7th December 2010
Man accused of killing gay man Ian Baynham ‘was protecting friend’
5:53 PM — A 20-year-old man accused of the manslaughter of a gay man in central London last year says he hit him to protect his friend. Joel Alexander, 20, and Ruby Thomas, 18, deny the manslaughter of 62-year-old Ian Baynham, who died after he was attacked in Trafalgar Square in September 2009.
US defence secretary says gay military ban unlikely to be lifted this year 4
5:43 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates says he doubts that the ban on out gay troops will be lifted before the end of the year. He said he thought it was unlikely that the Senate would vote on the matter this month.
Gay and lesbian couples first to marry mid-air 9
5:02 PM — A gay couple from Germany and a lesbian couple from Poland married on an airplane yesterday between Stockholm and New York.
Homotopia and The Pansy Project go to Istanbul
4:32 PM — A gay arts festival and a project to remember victims of anti-gay hate crime visited Istanbul last week. The Turkish city is the 2010 European Capital of Culture and Liverpool-based arts festival Homotopia and The Pansy Project planted hundreds of pansies at the British Consulate.
US appeals court ‘could rule to lift California gay marriage ban’ 9
3:35 PM — The US federal appeals court considering the ban on gay marriage in California could issue a narrow ruling on lifting the ban, reports say.
Gay rugby star Gareth Thomas says film will ‘help millions’ 15
1:58 PM — Gareth Thomas has revealed more about the film to be made of his life. The rugby player, who came out a year ago, remains the only top level out gay sportsman in Britain today and is to be the subject of a film by Mickey Rourke.
GLAAD celebrates 25 years of gay rights campaigning 1
1:10 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has celebrated 25 years of campaigning. The group was formed in 1987 in New York to protest the New York Post's reporting of HIV and AIDS.
Atlanta pays $1 million to gay bar raided by police 7
11:20 AM — The US city of Atlanta has agreed to pay $1 million to a gay bar raided by police last year. The Atlanta Eagle was raided in September 2009 and patrons said officers subjected them to excessive force and homophobic abuse.
Video: Gay MP Nick Herbert accidentally swears in House of Commons 15
1:42 AM — The openly gay justice minister, Nick Herbert, accidentally used the most offensive swear word in the English language in the House of Commons yesterday. It came just hours after two BBC presenters accidentally used the same word in reference to the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt.