7th June 2010
Ex-gay preacher Ted Haggard founds new church 23
11:12 AM — Ted Haggard, the American evangelical preacher who resigned over allegations he had used male prostitutes, has set up a new church. He urged gays and lesbians to join his services.
Emmerdale ranked best soap for dealing with gay characters 5
10:41 AM — Emmerdale has been ranked top of the main three soaps for its depiction of gays and lesbians. Gay charity Stonewall polled more than 1,000 supporters on the issue. Forty-four per cent said Emmerdale was the best, while EastEnders came second on 43 per cent. Coronation Street came last with 13 per cent of the vote.
6th June 2010
Punch Taverns begins investigation over homophobia row with Labour gay group 39
10:20 PM — Punch Taverns says it has begun an internal investigation after the deputy manager of its Greencoat Boy pub in Westminster allegedly told the Labour Party's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) group that he would not have accepted the group's booking had he have known they were gay.
Pub that allegedly said it would have banned gay Labour group reported to police 26
2:04 AM — A London pub has been reported to the police following an alleged homophobic comment made by its manager to the Labour Party's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) group. The comments have sparked widespread condemnation by senior labour figures including leadership candidate Ed Balls and Sarah Brown, the wife of former prime minister Gordon Brown and former deputy prime minister John Prescott.
4th June 2010
US Episcopal leader stands firm in support for gay bishops 8
4:39 PM — Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the head Episcopal bishop in America, has said she will not bow down to conservative Anglicans who object to gay bishops.
Ricky Martin honoured by AIDS research gala 1
3:54 PM — Ricky Martin has been honoured at an AIDS research event. In one of his first public appearance since coming out, Martin attended a gala for amfAR's Aids research in New York City last night.
Gay former council leader Stephen Purcell questioned by police over drug claims
2:44 PM — Steven Purcell, the former leader of Glasgow council, has been questioned by police after he claimed he he took cocaine. He went voluntarily to a police station as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, Strathclyde police said.
Glee’s new Christian character ‘won’t approve of homosexuality’ 31
2:15 PM — High school comedy Glee will gain a Christian character next season who disapproves of homosexuality. Glee writer Ryan Murphy said he wrote in the female character to rebalance "jabs" made at America's right-wing.
Grayson Perry estimates at least one MP is a cross-dresser 16
1:38 PM — The artist Grayson Perry has called politicians to be more open and says he expects at least one MP is a cross-dresser. The potter, who sometimes appears in a dress as his female alter-ego Claire, said more "sparkling characters" could inspire the public.
Online survey to question football fans on homophobia 4
12:03 PM — University researchers are conducting a study on the attitudes of football fans towards out gay players. Staffordshire University is launching the self-selecting online survey this week and a small pilot study has found positive attitudes to homosexuality.
Gay activist Peter Tatchell to present Pope documentary 44
12:01 PM — Peter Tatchell, one of Britain's most famous gay activists, is to present a Channel 4 documentary on the Pope. Catholic figures have questioned whether he is the best person to host the programme, which will be screened ahead of Pope's September trip to the UK.
Moscow Pride ‘a success’, gay activists say 6
11:12 AM — A ten-minute flashmob in Moscow last weekend has been hailed as the first successful Pride parade in the city. It was the first to proceed without violence or arrests.
Video: Miley Cyrus’ pretend lesbian kiss with dancer 8
10:43 AM — Gay rights supporter Miley Cyrus simulated a lesbian kiss with a dancer while performing on last night's Britain's Got Talent.
3rd June 2010
Cristiano Ronaldo supports impending introduction of gay marriage in native Portugal 11
11:43 PM — Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has signalled his support for the impending introduction of gay marriage in his native Portgual. Ronaldo, brought up on the Portuguese island of Maderia said: "“As I am Portuguese, I try to keep myself informed about what is happening in my country.
Golden Girl Rue McClanahan dies 15
5:24 PM — Golden Girls actress Rue McClanahan has died at the age of 76, her manager confirmed this afternoon. The star, who played Blanche Devereaux in the 1980s sitcom, had a massive stroke at 1am on Thursday morning.
Pardoned Malawi gay couple thank ‘caring and tolerant’ president 22
5:04 PM — The gay couple pardoned for homosexuality offences by Malawi's president last week have thanked him for releasing them.
Simon Hughes ‘more gay-friendly’ than Lib Dem deputy leader rival 2
5:01 PM — Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat MP, is the most gay-friendly of the two candidates for the party's deputy leadership. Mr Hughes, who is bisexual, is the favourite for the job, having secured the support of 29 of the party's 57 MPs.
Lifting US gay blood donation ban could add 219,000 pints a year 7
3:53 PM — Lifting America's ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood could provide an extra 219,000 pints a year, a report says. It also estimates that organ donations could increase by 2.9 per cent annually, meaning around 900 additional transplants could take place each year.
Peter Mandelson to publish autobiography 7
3:21 PM — Peter Mandelson, the former business secretary, has announced his plans to publish an autobiography this summer. The gay peer promised today that the book would "ruffle some feathers".
Lt Dan Choi ends hunger strike over gay soldiers 5
2:53 PM — Lt Dan Choi has ended the hunger strike he began seven days ago to protest over the US ban on out gay soldiers. He said it had been a "success" because it highlighted the use of extreme protests.