18th July 2011
Utah Democrats elect gay man as chairman 10
4:03 PM — The US state of Utah's Democratic party has elected a gay man as its chairman. Art dealer Jim Dabakis, who has been involved in gay rights campaigning in the state, was elected on Saturday during a party convention in Salt Lake City.
Man carjacked and left half-naked at gay cruising spot 67
3:42 PM — A man who was tricked into removing his trousers was carjacked at a gay cruising spot near Coventry. Leamington Crown Court heard that the victim, 45, began speaking to a younger man while parked in a layby on the A45 near the Stonebridge roundabout in Coventry.
Gay controversy opera goes ahead 5
3:16 PM — A community opera which was nearly derailed in a row over a gay character has gone ahead in Bridlington, East Yorkshire. Beached, written by Billy Elliot author Lee Hall, was almost cancelled after a primary school's headteacher complained about language in some scenes.
In photos: Lovebox Out and Fierce 2011 (Gay day) 9
3:00 PM — Tens of thousands of people attended Lovebox Out and Fierce 2011 (Gay day) in Victoria Park, East London on Sunday. Bands on stage included Blondie, Beth Ditto and the Scissor Sisters as well as Horse Meat Disco at the legendary NYC Downlow
Michele Bachmann’s husband says clinic doesn’t force gays to turn straight 17
2:58 PM — Marcus Bachmann has said that his counselling clinics do not have a "special interest" in trying to turn gay people straight. The husband of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann came under fire this month after his Christian counselling clinic was recorded trying to 'cure' a gay man.
Chris Brown may sue magazine over anti-gay claims 7
1:43 PM — Chris Brown is reportedly considering whether to sue over a magazine article which claimed he hurled homophobic abuse during a casual basketball game. Last week, US magazine Star reported that the singer was at an LA gym recently when he lost his temper and called other players "faggots".
Chicago man ‘looked too gay’ to donate blood 23
11:54 AM — A straight Chicago man says he was turned away from a blood donation centre because he "looked gay". Aaron Pace, 22, who says he is effeminate but not gay, went to the Bio-Blood Components donation centre recently.
More extremist posters appear in East London 217
11:20 AM — More extremist posters have been discovered in the East London borough of Tower Hamlets. It is understood the posters were found last Thursday morning at council-managed housing blocks in Shadwell, next to the DLR and Overground station.
‘Family’ group wants referendum on California gay education 51
10:39 AM — A California 'family' group is seeking a voter referendum on a new state law requiring schools to teach pupils about gay history. The Capitol Resource Institute, a socially conservative group, has long campaigned against the legislation, which was signed into law last week.