7th July 2011
Interview: It’s more than OK to be George Takei 15
5:41 PM — For many, George Takei will always be Sulu, the helmsman he immortalised in the science-fiction series Star Trek. But the veteran actor has forged a long and diverse career incorporating stage, television, radio and film. He has been involved in civil rights movements for just as long. Laurence Watts met him at his Hollywood home.
Opera writer may take legal action over council’s ‘defamatory’ statements 23
4:00 PM — The author of a community opera cancelled after a gay row says he may take legal action over "defamatory" comments made by the council, in which it claimed a gay character was a paedophile.
MP complains over anti-gay preacher’s UK visit 60
3:18 PM — An MP has asked Home Secretary Theresa May why an anti-gay US preacher is being allowed into the UK. Labour MP Richard Burden said people would question why Pastor John Hagee is allowed into the country while other hate preachers, such as Muslim speaker Sheikh Raed Salah, are banned.
New York register offices to open on a Sunday for gay weddings 12
2:04 PM — Some register officers in New York are to open on a Sunday to give gay couples a chance to marry as soon as they can.
Gay row opera will go ahead 18
1:06 PM — An opera featuring East Yorkshire schoolchildren will now go ahead after writer Lee Hall agreed to swap the word 'queer' for 'gay'. The community project stalled after a primary school complained about a gay character's scene.
Gay journalist threatened with knife in Dublin homophobic attack 25
11:26 AM — Police are searching for two men who punched a well-known gay journalist in the face during a homophobic attack in Dublin. The 46-year-old victim was said to be "deeply traumatised" after the incident, which took place on June 8th.
More women than men having civil partnerships 24
10:38 AM — For the first time, more women than men are having civil partnerships in the UK. According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics, 49 per cent of last year's ceremonies were held by men. In 2009, men held 51 per cent of all civil partnerships.
Appeals court rules that Pentagon must stop enforcing gay military ban 16
12:32 AM — A US appeals court has ordered the US government to stop enforcing the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) ban on gay men and women openly serving in the military.