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  • 6th January 2010

    Portugal expected to approve gay marriage this week 14

    Portugal could be the next European country to legalise gay marriage

    6:30 PM — Portugal is expected to approve gay marriage this Friday when a bill comes up for debate in parliament. It is thought the law is almost certain to pass, as left-wing parties who are supportive of gay marriage occupy a majority of seats.

  • Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon to fight gay adoption ban 5

    Cynthia Nixon is kicking off the gay adoption campaign

    5:46 PM — Lesbian actress Cynthia Nixon will be kicking off a campaign to repeal Florida's ban on gays and lesbians adopting. The Sex and the City star will kick off the American Civil Liberties Union's three-year campaign to end the ban this weekend at South Beach’s Shore Club.

  • Amnesty International joins calls for release of gay Malawi couple 4

    Amnesty International called for the men's release

    5:15 PM — Human rights organisation Amnesty International has joined the calls for a gay couple in Malawi to be released from prison. The group said that Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who were arrested on December 28th, were "prisoners of conscience".

  • Video: David Letterman attacked for skit on Obama-appointed trans woman 20

    David Letterman was criticised for the skit

    1:18 PM — US television host David Letterman was attacked for a joke about Amanda Simpson, the trans woman appointed by President Barack Obama.

  • New Jersey in last-ditch vote on gay marriage 3

    New Jersey senators will vote on the bill tomorrow

    12:47 PM — New Jersey's Senate will vote tomorrow on gay marriage in a final attempt to pass the bill before a new governor takes office. A vote was cancelled in early December after Democrats were reportedly concerned the bill did not have enough votes to pass.

  • Rhode Island approves funeral rights for gays 6

    Gays will gain the right to plan their partners' funerals

    11:43 AM — Lawmakers in the US state of Rhode Island have approved a law to allow people in gay relationships to make funeral arrangements for their partners. They overrode a veto from Governor Don Carcieri.

  • 5th January 2010

    Trans woman nominated by Obama ‘not a token’ 8

    Amanda Simpson said she would always be "second-guessed".

    6:30 PM — Amanda Simpson, the trans woman appointed by President Barack Obama, has said she does not want to be seen as a "token". She was appointed to the role of senior technical advisor to the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security.

  • Warning over high HIV rates in gay African men

    Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of HIV infections in the world

    6:28 PM — A study in the medical journal The Lancet has warned that HIV rates among gay men in some parts of Africa are ten times higher than their straight counterparts.

  • Italian footballer player could be punished for gay magazine shoot 19

    Jesus Datolo in an image from the shoot

    6:26 PM — An Italian football player who posed in his underwear for a gay magazine could face sanctions from his club. Napoli player Jesus Datalo posed for monthly gay publication Romeo Mag.

  • Malawi gay marriage trial expected next week 6

    The couple's arrest has been widely reported

    4:28 PM — The trial of two gay men arrested for holding a wedding party in Malawi is expected to begin on January 15th. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza are being held in custody in Chichiri Prison and were denied bail by a judge yesterday.

  • Lesbian heiress Casey Johnson found dead 7

    Casy Johnson was found dead yesterday

    3:08 PM — The heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune has been found dead at her Los Angeles home. Casey Johnson, 30, had a history of drug abuse. Police said she appeared to have died from natural causes, although a cause of death has not been determined.

  • Court case on California marriage ban to be heard next week 8

    The court will examine whether the ban is unconstitutional (Photo: Flickr user albany_tim)

    1:11 PM — Next Monday, a federal court will examine for the first time whether the US constitution allows states to ban gay marriage. The case, brought by two gay couples who argue that California's ban violates their constitutional rights, will be heard on January 11th and is expected to last two to three weeks.

  • 4th January 2010

    Malawi gay couple ‘beaten in prison’

    The pair will face trial next week

    7:20 PM — A gay couple in Malawi who were jailed for holding a wedding ceremony have said they are being beaten in prison. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were denied bail and will face trial next week for indecency charges.

  • Obama appoints trans woman to Department of Commerce 27

    Amanda Simpson has been appointed to the Department of Commerce

    4:07 PM — US President Barack Obama has appointed a trans woman to the role of senior technical advisor to the Department of Commerce. Amanda Simpson is on the board of directors of the National Centre for Transgender Equality and has worked in the aerospace and defence industry for 30 years.

  • Copyright holder baulks at ‘gay’ Sherlock Holmes film 44

    Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes

    2:46 PM — The US copyright holder of the Sherlock Holmes series has threatened to withdraw permission for a film sequel if producers develop a homoerotic storyline.

  • Bisexual penguin fights serious illness 7

    Harry is suffering from a 'serious' illness

    1:17 PM — The bisexual penguin at the centre of a much-reported love triangle is gravely ill. Harry, a Magellan penguin at San Francisco Zoo, is suffering from a respiratory illness.

  • Woman fails to hand child to lesbian ex-partner 6

    The biological mother may be charged with parental child abduction

    12:27 PM — A US woman who was ordered to hand over custody of her child to her lesbian ex-partner could be charged with parental abduction for failing to comply with a court order.

  • US HIV travel ban lifted today 19

    The ban on HIV-positive people entering the US will be lifted today

    11:28 AM — The ban on HIV-positive people entering the US officially ends today. The 22-year-old law was one of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world for people with HIV but was lifted by President Barack Obama in November.

  • Lady Gaga tackles homophobic fan 21

    Gaga declared 'war' on a homophobic fan

    11:10 AM — Lady Gaga was reportedly forced to confront a homophobic man at one of her gigs. The gay-friendly singer had performed in an Ottawa club and was dancing with friends when a man approached her to hurl homophobic abuse at her and fellow star Adam Lambert.

  • Elton John speaks about helping Eminem quit drugs 4

    Elton John discussed addiction

    11:08 AM — Elton John has spoken for the first time about supporting Eminem in his battle to quit drugs. The singer also dicussed helping George Michael with his alleged drug problems.

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