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  • 30th December 2009

    Gay man shot dead in Washington DC

    Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward

    3:05 PM — Police are appealing for information after a gay man was found shot dead in his car in south-east Washington. Anthony J Perkins, 29, was found dead on Sunday near an airforce base on 4th Street when police responded to reports of gunfire.

  • Mexico City hopes to attract gay marriage tourism 14

    Mexico City hopes to attract gay tourists who want to marry

    2:01 PM — Tourism officials in Mexico say they hope to attract gay couples who want to marry in the capital city. The city became the first capital city to legalise gay marriage in South America last week.

  • Birth mother ordered to hand over child to lesbian ex-partner 72

    The case has received widespread media attention (Photo: Stonewall)

    11:52 AM — The biological mother of a seven-year-old Vermont girl has been ordered by a court to hand her over to her former partner.

  • 29th December 2009

    Gay couple become first in Latin America to marry 13

    The couple married on Monday

    2:36 PM — A gay couple who have been fighting for the right to marry in Argentina have tied the knot in Latin America's southernmost state.

  • 24th December 2009

    God Hates Fags church hates Lady Gaga 37

    Lady Gaga 'promotes homosexuality', the church says

    11:00 AM — Westboro Baptist Church has announced it will picket a January gig by gay-friendly singer Lady Gaga. The church, best known for its slogan of God Hates Fags, said in a press release it would protest outside a St Louis concert on January 7th.

  • 23rd December 2009

    Katy Perry in trouble over ‘transphobic’ tweet 19

    Katy Perry: attacked by GLAAD

    2:48 PM — Katy Perry has been accused of transphobia after using Twitter to mock a photo of trans man. The singer, who found fame with her faux-lesbian hit I Kissed A Girl, posted a photo of a naked man with a beard, hairy chest and breasts.

  • 22nd December 2009

    US law firm faces £31m sexual harassment lawsuit 2

    In addition to the $50m, Kamps is seeking to be reinstated to Fried Frank as a partner

    1:41 PM — A former associate at a major US law firm is filing a $50m (£31m) sexual harassment lawsuit against her former employers. Julie Kamps, who was dismissed from law firm Fried Frank in January, is claiming that a female partner at the firm harassed her and that she was overlooked for promotion because of her sexuality.

  • Mexico City becomes first Latin American capital to legalise gay marriage 22

    The decision to allow full marriage for gay couples prompted jubilation in the streets from Mexico City's LGBT community and gay rights groups

    12:47 PM — Mexico City has become the first capital city to legalise gay marriage in South America. Same sex couples have been allowed to enter civil partnerships since 2006 but the new legislation will give gay couple equal rights when it comes to family social security benefits and loans.

  • Filmstar Tom Cruise sued by alleged gay lover 27

    In 2001 Sapir claimed to have a video in his possession that proved he was having a "homosexual relationship" with the star

    12:04 PM — Hollywood film star Tom Cruise is being sued over allegations of wiretapping. Magazine editor, Michael Davis Sapir, claims that the actor hired private detective, Anthony Pellicano, to wiretap his phone. In 2001 Sapir claimed to have a video in his possession that proved he was having a "homosexual relationship" with the star.

  • 21st December 2009

    Canadian MP gets widespread support after Christmas card controversy 16

    The card shows Brison with his partner Maxime St. Pierre standing in an orange-coloured autumn field next to the ocean near their Nova Scotia home with their golden retriever, Simba.

    2:15 PM — Openly gay Novia Scotia MP Scott Brison has been given the support of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff after a Christmas card featuring his partner stirred controversy.

  • Proposed law change may ban production of bareback porn 14

    Bareback porn has become and major genre in the gay porn industry

    12:48 PM — An American gay health charity are planning to file a petition that could see a ban on the production of bareback pornography. California's AIDS Healthcare Foundation will file a petition to amend state law to mandate that all adult-film stars use condoms.

  • 19th December 2009

    US Assistant Secretary of State condemns Uganda’s proposed anti-gay laws 4

    Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa

    12:43 AM — The USA's Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs has said that it is urging Ugandan politicians to block a proposed law that would impose life imprisonments of gay people, arguing that it would set back the fight against HIV/ AIDS.

  • 18th December 2009

    Poll suggests almost half of Americans believe being gay is a choice 58

    The poll suggested many Americans thought being gay was a choice

    7:18 PM — A poll of 1,001 American voters has found that almost half believe being gay is something people choose. The research found that 47 per cent of respondents thought homosexuality was a choice, while 46 per cent opposed gay marriage.

  • Washington DC mayor signs gay marriage bill 12

    DC mayor Adrian Fenty supported the bill

    7:15 PM — Washington DC's mayor Adrian Fenty has signed a bill allowing gay marriage in the district. He signed it at a public ceremony at All Souls Church, which has a gay-friendly Unitarian congregation.

  • Canadian MP’s Christmas card attacked by homophobes 19

    Scott Brison is one of a handful of out gay Canadian MPs

    3:21 PM — A gay Canadian MP who sent out a Christmas card featuring himself and his husband has been attacked by homophobes on the internet. Nova Scotia Liberal MP Scott Brison's personalised card shows him and husband Maxime St Pierre on a walk with their dog.

  • 17th December 2009

    Homophobic singer Buju Banton ‘innocent’ of drug charges 22

    Banton is said to be confident he will be exonerated

    11:45 AM — Buju Banton, the homophobic Jamaican reggae star, is innocent of the drug charges against him, his lawyer has said. The Grammy-nominated singer was arrested last Thursday in Miami.

  • Gay activist killed in Honduras 12

    Walter Trochez was a well-known campaigner in Honduras

    11:32 AM — A gay rights activist has been killed in Honduras in a drive-by shooting. Walter Trochez, 25, was well-known for campaigning for equality in the country and had reportedly been harassed and beaten recently.

  • 16th December 2009

    Gay US students want mixed-sex dorm rooms 7

    LGBT students want the option of mixed-sex rooms

    6:53 PM — LGBT students in the US are campaigning for mixed-sex college rooms, saying many of them feel more comfortable living with someone of the opposite gender.

  • David Bowie album ‘the gayest ever made’ 1

    David Bowie's 1972 album was the "greatest, gayest" ever made

    5:46 PM — David Bowie's fifth album has been rated the "greatest, gayest" record of all time. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which he made in 1972, topped a poll by Out magazine.

  • 15th December 2009

    Guardian- The election of openly gay mayor Annise Parker shows Texas is not a conservative monolith 4

    Annise Parker is the mayor-elect of Houston

    10:18 PM — The Guardian's Amanda Marcotte argues that the election of openly gay mayor Annise Parker shows Texas is not a conservative monolith. But asks why the media can't accept that?

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