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March 2010

  • 10th March 2010

    Cuba pays for gender reassignment surgery 11

    Mariela Castro told reporters about the change yesterday

    6:35 PM — Cuba has begun paying for trans men and women to have gender reassignment surgery. Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of former leader Fidel, confirmed to reporters yesterday that the country began paying for the procedures in 2008.

  • Washington Post defends photo of gay kiss 35

    Jeremy Ames and Taka Ariga kiss (Photo: Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

    5:24 PM — The Washington Post's internal ombudsman has unequivocally defended the newspaper's decision to carry a front-page photo of a gay couple kissing. He received complaints and homophobic slurs from some readers.

  • Seventh Brighton Equality Walk to be held in May 5

    Brighton Equality Walk will be held in May

    5:01 PM — The seventh Brighton Equality Walk will be held on Sunday May 2nd. The walk, organised by gay rights charity Stonewall, attracted 400 people last year and raised more than £50,000, which went towards funding the anti-bullying film FIT.

  • Ian McKellen backs Liverpool anti-homophobia effort 4

    Sir Ian McKellen is supporting the project

    4:13 PM — Out gay actor Sir Ian McKellen is supporting an anti-hate project by a group of gay and lesbian Merseyside teenagers which is being rolled out to 100 schools and youth centres across Liverpool.

  • Adam Lambert happy to be out and proud 8

    Adam Lambert said he was "proud" of who he is

    3:46 PM — Gay US singer Adam Lambert has said he is happy to be out and proud. He also hit back at Kiss star Gene Simmons, who suggested Lambert had "killed" his own career by coming out.

  • Circumcision may not affect HIV rates in gay men 37

    Researchers looked at HIV rates in circumcised men

    3:15 PM — Although research has found that circumcision may help cut HIV infections, a new study suggests it may not have much effect on gay men.

  • PinkNews.co.uk political poll: Who will you vote for? 16

    The general election is expected to be held in May

    2:01 PM — With eight weeks until the expected general election date, has the promise of a fresh government persuaded you to vote Conservative? We want to know who our readers want in charge of Britain and how important LGBT-friendly policies are when voting.

  • ‘Limbs in the Loch’ killer loses appeal 7

    William Beggs lost his appeal

    12:19 PM — A gay man who murdered a teenager and dismembered his body has lost an appeal to clear his name. William Beggs, 46, became known as the 'Limbs in the Loch' killer for the murder of 18 year-old Tesco worker Barry Wallace in December 1999.

  • Anti-bullying film comes to Scotland 8

    FIT is being sent to Scottish schools

    11:51 AM — A film to tackle homophobic bullying is to be sent to every secondary school in Scotland. FIT, produced by Stonewall, features six teenagers, some of whom are gay, at a dance club. It has been compared to television shows Glee and Skins.

  • 9th March 2010

    TV shows with gay characters could lose Florida tax credits 26

    Glee's gay character Kurt may not represent "non-traditional family values".

    6:18 PM — Television shows and films with gay characters could miss on tax credits in Florida for not being "family-friendly". Lawmakers in the state have been coy over the meaning of the phrase "non-traditional family values".

  • Barbara Walters regrets Ricky Martin gay interview 23

    Barbara Walters said she regretted the interview

    5:44 PM — Veteran US broadcaster Barbara Walters has said that asking Ricky Martin to confirm whether he was gay was "inappropriate". She now believes it could have damaged his career in the US.

  • Will & Grace star Sean Hayes confirms he’s gay 24

    Sean Hayes said he was "never in" the closet

    5:03 PM — Will & Grace actor Sean Hayes has confirmed he is gay - adding that he was "never in" the closet. The star, who played gay character Jack McFarland in the sitcom, has been criticised in the past for not declaring his sexual orientation.

  • DC gay couples begin marrying today 7

    Reggie Stanley and Rocky Galloway tied the knot today

    4:27 PM — The first gay couples to marry in Washington DC held their ceremonies today. They were able to apply for marriage licences last Wednesday and, due to a mandatory waiting period, the first ceremonies were set to take place today.

  • Priest sorry for ‘Adam and Steve’ joke 43

    The priest said marriage was not for "Adam and Steve" (Photo: runneralan2004)

    3:53 PM — A Catholic priest has apologised after joking that marriage is not for "Adam and Steve" in a sermon. Reverend Frank Wainwright, 48, a deacon at St Gregory's Church in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, made the quip at a Sunday service when discussing commitment.

  • Bing ‘censors gay and lesbian searches in Arabic countries’ 7

    Bing was found to restrict searches

    3:31 PM — Microsoft's Bing search engine has been accused of blocking non-pornographic gay and lesbian searches in Arabic countries. Researchers said that Arabic words which were filtered included the terms "gay", "lesbian" and "homosexuality".

  • Harriet Harman could ban prostitute adverts 34

    Harriet Harman is concerned the ads are selling trafficked women

    1:25 PM — Escort adverts in magazines and newspapers could be banned if Labour wins the general election. The party is putting forward a new law in its election manifesto which could impose a £10,000 fine for those who fail to comply.

  • Christian registrar Lillian Ladele refused leave to appeal to Supreme Court 46

    Lillian Ladele's application to the Supreme Court was refused

    12:15 PM — A Christian registrar who was disciplined because she would not officiate civil partnerships has been refused permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

  • Homophobic senator Roy Ashburn comes out as gay 85

    Roy Ashburn said he was gay

    11:42 AM — The California senator who was arrested on suspicion of drink driving last week after leaving a gay club has come out. Roy Ashburn said he was gay on a local radio show yesterday.

  • 8th March 2010

    Opponents demand explanation for Steven Purcell’s departure 7

    Steven Purcell is said to be recuperating in the sun

    6:45 PM — Political opponents of gay former Glasgow council leader Steven Purcell have demanded full disclosure of the circumstances surrounding his departure.

  • Bishop of Liverpool ‘in sympathy’ with religious civil partnerships 7

    Bishop of Liverpool James Jones

    6:14 PM — The evangelical Bishop of Liverpool James Jones has said that sexual orientation is not a choice and that he is "in sympathy" with religious civil partnerships.

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