23rd June 2009
Stars mourn Danny La Rue 6
5:04 PM — Well-loved entertainers including Barbara Windsor, Ronnie Corbett, Barry Cryer and Joe Pasquale gathered today to celebrate the life of Danny La Rue.
North Carolina passes anti-gay bullying bill 5
4:01 PM — Following 90 minutes of heated debate, the North Carolina House passed legislation yesterday to include specific protections for students who are bullied because of their sexuality in an anti-bullying law.
‘Come out, it’s got to be done’ Ian McKellen tells closeted gays 101
3:54 PM — Ian McKellen has entreated gay people in the closet to 'come out'. In an article for the Times, published today, he wrote: “For me, coming out made me unburdened and more self-confident.
Gay couples can use married names in passports 3
3:19 PM — The US State Department has stated that same-sex married couples can use their married names in their passports. The change comes in response to an amendment to the Code of Federal Regulations in February 2008.
John Bercow wins race for Speaker 8
2:58 PM — John Bercow, the Tory MP for Buckinghamshire, has won the race to succeed Michael Martin as the new Speaker. The MP has been something of a leader for gay rights in his party since changing his views on the gay age of consent in 2000.
Anniversary marks the birth of Alan Turing 12
1:42 PM — Alan Turing, the so-called 'father of modern computing', was born 97 years ago today. Turing, who hid his homosexuality for much of his life, is probably best known for his contribution to breaking German codes at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.
Gay Mormons seek ‘reconciliation’ and an ‘apology’ from church leaders 10
1:33 PM — A website launched by current and former Mormons has petitioned leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to show “understanding” and “forgiveness” towards the gay and lesbian community.
TransLondon to march at Pride ‘under protest’ 13
1:27 PM — TransLondon has said it will rejoin London Pride, although its members will march "under protest". The group voted to boycott the event in May after a trans woman was allegedly sexually assaulted last year. It also said "negative media stereotypes" were being forced on its members.
BNP could face court injunction over membership policy 12
1:07 PM — The British National Party may face legal action over its membership policy, which essentially bans non-white people from joining the party.
Perez Hilton asked to apologise over ‘gay slur’ 12
11:28 AM — Gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has been criticised by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for using a homophobic slur against singer and producer Will.i.am.
US military gay ban ‘linked to poor performance’ 2
11:14 AM — Research has suggested that the ban on openly gay personnel serving in the US military may be lowering performance to life-threatening levels.
Lesbian parents test Florida adoption law 5
10:23 AM — The case of Lara Embry and Kimberly Ryan, two lesbians who adopted each others' daughters and are now separated, has forced the gay adoption issue in Florida into further deliberation.