15th June 2011
Federal court upholds gay judge’s ruling on California gay marriage ban 42
11:21 AM — A US federal court has upheld a ruling by a gay judge that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. This is the latest round in a long legal battle over the issue.
14th June 2011
French parliament rejects gay marriage bill 62
6:10 PM — The French parliament has rejected a bill designed to give gay couples the right to marry. Today, lawmakers voted by 293 votes to 222 to block the bill, which was not expected to pass.
Protest held at Northern Ireland ‘gay cure’ conference 49
5:58 PM — Around 50 gay activists held a protest today outside a small 'gay cure' conference held in Northern Ireland. The event, held by the Core Issues Group, featured David Pickup, an American speaker who says gay people can be turned straight.
Former Mr Gay UK ‘devastated’ by rape charge
5:16 PM — A policeman and former Mr Gay UK has told a court he was "devastated" at being charged with rape after a Christmas night out with colleagues. PC Mark Carter, from Birkenshaw, was charged with sexually assaulting three men and raping a fourth in December 2009.
Gay campaigners welcome mosque’s pledge 121
4:34 PM — Gay rights campaigners have welcomed what they say is the first significant promise from the East London Mosque to stop hosting homophobic speakers. Earlier this week, a letter signed by 12 activists, including writers Julie Bindel and Paul Burston, said it was clear that there was a religious campaign in east London to intimidate gay people.
Coronation Street star gets anti-gay abuse on Twitter 34
3:24 PM — Coronation Street star Antony Cotton threatened to call people after being on the receiving end of anti-gay abuse on Twitter. The actor, who plays Sean Tully in the soap, was told by user ‘kittykatlovex’: "I hope you get AIDS and die you freak."
US defence secretary says progress on gay ban could come this month 14
3:10 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates says he sees no bar to repealing the military gay ban and could endorse the change at the end of this month. Speaking to Associated Press, Mr Gates said he will back progress if the chiefs of the military recommend moving forward at the end of this month.
125 complaints over EastEnders gay bed scene 126
1:40 PM — At least 125 people have complained over an EastEnders scene which showed a gay couple lying in bed. Viewers complained that the episode, broadcast before the watershed, was inappropriate and could "confuse" children.
Tracy Morgan promises amends for anti-gay rant 43
11:19 AM — Comedian Tracy Morgan has promised to meet teenage victims of homophobia in an effort to make up for an anti-gay rant. The 30 Rock star sparked outrage when he said at a recent gig that homophobic bullying was "insignificant" and that he would "stab" his own son if he came out.
Another lesbian blogger exposed as a man 45
10:43 AM — Another blogger who claimed to be a lesbian has been exposed as a middle-aged, heterosexual man. 'Paula Brooks', the executive editor of LezGetReal.com, is actually 58-year-old Bill Graber, a former Air Force pilot and construction worker from Ohio.
13th June 2011
Comment: Don’t fight bigotry with bigotry 600
5:15 PM — Why does the LGBT community so easily react to homophobia with more bigotry, asks Lola Olson.
Video: Croatian gay pride march attacked by extremists 32
5:05 PM — A gay pride march in a coastal town in Croatia ended in violence on Saturday when a stone-throwing mob attacked marchers. The march, in the town of Split, attracted 200 LGBT people and their allies, but police said thousands of people lined the streets in protest.
First photos of shot pro-gay congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords 16
4:26 PM — The first images have been released of US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in the head by a gunman in January. The politician, who has stood up for gay rights, was shown smiling in the images with no obvious sign of her injury, aside from her new short hairstyle.
Man defends hoax ‘Gay Girl in Damascus’ blog 34
2:44 PM — The author of the hoax 'Gay Girl in Damascus' blog has defended the deception and says he may even write a book about his experience. Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old US student at the University of Edinburgh, admitted last night that he was 'Amina Arraf' but said the hoax had not harmed anyone.
Peter Tatchell: Gay rights groups need to stand up to Islamist homophobia 127
1:47 PM — Why did a few anti-gay stickers in East London provoke an outcry by gay groups, while far worse homophobia passed without protest?
Stonewall chair and gay basketball star named in honours list 35
11:56 AM — The chair of Stonewall, David Isaac, and gay NBA star John Amaechi have been named in the Queen's birthday honours list.
Knighthood for Section 28 backer Brian Souter 109
11:27 AM — Brian Souter, the Stagecoach co-founder who gave £1 million to a 2000 campaign to uphold Section 28, has been honoured with a knighthood. The 57-year-old businessman has not spoken out against gay rights in 11 years but almost 2,500 people have signed a petition calling for the honour to be rescinded.
Gay Girl in Damascus blog written by 40-year-old Edinburgh man 23
10:46 AM — A 40-year-old married man in Edinburgh has admitted to being the author of the Gay Girl in Damascus blog. Tom MacMaster, an American graduate student at the University of Edinburgh, admitted pretending to be Amina Arraf but said he believed the hoax had not harmed anyone.
10th June 2011
30 Rock star Tracy Morgan: ‘I went too far with anti-gay jokes’ 66
5:47 PM — 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan has apologised for making anti-gay jokes at a recent gig in Nashville. The comedian said he "clearly went too far" with the remarks, which included saying he would stab his son to death if he came out as gay.
London council urges gay couples to become foster parents 113
5:09 PM — A London council is appealing for more gay couples to come forward to foster children in need of homes. Lambeth council says it particularly needs carers for teenagers, disabled children and those on remand.