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A Ukrainian government minister has deemed Elton John and his partner unfit to adopt a child because John is too old and the couple are not married, according to the Associated Press.  

September 14 2009 2:55 PM

The White House reportedly intends to nominate out lesbian Chai R. Feldblum to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has learned.

According to an administration official, Feldblum is believed to be the first openly gay person nominated to the EEOC. The announcement comes about a month after the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was introduced to the U.S. Senate, which will have to confirm Feldblum's appointment. According to The Nation, she was one of the lead drafters of the bill.

September 14 2009 1:55 PM

San Francisco's gay FM radio station ceased its dance format on Thursday night when a new owner took over to play mainstream Top 40 hits.

The station was sold for $6.5 million, a fraction of its price five years ago when it was bought for $33.7 million. According to Radio Info, the new owner, Ed Stolz, is in the process of purchasing several stations, including one in Las Vegas.

September 14 2009 11:50 AM

As the marriage equality battle rages on, advocates for same-sex marriage have picked up a huge vote of support from unlikely sources -- the former spouses of closeted gay men and women.

According to ABC News, the board of the volunteer-run Straight Spouse Network -- an organization based in New Jersey with 52 local chapters -- has adopted a policy to oppose laws that limit marriage to a man and a woman.

September 14 2009 11:30 AM

South Africa's top athletics organization has urged its former leader to rejoin its ranks after he quit when the row over track athlete Caster Semenya's gender emerged.

"The council of Athletics South Africa has instructed him to go back," ASA spokesman Molatelo Malehopo told Bloomberg News on Monday. "I don't think he's got a choice. He hasn't said no."

September 14 2009 10:00 AM

Paintings of legendary athletes by the artist Andy Warhol valued at millions of dollars were stolen from a Los Angeles home earlier this month in what police believe may have been an inside job.

September 14 2009 9:55 AM

The first five inductees of the new Canadian Queer Hall of Fame -- including drag court founder and fund-raiser Ted Northe (pictured) -- will be recognized during an inaugural ceremony in Vancouver this Saturday.

September 14 2009 8:45 AM