22nd July 2010
Peter Tatchell confronts BNP leader Nick Griffin 37
6:00 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell confronted BNP leader Nick Griffin today over his party's record of homophobia, anti-Semitism and verbal attacks on Muslims. Mr Griffin, who was barred from a garden party at Buckingham Palace today, was leaving the BBC studios in Westminster when Mr Tatchell ambushed him in a stairwell.
Tel Aviv to rebrand itself as gay destination 16
4:18 PM — Tel Aviv's Tourism Association has begun a drive to rebrand the Israeli city as a popular gay destination. The city already has a lively gay scene but tourism chiefs hope to attract more visitors.
Argentina’s president signs gay marriage into law 3
3:19 PM — Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the country's gay marriage bill into law yesterday. The legislative change makes Argentina the first Latin American country to legalise marriage for gay couples and the first ceremony is expected to take place on August 13th in Buenos Aires.
Poll finds Californians becoming more supportive of gay marriage 2
2:17 PM — A survey of more than 3,000 California residents has found that one in four has become more supportive of gay marriage and 51 per cent would vote in favour of full marriage equality.
Elton John postpones Arizona gig due to food poisoning 7
1:23 PM — Elton John has postponed a gig in Arizona, US, after falling ill with food poisoning. The gay singer was due to perform for 8,800 fans at Arizona's Tuscon Arena last night but organisers say he will be well enough to play the gig tonight instead.
EastEnders criticised for gay character’s Koran scene 30
12:59 PM — The BBC has received a number of complaints over an EastEnders scene in which gay character Syed slams a Koran on a table. The corporation would not reveal how many complaints it received, but said it did not intend to cause any offence.
Scottish campaigners step up pressure for full marriage equality 22
11:50 AM — Gay rights campaigners in Scotland are putting pressure on the Scottish government to grant full marriage equality to gay couples. A cross-party coalition of MSPs and some senior church leaders are supporting the campaign and a poll of the public suggests the majority would support the move.
BBC ‘worst for on-screen portrayal of gay people’ 49
9:27 AM — A Stonewall study into how gay people are portrayed in TV programmes watched by young people has found that many depictions are negative, demeaning or stereotypical. It found that the BBC - which has been plagued by controversy over its handling of on-screen homophobia in the last two years - was the worst of the four channels surveyed.