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July 2011

  • 20th July 2011

    Updated: 14 MPs back ‘compromise’ plans for anti-gay Christians 126

    14 MPs are publicly backing the EHRC's 'compromise' proposal

    1:26 PM — Fourteen MPs - from all main parties - are backing the Equality and Human Rights Commission's plan to intervene in high-profile court cases where gay rights and Christian beliefs clash. The EHRC announced last week that it believes more should be done to find "compromises" and "reasonable accommodations" for religious workers who do not wish to serve gay people.

  • Vermont wedding venue bars lesbian couple 16

    The inn turned the couple away after realising they were lesbians

    11:47 AM — A lesbian couple from New York City are suing a Vermont inn for refusing to host their wedding party. Kate Baker and Ming Linsley said they were "saddened" and "shocked" when the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville turned them away last autumn after the owners realised they were lesbians.

  • New York holds lottery for first gay marriages 12

    Gay marriages will begin on Sunday

    10:34 AM — New York City is to hold a lottery to determine which gay couples can be the first to tie the knot when a gay marriage law comes into power on Sunday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that demand to wed on the first day gay marriage is legal far outstrips supply and 764 couples, including straight couples, will be permitted to wed on the day.

  • 19th July 2011

    Obama ‘proud to support’ the repeal of gay marriage ban 30

    President Obama is said to be "proud" to support the end of the federal ban of gay marriage

    11:44 PM — The White House has revealed that president Barack Obama is "proud to support" the Respect for Marriage Act, which aims to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act [sic], the federal ban on same sex marriage.

  • US government under-fire for study linking penis size to whether gay men ‘top’ or ‘bottom’ 89

    The government has come under-fire for the study

    8:14 PM — The United States government has come under fire for funding a study into how the size of a gay man's penis size effects his sex life and general well-being with particular focus on whether penis size results in the decision to be a 'top' or a 'bottom'.

  • George Michael calls Jeremy Clarkson ‘a pig-ugly homophobic twat’ 74

    George Michael called Jeremy Clarkson a "pig-ugly homophobic twat"

    5:33 PM — George Michael has hit out at Top Gear host Jeremey Clarkson after the latter made a joke suggesting he was sexually promiscuous. Earlier this month, Michael tweeted a video of a man driving a pink Bentley and joked: "I swear this is real. And I sound like Jeremy Clarkson with someone's finger up his arse ... its a camp classic all round."

  • Gay conservatives GOProud want to meet Michele Bachmann 22

    Michele Bachmann has recently refused to discuss her views on homosexuality

    2:40 PM — US gay conservative group GOProud says it wants to meet Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to discuss her anti-gay views. Mrs Bachmann, has said in the past that homosexuality is "slavery" and that gays are recruiting children. But since she began her presidential campaign, she has refused to talk about homosexuality.

  • Gay Corrie star Charlie Condou to be a father again 2

    Charlie Condou (right) is to become a father again

    2:05 PM — Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou is to be a dad again. The gay star, whose character Marcus Dent is also gay, is to have another baby with a friend, Catherine Kanter, who is the mother of his two-year-old daughter Georgia Mae.

  • BBC cuts Torchwood gay sex scene 142

    British viewers won't see John Barrowman's sex scene

    12:21 PM — British Torchwood viewers won't see a raunchy gay sex scene because BBC bosses thought it was too explicit. The scene, with gay star John Barrowman's character Captain Jack Harkness and a barman, has already been broadcast in the US on cable channel Starz.

  • Stonewall names most gay-friendly universities 36

    The guide tells LGB students what support they can expect

    12:00 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has named the top universities for lesbian, gay and bisexual students. The online guide, Gay by Degree, tells potential students whether institutions offer services such as LGB student groups, compulsory staff training on LGB issues and careers advice aimed at LGB students.

  • Malaysian trans woman loses court case over gender change 5

    Malaysia does not allow trans people to be recognised in their new sex

    11:22 AM — A Malaysian trans woman has lost her court case to legally change her sex. Ashraf Hafiz Abdul Aziz, 26, had sex reassignment surgery in 2008 in Thailand and hoped to obtain an identity card declaring she is female.

  • First out gay man confirmed as federal court judge 9

    J Paul Oetken is the first out gay man confirmed as a federal court judge

    10:59 AM — The US Senate has confirmed the first out gay man to serve as a federal court judge. J Paul Oetken, 45, was last night voted on to the bench for the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York.

  • 18th July 2011

    Utah Democrats elect gay man as chairman 10

    Utah's Democrats elected a gay man as chairman

    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

    Lewis Harding was found guilty of robbery

    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

    The show, organised by Opera North, went ahead at the weekend

    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

    Michele Bachmann's husband did not deny he and other counsellors tried to 'cure' gays

    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

    Chris Brown's representatives said the story was untrue

    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

    US law places a lifetime blood donation ban on any man who has had gay sex

    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

    One of the posters found in Tower Hamlets last week

    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.

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