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  • 4th June 2010

    Glee’s new Christian character ‘won’t approve of homosexuality’ 31

    Glee will get a Christian character who disagrees with homosexuality

    2:15 PM — High school comedy Glee will gain a Christian character next season who disapproves of homosexuality. Glee writer Ryan Murphy said he wrote in the female character to rebalance "jabs" made at America's right-wing.

  • Moscow Pride ‘a success’, gay activists say 6

    Moscow Pride 2010 (Photo: Chad Meacham/www.walkwithpridenow.com)

    11:12 AM — A ten-minute flashmob in Moscow last weekend has been hailed as the first successful Pride parade in the city. It was the first to proceed without violence or arrests.

  • 3rd June 2010

    Cristiano Ronaldo supports impending introduction of gay marriage in native Portugal 11

    Cristiano Ronaldo playing in a recent football match

    11:43 PM — Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has signalled his support for the impending introduction of gay marriage in his native Portgual. Ronaldo, brought up on the Portuguese island of Maderia said: "“As I am Portuguese, I try to keep myself informed about what is happening in my country.

  • Golden Girl Rue McClanahan dies 15

    Rue McClanahan at a 2007 book signing (Photo: Kevin Buckstiegel)

    5:24 PM — Golden Girls actress Rue McClanahan has died at the age of 76, her manager confirmed this afternoon. The star, who played Blanche Devereaux in the 1980s sitcom, had a massive stroke at 1am on Thursday morning.

  • Pardoned Malawi gay couple thank ‘caring and tolerant’ president 22

    The couple thanked Bingu Wa Mutharika

    5:04 PM — The gay couple pardoned for homosexuality offences by Malawi's president last week have thanked him for releasing them.

  • Lifting US gay blood donation ban could add 219,000 pints a year 7

    The report said an extra 219,000 pints of blood could be found

    3:53 PM — Lifting America's ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood could provide an extra 219,000 pints a year, a report says. It also estimates that organ donations could increase by 2.9 per cent annually, meaning around 900 additional transplants could take place each year.

  • Lt Dan Choi ends hunger strike over gay soldiers 5

    Lt Dan Choi and Capt Jim Pietrangelo ended their hunger strike yesterday

    2:53 PM — Lt Dan Choi has ended the hunger strike he began seven days ago to protest over the US ban on out gay soldiers. He said it had been a "success" because it highlighted the use of extreme protests.

  • Obama grants gay federal workers more benefits 3

    Barack Obama has expanded benefits for gay partners of federal workers

    11:23 AM — US president Barack Obama has expanded benefits for the partners of gay federal employees. However, the Defence of Marriage Act means gay partners of federal employees will still be barred from accessing health insurance and retirement plans.

  • 2nd June 2010

    Pakistani trans couple locked up for ‘gay’ wedding 4

    The pair say they are friends, not lovers

    5:29 PM — A man and a trans woman are in custody for holding a 'gay' wedding in Pakistan. Malik Muhammad Iqbal is accused of marrying a trans woman known only as Rani in a ceremony in Peshawar last week.

  • Lesbian and gay smokers ‘more at risk of respiratory illness’ 8

    LGB people are more likely to smoke than heterosexuals (Photo: Valentin Ottone)

    1:48 PM — Young lesbian, gay and bisexual smokers may be more at risk of respiratory illnesses than their straight counterparts, a study suggests.

  • Aussie Rules star Jason Akermanis suspended for gay comments 6

    Jason Akermanis has been suspended for two games

    12:12 PM — Jason Akermanis, the Aussie Rules Football star who said gay players should stay in the closet, has been suspended.The Western Bulldogs player wrote in a newspaper that gay team members could "break the fabric" of clubs and that the macho sport is not ready for them to come out.

  • Lesbian Glee star Jane Lynch marries 5

    Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester

    11:00 AM — Jane Lynch has married her partner Lara Embry in a ceremony in Massachusetts. The actress, who plays cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester in Glee, tied the knot with Embry in front of 18 of their friends and family on Monday.

  • Video: McDonald’s releases first gay ad in France 20

    McDonald's says it welcomes everyone

    10:04 AM — Fast food giant McDonald's has released its first gay advertisement. The ad, which will be broadcast in France, shows a gay teenager eating in a McDonald's restaurant with his father.

  • 1st June 2010

    Gay US soldier Dan Choi on hunger strike 37

    Dan Choi in a recent protest at the White House

    5:27 PM — Gay US soldiers Dan Choi and Jim Pietrangelo entered their sixth day of a hunger strike today over the military gay ban. The pair, who chained themselves to the White House fence recently, announced last Thursday they were going on hunger strike and say they will not eat until President Barack Obama meets their demands.

  • Madonna celebrates release of gay Malawi couple 9

    Madonna thanked her fans for supporting the couple (Photo: David Shankbone)

    4:37 PM — Madonna has thanked her fans for supporting her call for Malawi to release a couple jailed for homosexuality offences. Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were pardoned by Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika last week after being sentenced to 14 years of hard labour.

  • A Team star Quinton Jackson says acting is ‘kinda gay’ 30

    Quinton Jackson said acting was "kinda gay".

    1:58 PM — One of the stars of upcoming film The A-Team has said that acting is "kinda gay". Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, the Ultimate Fighting champion, told the Los Angeles Times that it "makes you soft".

  • Survey suggests gaydar does exist 7

    The survey suggested gaydar does exist

    11:32 AM — A small survey of gay and straight people has suggested that 'gaydar' does exist. The term means a sixth sense for guessing who is gay and Dutch researchers believe gay people have better attention to detail than their straight counterparts.

  • US Catholic Church ‘scapegoating’ gay priests 28

    Non-celibate gay men are barred from being priests (Photo: runneralan2004)

    11:26 AM — The Catholic Church in America has been accused of effectively barring celibate gay priests by asking new recruits a battery of deeply personal questions about their sexuality. Prospective priests are being asked the questions in an attempt to weed out those with paedophile tendencies but the church has been accused of "scapegoating" gay men in the process.

  • 29th May 2010

    President of Malawi frees and pardons gay couple sentenced to 14 years hard labour 29

    The couple were shamed on the cover of a national newspaper

    5:24 PM — The president of Malawi, Bingu Wa Mutharika has pardoned the gay couple sentenced to 14 years hard labour for conducting an illegal wedding in the country. The move was announced during a visit to the country by the secretary general of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.

  • 28th May 2010

    LGBT filter added to Expedia’s online booking options 6

    LGBT travellers can face prejudice when seeking holiday accommodation

    5:18 PM — Britain's premier online travel website expedia.co.uk have added an LGBT search filter to their hotel options in order to assist gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in finding welcoming and safe places to stay when planning holidays at home and abroad.

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