3rd June 2010
Cristiano Ronaldo supports impending introduction of gay marriage in native Portugal 11
11:43 PM — Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has signalled his support for the impending introduction of gay marriage in his native Portgual. Ronaldo, brought up on the Portuguese island of Maderia said: "“As I am Portuguese, I try to keep myself informed about what is happening in my country.
Golden Girl Rue McClanahan dies 15
5:24 PM — Golden Girls actress Rue McClanahan has died at the age of 76, her manager confirmed this afternoon. The star, who played Blanche Devereaux in the 1980s sitcom, had a massive stroke at 1am on Thursday morning.
Pardoned Malawi gay couple thank ‘caring and tolerant’ president 16
5:04 PM — The gay couple pardoned for homosexuality offences by Malawi's president last week have thanked him for releasing them.
Simon Hughes ‘more gay-friendly’ than Lib Dem deputy leader rival 2
5:01 PM — Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat MP, is the most gay-friendly of the two candidates for the party's deputy leadership. Mr Hughes, who is bisexual, is the favourite for the job, having secured the support of 29 of the party's 57 MPs.
Lifting US gay blood donation ban could add 219,000 pints a year 7
3:53 PM — Lifting America's ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood could provide an extra 219,000 pints a year, a report says. It also estimates that organ donations could increase by 2.9 per cent annually, meaning around 900 additional transplants could take place each year.
Peter Mandelson to publish autobiography 7
3:21 PM — Peter Mandelson, the former business secretary, has announced his plans to publish an autobiography this summer. The gay peer promised today that the book would "ruffle some feathers".
Lt Dan Choi ends hunger strike over gay soldiers 5
2:53 PM — Lt Dan Choi has ended the hunger strike he began seven days ago to protest over the US ban on out gay soldiers. He said it had been a "success" because it highlighted the use of extreme protests.
David Laws says his family and friends have accepted his sexuality 56
1:55 PM — David Laws, the former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, says his parents, family and friends have accepted his sexual orientation "without hesitation". The Liberal Democrat MP said he had been "pretty stupid" to keep it secret.
Church costs for Pope’s visit ‘out of control’ 33
1:39 PM — The Catholic Church's bill for Pope Benedict's visit to the UK has reportedly doubled from £7 million to £14 million. The September visit has been opposed by gay and secular campaigners, who have accused the Pope of opposing gay rights, abortion rights, gender equality and the use of condoms to fight AIDS.
Obama grants gay federal workers more benefits 3
11:23 AM — US president Barack Obama has expanded benefits for the partners of gay federal employees. However, the Defence of Marriage Act means gay partners of federal employees will still be barred from accessing health insurance and retirement plans.
Alan Duncan says David Laws will ‘bounce back’ 8
10:53 AM — International development minister Alan Duncan has said that David Laws will bounce back from the events of the last week. Mr Duncan, who was the first Tory MP to come out, said he sympathised with Mr Laws' secrecy over his sexual orientation.