21st December 2010
UN votes to reinstate resolution condemning execution of gays 26
11:03 PM — The United Nations General Assembly has voted to restore a reference to sexual orientation in a resolution opposing the unjustified killings of minority groups. Last month, a UN panel deleted a reference to gays and lesbians in resolution introduced by Morocco and Mali. The vast majority of countries in support were African or Arabic.
Video: Glee star Jane Lynch in TV network’s Christmas clip
5:07 PM — Her marriage was a publicity stunt, she's having a heterosexual affair and she hates the cast of Glee so much she's giving them sick kittens for Christmas. Jane Lynch shows off her Sue Sylvester side in a jokey Christmas video for 20th Century Fox.
Malaysian gay man gets death threats after support video 15
4:45 PM — A Malaysian Muslim man who spoke out about being gay has received death threats and says he fears for his life. Azwan Ismail, a 32-year-old engineer, made a YouTube video called 'I'm gay, I'm ok', in an effort to encourage other gay Malaysians to feel comfortable with their sexual orientation.
Five years of civil partnerships 39
4:16 PM — Today is the fifth anniversary of civil partnerships in England and Wales. The ceremonies, which give gay couples almost all of the rights of marriage, came into effect at 8am on December 21st 2005. Three gay couples in Brighton were the first to take advantage of the new legislation.
London men cleared of stab attack on ‘gay victim’ 6
2:09 PM — Two men and two teenage boys have been cleared of stabbing a man they allegedly thought was gay. The group was accused of attacking Ricky Brown, of Homerton, east London, because they believed he had made advances to young boys after offering them drink or drugs.
Preacher wins £7,000 after being wrongly arrested for homophobia 75
1:51 PM — A Christian street preacher detained by police for being homophobic has won £7,000 in damages for wrongful arrest. Dale McAlpine, 42, was arrested in Cumbria in April last year after he told a community support officer that homosexuality was a “sin”.
Gay MP Chris Bryant accuses George Osborne of homophobia 46
12:49 PM — Gay Labour MP Chris Bryant has accused Chancellor George Osborne of homophobia for calling him a "pantomime dame". The pair clashed over cuts today during an exchange in the House of Commons.
Pentagon unsure how long repeal of gay ban will take 11
11:59 AM — The Pentagon says it has no timeline for the lifting of the ban on out gay soldiers in the US military. The Senate voted on Saturday to repeal the law but change is expected to take months.
Updated: British couples launch legal challenge against marriage laws 10
10:20 AM — Eight British couples - four gay and four straight - will launch a legal bid today to win the right to gay marriage and straight civil partnerships.