3rd August 2011
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.
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.
1st August 2011
California Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case next month 35
4:26 PM — California's highest court is to hear arguments on September 6th around the state's gay marriage ban. The Supreme Court will consider whether gay marriage opponents in the state have the legal standing to challenge a court ruling overturning the 2008 ban, known as Proposition 8.
Liverpool’s Homotopia art festival wins three-year funding 8
2:57 PM — Liverpool's Homotopia art festival has been granted funding for the next three years. The annual art and culture event will receive £70,000 a year for the next three years from Arts Council England.
Miley Cyrus gets gay rights tattoo 26
1:58 PM — Miley Cyrus has had a tattoo symbolising the fight for equal rights. The Christian singer, 18, now has seven tattoos, the latest of which is an equal sign on her wedding ring finger.
Ugandan gay rights group has computers, member list stolen 13
1:40 PM — A Ugandan gay rights group is urging police to fully investigate a burglary at its offices. Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG), which has offices in Kampala, was broken into on Saturday night.
York Pride remembers murdered Ugandan gay rights campaigner 12
1:28 PM — York Pride has remembered murdered Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato, who studied in the city. Mr Kato, who was found dead at his home in Uganda in January, had studied at York University’s Centre for Applied Human Rights in 2009 and 2010. On Saturday, marchers at York Pride in Rowntree Park released coloured balloons […]
Man responsible for anti-gay stickers convicted of painting burkas over women in Lynx adverts 238
10:26 AM — Two Muslim teenagers from east London have been convicted of causing criminal damage for spray-painting burkas over scantily-clad women in adverts on the street. Mohammed Hasnath and Muhammed Tahir, both 18, admitted the offence and said they were acting in the greater good because women should not be uncovered.