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December 2010

  • 3rd December 2010

    Gay groups’ anger at ‘homophobic’ World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar 24

    Russia and Qatar will hold the 2018 and 2022 World Cups

    2:47 PM — Gay groups have said they are "deeply concerned" by FIFA's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and can be punished with lashes and jail, while the Russian capital of Moscow has banned gay Pride marches for years.

  • Government says it will work to make companies ‘more gay-friendly’ 27

    The coalition says it will work to make offices more gay-friendly (Photo: Jyri)

    1:48 PM — The coalition government says it will commission research into why workplaces are not more LGBT-friendly and work with firms to "improve equality". The pledge is in the new equality strategy, unveiled yesterday by equalities minister Lynne Featherstone.

  • Katie Price attacked for HIV Tweet 17

    Katie Price apologised for the tweet

    11:34 AM — Katie Price has apologised after she posted false allegations on Twitter about a showbiz editor having HIV and another writer having "crabs". Price said she "accidentally" reposted messages which were sent to her by fans. She made the blunder yesterday, one day after World AIDS Day.

  • Gay Missouri trooper’s partner sues for survivor benefits 6

    Kelly Glossip and Dennis Engelhard

    10:59 AM — The longterm gay partner of a Missouri trooper is suing to access survivor benefits. Dennis Engelhard, 49, was a state trooper killed in the line of duty while responding to an accident on Christmas Day of last year but his partner is not entitled to part of his salary because he is gay.

  • 2nd December 2010

    ‘Paperboy’ wins Green Carnation gay book award

    The prize is the first for gay men's fiction and memoirs (Photo: Kate Ter Haar)

    6:00 PM — 'Paperboy' by Christopher Fowler has won the Green Carnation prize for gay men's fiction and memoirs. The novel recounts the author's lonely early years in suburban London and was described by judges as a "rich and astute evocation of a time and a place [recalling] a childhood at once eccentric and endearingly ordinary".

  • Christian group campaigns to have anti-gay app reinstated 57

    Christian campaigners want the app reinstated

    5:03 PM — A anti-gay Christian group is campaigning to have an iPhone app against gay marriage reinstated. Apple removed the Manhattan Declaration app from its iTunes store last week after media attention but the Christian group is calling for supporters to sign a petition to have it returned to the site.

  • John McCain criticises ‘flawed’ study on out gay soldiers 22

    John McCain said repeal was 'premature'

    4:23 PM — Republican senator John McCain has criticised the Pentagon study on repealing the ban on out gay troops. Mr McCain, who is against repeal, said that the study was flawed because it looked at how the law could be repealed, instead of whether doing so would benefit the military.

  • Another gay couple barred from marriage in Greenwich 8

    Gay couples cannot currently marry in the UK

    2:36 PM — A second gay couple have been barred from applying to marry in Greenwich, south-east London. David Watters and Richard Hull's rejection follows the Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel being denied a marriage at Woolwich registry office last month.

  • Kenyan prime minister denies saying gays should be arrested 3

    Kenya criminalises homosexuality

    1:37 PM — The prime minister of Kenya claims he never said that gays and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga was recorded discussing homosexuality at a rally last Sunday but says he was misquoted.

  • Gay father wins joint custody of children 22

    The children were conceived after the gay man advertised to become a father (Photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    11:28 AM — A gay man has won joint custody of the two children he had through artficial insemination with a lesbian couple. The company director, of Sussex, had been battling the children's lesbian mother and her civil partner over where they should live.

  • Illinois senate approves civil unions 7

    Illinois is expected to legalise civil unions

    10:16 AM — The Illinois senate has given a green light to civil marriage legislation by 32-24 votes. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill into law shortly, making Illinois the fifth US state to allow civil unions.

  • 1st December 2010

    Video: David Cameron calls for an end to stigma related to HIV and AIDS 11

    David Cameron recorded the message for World AIDS day

    11:54 PM — In a video for message for World AIDS Day, the prime minister, David Cameron has called on the media and faith groups to help tackle the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS.

  • Exclusive: NHS trust stops referrals for transgender treatment 104

    NHS Kent have stopped referrals for transgender treatment

    8:14 PM — An NHS trust has been criticised for temporarily stopping treatment referrals for transgender people. NHS West Kent is also ceasing referrals for gastric band surgery and couples seeking IVF but trans campaigners say people with these conditions do not have a high suicide rate, unlike trans people waiting for treatment.

  • Tory MP takes HIV test for World AIDS Day 7

    Simon Kirby is a Conservative MP

    7:51 PM — A Conservative MP had a 15-minute HIV test at a parliamentary reception on Tuesday evening to encourage more people to take up testing. Simon Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown, has a constituency with one of the largest estimates of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men.

  • Virginia politician says airport patdowns are ‘part of the homosexual agenda’ 62

    Public Advocate rails against "porno scanners"

    4:58 PM — A politician in the US state of Virginia has caused bemusement by claiming that airport security patdowns are "part of the homosexual agenda". Republican Eugene Delgaudio is known for his strong views against homosexuality.

  • Men plead guilty to New York anti-gay robbery

    The attack took place in New York city last year

    3:53 PM — Two New York men have pleaded guilty to an anti-gay robbery which left their victim in hospital for three weeks. Daniel Rodriguez, 21, and Daniel Aleman, 27, admit robbery as a hate crime for the attack on 49-year-old Jack Price in October last year in the Queens neighbourhood.

  • Mercury ‘turns birds gay’ 12

    Vultures and penguins have also shown signs of homosexuality (Photo: Mike Baird)

    3:02 PM — Consuming high doses of the chemical mercury makes some birds appear to turn gay, scientists say. It is known that mercury reduces breeding rates in white ibises but scientists in Florida and Sri Lanka were surprised to discover that the higher the dose given to male birds, the more likely they were to try to mate with another male.

  • Man jailed for killing stranger in gay encounter 14

    James Foley was jailed for manslaughter

    2:18 PM — A man has been jailed for three years for strangling a stranger with his own scarf during a gay tryst. James Foley, 21, of Dartford, had been at a central London strip club when he slipped away and agreed to go to a garden with a 26-year-old Algerian national Fathi Bouchareb.

  • Elton John turns newspaper editor for World AIDS Day 2

    Elton John guest-edited the Independent

    11:46 AM — Elton John marked his World AIDS Day edition of the Independent with a cover by one of his favourite artists. The cover, of a rose, is a specially-commissioned piece of art by British painter Gary Hume.

  • Lesbian couple have marriage bid rejected 20

    11:05 AM — A lesbian couple were turned away from a registry office yesterday when they tried to apply to marry. Colette French and Katie Green, both 21, were turned away from Petersfield Register Office in Hampshire and refused a letter of rejection, which is usually given to couples denied a marriage.

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