6th August 2012
US Congress ‘lags behind’ public on marriage equality 6
10:13 PM — Research suggests that US Congress members lags behind the public on marriage equality. According to a database compiled by Human Rights Campaign, only 34 per cent of Congress supports marriage equality, compared to polls which suggest more than 50 per cent of Americans back the rights of gay couples to marry.
ObamaCare ‘will ban discrimination against transgender people’ 6
10:10 PM — A senior official with the Department of Health and Human Services has told transgender rights groups that federal health programmes and companies receiving federal dollars are barred from discriminating against trans people.
Dallas gay couple stage second marriage protest
10:08 PM — A gay couple in Dallas, Texas, have staged a second sit-in protest over marriage equality. On July 6th, Mark Jiminez and Beau Chandler were led from the Dallas County Clerk Records Building in handcuffs when they refused to leave after being denied a marriage licence.
US: Gay rights group donates $1m to marriage equality efforts
10:06 PM — US gay rights group Human Rights Campaign has donated $1m to marriage equality efforts in four states. Campaign groups in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington will each receive $250,000.
‘Porn trial’ barrister ‘asks if sexual health clinics are for those who have riskier sex’
5:59 PM — A Crown Prosecution Service barrister has reportedly asked a trial witness whether people who attend sexual health clinics do so because they engaged in risky sexual practices.
Teacher gives cost of Chick-fil-A meals to gay suicide prevention charity 10
5:03 PM — The sister of the co-founder of the Trevor Project has written to the charity, which works to prevent young gay people from taking their lives, donating the cost of a Chick-fil-A meal for each of her gay family members and friends.
Australia: Tasmania to legislate for equal marriage rights if federal bill fails 11
4:19 PM — The Parliament of Tasmania may pass equal marriage laws for the island's gay couples after the Australian state's premier announced support for the move.
France: Catholic Church opposes gay adoption in revived national prayer 42
3:20 PM — The Catholic Church in France is reviving a tradition begun in the 17th century of praying for the country on 15 August to hope the government does not listen to "special requests" and to oppose gay adoption.
New anti-bullying charity chair calls for ‘visible gay sexuality’ in schools 16
1:55 PM — The new chair of anti-bullying charity Diversity Role Models says bullying will continue until 'gay sexuality becomes visible in schools'.
London: Police urge ‘extreme care’ to gay club drug users after death in Vauxhall 59
12:59 PM — Police have urged recreational drug users in the capital to be 'extremely careful' after a man died and two others were hospitalised this weekend after nights out at Vauxhall's gay clubs.
8,000 sign year-long petition against restrictions on gay blood donation 10
12:20 PM — A petition calling for the government to lift the ban on blood donation by men who have sex with men, which it did partially last year by allowing donations from those who have not done so for a year, has attracted 8,000 signatures.
Annual Men’s Health survey ‘assumes readers are straight’ 46
11:23 AM — A fitness magazine for men has been accused of ignoring its gay and bisexual readers after its annual reader survey assumed all respondents were straight.
Poll: Gay men take twice as many holidays 38
10:02 AM — A new poll suggested gay men take double the national average number of holidays each year.