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  • 7th June 2010

    Anna Paquin says bisexuality revelation was ‘no secret’ 8

    Anna Paquin said it wasn't a "big secret". (Photo: Kristin Dos Santos)

    4:41 PM — Anna Paquin, the Hollywood actress, has said she was bemused at the fuss around her coming out as bisexual. The X Men and True Blood star filmed an advertisement in April for gay charity The True Colors Fund. In it, she says: "I'm bisexual and I give a damn."

  • Ex-gay preacher Ted Haggard founds new church 23

    Ted Haggard urged gays and lesbians to join his church

    11:12 AM — Ted Haggard, the American evangelical preacher who resigned over allegations he had used male prostitutes, has set up a new church. He urged gays and lesbians to join his services.

  • 4th June 2010

    US Episcopal leader stands firm in support for gay bishops 8

    Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori supports gay bishops

    4:39 PM — Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the head Episcopal bishop in America, has said she will not bow down to conservative Anglicans who object to gay bishops.

  • Glee’s new Christian character ‘won’t approve of homosexuality’ 31

    Glee will get a Christian character who disagrees with homosexuality

    2:15 PM — High school comedy Glee will gain a Christian character next season who disapproves of homosexuality. Glee writer Ryan Murphy said he wrote in the female character to rebalance "jabs" made at America's right-wing.

  • 3rd June 2010

    Golden Girl Rue McClanahan dies 15

    Rue McClanahan at a 2007 book signing (Photo: Kevin Buckstiegel)

    5:24 PM — Golden Girls actress Rue McClanahan has died at the age of 76, her manager confirmed this afternoon. The star, who played Blanche Devereaux in the 1980s sitcom, had a massive stroke at 1am on Thursday morning.

  • Lifting US gay blood donation ban could add 219,000 pints a year 7

    The report said an extra 219,000 pints of blood could be found

    3:53 PM — Lifting America's ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood could provide an extra 219,000 pints a year, a report says. It also estimates that organ donations could increase by 2.9 per cent annually, meaning around 900 additional transplants could take place each year.

  • Lt Dan Choi ends hunger strike over gay soldiers 5

    Lt Dan Choi and Capt Jim Pietrangelo ended their hunger strike yesterday

    2:53 PM — Lt Dan Choi has ended the hunger strike he began seven days ago to protest over the US ban on out gay soldiers. He said it had been a "success" because it highlighted the use of extreme protests.

  • Obama grants gay federal workers more benefits 3

    Barack Obama has expanded benefits for gay partners of federal workers

    11:23 AM — US president Barack Obama has expanded benefits for the partners of gay federal employees. However, the Defence of Marriage Act means gay partners of federal employees will still be barred from accessing health insurance and retirement plans.

  • 2nd June 2010

    Lesbian and gay smokers ‘more at risk of respiratory illness’ 8

    LGB people are more likely to smoke than heterosexuals (Photo: Valentin Ottone)

    1:48 PM — Young lesbian, gay and bisexual smokers may be more at risk of respiratory illnesses than their straight counterparts, a study suggests.

  • 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."

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