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  • 2nd June 2010

    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.

  • Mayor of Moscow a ‘criminal’ says Peter Tatchell 15

    Moscow Pride has been banned five years in a row

    1:06 PM — Peter Tatchell said yesterday that the mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, was a "criminal" because of his placing a ban on Moscow Pride for the past five years.

  • Cult gay director John Waters has new book out 2

    Hairspray the Musical is based on Waters' 1988 film

    11:22 AM — John Waters, director of Hairspray, Serial Mom and a whole host of lesser-known trashy and camp underground epics of the 1970s inclding Multiple Maniacas, Desperate Living and Pink Flamingos, has a new book out this week. Role Models showcases his adoration for the the fringes of society and hose who dwell there.

  • US House delivers victory on proposal to overturn gay military ban 14

    President Obama has backed the ban

    10:20 AM — The US house of Representatives approved yesterday the proposal to overturn the law banning openly LGB people serving in the military.

  • 27th May 2010

    Zimbabwean gay rights activists released on bail 5

    President Mugabe is avowedly homophobic

    6:00 PM — A court in Harare, Zimbabwe, has today released on bail the two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) organisation who were arrested last Friday. Their trial is set for 10 June.

  • Massachusetts Attorney General challenges federal ban on gay marriage 4

    Massachusetts legalised same-sex unions in 2004

    3:09 PM — The Massachusetts attorney general, Martha Coakley, requested that a federal court in Boston yesterday strike down the federal ban on gay marriage, arguing that it interfered with the rights of individual states to define marriage and have those unions recognised by the federal government.

  • Hundreds expected to turn out for Malawi protest this Saturday in London 13

    The couple were sentenced last week

    1:44 PM — A vast crowd is expected to turn out for Saturday's protest at London's Malawi High Commission, in a show of solidarity for Malawian prisoners Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.

  • Sir Elton’s Moroccan concert a success 4

    Sir Elton John performed in Rabat last night

    12:03 PM — Elton John's performance at the Mawazine music festival in Rabat, Morocco, went ahead last night despite fury from Islamists about his welcome into the kingdom.

  • US Congress may vote on military gay ban today 5

    The "don't ask, don't tell" law may be repealed after 17 years

    10:42 AM — The US Congress is on track for taking a landmark vote over the issue of LGBT people serving in the military, according to the Associated Press.

  • Malaysian trans woman makes asylum bid 7

    Same-sex activity is illegal in Malaysia

    9:50 AM — A trans Malaysian woman who has recently married a Derby man has lodged an appeal for asylum after three failed attempts to become a permanent UK resident.

  • 26th May 2010

    Gay immigration group hit out at ‘sensational’ asylum report 9

    LGBT asylum seekers can face enormous odds

    5:27 PM — The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) have expressed their misgivings over a recent newspaper article slamming the UK's border control policies. The article which appeared last weekend in the Independent on Sunday was headlined: "Virtually All Gay Asylum Seekers Sent Back to Persecution". UKLGIG say that the article created a false impression of the fate of LGBT asylum seekers in the UK.

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