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July 2010

  • 26th July 2010

    Lesbian couple told by Swedish bank to ‘live apart’ 5

    The couple were allegedly told to live apart

    1:54 PM — A Swedish lesbian couple who tried to get a mortgage say they were shocked to be told by a bank clerk that they should reconsider their relationship and live apart.

  • Zimbabwe gay rights activist not guilty of porn charge 6

    Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe railed against homosexuality

    12:59 PM — A Zimbabwean gay rights worker arrested on charges of having porn in his office has been found not guilty. Ignatius Muhambi, 38, a worker for the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) organisation, was arrested in May over allegations of possessing "indecent material".

  • Gay men and lesbians ‘more likely to use drugs’ than heterosexuals 34

    Illegal drug use is higher in LGBT people than heterosexuals

    11:13 AM — Gay men and lesbians are markedly more likely to use illegal drugs than straight people, a Home Office-funded study says. The UK Drug Policy Commission, which carried out the study, has called for a review of how drug services treat minority groups.

  • Best of PinkNews: The “ethical” banks that snubbed civil partnerships 8

    Joe and Neville Temple recently tried to persuade Smile, an offshoot of the Co-op Bank, to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.

    9:15 AM — As PinkNews.co.uk celebrates its fifth birthday, we take a look back at some of the most important exclusive stories we've broken. Two years after the Civil Partnership Act was introduced, a PinkNews.co.uk investigation found that a number of banks including the "ethical" Co-Operative Bank and its internet arm Smile, failed to add the option of Civil Partner to their application forms.

  • 25th July 2010

    Clegg dismisses claimed David Davis “Brokeback Coalition” description 26

    The prime minister and deputy prime minister

    1:47 PM — The deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has dismissed the alleged description of the Liberal Democrat/ Conservative coalition as the "Brokeback Coalition" by the former shadow home secretary David Davis.

  • 24th July 2010

    Best of PinkNews: Tory chairman declares his old anti-gay policies “immoral” 17

    Francis Maude is now the Cabinet Office Minister

    11:07 AM — As PinkNews.co.uk celebrates its fifth birthday, we take a look back at some of the most important exclusive stories we've broken. In this interview first published in 2006, then Conservative Party chairman Francis Maude declared the anti-gay policies he'd voted for in the Thatcher Government were "immoral" and said that they contributed to the death of gay men including his brother from HIV/ AIDs.

  • 23rd July 2010

    MTV ‘excellent’ for gay representation 1

    All-LGBT team Vogue Evolution starred on America's Best Dance Crew

    5:37 PM — MTV has been given the first 'excellent' rating in GLAAD's annual index of the most gay-friendly US TV networks. It was praised for shows such as The Real World and America’s Best Dance Crew.

  • Study finds gay men don’t have riskier sex on HIV pills 1

    The trial tested the side effects of PrEP medication

    5:35 PM — A trial study of gay men taking medication to prevent HIV infection suggests that it does not encourage them to have riskier sex.

  • Dan Choi fired under military gay ban 22

    LT Dan Choi received his discharge papers this week

    4:40 PM — One of America's most outspoken critics of the ban on out gay soldiers has been discharged under the law. Lt Dan Choi, an Iraq veteran, was honourably discharged from the Army National Guard.

  • Video: Italian Catholic priests ‘filmed having casual sex at gay clubs’

    Three Catholic priests were allegedly filmed in gay clubs (Photo: runneralan2004)

    3:56 PM — Another gay scandal has hit the Catholic Church in Italy after three priests were allegedly filmed having casual sex and visiting gay nightclubs.

  • Catholic Church will ‘never’ recognise gay marriage, bishop tells Cameron 49

    Campaigners in Scotland are pushing for debate on full marriage equality

    3:22 PM — A Scottish bishop has written to prime minister David Cameron to tell him that the Catholic Church will 'never' recognise marriage for gay couples.

  • Gay porn star claims relationship with Christopher Reeve 6

    Christopher Reeve as Superman

    2:40 PM — A gay porn star has claimed that he had a sexual relationship with Superman actor Christopher Reeve. Cal Culver told an interviewer before his death in 1987 that the pair had a relationship, but the claim has only just been unearthed.

  • Seven gay couples sue Montana for domestic partnerships 5

    Montana gay couples are not recognised by the law

    2:11 PM — Seven gay couples in Montana, US, are suing the state for failing to legalise domestic partnerships. The suit was brought on behalf of the couples by the American Civil Liberties Union.

  • Government plans to stop Pope arrest 68

    Plans to arrest the Pope could be scuppered

    1:15 PM — The government has proposed changes to the law which will prevent gay and atheist campaigners arresting the Pope when he visits the UK in September. Whitehall officials were said to be "seriously concerned" that figures such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Peter Tatchell could attempt to bring a private prosecution against the Catholic leader under international criminal law.

  • Religious protests permitted at Belfast Pride 7

    Belfast Pride may bypass protesters completely

    11:33 AM — Belfast's Parades Commission has said that no restrictions will be placed on protests against the city's Pride march. The event, expected to attract up to 15,000 people, will be held on Saturday July 31st and is targeted every year by anti-gay demonstrators from Sandown Free Presbyterian Church.

  • BBC drama hints Sherlock Holmes is gay 47

    Benedict Cumberbatch (left) and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson

    10:44 AM — A new BBC version of Sherlock Holmes hints at a relationship between the detective and his sidekick Watson. The series, set in 21st century London and titled Sherlock, is not the first to hint at romance between the pair.

  • 22nd July 2010

    Peter Tatchell confronts BNP leader Nick Griffin 37

    Mr Griffin was confronted about his party's views today

    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

    Tel Aviv hopes to become a popular gay destination

    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

    President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the bill into law

    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

    California bans gay marriage

    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.

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