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December 2009

  • 23rd December 2009

    Boy George barred from appearing on Big Brother 16

    Boy George was barred from appearing on Celebrity Big Brother

    12:20 PM — Singer Boy George will not be appearing on Celebrity Big Brother after a High Court judge dismissed his appeal. The star, real name George O'Dowd, was barred from going on the show when the Probation Service said his appearance would undermine public confidence in the justice system.

  • Women hurt in homophobic attack in Plymouth 6

    Police are appealing for witnesses

    11:55 AM — Two young women were injured in Plymouth when they were attacked outside a bar. The pair, one in her teens and one in her early 20s, told police they were attacked by a group of men outside Goodbody's cafe and bar at around 3.15am on Monday morning.

  • Rugby star Gareth Thomas’ relief at coming out 5

    Gareth Thomas said he was relieved after coming out

    11:52 AM — Gareth Thomas, the former Wales Rugby captain, has spoken of his relief at being able to come out. The 35-year-old star, who is the most-capped Welsh player, announced he was gay last weekend.

  • 22nd December 2009

    INTERVIEW: Why we need a London AIDS Memorial 35

    Organisations, individuals already involved in HIV/AIDS projects and club promoters have all put their names forward to help

    4:29 PM — PinkNews.co.uk speaks to London scene legend Gary Henshaw about why he is pushing for permanent London AIDS memorial in the capital. The London AIDS memorial group was founded on December 1st 2009 by Gary Henshaw and Swarmite Ananda. Its aim is to provide a permanent AIDS memorial where people can gather to remember the ones who 'succumbed, dying bravely, defiantly and with no knowledge of the battle ahead.'

  • Ugandan President threatens to reject homophobic bill 28

    US newspaper DC Agenda claims that President Yoweri Museveni pledged to reject the bill

    3:00 PM — The President of Uganda has threatened to veto the a controversial new bill that could see homosexuals sentenced to the death penalty or lifetime imprisonment. US newspaper DC Agenda claims that President Yoweri Museveni pledged to US secretary of state for African affairs Jonnie Carson on two separate occasions that he would reject the bill currently making its way through parliament.

  • US law firm faces £31m sexual harassment lawsuit 2

    In addition to the $50m, Kamps is seeking to be reinstated to Fried Frank as a partner

    1:41 PM — A former associate at a major US law firm is filing a $50m (£31m) sexual harassment lawsuit against her former employers. Julie Kamps, who was dismissed from law firm Fried Frank in January, is claiming that a female partner at the firm harassed her and that she was overlooked for promotion because of her sexuality.

  • Mexico City becomes first Latin American capital to legalise gay marriage 22

    The decision to allow full marriage for gay couples prompted jubilation in the streets from Mexico City's LGBT community and gay rights groups

    12:47 PM — Mexico City has become the first capital city to legalise gay marriage in South America. Same sex couples have been allowed to enter civil partnerships since 2006 but the new legislation will give gay couple equal rights when it comes to family social security benefits and loans.

  • Filmstar Tom Cruise sued by alleged gay lover 27

    In 2001 Sapir claimed to have a video in his possession that proved he was having a "homosexual relationship" with the star

    12:04 PM — Hollywood film star Tom Cruise is being sued over allegations of wiretapping. Magazine editor, Michael Davis Sapir, claims that the actor hired private detective, Anthony Pellicano, to wiretap his phone. In 2001 Sapir claimed to have a video in his possession that proved he was having a "homosexual relationship" with the star.

  • Former drag queen awarded £30,000 in unfair dismissal case 7

    Mr Awford, known on the club circuit as, 'Dean the Queen,' was awarded £30,000 compensation

    11:10 AM — Former drag queen ,Dean Awford, has been awarded £30,000 for unfair dismissal from a high end furniture store. Employment Judge David Kearsley found that Mr Awford had been unfairly dismissed by store manager David Gray.

  • 21st December 2009

    Brighton clinic starts to offer faster HIV tests 1

    'Fastest' takes place at THT’s Brighton centre at 61 Ship Street every Monday

    5:29 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) in Brighton & Hove has begun to offer a new type of rapid result HIV test at its clinic which can detect the virus just four weeks after the date of infection. Previous tests were only reliable three months after exposure to the virus.

  • Exclusive: Eurocreme CEO speaks to PinkNews.co.uk about the bareback porn debate 19

    Eurocreme was founded in the United Kingdom by director Max Lincoln, whose first film was 'DreamBoy', released in 2002.

    3:09 PM — Max Lincoln, CEO of one of Europe's largest gay pornography producers 'Eurocreme', speaks exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk about his decision to stop producing bareback porn.

  • Canadian MP gets widespread support after Christmas card controversy 16

    The card shows Brison with his partner Maxime St. Pierre standing in an orange-coloured autumn field next to the ocean near their Nova Scotia home with their golden retriever, Simba.

    2:15 PM — Openly gay Novia Scotia MP Scott Brison has been given the support of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff after a Christmas card featuring his partner stirred controversy.

  • Proposed law change may ban production of bareback porn 14

    Bareback porn has become and major genre in the gay porn industry

    12:48 PM — An American gay health charity are planning to file a petition that could see a ban on the production of bareback pornography. California's AIDS Healthcare Foundation will file a petition to amend state law to mandate that all adult-film stars use condoms.

  • Christian leader supports death penalty for gays 87

    Christian Voice opposes abortion, homosexuality, no-fault divorce and safer sex education. Additionally it supports the death penalty and does not recognise the concept of marital rape

    12:06 PM — A far right Christian group has urged fellow Christians to support Uganda's proposed law that would make homosexuality punishable by death. The law would impose the death penalty on those convicted of having gay sex with a minor or disabled person or someone infected with HIV.

  • Chinese government backs first official gay bar 11

    Last year China's Ministry of Health implemented its first ever national programme to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS among gay men

    11:01 AM — China's first official gay bar has opened after a three-week delay sparked by intense media attention. Opening on Saturday evening, the bar is situated in the tourist town of Dali in the southwestern province of Yunnan. It is the first venue of its kind to receive government backing.

  • Happy fourth anniversary for civil partnerships 40

    Today is the fourth anniversary of civil partnerships

    10:35 AM — Today marks the fourth anniversary of civil partnerships in England and Wales. Although Scotland celebrated its first civil partnership on December 20th 2005 due to a misunderstanding over the date, today marks the fourth anniversary for gay couples in England and Wales.

  • Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw criticised for Sri Lankan Christmas holiday 33

    Ben Bradshaw is the Culture Secretary

    12:02 AM — The Independent on Sunday reports that human rights campaigners have questioned whether openly gay culture secretary Ben Bradshaw should have decided to hold his Christmas holiday on the island of Sri Lanka.

  • 20th December 2009

    BBC ‘may face sanctions’ after gay execution debate 34

    Trevor Phillips suggested the BBC could face legal action over the comments

    3:32 PM — Trevor Phillips, the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has said the BBC may face sanctions over last week's online debate on whether gays should be executed.

  • 19th December 2009

    Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas reveals he’s gay 87

    Gareth Thomas on the cover of his autobiography

    1:03 PM — Gareth Thomas, the former Wales Rugby captain has come out as gay in an emotional interview with the Daily Mail. He becomes one of just a handful of openly gay sportsmen.

  • US Assistant Secretary of State condemns Uganda’s proposed anti-gay laws 4

    Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa

    12:43 AM — The USA's Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs has said that it is urging Ugandan politicians to block a proposed law that would impose life imprisonments of gay people, arguing that it would set back the fight against HIV/ AIDS.

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