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October 2011

  • 12th October 2011

    Comment: Let faiths celebrate gay marriages 65

    Liberal Judaism wants the right to hold gay weddings

    3:51 PM — Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, the co-chair of Rabbinic Conference of Liberal Judaism, says the government must include religious ceremonies in the forthcoming gay marriage consultation.

  • Tory councillor disciplined for comparing gay marriage to ‘sex with animals’ 70

    James Malliff may be suspended

    3:21 PM — A Tory councillor in Buckinghamshire may be suspended after he compared gay marriage to bestiality. James Malliff said: "We may as well legalise sex with animals."

  • HIV life expectancy rises by 15 years 153

    Life expectancy for those with HIV has risen

    2:45 PM — Life expectancy for people living with HIV has risen by 15 years in the last decade. Research by the University of Bristol’s School of Social and Community Medicine found that earlier treatment and modern medicine has contributed to the increase.

  • Ghana gay rights leader urges UK government not to cut aid 51

    Gay rights leaders in Ghana say cutting aid will not help them

    1:29 PM — The leader of Ghana's only gay rights group has urged the government not to cut aid to homophobic countries. Mac-Darling Cobbinah said the move would only cause "pain" to the struggling country and could backfire.

  • Homophobic bullying ‘rife’ in Northern Ireland schools 38

    LGB children are suffering serious inequality, the report says

    1:09 PM — Anti-gay bullying is a serious problem in Northern Ireland schools, a new report says. The Rainbow Project report, Left out of the Equation, says gay, lesbian and bisexual pupils suffer severe inequality.

  • Tracy Morgan was ‘hurt’ by his own anti-gay rant 38

    Tracy Morgan said he was hurt by his own remarks (Photo: Alex Erde)

    11:25 AM — 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan says he too was hurt by his onstage homophobic rant. Appearing on the Late Show on Monday evening, he said he was upset that people did not enjoy the show and insisted that there had been a "misunderstanding".

  • Gay rights campaigner Frank Kameny dies aged 86 25

    Frank Kameny was a leading gay rights activist (Photo: DC Virago)

    10:14 AM — Frank Kameny, the US gay rights campaigner, has died aged 86. The activist, who was sacked from his government job as an astronomer in 1957 for being gay, was one of the leading lights of the US gay rights movement.

  • 11th October 2011

    Gay reverend hits back at Scottish Catholic leaders 35

    The Scottish government is holding a gay marriage consultation (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    4:18 PM — The openly gay reverend of an Episcopal church in Scotland has hit back at anti-gay Catholic leaders. The Very Reverend Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin, said he was "embarrassed" by the remarks of faith leaders on gay marriage.

  • Johannesburg police dismiss ‘gay serial killer’ reports 14

    Police say there is no evidence of a serial killer

    3:44 PM — Police in Johannesburg, South Africa, say there is no evidence a serial killer is targeting gay men. According to the Star newspaper, there have been six killings of gay men over the last 18 months which bear similarities.

  • California removes surgery requirement for transgender birth certificates 29

    California's governor signed two transgender laws

    3:12 PM — California's governor Jerry Brown has signed a law to make it easier for transgender people to get a revised birth certificate Previously, transgender people had to provide proof of surgery to obtain a birth certificate in the appropriate gender.

  • Mary Portas calls Cabinet women ‘an ugly bunch’ 51

    Mary Portas: Unimpressed by Cabinet fashion

    2:12 PM — Retail guru Mary Portas has called David Cameron's female cabinet ministers 'an ugly bunch'. The lesbian presenter, who was appointed by Mr Cameron to help save small shops, said ministers including Theresa May, Baroness Warsi and Caroline Spelman need a bit of "sex and glamour".

  • Home HIV tests ‘should be legalised’ 48

    Home HIV tests are currently illegal

    1:29 PM — Almost two-thirds of people would consider using HIV home testing kits if they were legally available and regulated in the UK, a survey has found.

  • Scottish faith groups want gay marriage referendum 36

    The faith groups want a referendum on gay marriage

    1:21 PM — Two Scottish faith groups are calling for a referendum on gay marriage. Dundee-based Solas and the Free Church say voters should be allowed to choose whether Scotland allows gay couples to wed.

  • Nicole Kidman’s transgender film shelved 16

    Nicole Kidman's film company is making The Danish Girl

    11:07 AM — A Nicole Kidman film about a transgender painter has been shelved after another star pulled out. Kidman hopes to play artist Lili Elbe before and after transition in a film titled The Danish Girl.

  • 10th October 2011

    South Australian premier Mike Rann calls for gay marriage 16

    Mike Rann said civil unions were a "halfway house". (Photo: SABREnet)

    4:57 PM — South Australia's outgoing premier Mike Rann has called for full marriage equality. Speaking in Adelaide yesterday at the end of the Festival of Ideas, Mr Rann said that the status quo was "discrimination" and that civil unions are a "halfway house".

  • Two gay Republican contenders in San Diego mayoral race 14

    Bonnie Dumanis is one of two out gay candidates

    4:16 PM — Two of the contenders in San Diego's mayoral race are openly gay Republicans. District attorney Bonnie Dumanis, 59, and city councilman Carl DeMaio, 36, are open about their sexual orientation but the fact has barely featured in the race.

  • Scottish Lib Dem leader attacks bishops for ‘imposing’ gay marriage views 34

    Willie Rennie said bishops were 'imposing' their views

    3:48 PM — Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, has attacked Catholic bishops for seeking to "impose" their views on gay marriage. Speaking on Saturday to the Scottish Liberal Democrat party conference, he said that Catholic bishops' moves to scupper gay marriage plans were "an affront to liberal democracy".

  • 700,000 celebrate Rio de Janeiro Pride 8

    Rio de Janeiro Pride was held on Sunday (file photo)

    2:55 PM — An estimated 700,000 people joined Brazil's Rio de Janeiro Pride on Sunday. Revellers with rainbow flags and fancy dress costumes congregated at Copacabana beach to call for stronger laws against homophobia.

  • Four convicted of Cape Town lesbian’s murder 2

    Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19, was stoned and stabbed to death.

    2:08 PM — Four men have been found guilty of murdering a lesbian in Cape Town, South Africa. Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19, was stoned and stabbed to death after a night out in Khayelitsha on February 4th 2006.

  • Mugabe wants Archbishop of Canterbury to explain views on gays 72

    Robert Mugabe's homophobia is well-documented

    1:47 PM — Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe wants Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to explain the church's views on homosexuality. The African leader's spokesman said yesterday that Mr Mugabe wants to know why homosexuality is being "prescribed" to Zimbabweans.

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