30th November 2010
Need to find a condom? There’s an app for that 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.