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July 2010

  • 2nd July 2010

    Equality minister Lynne Featherstone says government is ‘100% committed to gay rights’ 22

    Lynne Featherstone promised the government would grant full LGBT equality

    4:50 PM — Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat junior equality minister, has said the coalition government is "100 per cent" committed to "full" LGBT equality.

  • Julianne Moore supports gay marriage 2

    Julianne Moore is a supporter of same-sex marriage (Photo: Nicolas Genin)

    4:07 PM — Julianne Moore, the actress who starred in gay love story A Single Man, has called for full marriage equality in the US. The star is supporting national campaigns, as well as those in her hometown of New York, to give the right to gay couples.

  • Large-scale survey to explore bisexuality in the workplace 12

    The survey will look at bisexuality in the workplace (Photo: Jyri)

    3:54 PM — One of the largest-scale surveys on bisexuality in the the workplace is now underway. The research is being carried out by American learning and development expert Heidi Green and will take into account workers predominantly in the UK and US.

  • London 2012 Olympics to sell special ‘gay’ pin badges 10

    London 2012 is encouraging gay people to buy the special badges

    2:50 PM — The organising committee of the London 2012 Olympic Games is to sell special pin badges aimed at LGBT people. The £5 badges will be the first in a series highlighting the six 'strands of diversity' and feature the 2012 Games' logo against a rainbow flag.

  • London girls’ school ‘asked theatre company to remove gay scenes’ 18

    The school has been accused of discrimination

    1:52 PM — A private girls' school in London has been accused of discrimination after it asked a visiting theatre company to cut out references to homosexuality.

  • Human Rights Watch apologises to Peter Tatchell

    Peter Tatchell said he had not threatened to sue HRW

    1:25 PM — Human Rights Watch has apologised to gay activist Peter Tatchell for "inappropriate" remarks about him. The remarks were made by HRW LGBT head Scott Long. Mr Tatchell said he had not threatened legal action.

  • Doctors declare ‘gay cure’ therapies harmful 77

    The BMA declared gay cure therapies were harmful

    11:31 AM — The annual meeting of the British Medical Association has declared that therapies to 'cure' gay people of homosexuality are harmful. Research published last year found that a sixth of registered British therapist and psychiatrists have attempted to "cure" patients of homosexuality.

  • Irish parliament approves civil partnerships bill 28

    Civil partnerships are expected to be legal in Ireland this year

    11:06 AM — Irish politicians have passed a bill granting gay and lesbians couples the right to civil partnerships. The bill passed in the Dail yesterday without a vote and justice minister Dermot Ahern said the move reflected change in Irish society.

  • Boris Johnson to lead London Pride parade again 22

    Boris Johnson leading the 2008 parade (Photo: Matthew Lawton)

    10:16 AM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson will reprise his role at the head of London's Pride parade tomorrow, PinkNews.co.uk can reveal. He will be joined at the front of the march by former Gay Liberation Front members such as Peter Tatchell.

  • 1st July 2010

    Google to compensate gay US workers for unfair tax laws 4

    Google will offer its US staff a pay rise to compensate for tax laws

    5:32 PM — Google is to pay its gay and lesbian workers extra in order to compensate them for unequal tax laws. Federal laws which do not recognise gay relationships mean that gay workers must pay an extra tax when their partners receive domestic health benefits.

  • Breakfast Club star Ally Sheedy outs daughter 3

    Ally Sheedy as Allison in The Breakfast Club

    5:20 PM — Ally Sheedy, the 1980s actress best known for her role in The Breakfast Club, announced her daughter was gay this week.

  • Chinese gay man sues over blood donation ban 17

    China bars gay men and lesbians from donating blood

    4:56 PM — A Chinese man is suing a Beijing Red Cross centre for refusing to accept his blood donation because he is gay. According to AFP, Wang Zizheng went to the centre in June to give blood and declared he was gay on a form.

  • Hollyoaks to introduce transgender storyline 9

    Victoria Atkin as Jason Costello

    4:25 PM — Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks is to introduce a storyline about a trans boy. The show, known for dealing with social issues including homosexuality, is to chart the progress of 15-year-old Jason Costello, as he transitions from being a girl.

  • Glasgow gay centre linked to Steven Purcell tipped to close

    Steven Purcell is a close political ally of Castro Centre head Ruth Black

    3:54 PM — A Glasgow LGBT centre may close within the next week after alleged financial irregularities came to light. The Castro Centre was at the heart of claims that former Glasgow city council leader Steven Purcell was involved in corruption.

  • Gay football group Justin Campaign receives £2,000 grant 1

    The charity was given the money to hold coaching sessions

    3:24 PM — The Justin Campaign, a group set up to tackle homophobia in football, has won a £2,000 cash injection. The campaign, named after the late gay football star Justin Fashanu, was awarded a development grant from Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign, and the Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity.

  • ‘Serious concerns’ about staff homophobia at Dartmoor prison 8

    Some prison staff were found to be homophobic

    2:13 PM — An inspection of HMP Dartmoor has raised serious concerns about "overt" homophobia amongst the prison's staff. According to the report, published today, gay prisoners told inspectors that staff referred to them as "girls" or "ladies" and one was handed a gay magazine in a brown paper bag because a prison officer said he did not want to touch it.

  • Trans woman wins legal aid for breast operation fight 26

    Miranda Lee is fighting to have her breast surgery on the NHS

    11:48 AM — A trans woman who said she had been left "half-man and half-woman" after her primary care trust refused to pay for her breast enlargement has been granted legal aid to fight her case.

  • More gay men being forced into marriage by their families 20

    The Forced Marriage Unit has seen a rise in reports concerning men

    11:19 AM — The government has released figures which suggest a rise in the number of men being forced into marriage because their families know or suspect they are gay. The Forced Marriage Unit says it received over 220 reports of men being forced into marriages last year, up from 134 in 2008, an increase of 65 per cent.

  • PinkNews.co.uk launches free iPhone app 15

    The PinkNews.co.uk iPhone app is now available

    10:57 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has finally won approval from Apple for our iPhone application. The free app, which is available at the App store and can also be downloaded from iTunes, downloads the 40 latest stories in one go for quick and easy access to our content.

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