2nd August 2011
Gay senator David Norris pulls out of Irish presidential race
3:55 PM — Gay Irish senator David Norris has pulled out of the Irish presidential race after controversy over a letter of support for a former partner who was convicted of raping a 15-year-old boy.
Blow to Irish senator David Norris’s presidential bid over ex-partner’s rape charge 12
2:12 PM — Gay Irish senator David Norris has suffered heavy blows to his presidential bid over a letter of support he wrote for his former partner who was charged with raping a 15-year-old boy. Mr Norris, who was the favourite for the post, has now lost the support of several backers after the story emerged at the weekend.
Elton’s 750,000 euro HIV donation not spent 4
1:48 PM — A 750,000 euro donation from Elton John to combat HIV in Ireland has not been spent, it has emerged. The singer gave the money to the government two years ago to be used in a clean needle project for drug addicts.
Dolly Parton apologises to lesbian couple after Dollywood banned pro-gay marriage T-shirt 23
1:08 PM — Dolly Parton has apologised to a lesbian couple after one of them was ordered to reverse a t-shirt with a gay slogan when visiting her theme park.
Study to be carried out on gay Mormons 58
12:16 PM — US researchers are carrying out an online survey on the lives and experiences of LGBT Mormons. Renee Galliher, a psychology professor at Utah State University, and Bill Bradshaw, a biology professor at Brigham Young University, say they hope to find out the truth about the gay Mormon experience" and give faith leaders more information.
Family vigil marks third anniversary of Michael Causer’s death 21
11:34 AM — A vigil will be held in Liverpool this evening to mark the third anniversary of the death of gay teenager Michael Causer. The 18-year-old hairdresser died in hospital in August 2008 after being punched and kicked.
Scottish youth parliament calls for gay marriage 55
10:57 AM — Scotland's youth parliament has launched a campaign to urge the government to give gay couples the right to wed. The Love Equally campaign is seeking full marriage equality and also calls for straight people to be given the right to have civil partnerships.
Coco Chanel was bisexual, new biography claims 15
10:44 AM — A new biography of the fashion designer Coco Chanel claims she was bisexual and took drugs. Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life by Lisa Chaney says the style legend had a number of affairs with men and women, including a relationship with the artist Salvador Dali while he was married.