16th June 2010
David Cameron promises to allow churches to hold civil partnerships 109
9:57 PM — Prime minister David Cameron hosted a reception for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in 10 Downing Street's rose garden on Wednesday evening. He promised the crowd the coalition government would change the law to allow religious buildings to host civil partnership ceremonies.
US General who said gays caused massacre warns of ‘HIV risk’ 28
4:30 PM — Just a few months after apologising for suggesting gay soldiers were responsible for the Srebrenica massacre, US Army General John Sheehan has said allowing gays to serve openly in the military would have a "devastating" effect.
German court says gay man’s foreign marriage must be recognised as a partnership 15
4:09 PM — A German man who married his Spanish husband in Canada has been told by a court Germany will recognise his marriage as a registered partnership.
Spanish clinic investigated for attempting to ‘cure’ gays 7
3:49 PM — A Spanish clinic is being investigated by the regional government for claiming it can 'cure' gay people. The Policlinica Tibidabo clinic in Barcelona allegedly offers pills and psychiatric therapy to people who believe they can become straight.
Coalition government publishes gay policies – but no action on gay marriage or blood ban 32
2:08 PM — Home secretary and equality minister Theresa May announced an "ambitious" programme of the coalition government's LGBT policies today. The document sets out many of the election promises made by the Tories and Liberal Democrats, although it does not mention full marriage equality, which deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said he supported.
McDonald’s chief says gay ad won’t air in the US 36
1:17 PM — McDonald's won't show an ad featuring a gay teenager in the US, the brand's chief of operations says. Don Thompson, the fast food giant's second-in-command, said the ad was not right for the country because of different "cultural norms".
National AIDS Trust seeks huge increase in donations 11
1:08 PM — The National AIDS Trust has launched a new fundraising appeal in a bid to increase individual donations by tens of thousands of pounds. The charity said it only received £2,500 in individual monthly donations last year and hopes to raise this to £25,000 in the next 12 months.
Elton John played at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding ‘to build bridges’ 13
10:55 AM — Elton John accepted a $1 million concert at the wedding of a gay marriage opponent because he wanted to "build bridges", his civil partner says.