10th August 2011
Petition wants gay marriage for Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie 29
2:52 PM — An online petition signed by more than 900 people is calling for Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie to have gay wedding. The petition, at change.com, says a wedding could give hope to bullied gay children.
BBC receives complaints that Torchwood is ‘too gay’ 91
2:07 PM — The BBC says it has received complaints that Torchwood: Miracle Day is "too gay". The series, starring gay actor John Barrowman, features bisexual hero Captain Jack Harkness.
Chile’s president backs civil unions 7
12:26 PM — The president of Chile has proposed legalising civil unions for gay and straight couples. Sebastian Pinera said that all couples deserve "respect, dignity and support of the state" in a speech this week.
Men seek damages for ‘gay slur’ on California theme park photo 43
11:11 AM — Two men are suing a California theme park for damages after a photo of them on a ride was allegedly doctored and displayed with a gay slur.
9th August 2011
Taiwan gay rights group to host lesbian weddings 2
5:37 PM — A gay rights group in Taiwan has said it will hold a mass lesbian wedding later this month. Around 60 couples have signed up to the private event, while 1,000 tickets have been sold.
Comment: A gay Congolese man in South Africa 10
4:56 PM — Junior Mayema, 24, is a volunteer with People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP). He fled Congo at the age of 22 after suffering persecution and threats.
‘Obviously gay’ Ugandan asylum seeker faces deportation 15
4:33 PM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who supporters say is "obviously gay" is due to be deported on Wednesday. Robert Segwanyi, 33, says he was tortured and jailed in Uganda for being gay but an immigration judge ruled there was no evidence that he is gay and suffering post-traumatic stress disorder – in contrast to a psychiatrist’s report.
Gay Malaysian pastor urges gays to come out 12
2:55 PM — A gay pastor in Malaysia is urging gay people to come out in order to tackle homophobia. Reverend Ouyang Wen Feng, a controversial figure who runs a gay-friendly church, is thought to be the country's only openly gay pastor.
Lesbian Australian minister’s partner pregnant 48
11:39 AM — A lesbian minister in Australia has announced that her partner is pregnant with their first child. Penny Wong, the finance minister, said her partner Sophie Allouache conceived through donor insemination and expects the baby in December.
£1m record deal for Brighton & Hove Gay Men’s Chorus 20
10:32 AM — The Brighton & Hove Gay Men’s Chorus has signed a £1 million record deal. The chorus has been signed to Universal Records, which counts U2, Grace Jones and Paul Weller among its artists.
8th August 2011
Interview: RuPaul, America’s first drag superstar 14
6:09 PM — Laurence Watts meets America's first drag superstar, RuPaul.
Gay SNP politician calls colleagues ‘bigots’ 66
3:21 PM — A gay SNP politician has hit out at colleagues on the issue of gay marriage, calling them bigots. Alyn Smith, an MEP who was elected in 2004, attacked colleagues who signed a motion on gay marriage, calling them "small" and "mean".
Liverpool Pride doubles its numbers 6
2:17 PM — An estimated 40,000 people joined Liverpool Pride on Saturday - double the number who turned up last year. The festival, now in its second year, was held at the city's waterfront, where it is thought around 35,000 people joined the celebrations.
BBC pilots gay sitcom 50
2:03 PM — The BBC is piloting a new sitcom revolving around a middle-aged gay couple. The show, titled George And Bernard Shaw, will star My Family actor Robert Linsday and Richard Griffiths, if commissioned.
London gay bookshop attacked by vandals 189
1:20 PM — London's renowned gay bookshop, Gay's the Word, has been attacked by vandals. Staff at the Marchmont Street store came to work this morning to find the front window smashed and the shopfront had been pelted with eggs.
Report calls for equality commission to be scrapped 65
11:22 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission contributes "very little to meaningful equality" and should be dismantled, a think tank report has recommended. The body, headed by Trevor Phillips, has been harshly criticised by gay rights advocates in recent weeks after calling for religious homophobes to be given 'accommodations' and 'compromises' in the workplace.
Boy George ‘suffered homophobic abuse in prison’ 20
10:38 AM — Boy George has told of the anti-gay abuse he suffered from fellow prisoners. The singer, who was jailed for four months in 2009 for falsely imprisoning a male escort, told National Prison Radio about his experiences.
7th August 2011
Eggheads star CJ de Mooi banned from wearing ‘Some people are Gay. Get over it’ T-shirt to chess awards 179
11:59 AM — CJ de Mooi, star of BBC 2's Eggheads, has revealed that he was banned from presenting prizes to the winners of the British Chess Championship because he was wearing a Stonewall 'Some people are gay. Get over it' T-shirt.
5th August 2011
National Secular Society will advise in religious vs gay rights cases 621
5:30 PM — The National Secular Society has been granted permission to intervene in four religious rights cases due to come before the European Court of Human Rights. The body will submit legal arguments in four cases where plaintiffs are appealing against UK court decisions - two of which involve Christian employees who refused to provide services to gay people.
Israel LGBT youth conference cancelled 95
4:54 PM — An international LGBT youth conference will no longer be held in Israel after Palestinian gay groups complained. The International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO) general assembly was to be held in Tel Aviv in December.