11th June 2010
UK will tell Gibraltar age of consent difference ‘breaches international law’ 15
5:39 PM — The UK is to tell Gibraltar its unequal age of consent for gay and straight people breaches international law. The territory currently allows lesbians and heterosexuals to have sex at 16, but the age of consent for gay men is 18. Anal sex is illegal between men and women.
US domestic violence law covers gay victims, justice dept confirms 2
4:55 PM — The US justice department has confirmed that federal laws giving protection against domestic violence also apply to gays and lesbians.
Iceland’s parliament unanimously approves gay marriage 37
4:33 PM — Politicians in Iceland have passed a law legalising gay marriage. The country, which is the only one in the world to have an out gay leader, prime minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, passed the law today.
France tells trans woman her breasts don’t measure up 11
4:07 PM — If your breasts don’t measure up – you just can’t be a “proper” woman. If you thought such archaic attitudes had long since disappeared, think again: in a recent ruling, French authorities declared that before trans woman Delphine Ravisé-Giard could be classed as a woman, she needed to provide written evidence that she had undergone breast enhancement.
Radio 2 has ‘too many camp comedians’, radio chief says 18
3:17 PM — BBC Radio 2 has got too many television comedians "camping it up", the head of a commercial radio body has said. Andrew Harrison, the chief executive of RadioCentre, which represents commercial radio, said presenters such as Graham Norton and Alan Carr were "end of the pier stuff".
‘Lezza’, ‘poof’ and ‘queer’ are acceptable on TV, Ofcom study finds 24
1:51 PM — Words such as "lezza", "poof" and "queer" are socially acceptable for use by broadcasters, an Ofcom study says. It found that other terms such as "homo" and "chick with a dick" are less well-known but are still seen as acceptable to broadcast at any time of day.
Police reassure cruisers after married officer spied on gay lovers 17
12:08 PM — Police have said they do not routinely monitor gay cruising sites after a married police officer used databases to search for information about his gay lovers.
Bank advert shows gay couple 22
11:18 AM — Lloyds TSB is including a gay couple in its latest advertising campaign. The bank has produced an advert showing a cartoon gay couple standing next to a pile of paint tins and wallpaper rolls with the caption: "We can help you save to turn your house into your dream home".
Tel Aviv Pride kicks off 20
11:09 AM — Tens of thousands of people are expected to join Tel Aviv Pride today, the Middle East's only significant gay celebration. PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen reports from Israel.