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June 2010

  • 11th June 2010

    France tells trans woman her breasts don’t measure up 11

    Delphine Ravisé-Giard was told she must provide proof of breast surgery (Photo: limaoscarjuliet)

    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

    Alan Carr is one of many "camp" comedians on Radio 2.

    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

    Ofcom said it would not change its "robust" rules.

    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

    Haydn Evans was convicted of data abuses

    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

    The ad with a gay couple

    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

    Tel Aviv Pride shortly before the parade kicked off

    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.

  • 10th June 2010

    Major Polish museum to hold exhibition on gay love 6

    The exhibition will focus on gay love (Photo: made-underground)

    5:33 PM — A museum in Poland's capital city Warsaw is to hold an exhibition on gay love. The National Museum's exhibition will focus on male nudes and gay couples depicted in ancient sculpture and contemporary painting and photography.

  • Madrid Pride bans Israeli gay group over Gaza ship raid 25

    Gay activists from Tel Aviv have been barred from Madrid Pride

    4:46 PM — A group of gay activists from Tel Aviv have been barred from marching in Madrid Pride next month. Pride organisers say they are barring the group's float because Tel Aviv's mayor has not apologised for a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in which nine people died.

  • Exclusive: David Cameron to hold first gay reception in a Tory Downing Street 59

    David Cameron is to hold a gay reception at Downing Street

    3:51 PM — Conservative prime minister David Cameron is to hold a reception for the LGBT community ahead of London Pride. The event will be held at Number 10 ahead of Pride Fortnight, PinkNews.co.uk can reveal.

  • 77% of Americans know a gay friend, relative or colleague 2

    77 per cent of Americans say they know a gay person

    3:21 PM — A poll has found increasing visibility of gay people in America, plus rising tolerance levels for homosexuality. According to CBS polling, only 42 per cent of Americans said they knew a gay person in 1992 but this has now risen to 77 per cent.

  • US changes passport rules for trans people 6

    Trans people will be able to get passports in their new gender more easily

    1:57 PM — American trans men and women will be able to get their new gender recognised on their passports without having to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

  • Life sentence for man who killed gay pensioner 10

    Edward Highwood was known as 'Teddy'

    1:13 PM — A Polish man found guilty of murdering a 79-year-old gay man has been jailed for a minimum of 23 years. Marcin Orlowski, 21 and of no fixed address, was found guilty yesterday of the murder of Edward 'Teddy' Highwood, at the pensioner's Greenwich home.

  • BA pilots suspended for foul Facebook comments 5

    The pilots were accused of insulting passengers and crew

    11:33 AM — Three BA pilots have been suspended for making foul-mouthed comments about passengers and crew on Facebook, including one which called gay air stewards a homophobic slur.

  • Bisexual MP Simon Hughes elected Lib Dem deputy leader 8

    Simon Hughes is the new Lib Dem deputy leader (Photo: Keith Edkins)

    10:56 AM — Simon Hughes has been elected as deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat party. The bisexual MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey, 59, replaces Vince Cable, who stood down to focus on his new business secretary role.

  • 9th June 2010

    Man, 21, found guilty of gay pensioner’s murder 1

    Marcin Orlowski was found guilty of Edward Highwood's murder

    5:19 PM — A 21-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering a 79-year-old gay man in his south London home. Marcin Orlowski, of no fixed address, denied killing Edward 'Teddy' Highwood on July 17th last year in the pensioner's Greenwich home.

  • Coronation Street stars to join Manchester Pride 2

    Antony Cotton will be among the stars joining Manchester Pride

    5:04 PM — Cast and crew from Coronation Street will join Manchester Pride this year on a Corrie float. They will join the gay celebrations in August as part of the show’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

  • Australian blood donation rules ‘discriminatory’, activist says 7

    Rodney Croome attacked the differing rules

    4:40 PM — A Tasmanian gay rights activist has questioned why the Australian Red Cross' policy on blood donation is harsher on gay men than it is on people with tattoos and piercings.

  • Children of gay parents ‘proud, but need schools to tackle issues’ 13

    Schools are being urged to look at gay issues

    3:42 PM — Gay equality charity Stonewall has published its first research into the children of gay parents. The qualitative research follows the publication of a 17-year study on children brought up by lesbian couples, which found they were happier and had fewer behavioural problems than children brought up by straight parents.

  • Gay couple threatened and hit on London bus 65

    Police are looking for witnesses to the attack

    2:01 PM — Police are appealing for witnesses after a gay couple were abused, threatened and assaulted by a man on a London bus. The attack took place on Tuesday shortly after midnight.

  • Diane Abbott on the Labour leadership ballot as nominations close 14

    Diane Abbott is on the ballot for the Labour leadership

    1:30 PM — Left-wing Labour backbencher Diane Abbott squeezed onto the starting line for the Labour leadership this afternoon just before nominations closed. She will contest four shadow cabinet members for the post - Ed Miliband, David Miliband, Ed Balls and Andy Burnham.

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