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A British honorary consul in Jamaica found dead at his home may have been the victim of an antigay murder. John Terry (pictured) died of asphyxiation, with evidence of violence to his naked body and a threatening note to gay people everywhere.

Police sources say the note suggests that Terry may have been murdered at his home near Montego Bay Tuesday night because he was believed to be gay, according to The Sun.

September 11 2009 10:20 AM

A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction on Thursday to block the state of Washington from making public the names and addresses of people who signed petitions in support of Referendum 71. The measure, which will appear on the November ballot, asks voters to decide whether to preserve previously enacted legislation that expands domestic-partnership rights, benefits, and obligations for same-sex couples.

September 11 2009 9:50 AM

The National Enquirer is reporting that actress Jodie Foster is “devastated” now that the woman for whom she left her longtime partner last year has returned to an old lover.

Foster made headlines last year when it was revealed that she dropped Cydney Bernard, her partner of 14 years, for a new love interest, writer-producer Cindy Mort, whom she met while filming The Brave One in 2006.

September 11 2009 9:15 AM

The Atlanta Eagle was raided by police late Thursday night and staff members and dancers were arrested in an incident that witnesses characterize as “harassment.”

September 11 2009 8:50 AM

Former American Idol judge Paula Abdul expressed warm feelings toward her replacement, Ellen DeGeneres, on Thursday, saying that she wished the talk show host the “best of luck.”

Abdul, who left the top-rated show in August amid rumors about her contract and difficult relationship with the producers, betrayed no complicated feelings in her response toward Ellen, according to E! Online. 

September 11 2009 8:25 AM

Gays may never be able to alter their same-sex attraction. But if they’re religious, they may consider never having sex again.

This was one of the messages the American Psychological Association had for therapists in an August report on so-called reparative therapy. After reviewing 83 studies, the APA’s sexual orientation task force declared that “ex-gay” efforts can lead to suicidal thoughts and advised therapists to stop telling gay clients they can turn straight.

September 11 2009 7:00 AM

Fifty-seven years after the British government compelled him to undergo a chemical castration, the late gay code-breaker Alan Turing has been granted an apology by U.K. prime minister Gordon Brown.

Turing, a mathematical genius, helped turn the tide of World War II by deciphering German Enigma codes. But after Turing was convicted by a British court of "gross indecency" for having a homosexual relationship, he was forced to choose between prison and chemical castration. He chose the latter, and ended his own life two years later, in 1954.

September 10 2009 5:15 PM