18th July 2011
‘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.
16th July 2011
Video: Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria’s first lesbian sex scene 2
2:33 PM — Star of Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria, is set to feature in her first same-sex love making scene in upcoming comedy, Without Men.
Ben Daniels rejects Rupert Everett’s advice for aspiring gay actors not to come out 26
1:55 PM — Ben Daniels, star of the BBC hit series Cutting It, has dismissed claims made by Hollywood star Rupert Everett that it is better for aspiring gay actors to stay in the closet despite homophobia he experienced at the BBC.
Tyler Perry ends gay rumours with talk of pregnancy scare 27
12:52 PM — Tyler Perry, the Hollywood actor, writer and producer has ended years of speculation over his sexuality with a reference to a pregnancy scare with an unnamed female partner.
Video: Queen unveils monument at Bletchley Park, home of gay genius codebreaker Alan Turing 34
12:25 PM — The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh yesterday unveiled a monument to commemorate the contribution made by code breakers at Bletchley Park to victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War. In particular, The Queen paid tribute to the gay codebreaker Alan Turing who was later forced to undergo chemical castration after being convicted of homosexuality.
Sir Elton John won’t “rush” his label’s young stars into studio too early 4
11:58 AM — Sir Elton John says that he won’t “rush” young artists who he has signed to his Rocket Music Entertainment Group company into the studio before they are ready. Rocket Music already has signed-up Leon Russell, Lily Allen, James Blunt and Sir Elton himself.
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.
14th July 2011
Celebrities supporting the NOH8 campaign for gay marriage equality 13
5:55 PM — More than 14,000 photos have been taken for the NOH8 campaign against California's ban on gay marriage. PinkNews.co.uk looks at some of the best-known faces supporting the campaign.
Interview: NOH8 campaign founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley 6
5:47 PM — Laurence Watts meets Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley, the gay couple who founded the NOH8 photo campaign to call for gay marriage in California.
Anti-gay groups defend Michele Bachmann’s ‘gay cure’ clinic 57
4:55 PM — US anti-gay groups have rushed to defend a Christian counselling service owned by Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and her husband after a staff member was recorded trying to 'cure' a gay man.
Larry King joins NOH8 campaign for gay marriage 11
1:39 PM — Former CNN host Larry King has posed for a NOH8 photograph to raise awareness for marriage equality. He also filmed a soon to be released advertisement calling on president Barack Obama to support the calls for gay marriage.
New Berlin archbishop says he will meet gay campaigners 18
1:36 PM — Berlin's incoming Catholic archbishop says he will meet with gay activists who have criticised his appointment. Archbishop-elect Rainer Maria Woelk said at a press conference last week that he has "respect and esteem for all people".
Video: Google+ allows users to hide gender 17
12:50 PM — Google's new social network Google+ is offering an option to hide gender for people who don't want to be identified as male or female. The site, which is currently invite-only, included the option after feedback from early users.