10. Sex Prank Drives Teen to Suicide
9. Bea Arthur's Truck-Driving Marine Past
September 29: Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi is presumed to have killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate allegedly broadcast video of him having sex with another man on the Internet.
December 10: Bea Arthur served 30 months in the Marine Corps during World War II, driving a truck and working as a typist, according to website The Smoking Gun.
8. Stem Cell Transplant Patient Free of HIV
April 2: A patient with HIV remains free of the virus after receiving a stem cell transplant from a donor with a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to the virus that causes AIDS.
7.50 Cent Encourages Gay Suicide
September 30: No stranger to antigay tweets, 50 Cent posted an ill-timed message Thursday on his Twitter page, suggesting that any man who isn’t into women should kill himself. The rapper now claims he has "nothing against people who choose [an] alternative life."
6. Lesbian Students Stopped From Graduating
November 15: Two female high school students in Oklahoma fire back at their school for refusing to let them graduate after discovering the two are a couple.
5. Megachurch Pastor Jim Swilley Comes Out
October 29: The pastor of a megachurch in Conyers, Ga., told his congregation that he’s gay, saying that while he knows his announcement might ruin his career, the recent rash of suicides pushed him to speak out.
4. Marquette Students Rally for Shunned Professor
May 6: Marquette University students protested one of the biggest faculty events of the year in solidarity with a prospective dean whose job offer was allegedly rescinded because she is a lesbian.
3. Fran Drescher: My Ex-Husband is Gay
June 2: Fran Drescher has long been a vocal supporter of gay rights, but as she reveals in the new issue of In Touch,
her dedication runs deep: Her former husband, to whom who she was married for 21 years, is gay.
2. School Official Wants Gays Dead
October 26: Arkansas school board member Clint McCance posts on Facebook that he believes "queers" and "fags" should kill themselves — that is, if they don't get AIDS and die first.
1. McMillen: I Was Sent to Fake Prom
April 5: Constance McMillen confirmed to The Advocate
that she was sent to a "fake prom" while the rest of her class partied at a secret location at a parent-organized event.