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July 2011

  • 27th July 2011

    Dolly Parton’s Dollywood bans ‘gay marriage’ t-shirt 34

    Dolly Parton is a strong supporter of gay rights

    11:30 AM — A lesbian couple have complained after one of them was ordered to reverse a t-shirt with a gay slogan at country legend Dolly Parton's theme park. Olivier Odom and Jennifer Tipton were told the shirt could offend other visitors.

  • Michigan court won’t hear lesbian custody case 6

    Renee Harmon lost custody of her children (Photo: Christopher Meredith)

    11:06 AM — Michigan's Supreme Court has refused to hear a child custody case involving two lesbians. The court said there was no evidence that a review is necessary in the case of Renee Harmon and her former partner Tammy Davis.

  • Italy rejects anti-homophobia bill 127

    Italy has no legal protection against LGBT discrimination (Photo: Vaughan Leiberum)

    9:49 AM — Italy's parliament has rejected a bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from discrimination. The Chamber of Deputies voted yesterday 293 votes to 250 not to approve the legislation.

  • 26th July 2011

    Alexander McQueen left £100,000 to THT and £50,000 to his dogs in will 11

    McQueen took his own life last year

    7:31 PM — Fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who took his own life last year, has left £100,000 to HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust and £50,000 to his pet dogs.

  • Indian lesbian couple ask court for protection from anti-gay family members 25

    The couple say their families have threatened to kill them (file photo)

    5:13 PM — A newly-married lesbian couple in India have asked a court to protect them from homophobic family members. The women, aged 20 and 25, from Manesar, near New Delhi, say their families have threatened to kill them since they wed on July 22nd.

  • Justin Timberlake ‘stoked’ at New York gay weddings 27

    Justin Timberlake supports gay rights (Photo: Caroline Bonarde Ucci)

    3:38 PM — Justin Timberlake says he's "stoked" that New York has legalised gay marriage. He said he was "proud New York has the balls to stand up for what's right".

  • Taiwan denies gay foreign diplomats immunity for their spouses 6

    Taiwan will not grant privileges to diplomats' gay spouses

    2:43 PM — The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed yesterday that same-sex spouses of diplomats posted to the country are not entitled to full diplomatic immunity and other privileges in Taiwan currently enjoyed by their straight counterparts.

  • DUP criticised for refusing to attend Belfast Pride event 40

    Pride organisers held a 'Pride on the Hill' event

    2:28 PM — The Democratic Union Party has been criticised for snubbing a Belfast Pride event. The event, held yesterday, was joined by politicians from all major parties - except the DUP.

  • Interview: Reichen Lehmkuhl on life, love and reality TV 12

    Reichen Lehmkuhl is a former model

    1:51 PM — Since winning The Amazing Race in 2003, Reichen Lehmkuhl has forged a successful career in television and print. Laurence Watts caught up with the US Air Force veteran as he finished filming the second season of The A-List: New York.

  • Gay health race organisers ask Brad Pitt to join in 3

    Brad Pitt once said he wouldn't marry Angelina Jolie until all couples can wed (Photo: George Biard)

    1:21 PM — Organisers of a gay health race in Glasgow have asked Brad Pitt to start the event. Charity Gay Men’s Health has written to the film star to ask if he will signal the start of the race in Kelvingrove Park on August 19th.

  • Another MP withdraws from religious rights motion 66

    Another MP has withdrawn his name from the motion

    11:25 AM — Another MP has withdrawn his name from a motion apparently calling for religious workers to be allowed to refuse to serve gay people. Liberal Democrat MP for Portsmouth South Mike Hancock, who recently accused the UK Border Agency of homophobia, said he signed the early day motion by accident.

  • International Gay and Lesbian Association finally wins UN accreditation 11

    ILGA has won UN accreditation

    10:59 AM — The International Gay and Lesbian Association (ILGA) has finally won United Nations accreditation. The group, which is one of the oldest international organisations fighting for gay rights, has been trying to gain recognition at the UN for years.

  • Gay journalist Johann Hari expected to lose Orwell Prize 20

    Johann Hari has been accused of plagiarism, fabricating quotes and using an alias to attack other journalists

    10:37 AM — Gay journalist Johann Hari is expected to lose his Orwell Prize over allegations of plagiarism. The 32-year-old was suspended by the Independent newspaper last month after bloggers spotted that he had used old quotes in interviews without attributing them.

  • 25th July 2011

    Anti-gay group files lawsuit against New York gay marriage 28

    An anti-gay group wants to challenge the gay marriage law

    6:07 PM — An anti-gay group in New York has filed a lawsuit against the city's new marriage laws. The group, called New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, claims the state Senate acted illegally when it voted to approve a gay marriage bill earlier this year.

  • New York mayor officiates aides’ wedding 17

    Mr Bloomberg officiated the wedding

    4:31 PM — Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City, presided over the marriage of two of his aides yesterday. He officiated the wedding ceremony of John Feinblatt, his chief policy advisor, and Jonathan Mintz, the city’s commissioner for consumer affairs, who have been together for 14 years.

  • Brian Dowling to host Big Brother 42

    Brian Dowling is to host Celebrity Big Brother

    3:07 PM — Brian Dowling is to present Celebrity Big Brother when the show begins on Channel 5 next month. He will take over Davina McCall's role, while Emma Willis will present the spin-off, Big Brother's Little Bit on the Side.

  • US Navy officer censured for anti-gay hazing 9

    The Navy said Commander Liam Bruen failed to show leadership

    2:37 PM — A retired US Navy officer has been censured to allowing a junior to be given anti-gay nicknames. Commander Liam Bruen was the leader of the Strike Fighter Squadron 136 at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach when the 2009 incident took place at a meeting to discuss call signs for new officers.

  • Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty attacks gay marriage again 66

    Tim Pawlenty is against marriage equality

    12:48 PM — US Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has hit out at gay marriage again. Mr Pawlenty was speaking on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, the first day of marriage equality in New York.

  • Obama signs certification to end military gay ban 33

    President Obama has signed a certification to end the law

    10:40 AM — On Friday, President Obama and two military leaders signed a certification declaring that lifting the ban on openly gay troops will not harm the military. This means that the ban. known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, will officially end in mid-September, allowing gay and lesbian troops to finally be open about their sexual orientation.

  • 24th July 2011

    Gay couples celebrate first gay marriages in New York 49

    The Niagara Falls were lit in rainbow colours (Photo:@NewYorkTheater)

    4:28 PM — Gay couples have begun to marry in ceremonies all over New York state during the first day that same-sex weddings are legal in the state.

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