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2010

  • 6th January 2010

    Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon to fight gay adoption ban 5

    Cynthia Nixon is kicking off the gay adoption campaign

    5:46 PM — Lesbian actress Cynthia Nixon will be kicking off a campaign to repeal Florida's ban on gays and lesbians adopting. The Sex and the City star will kick off the American Civil Liberties Union's three-year campaign to end the ban this weekend at South Beach’s Shore Club.

  • Amnesty International joins calls for release of gay Malawi couple 4

    Amnesty International called for the men's release

    5:15 PM — Human rights organisation Amnesty International has joined the calls for a gay couple in Malawi to be released from prison. The group said that Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who were arrested on December 28th, were "prisoners of conscience".

  • Canterbury’s only gay bar closes 16

    The bar was Canterbury's only gay venue

    4:35 PM — The only gay bar in Canterbury, a city which was condemned by a local Pride group for not being gay enough, has closed. O2 was opened six months ago on King Street but is closing because of a lack of business.

  • BNP may face prosecution over ‘misleading’ financial accounts 2

    The BNP records were "not accurate"

    4:00 PM — The British National Party could face prosecution for breaking the law over its accounting. The anti-gay political party has until Friday to submit further details of its spending after auditors said they were not adequate.

  • Video: David Letterman attacked for skit on Obama-appointed trans woman 20

    David Letterman was criticised for the skit

    1:18 PM — US television host David Letterman was attacked for a joke about Amanda Simpson, the trans woman appointed by President Barack Obama.

  • New Jersey in last-ditch vote on gay marriage 3

    New Jersey senators will vote on the bill tomorrow

    12:47 PM — New Jersey's Senate will vote tomorrow on gay marriage in a final attempt to pass the bill before a new governor takes office. A vote was cancelled in early December after Democrats were reportedly concerned the bill did not have enough votes to pass.

  • Graham Norton signs £4m deal with BBC 24

    Graham Norton has signed a new deal with the BBC

    12:00 PM — Gay presenter Graham Norton has signed a two-year, £4 million deal to stay at the BBC. According to the Sun, he accepted a pay cut of £500,000, having previously been on £2.5 million a year.

  • Rhode Island approves funeral rights for gays 6

    Gays will gain the right to plan their partners' funerals

    11:43 AM — Lawmakers in the US state of Rhode Island have approved a law to allow people in gay relationships to make funeral arrangements for their partners. They overrode a veto from Governor Don Carcieri.

  • 5th January 2010

    Trans woman nominated by Obama ‘not a token’ 8

    Amanda Simpson said she would always be "second-guessed".

    6:30 PM — Amanda Simpson, the trans woman appointed by President Barack Obama, has said she does not want to be seen as a "token". She was appointed to the role of senior technical advisor to the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security.

  • Warning over high HIV rates in gay African men

    Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of HIV infections in the world

    6:28 PM — A study in the medical journal The Lancet has warned that HIV rates among gay men in some parts of Africa are ten times higher than their straight counterparts.

  • Italian footballer player could be punished for gay magazine shoot 19

    Jesus Datolo in an image from the shoot

    6:26 PM — An Italian football player who posed in his underwear for a gay magazine could face sanctions from his club. Napoli player Jesus Datalo posed for monthly gay publication Romeo Mag.

  • Malawi gay marriage trial expected next week 6

    The couple's arrest has been widely reported

    4:28 PM — The trial of two gay men arrested for holding a wedding party in Malawi is expected to begin on January 15th. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza are being held in custody in Chichiri Prison and were denied bail by a judge yesterday.

  • Lesbian heiress Casey Johnson found dead 7

    Casy Johnson was found dead yesterday

    3:08 PM — The heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune has been found dead at her Los Angeles home. Casey Johnson, 30, had a history of drug abuse. Police said she appeared to have died from natural causes, although a cause of death has not been determined.

  • Court case on California marriage ban to be heard next week 8

    The court will examine whether the ban is unconstitutional (Photo: Flickr user albany_tim)

    1:11 PM — Next Monday, a federal court will examine for the first time whether the US constitution allows states to ban gay marriage. The case, brought by two gay couples who argue that California's ban violates their constitutional rights, will be heard on January 11th and is expected to last two to three weeks.

  • Maggi Hambling and Phyllida Lloyd honoured 1

    Maggi Hambling will receive a CBE

    12:25 PM — Artist Maggi Hambling and theatre director Phyllida Lloyd, both of whom are lesbians, have been awarded CBEs in the New Year's Honours list.

  • Anti-gay hate preacher’s march may be banned 85

    Anjem Choudary has not given a date for the proposed march

    12:11 PM — An attempt by an anti-gay Muslim preacher to hold a march in a British town may be blocked by home secretary Alan Johnson. Islam4UK, headed by Anjem Choudary, plans to march through Wootton Bassett, a town famous for honouring soldiers killed abroad.

  • 4th January 2010

    Malawi gay couple ‘beaten in prison’

    The pair will face trial next week

    7:20 PM — A gay couple in Malawi who were jailed for holding a wedding ceremony have said they are being beaten in prison. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were denied bail and will face trial next week for indecency charges.

  • Gay son prevented from donating blood to dying mother 38

    Gay and bisexual men are barred from donating blood

    6:27 PM — A gay man whose mother died from cancer is calling for a change in the law after he was prevented from donating blood to help her. Dij Bentley's mother Christine, 47, died from acute myeloid leukaemia in August last year.

  • Obama appoints trans woman to Department of Commerce 27

    Amanda Simpson has been appointed to the Department of Commerce

    4:07 PM — US President Barack Obama has appointed a trans woman to the role of senior technical advisor to the Department of Commerce. Amanda Simpson is on the board of directors of the National Centre for Transgender Equality and has worked in the aerospace and defence industry for 30 years.

  • Copyright holder baulks at ‘gay’ Sherlock Holmes film 44

    Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes

    2:46 PM — The US copyright holder of the Sherlock Holmes series has threatened to withdraw permission for a film sequel if producers develop a homoerotic storyline.

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