15th June 2010
French a ‘useless language’, gay shadow minister says 53
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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".