3rd August 2011
HIV ‘epidemics’ emerging in gay men in North Africa and the Middle East 17
5:10 PM — New research suggests that HIV epidemics are emerging in North Africa and the Middle East among men who have sex with men (MSM). According to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, countries such as Egypt, Sudan, Pakistan and Tunisia are seeing high rates of infection in gay and bisexual men.
Complaints over ‘offensive’ Belfast Pride placards 123
5:01 PM — A hardline unionist MLA has complained about placards at last weekend's Belfast Pride. Jim Allister, who represents Antrim North, says that Belfast Pride organisers should apologise for "offensive" signs at the event.
Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry for Brighton Pride 5
2:52 PM — X Factor stars Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry are to perform at Brighton Pride this month. Burke, who is working on a new album will headline the August 13th festival with hits such as Bad Boys and Overcome.
Marvel Comics reveals black-Latino Spider-Man – who could be gay in future 53
2:35 PM — The creators of Spider-Man have revealed a new incarnation of the superhero as a black-Latino teenager. Marvel Comics has announced that the new character, Miles Morales, is to take over after the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker, was killed off in June by the Green Goblin.
American Indian tribe approves gay marriage 26
1:32 PM — An American Indian tribe in Washington has become the second in the US to approve gay marriage. On Monday, the Suquamish Tribal Council voted to give marriage rights to gay couples on its Seattle reservation.
Teachers were concerned over shot gay teen’s feminine appearance
1:28 PM — The case of a US student who shot dead a gay classmate has heard from the victim's teachers. Larry King, 15, who self-identified as gay and wore feminine clothing, was shot in the head on February 12th 2008 during a lesson, allegedly by Brendan McInerney, his classmate at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California.
Lesbian couple saved 40 teenagers in Norway massacre 53
11:42 AM — A married lesbian couple have been commended for saving the lives of 40 teenagers in Norway's massacre two weeks ago. Toril Hansen and Hege Dalen were having dinner on the shore opposite the island of Utoya when they heard shots ring out and screaming.
Tory MP Chloe Smith supports gay marriage 88
10:26 AM — Conservative MP Chloe Smith says she supports the campaign for marriage equality. The 29-year-old politician, who is one of the youngest MPs in the House of Commons, joined Norwich Pride last weekend.
Hastings to host first gay and lesbian biker rally 6
10:12 AM — The UK's first gay and lesbian biker rally is to be held in Hastings next month. Around 1,000 gay and lesbian bikers are expected to descend on the Azur at the Marina Pavilion, St Leonards, on September 18th.