2nd March 2010
John Perez sworn in as California Speaker 2
6:26 PM — Openly gay California Assembleyman John Perez was sworn in as Speaker yesterday. He was unanimously elected as Speaker by a caucus of his Democratic colleagues in December and takes over from incumbent Karen Bass to hold one of the most powerful political positions in the state.
Last-ditch attempt to block gay marriage in DC 10
6:23 PM — Gay marriage opponents have filed an appeal in the Supreme Court in an 11th hour attempt to block the district's gay marriage law.
Ulster Unionist candidate says he is not homophobic 15
5:36 PM — The Ulster Unionist Party candidate for South Antrim has said he is not homophobic and supports gay equality. Adrian Watson, an Ulster Unionist who is the mayor of Antrim, has been accused of homophobia in the past.
Another gay character for Emmerdale 6
3:56 PM — ITV soap Emmerdale is to get another gay character. Former Hollyoaks actor Marc Silcock is to play new character Jackson Walsh, who will be a potential love interest for Aaron Livesy, played by Danny Miller.
One third of gays and lesbians in Edinburgh physically attacked 13
3:15 PM — A third of LGBT people in Edinburgh have been physically assaulted but only 15 per cent reported incidents to police, a small survey has suggested.
Anti-Pope campaigners to deliver petition to Downing Street 14
2:31 PM — The National Secular Society is to deliver a 28,000-signature petition to Downing Street in protest at the Pope's UK visit. The online petition was set up by the organisation to complain over the estimated £20 million cost of the visit to taxpayers.
Gay leader of Glasgow council Steven Purcell steps down 6
12:21 PM — Steven Purcell, the Labour leader of Glasgow city council, has resigned after five years. The 37-year-old is said to be suffering from stress and will be replaced by his deputy, Jim Coleman, until a successor is elected.
Friends and colleagues shocked at Kristian Digby’s death 61
12:04 PM — Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to Kristian Digby after the gay BBC presenter was found dead yesterday. The 32-year-old star of programmes such as To Buy or Not To Buy and House Swap was pronounced dead at his Stratford home, after being discovered at 7.45am.
Man ‘wore mask to execute gay couple’
11:40 AM — A man has gone on trial for "execution-style" murder of a Bradford gay man and the attempted murder of his partner. Newcastle crown court heard yesterday that Ernest Wright, 68, took a sawn-off shotgun to the home of Neville Corby, 42, and Craig Freear, 31, last March.