15th July 2011
Elton’s wake-up call for astronauts 15
3:40 PM — Astronauts on the final NASA shuttle mission on Thursday woke up to a pre-recorded message from gay singer Sir Elton John.
Obama administration asks court to keep military gay ban for now 59
3:30 PM — The Obama administration has asked an appeals court to reconsider a verdict ruling that the ban on openly gay troops should end immediately. Last week, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Pentagon to cease enforcing the ban.
Travel: A Pacific paradise and the Latin New York 7
3:00 PM — Why should gay travellers consider Mexico? Martin Popplewell visits Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City to find out more.
Pixie Lott, Blue and The Sugababes for Manchester Pride 13
2:19 PM — Pop star Pixie Lott is to headline next month's Manchester Pride for the event's 21st birthday. The Mama Do singer will be supported by Blue and the Sugababes, while other acts include Patrick Wolf, Soundgirl and Heather Peace.
Man pleads not guilty to New Jersey trans woman’s murder
1:39 PM — A New Jersey man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a transgender model. Alrashim Chambers, 24, denies shooting Victoria Carmen White, 28, after meeting her on a night out in September last year.
New Irish transgender laws ‘will break up families’ 27
11:53 AM — Irish proposals designed to give transgender people more rights will break up happy families, trans campaigners say. The plans say that trans people who married in their old gender will have to divorce or legally separate in order to be recognised in their new gender, regardless of whether they remain in a loving relationship with their partner.
‘More teacher training’ needed to tackle homophobic bullying 17
11:00 AM — Teachers should be given more training to deal with anti-gay bullying, the House of Lords heard yesterday. The House also heard that Ofsted should inspect the manner in which schools tackle the issue.
California governor signs bill for gay history in schools 37
10:16 AM — California governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill requiring all schools to teach about the contributions of LGBT people through history. The move makes the state the first in the US to ensure that all children learn about figures such as San Francisco gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk.