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  • 1st December 2010

    Men plead guilty to New York anti-gay robbery

    The attack took place in New York city last year

    3:53 PM — Two New York men have pleaded guilty to an anti-gay robbery which left their victim in hospital for three weeks. Daniel Rodriguez, 21, and Daniel Aleman, 27, admit robbery as a hate crime for the attack on 49-year-old Jack Price in October last year in the Queens neighbourhood.

  • Mercury ‘turns birds gay’ 12

    Vultures and penguins have also shown signs of homosexuality (Photo: Mike Baird)

    3:02 PM — Consuming high doses of the chemical mercury makes some birds appear to turn gay, scientists say. It is known that mercury reduces breeding rates in white ibises but scientists in Florida and Sri Lanka were surprised to discover that the higher the dose given to male birds, the more likely they were to try to mate with another male.

  • 30th November 2010

    Need to find a condom? There’s an app for that 2

    iCondom is available in the iPhone App store

    11:00 PM — Launched ahead of World AIDS day, a new Apple iPhone application helps people find their nearest condom dispenser in two US cities. The launch of iCondom in the USA follows the launch of an app for Paris and Marseilles.

  • Pentagon report says ban on out gay soldiers can be lifted safely 10

    The ban on out gay and lesbian soldiers can be lifted, the report said

    8:22 PM — A Pentagon report says that the ban on out gay troops in the US military can be lifted safely without too much disruption. The report, released today, said that the ban could even be lifted now, in wartime, without harming troops or the military's ability to do its job.

  • Johnny Depp: Disney execs hated Jack Sparrow and thought he was gay 9

    Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow

    4:34 PM — Disney executives hated the character of Jack Sparrow and one questioned whether he was gay, Johnny Depp says. The actor, speaking about his Pirates of the Caribbean character, said that bosses at Disney were confused and annoyed by the creation.

  • Kenyan gay groups concerned after prime minister says they should be arrested 9

    Kenya criminalises homosexuality

    3:48 PM — Gay groups in Kenya are concerned after the country's president said gays and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga made the remarks at a rally on Sunday in the Nairobi slum of Kibera. He said that men and women caught in the middle of gay and lesbian sex would be detained.

  • Texas gay Skype marriage annulled 5

    The couple's marriage was annulled (Photo: Matthias Homberg)

    12:17 PM — A gay couple who married by Skype in Texas have had their ceremony annulled. Texas residents Mark Reed and Dante Walkup decided to circumvent Texas' law against gay marriage by having a registrar in Washington DC conduct the ceremony over the internet but were told last week that this is not legal.

  • 29th November 2010

    Lesbian-only guesthouse now allows men 37

    The area is a gay and lesbian holiday hotspot

    5:07 PM — A lesbian-only guesthouse in Key West, Florida, is having to allow men in order to survive a tough ecomonic climate. Pearl's Rainbow, an award-winning 38-room guesthouse, has been running for ten years.

  • Australian gay MPs call for gay marriage 14

    Penny Wong is now in favour of gay marriaghe

    4:34 PM — Two openly gay MPs in Australia have backed calls for gay marriage. Senator Penny Wong and Greens leader Bob Brown spoke about why gay people should be given full marriage equality.

  • Kenyan prime minister says gays should be arrested 26

    Kenya criminalises homosexuality

    1:06 PM — The prime minister of Kenya says that gay men and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga made the remarks at a rally on Sunday in the Nairobi slum of Kibera.

  • Marines said to be most opposed to lifting military gay ban 10

    Marines were said to be most opposed to lifting the ban

    11:03 AM — The Marines are the faction of the US military most opposed to lifting the ban on out gay troops, reports say.

  • 2,000 join Delhi Pride

    The festival saw an estimated 2,000 marchers

    10:12 AM — Around 2,000 people joined a Pride festival in Delhi, India, this weekend. The event is the first gay festival since homosexuality was decriminalised last year.

  • Wikileaks says US had dossier on gay Tory Alan Duncan 25

    Alan Duncan appeared to have been of special interest to the US

    10:05 AM — US spies drew up a dossier on gay Conservative minister Alan Duncan, leaked documents show. Mr Duncan, now the international development minister, was apparently of special interest to the US and is the only British MP to have been singled out so far.

  • 26th November 2010

    Apple removes ‘anti-gay’ iPhone app 30

    The app appears to have been removed

    3:45 PM — Apple has apparently removed an app from its iTunes store which rails against gay marriage and LGBT rights. The app, created by a Christian group, disappeared from the online store after media attention, first reported on PinkNews.co.uk.

  • US judge says lesbians can be ‘cured’ by male soldiers 217

    Lesbians could be 'converted' in the military, Joe Rehyansky argued.

    1:37 PM — An American judge has been accused of advocating corrective rape for lesbians. Joe Rehyansky, a part-time magistrate and Vietnam veteran, wrote on conservative news site The Daily Caller that lesbians should be allowed to serve in the military because straight male soldiers could "convert" them.

  • 25th November 2010

    John Travolta enraged by gay sex claims

    John Travolta's lawyer demanded the claims be removed (Photo: Caroline Bonard)

    4:32 PM — John Travolta is said to be furious after a US gossip website published claims that he had sex with men in saunas. The star's lawyers have demanded that the story be removed.

  • Russian gay activists hold first legal demonstration 3

    The demonstration was held in St Petersburg

    3:27 PM — Gay rights activists in St Petersburg held Russia's first legal pro-gay demonstration last Saturday. Around a dozen people gathered in the city centre with placards calling for gay rights, following a European Court of Human Rights ruling last month.

  • Anti-gay groups upset at being called ‘hateful’ 38

    Anti-gay groups objected to being called 'hateful'

    1:53 PM — US anti-gay organisations have hit back after being included on a list of 'hate groups'. The Family Research Council and National Organization for Marriage were named by a civil rights body as two of 18 groups which "demonise" gay people and propagate "known falsehoods".

  • 24th November 2010

    Figures show decrease in US anti-gay crime 2

    Reports of hate crime are decreasing, the figures said

    5:40 PM — FBI figures for 2009 show that reports of anti-gay hate crimes in the US have decreased. However, a recent study claims that gays are more likely to be victims of violent hate crime than any other minority group.

  • Video: Fox News refuses to air gay military ban ad 13

    The video featured generals from other countries calling repeal a non-event

    5:38 PM — Fox News has refused to broadcast an advert which calls for the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The ad, by the pro-repeal Palm Center, features Canadian and Australian military leaders saying that lifting their countries' bans on out gay soldiers were a "non-event" and did not harm the military.

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