

    Florida governor to promise gay rights reforms – but not marriage 9

    Charlie Crist is expected to promise a range of gay rights measures

    5:53 PM — Charlie Crist, the Republican governor of Florida, will reportedly introduce a package of gay rights measures in the state, although marriage equality will not be one of them.

  • 50 Cent in hot water for ‘anti-gay violence’ tweet 31

    50 Cent was urged to speak out against homophobic violence

    4:24 PM — Rapper 50 Cent has been urged to apologise by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for a "homophobic" twitter message.

  • Lesbian flight nurse launches legal action over military gay ban 7

    Margaret Witt was sacked after being outed

    3:49 PM — Another federal trial began today against the US ban on openly gay soldiers in the military. Former Major Margaret Witt, a flight nurse with 19 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves, was sacked under the law in 2007.

  • Lady Gaga supports gay soldiers as she picks up 8 MTV awards 8

    Lady Gaga won eight MTV awards

    11:07 AM — Lady Gaga won eight MTV awards last night, including video of the year for the single Bad Romance. The bisexual star was accompanied to the Los Angeles ceremony by four gay US military veterans who had been dismissed under the ban on out gay soldiers.

  • 10th September 2010

    US federal judge rules ban on out gay soldiers is unconstitutional 4

    The US military bans out gay soldiers

    11:19 AM — A US federal judge has ruled that the ban on gay soldiers serving openly in the military violates the US constitution. US District Judge Virginia Phillips said yesterday she would issue an injunction barring the government from enforcing the policy.

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