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15 June 2010

  • 15th June 2010

    French a ‘useless language’, gay shadow minister says 53

    Chris Bryant said French was useless

    5:38 PM — Chris Bryant, the former Europe minister, has said French is a "useless" language. Mr Bryant, who is gay, was accused of "insulting" the French, but said he had already raised the issue with the country.

  • US Boy Scouts go to court over gay ban 9

    The Boy Scouts of America bar gays

    5:25 PM — The Boy Scouts of America are preparing to go to court for a legal battle against the city of Philadelphia over their ban on gay members and staff.

  • US committee says gay blood ban will stay in place 6

    The US blood ban will remain in place

    4:54 PM — The US Food and Drug Administration has decided to retain current rules on gay and bisexual men donating blood. The body held hearings last week on the issue and committee members voted nine to six against making any immediate changes.

  • Stonewall partners with ‘polysexual’ festival Lovebox 5

    Stonewall announced a partnership with Lovebox

    4:11 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has announced a partnership with Lovebox festival. The three-day event, scheduled to begin Friday July 17th in Victoria Park, London, features performances from artists such as Grace Jones, Hot Chip and Peaches.

  • 42% rise in Irish HIV diagnoses among gay and bi men 14

    There was a 42 per cent rise in new diagnoses in gay men

    3:22 PM — The number of men who have sex with men being diagnosed with HIV in the last year in Ireland rose by 42 per cent, a report has said.

  • Coalition government urged to grant full marriage equality 54

    David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg have been urged to legalise full gay marriage

    1:28 PM — The question of allowing gay people full marriage equality is the litmus test for the new government, gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has argued. Prime minister David Cameron is to host a pre-Pride reception for the LGBT community tomorrow evening and is expected to give a short speech on the coalition government's promises to gay people.

  • Trans and gay activists given honours 5

    Bernard and Terry Reed were honoured for their charity work (Photo: GIRES)

    12:08 PM — A couple who set up a trans charity after helping their trans daughter win a legal battle have been honoured by the Queen. Bernard and Terry Reed were given Orders of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

  • Freddie Ljungberg ‘proud’ of gay gossip 14

    Freddie Ljungberg said he didn't mind the rumours (Photo: Magazine Cafe)

    11:25 AM — Swedish football star Freddie Ljungberg says he is "proud" of the rumours he is gay. The 33-year-old player has been the subject of gossip about his sexuality for years, due to his bachelor lifestyle and love of musicals and fashion.

  • Man accused of threatening Elton John has case dismissed 3

    Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish

    11:06 AM — An anti-abortion campaigner arrested for making death threats to gay singer Elton John has had the case against him dismissed. Neal Horsley, of Atlanta, Georgia, became enraged after the singer said Jesus was a "super intelligent gay man".

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