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  • 31st March 2009

    Ellen and Portia honoured at Humane Society event 1

    Ellen and Portia have come out as vegan

    2:57 PM — TV host Ellen Degeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi have been honoured at a Humane Society event for their dedication to animal rights. Ellen came out as a vegan last October and the couple had a animal product-free wedding in August.

  • 30th March 2009

    Tyra scores at the 20th GLAAD Media Awards 2

    Tyra Banks receiving her award

    11:22 AM — The New York leg of the 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards saw Tyra Banks pick up one of the top honours of the night. Presented the Excellence in Media Award by gay singer-songwriter Clay Aiken, Tyra received official recognition of her efforts to advance the gay community.

  • Obama administration delays changes to military gay ban 19

    The 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy bans openly gay men and women from serving in the US military

    11:06 AM — US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said that the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy regarding gay and lesbian service members is unlikely to be changed any time soon.

  • 27th March 2009

    ‘Sex predator’ fears block trans rights bill in New Hampshire 2

    The bill to protect trans people from discrimination has failed

    4:37 PM — The New Hampshire House yesterday rejected a measure aimed to extend discrimination provisions to trans residents after opponents dubbed it 'the bathroom bill'.

  • 26th March 2009

    New Hampshire House votes to approve gay marriage

    New Hampshire may soon legalise gay marriage

    6:49 PM — The New Hampshire State House today voted to approve gay marriage. The bill, if passed, would make it the third US state to allow gay couples to marry.

  • Mayor Bloomberg shows support for gay marriage in New York 2

    Michael Bloomberg called for lawmakers to allow gay marriage

    1:17 PM — New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has urged the state to pass a bill legalising gay marriage. Speaking last night at the annual dinner of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in Manhattan, he said lawmakers must "do the right thing".

  • Vermont governor to veto gay marriage 12

    Jim Douglas has signalled his intent to veto the bill

    10:13 AM — Governor Jim Douglas has announced his intention to veto the gay marriage bill if it passes the Legislature. At a news conference yesterday, the Republican governor said that the state's current civil partnership provision gave gay couples adequate rights and added that marriage should "remain between a man and a woman".

  • 25th March 2009

    New York Senator’s U-turn on gay marriage 1

    Sen Charles Schumer has come out in support of gay marriage

    5:02 PM — New York Senator Charles Schumer has revealed that after years of opposing gay marriage, he now supports it. The Democrat made his announcement at a meeting in a Manhattan restaurant but did not release news of his change of opinion until after it was reported by Empire State Pride Agenda this week.

  • Gainesville keeps LGBT discrimination protections 5

    Gainesville has voted to keep its anti-discrimination provisions

    4:15 PM — LGBT campaigners in Gainesville, Florida, are celebrating after voters opted against stripping the city's anti-discrimination provisions. Fifty-eight per cent of residents voted against cancelling the anti-discrimination protections Gainesville extends to gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in order to conform to the Florida Civil Rights Act.

  • New York newsreader killed in ‘gay slaying’ 2

    Police believe George Weber was killed on Friday

    12:19 PM — The death of a New York radio newsreader has been described by authorities as a "gay slaying", according to reports. George Weber, 47, who worked for ABC, was found stabbed to death in his Brooklyn apartment on Sunday.

  • 24th March 2009

    Dolly Parton brushes off lesbian rumours 9

    Dolly Parton has denied being a lesbian

    5:12 PM — Country legend Dolly Parton has shaken off rumours she may be gay. The star has been romantically linked with friend Judy Ogle before but told AARP magazine: "We're absolutely, totally honest, open, and comfortable with each other.

  • Study explodes gay affluence myth 3

    The survey suggested LGB couples are more likely to be living in poverty than straight couples

    2:39 PM — A study of lesbian, gay and bisexual couples in America has suggested that they are as likely, or more likely, to be living in poverty as straight couples. It found that 24 per cent of lesbians and bisexual women are poor, while 19 per cent of heterosexual women experience poverty. Around 15 per cent of gay and bisexual men are living in poverty, compared to 13 percent of heterosexual males.

  • 23rd March 2009

    New Hampshire introduces bill to protect trans people 1

    New Hampshire is introducing a bill to protect against trans discrimination

    5:51 PM — The US state of New Hampshire is introducing a bill to protect trans people from discrimination. The bill means the words "gender identity" or "gender expression" will be added to current laws protecting from discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, colour, sexual orientation or religion.

  • Video: Portia de Rossi says sorry for ‘selfish’ gay marriage 8

    Portia and Ellen were married in August 2008

    3:20 PM — Lesbian actress Portia de Rossi has appeared in a short clip to send up opponents of gay marriage. When she appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show last Friday, the star, who married Ellen Degeneres last August, offered up a tongue-in-cheek public service announcement.

  • 20th March 2009

    Vermont senate committee approves gay marriage bill 3

    Vermont could soon legalise gay marriage

    4:10 PM — A Vermont senate committee has unanimously approved a bill to allow gay marriage in the state. The news comes after a week of hearings on the issue, including a public debate on Wednesday.

  • Federal judge orders gay men’s names to appear on birth certificate 2

    A judge ruled the couple must be allowed to list both their names on the baby's birth certificate

    2:44 PM — A district judge has ordered the names of a gay couple who adopted a child born in Louisiana to be added to the birth certificate. Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, who now live in San Diego, adopted the boy in New York, a state which allows gay couples to list both their names on the birth certificate.

  • Orange County school sued over homophobic and sexist threats 1

    The school is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union

    1:56 PM — Corona del Mar high school has been accused of failing to protect a female student who was targeted with gay slurs and threatened with rape and murder.

  • 19th March 2009

    Father of teen accused of killing gay classmate found dead 9

    Brandon McInerney is pleading not guilty

    8:08 PM — The father of a teenager accused of killing his gay fellow student was found dead on Wednesday, the same day the teenager was due to appear in court.

  • Dictionary redefines marriage to include gays 2

    Gay marriage is now in the dictionary (Flickr: Greeblie)

    4:15 PM — US dictionary-maker Merriam-Webster has redefined the word 'marriage' to include gays and lesbians. It added that the term also applies to "the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage".

  • Hundreds gather to debate gay marriage in Vermont 1

    Vermont is holding a week of hearings on same-sex marriage

    2:45 PM — More than 500 people flocked to the house chamber in Montpelier, Vermont, last night to testify on same-sex marriage in the state. Amidst a week of hearings, the public debate last three hours and saw 115 people testify in favour of gay marriage and 85 against it.

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