16th June 2010
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.
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".
14th June 2010
Gay author Alan Bennett loses £1,500 to pickpockets 8
6:09 PM — Alan Bennett was the target of pickpockets who stole £1,500 from him in an 'ice cream scam'. The gay author, 76, was shopping for food in Camden Town, London, where he lives with his long-term partner Rupert Thomas, 43.
Kelly and Sharon Osbourne shout down anti-gay protesters 13
5:50 PM — Kelly and Sharon Osbourne joined Los Angeles Pride yesterday and took to their microphones to tell anti-gay protesters where to go.
US Marines charged with beating gay man who ‘winked’ at them
5:42 PM — Two US Marines have been charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly hitting a gay man they claimed winked at them.
HIV charities ‘very concerned’ by threat to local funding 11
4:23 PM — HIV charities National AIDS Trust and Terrence Higgins Trust have warned that vital HIV services may be cut in the government's plans to save money. Communities secretary Eric Pickles announced in a written ministerial statement last week that the AIDS Support Grant will not be ringfenced this year.
California’s gay marriage trial to end soon 4
4:15 PM — The judge presiding over California's trial on the legality of a gay marriage ban is expected to hear closing arguments this week. Judge Vaughn Walker has scheduled a full day of arguments on Wednesday, which will be the final step before he makes a verdict.
Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell rejected again from Downing Street 81
2:14 PM — This week's Pride reception at Downing Street will see gay charity heads, campaigners, businessmen and celebrities flock to shake new prime minister David Cameron's hand - but not the man who is arguably Britain's most famous gay rights campaigner.
Jobs may be lost as Crusaid and THT merge 23
12:05 PM — HIV charities Crusaid and Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) are to merge. Crusaid chief executive Jordan Hay said the recession had caused a "decrease" in income and the merger would save the charity's hardship fund.
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.