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  • 16th April 2010

    Video: Ricky Martin is out, proud and nude 24

    Ricky Martin came out last month

    2:28 PM — Ricky Martin has celebrated coming out with a naked video. In the two-minute clip, called My Skin Talks, Martin is seen naked save for computer-generated tattoos and a strategically-placed shadow.

  • Obama gives gay partners equal healthcare rights 18

    Obama said that gay and lesbian couples were often barred from visiting partners

    2:10 PM — US President Barack Obama has ordered almost all hospitals to give gay partners equal rights in visiting and making decisions for their loved ones.

  • 15th April 2010

    Ellen DeGeneres named ‘most powerful gay person’ 7

    Ellen DeGeneres: Ranked America's most powerful gay person

    4:36 PM — Television presenter Ellen DeGeneres has been named the most powerful gay person America. The lesbian star, who is now an American Idol judge, won the top spot in Out magazine's annual Power 50 rundown.

  • 14th April 2010

    Huckabee compares allowing gay marriage to legalising incest or polygamy 23

    Mike Huckabee ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008

    2:42 PM — Mike Huckabee, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and is a possible candidate for 2012 has said that allowing gays and lesbians to marry is as inappropriate as legalising incest, polygamy and drug use. He also condemned gays adopting saying "children are not puppies."

  • Britney Spears had gay time at Palm Springs White Party 1

    Britney Spears is a gay icon

    12:24 PM — Britney Spears apparently had a gay old time at the annual gay White Party held in Palm Springs, California over the weekend. The pop star made an unscheduled appearance at the close of the event to support the signer Agnes who won the Swedish Pop Idol series in 2005.

  • 13th April 2010

    Rufus Wainwright claims 50 Cent is gay 18

    Rufus Wainwright is an out gay singer

    5:14 PM — Rufus Wainwright claims he just "knows" that rapper 50 Cent is gay. The Canadian musician told a magazine he loved his "cute little voice".

  • Soldier’s father will take Westboro Baptist Church to Supreme Court 19

    A protestor from Westboro Baptist Church

    4:26 PM — The father of a dead US soldier whose funeral was picketed by the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has said he will take his case to the US Supreme Court.

  • 12th April 2010

    Pope’s number two claims sexual abuse scandals due to homosexuality not celibacy 76

    Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is the Vatican's secretary of state

    11:55 PM — The Vatican's second most senior cleric has said that the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church are linked to homosexuality rather than celibacy among priests. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is the Vatican's secretary of state, effectively the deputy to Pope Benedict XVI made the controversial statement during a press conference in Chile.

  • 9th April 2010

    God Hates Fags church too extreme for KKK 47

    Church members with anti-gay slogans

    3:16 PM — The Ku Klux Klan has distanced itself from Westboro Baptist Church, saying it "absolutely repudiates" the homophobic church's activities.

  • 8th April 2010

    Gay playwright Terrence McNally marries

    Terrence McNally married his partner

    4:03 PM — The American playwright Terrence McNally has married his longterm partner in Washington DC. The pair already had a civil partnership but said they did not like "separate but equal".

  • US student told to change ‘gay’ Lady Gaga t-shirt 13

    Lady Gaga said Cole Goforth was "an inspiration"

    1:49 PM — A Tennessee student has accused his school of discrimination after he was told to go home and change out of a t-shirt bearing the word 'gay'. Cole Goforth's shirt read "I Heart Lady Gay Gay", a play on the name of bisexual singer Lady Gaga.

  • Troops ask how repeal of gay ban will affect them 12

    Troops questioned the impact of lifting the ban (Photo: US Army)

    10:56 AM — A meeting of US military personnel was held this week for them to question the impact of lifting the ban on out gay soldiers. Around 350 soldiers were picked at random and assembled at the Pentagon on Tuesday.

  • 7th April 2010

    Rising support for gay marriage in California 5

    California voters appear to be more in support of gay marriage

    3:49 PM — A new poll has found that 52 per cent of Californian respondents support allowing gay marriage in the state. Fifty-two per cent of the 1,515 people surveyed agreed that "same-sex couples should be allowed to become legally married in the state of California", while 40 per cent disagreed.

  • Cyndi Lauper opens shelter for homeless gay young people 13

    Cyndi Lauper will open a shelter for gay youths

    2:16 PM — Pop singer Cyndi Lauper has announced she is opening a shelter in New York for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people. The gay icon said the shelter would support people who had been kicked out by their parents.

  • California considers repealing gay cure law 12

    The law requires the state to find a 'cure' for homosexuality

    10:50 AM — California lawmakers are considering whether to repeal a law which requires the state to look for cures for homosexuality. The 1950s legislation says gays are "sexual deviants".

  • 6th April 2010

    88 gay couples marry in Mexico City 3

    88 gay couples have wed in Mexico City

    4:29 PM — Official figures show that 88 gay couples have married in Mexico City since same-sex marriage was legalised last month. Another 37 will marry in the next eight weeks.

  • School sent lesbian teenager to ‘fake’ prom 19

    Constance McMillen says she was sent to a prom with only seven students there

    4:11 PM — The lesbian teenager who won a court victory against her Mississippi school for its prom policy says she was sent to a "fake" event so other students would not have to see her with her girlfriend.

  • Gay wrestler Chris Kanyon found dead 6

    Chris Kanyon was found dead last week

    1:30 PM — One of the first out gay professional wrestlers has been found dead at his home in an apparent suicide. Chris Klucsaritis, 40, was found by his brother in his New York apartment on Friday and medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

  • 1st April 2010

    Analysis: Why are gays excluded from some clinical trials? 12

    Some studies insist on straight participants

    3:49 PM — Gay men and lesbians are routinely excluded from clinical trials for new treatments for sexual dysfunction, according to US research published last week. The question is whether this is a case of discrimination or just questionable experimental design.

  • True Blood star Anna Paquin announces ‘I’m bisexual’ 39

    Anna Paquin is bisexual (Photo: Kristin Dos Santos)

    3:34 PM — Anna Paquin, the American actress, has announced she is bisexual. Paquin, who is engaged to her male co-star, has never spoken about her sexual orientation publicly.

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