15th December 2010
Video: New Zealand airline pulls ‘anti-gay’ scene from safety film 31
5:00 PM — A New Zealand airline has ditched a scene from a safety video after complaints that it was anti-gay. Air New Zealand's inflight safety video features a flight full of rugby fans and some members of the All-Blacks national team.
Gay military campaigner Dan Choi hospitalised 9
4:32 PM — Gay rights campaigner Dan Choi has been hospitalised following a breakdown. The Iraq veteran, who became the most visible face in the fight to repeal the US ban on out gay soldiers, said he was in the care of a military hospital.
Lady Gaga is most-played on Spotify 3
4:09 PM — Lady Gaga tops the charts for the most-played song and album on Spotify. The gay-friendly singer's album Fame Monster and single Telephone were the most popular in the UK on the free music service.
Legal challenge to begin as final couple are refused civil partnership 11
3:26 PM — Gay rights campaigners are preparing to launch legal action after the last of eight couples to challenge the UK's marriage laws were turned away from a registry office today. The Equal Love campaign aims to overturn the bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships.
Youth Parliament member suspended over gay porn pictures
2:43 PM — A gay member of the UK Youth Parliament website has been suspended after allegedly posting explicit pictures of himself on the internet.
Researchers ‘cure’ man of HIV with stem cell transplant 9
1:25 PM — German researchers believe they have cured a man of HIV by using a stem cell transplant. Timothy Ray Brown, 42, was also being treated for acute myeloid leukaemia - a cancer of the immune system. Three and a half years later, he apparently shows no sign of either disease.
Top Marine general says lifting gay ban could result in deaths 19
12:07 PM — The US Marines' top general has said that lifting the ban on out gay soldiers could cost lives. General James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, says a Pentagon study on lifting the ban showed that front-line troops were most concerned about serving alongside out gay colleagues.
Husband of murdered bride accused of gay sex with prostitute
11:06 AM — Police are questioning a male prostitute who claims he was paid for sex by the husband of murdered honeymooner Anni Dewani. She was shot dead in Cape Town, South Africa, last month and local police believe her husband Shrien arranged for her to be killed by hitmen.
Video: Former president Jimmy Carter says America ready for gay president 9
9:59 AM — Jimmy Carter, who served as president of the United States of America between 1977 and 1981, has told the BigThink project that his country is ready for a gay president.