19th July 2010
US gay group gains UN accreditation 2
8:36 PM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has been granted consultative status by the UN Economic and Social Council.
Deputy Lib Dem leader Simon Hughes says government will allow gay couples to marry 64
6:00 PM — Simon Hughes, the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, has said that the government will give gay couples the right to civil marriage. He predicted that the change would be made before the next general election.
Liverpool Pride unveils Cabaret Stage line-up 3
4:14 PM — Liverpool's first Pride event will have a cabaret stage with acts such as burlesque, singing, drag kings and queens and a Liza Minelli tribute. The rainbow circus-themed festival, to be held on August 7th and 8th, is Liverpool's first official Pride event.
Peter Mandelson reportedly paid £350,000 for book serialisation rights 3
3:36 PM — Lord Mandelson was reportedly paid around £350,000 by The Times for the serialisation rights to his memoirs. The former business secretary is believed to have boosted the newspaper's sales by more than 100,000 copies.
Lady Gaga hits out at ‘God Hates Fags’ church 50
3:06 PM — Lady Gaga hit out at members of Westboro Baptist Church, calling them "hate criminals". The singer played a concert in St Louis, Missouri on Saturday night, which was picketed by the controversial church.
Filmmaker seeks Polari speakers for documentary 6
2:54 PM — A filmmaker is seeking speakers of Polari to interview them for a documentary. The slang language, which some believe can be traced back as far as the 16th century, was used by a small number of gay people as a private communication method to avoid hostile attention and develop an identity.
Peter Mandelson says he’s ‘comfortable’ with memoirs 7
12:08 PM — Lord Mandelson has said he is comfortable with his portrayal of Labour's years in power and the relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
Robert Mugabe says no to gay rights in Zimbabwe’s constitution 26
11:33 AM — Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has repeated his views on gay rights, saying they will not be protected in the country's new constitution.
Mickey Rourke planning biopic of gay rugby star Gareth Thomas 11
10:45 AM — Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke is hoping to make a film of the life of gay Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas. The rugby fan reportedly wants to play Thomas in the film and got the idea after reading about the player coming out late last year.