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November 2010

  • 30th November 2010

    Need to find a condom? There’s an app for that 2

    iCondom is available in the iPhone App store

    11:00 PM — Launched ahead of World AIDS day, a new Apple iPhone application helps people find their nearest condom dispenser in two US cities. The launch of iCondom in the USA follows the launch of an app for Paris and Marseilles.

  • Pentagon report says ban on out gay soldiers can be lifted safely 10

    The ban on out gay and lesbian soldiers can be lifted, the report said

    8:22 PM — A Pentagon report says that the ban on out gay troops in the US military can be lifted safely without too much disruption. The report, released today, said that the ban could even be lifted now, in wartime, without harming troops or the military's ability to do its job.

  • Comment: We’ve got to change gay men’s attitudes to cut HIV 48

    Stigma remains in the gay community (Photo: B Hernandez)

    6:27 PM — It’s almost 30 years since the first cases of AIDS were diagnosed and the HIV epidemic among UK gay men shows no real signs of abating. The only way to cut HIV rates is to tackle stigma around the infection, Michael Carter argues.

  • Johnny Depp: Disney execs hated Jack Sparrow and thought he was gay 9

    Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow

    4:34 PM — Disney executives hated the character of Jack Sparrow and one questioned whether he was gay, Johnny Depp says. The actor, speaking about his Pirates of the Caribbean character, said that bosses at Disney were confused and annoyed by the creation.

  • Kenyan gay groups concerned after prime minister says they should be arrested 9

    Kenya criminalises homosexuality

    3:48 PM — Gay groups in Kenya are concerned after the country's president said gays and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga made the remarks at a rally on Sunday in the Nairobi slum of Kibera. He said that men and women caught in the middle of gay and lesbian sex would be detained.

  • Reported hate crime rises by 12.5 per cent 11

    Police say the figures show an increase in incidents

    2:51 PM — There were 50,000 reported hate crimes across England, Wales and Northern Ireland last year, new figures show. The vast majority concerned racism but almost 5,000 were motivated by homophobia and more than 300 related to transphobia.

  • Labour leader Ed Miliband’s World AIDS Day message 5

    Ed Miliband released a short message for World AIDS Day

    1:18 PM — I want to pay tribute to all those people who have worked so hard to raise awareness and take action on HIV and AIDS. The work you do brings hope to people in Britain and all over the world. But we have to continue that fight; we cannot become complacent – HIV and AIDS are too real and too widespread to give up.

  • Texas gay Skype marriage annulled 5

    The couple's marriage was annulled (Photo: Matthias Homberg)

    12:17 PM — A gay couple who married by Skype in Texas have had their ceremony annulled. Texas residents Mark Reed and Dante Walkup decided to circumvent Texas' law against gay marriage by having a registrar in Washington DC conduct the ceremony over the internet but were told last week that this is not legal.

  • Labour leader Ed Miliband urges people to talk about HIV 6

    Ed Miliband released a short message for World AIDS Day

    11:28 AM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has released a message for World AIDS Day urging people to talk about the disease. Mr Miliband's message did not mention gay men explicitly but said that everyone should talk about HIV/AIDS and "raise awareness" of it.

  • Elton John recruits famous friends for World AIDS Day Independent 8

    Elton John will guest-edit tomorrow's Independent and i

    10:38 AM — Sir Elton John is to guest-edit the Independent and spin-off i tomorrow for World AIDS Day. He has reportedly asked Bill Clinton, Elizabeth Taylor and Kanye West to contribute to the edition.

  • 29th November 2010

    Lesbian-only guesthouse now allows men 37

    The area is a gay and lesbian holiday hotspot

    5:07 PM — A lesbian-only guesthouse in Key West, Florida, is having to allow men in order to survive a tough ecomonic climate. Pearl's Rainbow, an award-winning 38-room guesthouse, has been running for ten years.

  • Australian gay MPs call for gay marriage 14

    Penny Wong is now in favour of gay marriaghe

    4:34 PM — Two openly gay MPs in Australia have backed calls for gay marriage. Senator Penny Wong and Greens leader Bob Brown spoke about why gay people should be given full marriage equality.

  • Lesbian couple demand the right to marry 10

    The couple expect to be turned away from registering a marriage tomorrow

    2:20 PM — A lesbian couple in Hampshire will attempt to register a marriage tomorrow. Colette French and Katie Green, both 21, say that civil partnerships were created to deny gay couples equality.

  • Kenyan prime minister says gays should be arrested 26

    Kenya criminalises homosexuality

    1:06 PM — The prime minister of Kenya says that gay men and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga made the remarks at a rally on Sunday in the Nairobi slum of Kibera.

  • Marines said to be most opposed to lifting military gay ban 10

    Marines were said to be most opposed to lifting the ban

    11:03 AM — The Marines are the faction of the US military most opposed to lifting the ban on out gay troops, reports say.

  • 2,000 join Delhi Pride

    The festival saw an estimated 2,000 marchers

    10:12 AM — Around 2,000 people joined a Pride festival in Delhi, India, this weekend. The event is the first gay festival since homosexuality was decriminalised last year.

  • Wikileaks says US had dossier on gay Tory Alan Duncan 25

    Alan Duncan appeared to have been of special interest to the US

    10:05 AM — US spies drew up a dossier on gay Conservative minister Alan Duncan, leaked documents show. Mr Duncan, now the international development minister, was apparently of special interest to the US and is the only British MP to have been singled out so far.

  • 26th November 2010

    SNP councillor accused of ‘gay slurs’ towards colleague 5

    A Scottish SNP councillor was accused of calling a colleague a "poof"

    5:00 PM — An SNP councillor may be expelled from his party after claims he made homophobic remarks to a colleague. Alan O’Brien, a member of the Nationalist opposition in North Lanarkshire, has been the subject of a number of complaints.

  • Tory grandee calls in police over gay cruisers on his land 26

    Sir Beville complained about gay cruisers on his land

    4:21 PM — A Conservative grandee has asked police to step up patrols around his 2,000-acre estate to prevent gay cruisers meeting for sex. Sir Beville Stanier, who is a friend of the Queen, complained that Oxfordshire county council should do more to "alleviate the problem".

  • Apple removes ‘anti-gay’ iPhone app 30

    The app appears to have been removed

    3:45 PM — Apple has apparently removed an app from its iTunes store which rails against gay marriage and LGBT rights. The app, created by a Christian group, disappeared from the online store after media attention, first reported on PinkNews.co.uk.

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