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June 2011

  • 15th June 2011

    Federal court upholds gay judge’s ruling on California gay marriage ban 42

    A court ruled that judge Walker did not have a conflict of interest

    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

    The French government rejected gay marriage (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    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

    'Gay cure' advocates say finding God can help people turn straight

    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

    Mark Carter denies rape and sexual assault

    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

    One of the stickers which appeared in the area earlier this year

    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

    Antony Cotton said he had to stand up for himself

    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

    The ban is set to be repealed this year

    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

    Viewers complained over Syed and Christian's scene

    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

    Tracy Morgan promised to make amends (Photo: Alex Erde)

    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

    'Paula Brooks' is Bill Graber (Photo: Bill Graber/Washington Post)

    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

    Tracey Morgan said sorry (Photo: Alex Erde)

    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

    The Croatian gay pride march ended in 100 arrests

    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

    Gabrielle Giffords is said to be making a good recovery (Photo: P.K. Weis, SouthwestPhotoBank.com)

    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

    The author of the blog says he has not harmed anyone

    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

    Peter Tatchell says gay campaigners are terrified of being accused of racism for objecting to Islamist homophobia

    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

    John Amaechi was honoured for services to sport

    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

    Sir Brian, as he is now known (Photo: briansouter.com)

    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

    Mr MacMaster admitted to being the author of the blog

    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

    Tracy Morgan apolgised for the comments (Photo: Alex Erde)

    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

    Lambeth council says it needs carers for children of all ages

    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.

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