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2010

  • 7th December 2010

    Man accused of killing gay man Ian Baynham ‘was protecting friend’

    Ian Baynham died last year

    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

    Gay soldiers in the US military must keep their sexuality secret

    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

    Aleksandar Mijatovic and Shantu Bhattacherjee were the first gay couple to marry mid-air (Photo: SAS)

    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

    A pansy planted at the British Consulate in 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

    The appeals court is considering the gay marriage ban

    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

    Gareth Thomas will be the subject of a film by Mickey Rourke

    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

    GLAAD celebrated 25 years

    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

    The Atlanta Eagle was the subject of a botched police raid

    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

    Nick Herbert meant to say "cut" but instead said "c*nt"

    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.

  • 6th December 2010

    Gay football group to boycott 2022 Qatar World Cup 10

    The GFSN said gay fans would be unable to visit Qatar for the World Cup

    5:42 PM — The Gay Football Supporters' Network says it will boycott all activities related to the 2022 World Cup because host country Qatar is homophobic.

  • Straight couple don’t want ‘patriarchal’ marriage 14

    The couple say they do not want to marry

    5:41 PM — A straight couple will be next to challenge the UK's ban on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships. Andrew O'Neill, a comedian, and Stephanie Munro, an administration manager, say that marriage is patriarchal and they do not want to be part of an institution which bars gays and lesbians.

  • Jamaican gay rights activist found stabbed to death 4

    A member of a gay rights group was found stabbed to death

    4:35 PM — A member of a gay rights organisation has been found stabbed to death in the Jamaican capital of Kingston. The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) said that the 26-year-old's body was found behind an insurance company building on Friday.

  • Appeals court hears California gay marriage case 2

    The gay marriage case entered the next round today (Photo: Tim Schapker)

    3:57 PM — A federal appeals court was due to begin hearing a case on California's gay marriage ban today. The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear arguments around a federal judge's ruling that the ban on gay marriage in the state is unconstitutional.

  • Czech Republic uses ‘gay tests’ on asylum seekers 19

    The Czech Republican uses porn to test whether some asylum seekers are gay

    3:13 PM — The Czech Republic has been condemned for using "phallometric testing" to check whether asylum seekers who claim to be gay are lying. The tests check the physical reaction to straight porn.

  • Gay and lesbian teens ‘more likely to be expelled or jailed’ 15

    LGB youngsters were more likely to have been punished by schools or the law

    1:03 PM — An American study of gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers finds that they are 40 per cent more likely to be punished at school or by the police and courts than their straight peers. The Yale University study found that lesbian and bisexual girls were particularly at risk.

  • Actress Amber Heard announces she’s a lesbian 12

    Amber Heard said she didn't want to be 'part of the problem' (Photo: gdcgraphics)

    10:56 AM — American actress Amber Heard has officially come out at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The star attended the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) 25th anniversary event on Saturday night with her girlfriend Tasya van Ree.

  • Custody battle lesbian couple: ‘We were horribly naive’ 38

    The couple say they have "lost" their children (Photo: made-underground)

    10:40 AM — The lesbian couple who lost their custody battle over the children they had with a gay man have spoken out for the first time. The couple say they were devastated to learn that the father would be given custody of the two children for 152 days a year and that they were "horribly naive" not to use an anonymous sperm donor.

  • 3rd December 2010

    Gay military ban ‘helps spread diseases’ 14

    The ban spreads STDs, a doctor says

    5:43 PM — The ban on out gay soldiers in the US military may contribute to the spread of sexually-transmitted disease, a doctor has claimed. Dr Kenneth Katz, an STD specialist in San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency, said that soldiers could not be honest with medical staff about their sexual histories.

  • Irish gay Traveller group honoured by president 5

    A gay support group for Travellers was honoured

    4:57 PM — An Irish support group for gay Travellers has been honoured for its work. President Mary McAleese presented the Traveller Pride Awards in Dublin yesterday and paid tribute to the work of the Gay Traveller Support Group.

  • Poland gets first out gay elected official 28

    Krystian Legiersk (Photo: Tomasz Rykaczewski)

    4:25 PM — Krystian Legierski has become Poland's first openly gay elected official. The nightclub owner, entrepreneur and LGBT rights activist won a seat on Warsaw city council last month.

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