8th December 2009
US trans teen sues McDonald’s for discrimination 14
6:23 PM — A trans teenager who claims she was twice denied a job by McDonald's is suing the fast food chain for discrimination. Zikerria Bellamy, 17, of Florida, also claims she was left an offensive voicemail by a manager at the Orlando restaurant which said: "We do not hire faggots."
Researchers say stem cells could be engineered to fight HIV 3
5:43 PM — Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have discovered that human stem cells could be engineered to kill HIV-infected cells. They say it could be developed into a genetic medicine.
Colin Firth says Hollywood ‘constrains’ gay actors 12
4:56 PM — Colin Firth has agreed that it is difficult for gay actors to be open about their sexuality. Similar comments were made by Rupert Everett last week, who warned that stars could see their careers curtailed for coming out the closet.
Russian human rights commissioner says Moscow Pride should be held in Germany 11
2:23 PM — The Commissioner for Human Rights in Moscow, Alexander Muzykantsk, has suggested that Russian gays and lesbians should hold gay Pride marches in Germany, instead of their own country.
Elton’s partner David Furnish: ‘George Michael’s friends say he needs help’ 4
1:59 PM — Elton John's civil partner David Furnish has said that many of George Michael's friends contact them for help over his health. The Wham! star gave an interview to the Guardian last week in which he said John should "shut his mouth".
Guide released to help teachers tackle gay insults 15
12:43 PM — A guide has been released by gay charity Stonewall to help teachers deal with homophobic insults. Research from the organisation found that the majority of secondary school teachers had heard phrases such as "dyke", "poof" and "that's gay" being used by students.
New Jersey gay marriage bill passes committee vote 4
12:21 PM — A bill which would allow gay marriage in New Jersey has passed a Senate Judiciary Committee vote 7-6. The vote was taken yesterday and the bill is scheduled for a full Senate vote on Thursday.
US Christian student group fights for right to ban gays 17
12:18 PM — A Christian student group based at a California law school is fighting to the right to bar gay students. UC Hastings College of Law has withdrawn recognition of the group unless it changes its discriminatory rules.
Gay Labour councillor loses legal challenge over underage sex 28
11:06 AM — A Labour councillor who was arrested in a Belfast hotel room in 2007 with his 17-year-old boyfriend has failed in a bid to bring a legal challenge against police. Steven Bayes, 47, was found with his boyfriend Dale Martin, who was 17 when he was arrested.
George Michael defends gay cruising 36
10:59 AM — Gay singer George Michael has defended cruising for sex on Hampstead Heath, saying it is "nicer" than trying to pull in a bar. He said he visited the cruising hotspot in the summer.