6th August 2010
Reykjavik’s mayor opens Pride in drag 21
5:00 PM — The mayor of Reykjavik has opened the city's Pride celebrations in drag. Jon Gnarr, a comedian, kicked off festivities last night dressed in a blonde wig, floral dress and red lipstick.
Gareth Thomas ‘questioned coming out’ after anti-gay abuse 8
3:50 PM — Gay rugby player Gareth Thomas said he briefly questioned whether he should have come out when fans shouted homophobic abuse at him during a match. The star, who came out in December to the Daily Mail, told the newspaper today that he had been "hurt" by the chants.
2012 Olympics chiefs urged to highlight London’s ‘diverse communities’ 4
3:29 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is to meet the organisers of the London 2012 Olympics next week to urge them to promote London's diverse communities. He is calling on them to ensure that minorities are visible during ceremonies.
Second Zimbabwe gay activist pleads not guilty on porn charges
3:17 PM — The second Zimbabwean gay rights activist to be charged with having porn in her office has pleaded not guilty. Ellen Chadehama, 34, a worker for the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) organisation, was arrested in May with another staff member, Ignatius Muhambi, 38.
Gay icon and rugby star Ben Cohen supports Gay Sports Day 8
3:04 PM — England rugby union star and gay icon Ben Cohen has given his support to this year's Gay Sports Day. The day, organised by GMFA, the gay men’s health charity, and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, will be held on August 30th.
Reality TV star Louie Spence says he receives homophobic hate mail 6
2:36 PM — The star of Pineapple Dance Studios Louie Spence says he is sent hate mail because he is gay. Spence told the Sun he ignores the abuse because he gets plenty of support from straight male fans.
Gay Labour mayor at centre of Nottinghamshire homophobia row 8
2:31 PM — A Labour politician in Nottinghamshire has accused a Tory council leader of being homophobic at an youth awards ceremony in December. Retford mayor Ian Campbell, 23, says Kay Cutts, the leader of Nottinghamshire county council, refused to present him with an award.
Opponents file appeal over ruling on California’s gay marriage ban 15
11:51 AM — As expected, anti-gay groups have filed an appeal against a federal court ruling that California's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. Today, Chief US District Judge Vaughn Walker will decide whether his ruling should apply immediately, making gay marriage legal once more in the state.
Mexico City’s gay marriage law upheld by court 2
11:10 AM — Mexico's Supreme Court has upheld a gay marriage law in the country's capital, Mexico City. The city passed the law seven months ago and more than 300 gay couples have since tied the knot.