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  • 4th December 2009

    Voting opens for Los Angeles gay assistant bishop candidates 6

    Two of the candidates are openly gay (Photo: Flickr user runneralan2004)

    11:42 AM — Voting opens today for the next Los Angeles assistant bishop and two of the six candidates are openly gay. The Rev John L Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev Mary Douglas Glasspool of Maryland are both in committed same-sex relationships.

  • More Adam Lambert shows cancelled over AMA gay antics 30

    Adam Lambert said he didn't blame ABC for cancelling the shows

    11:21 AM — Gay singer Adam Lambert, who provoked controversy at the American Music Awards by kissing a man, has had more TV shows cancelled. More than 1,500 US viewers complained over a gay kiss and simulated oral sex in his performance last month.

  • 3rd December 2009

    Anger at New York Democrats who voted against gay marriage 18

    New York gay activists voiced their anger at Democrat opposition to gay marriage

    6:43 PM — Several hundred people marched in New York last night to protest against a Senate vote barring gay marriage in the state. They rallied in Time Square and read out the names of the eight Democrats who voted against the bill.

  • US bill could see witness immunity for gay soldiers 8

    Gay servicemembers could get protection from dismissal

    12:32 PM — A bill has been introduced to allow gay and lesbian servicemembers the right to immunity when appearing before congress to give evidence on the current military gay ban.

  • US suffers another setback for gay marriage in New York’s Senate 46

    The New York Senate rejected gay marriage (Photo: Flickr user tonythemisfit)

    10:49 AM — The New York Senate yesterday voted to reject a bill which would allow gay marriage in the state. It needed 32 votes to pass but gay rights advocates were dismayed that it fell eight votes short in a 24-38 decision.

  • 2nd December 2009

    California groups ‘committed’ to 2010 gay marriage vote 6

    Proposition 8 banned gay marriage in the state (Photo: Flickr user joeand)

    6:22 PM — A coalition of Californian gay rights groups have said they are determined to get gay marriage back on the ballot next year. City gay rights activist Harvey Milk, they said he did not wait for research while campaigning for equality.

  • US actress Meredith Baxter comes out as a lesbian 6

    Meredith Baxter came out this week

    5:22 PM — Meredith Baxter, best known for her role in 80s sitcom Family Ties, has revealed she has been in a relationship with a woman for four years. The 62-year-old said she had not been "living a lie".

  • California man campaigns to ban divorce to protect marriage 10

    John Marcotte says 'Til death do us part' should mean just that

    2:51 PM — A California man is leading a campaign to ban divorce in the state. John Marcotte, of Sacramento, believes that if state voters think gay marriage should be illegal, divorce should also be outlawed.

  • Washington DC gay marriage bill passes first reading 5

    Washington DC may soon see gay marriage

    12:34 PM — A bill to allow gay marriage in Washington DC has passed its first reading by 11-2 votes. It was introduced in October by David Catania, one of two out gay council members.

  • 1st December 2009

    California’s biggest gay group withdraws support for 2010 gay marriage battle 2

    Courage Campaign said more time was needed

    6:26 PM — California's largest grassroots gay advocacy group has withdrawn its support for the campaign to get gay marriage on the 2010 ballot. Courage Campaign, based in Los Angeles, said it does not believe the movement currently has enough leadership or financial support to be successful in the next 12 months.

  • Last-minute ruling halts first Latin American gay wedding 11

    The couple planned to go to the registry office today

    12:15 PM — A gay couple in Buenos Aires, Argentina, have had their wedding halted after a judge intervened at the last minute. Jose Maria Di Bello and partner Alex Freyre planned to marry today on World AIDS Day after Judge Gabriela Seijas ruled last month that the ban on gay marriage violated Argentina's constitution.

  • 30th November 2009

    US trans sportswriter found dead 7

    Mike Penner worked for the Los Angeles Times for 25 years

    11:24 AM — A sports journalist who worked on the Los Angeles Times has been found dead in an apparent suicide. Mike Penner, 52, who worked for the newspaper for 25 years, had struggled with his sexual identity.

  • 27th November 2009

    California town’s mayor calls gays ‘sinful’ 42

    Osby Davis made the comments in the New York Times

    11:08 AM — Gay rights activists are calling for the mayor of Vallejo, California, to be censured after he called gay people "sinful". Mayor Osby Davis has since apologised for the remarks and said they were taken out of context.

  • 25th November 2009

    Poll finds New Jersey voters opposed to gay marriage 3

    New Jersey voters appeared to turned away from gay marriage

    7:09 PM — A survey of New Jersey voters has found that a slim majority are opposed to legalising gay marriage. The research, carried out by Quinnipiac University, found that 49 per cent of 1,615 voters were opposed, with 46 per cent in favour. The remainder were unsure.

  • Judge bars trans prisoner from hair removal 14

    Michelle Kosilek was jailed for murdering her wife

    6:39 PM — A US trans woman who is serving life in prison for murdering her wife has had her request for hair removal therapy blocked again. Michelle Kosilek was denied the request by US District Judge Mark Wolf.

  • Lawsuit filed over Atlanta gay bar raid 4

    The Atlanta Eagle was raided in September

    4:47 PM — A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 19 patrons who were detained in a police raid on a gay bar in Atlanta, US. The claimants say they were subjected to excessive force and allege police made homophobic remarks.

  • 24th November 2009

    Homophobic hate crime reports rise in US 3

    Overall, hate crimes rose by two per cent since last year

    6:00 PM — Statistics from the FBI have shown an 11 per cent rise in reports of homophobic hate crime across America in the last year. Most of those targeted were gay men.

  • 1,500 Americans complain over Adam Lambert’s gay kiss 35

    Adam Lambert's show on Sunday received 1,500 complaints

    1:53 PM — More than 1,500 US viewers have complained over a gay kiss and simulated oral sex in American Idol star Adam Lambert's performance at the American Music Awards on Sunday.

  • Lesbian deserter to have asylum claim reviewed in Canada 1

    The soldier claimed she was harassed after her colleagues saw her with a woman (Photo: US Army)

    10:45 AM — A lesbian soldier who deserted the US Army after claiming she had been physically abused and threatened has won the right to have her asylum case reviewed in Canada.

  • 23rd November 2009

    Staff relaunch Washington’s oldest gay newspaper 2

    The Washington Blade has been relaunched

    8:05 PM — The Washington Blade has been relaunched as the DC Agenda by its staff. It was distributed as an eight-page newsletter on Friday and former employees of the Blade hope to print a 16-page edition this week.

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