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Christopher joined PinkNews.co.uk as a reporter and news editor in 2010

  • 28th June 2010

    Scots adoption agency tells gay couples not to be discouraged 5

    The Scottish Adoption Agency wants to meet more gay parents. Image: ILGA Europe

    3:38 PM — The Scottish Adoption agency has told gay couples not to be put off by the "very negative publicity" surrounding the issue of same-sex coulples adopting children. The publicity in question is believed to relate to the complaints of the grandparents of two Edinburgh-based children who were adopted by a gay couple.

  • Spanish clinic investigated for offering gay ‘cure’ 5

    Barcelona, where a clinic is under investigation for offering gay 'cures'

    1:49 PM — A psychiatric clinic in Barcelona in the Spanish region of Catalonia is under investigation for allegedly offering to "treat" homosexuality with therapy and medication. It is believed that the clinic is not alone in its offer of such treatment in Spain.

  • New York City celebrates 41st annual pride 2

    NYC held its 41st pride parade yesterday

    12:33 PM — New York City was awash with marchers and revellers in their thousands yesterday, all celebrating the Big Apple's 41st annual gay pride event. One of the parade's grand marshalls was Constance McMillen, the Mississippi teenager who fought with her high school to be allowed to attend the senior prom with her girlfriend.

  • Icelandic PM weds as gay marriage legislation comes into effect 27

    Iceland's PM Johanna Sigurdardottir, who married her female partner yesterday

    11:18 AM — Iceland's openly gay Prime Minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, has officially married her long-term partner, Jonina Leosdottir. Legislation that allows gay couples to marry came into force yesterday, 27 June, following a unanimous decision adopted by Icelandic parliament on 12 June.

  • Two men beaten in homophobic attack in Londonderry 26

    The attack is being treated as a homophobic hate crime

    10:40 AM — Two men were beaten in Londonderry this weekend in what police are treating as a homophobic attack. The couple, aged 22 and 38, were set upon by three men in the city centre at about 2am BST on Saturday morning.

  • One dead and two injured at San Francisco Pride 9

    San Francisco's 40th pride celebrations were marred by gun crime

    10:08 AM — San Francisco's 40th annual pride celebrations were marred late on Saturday night by a shooting incident in the Castro district which left a 19-year old man dead. Two other people, a man and a woman, were also hit by gunfire but are expected to make a full recovery.

  • 25th June 2010

    Minneapolis Pride awaits ruling over injuction against homophobic evengelist 15

    Minneapolis Pride is this weekend

    5:48 PM — The organisers of Minneapolis Twin Cities Pride are awaiting a ruling from District Judge John Tunheim on their injunction to have Christian evangelists Brian and Lois Johnson banned from Loring Park where the festival is to be held.

  • European law not required to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples, court rules 33

    Gay marriage is only legal in seven countries of the European Council

    4:59 PM — The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has ruled that under European law, the 47 member states have no legal obligation to grant same-sex couples the right to marry.

  • Pride London celebrations in Soho to take place after all 8

    Soho Pride 2010 will go ahead as planned next weekend

    4:34 PM — Pride London have announced that the Soho street party will now go ahead next Saturday 3 July. Last week, the charity had been forced to cancel any Soho celebrations after problems negotiating licensing and the threat of potential disruptions relating to the extensive Crossrail roadworks currently taking place in central London.

  • Sofia Pride in Bulgaria Tomorrow 3

    The German embassy in Sofia flies the flag for the city's pride celebrations this Saturday

    3:10 PM — Bulgaria's capital city, Sofia, will host their third pride parade tomorrow, Saturday 26 June. The event will mark the culmination of a week of Pride-related events, including photographic exhibitions, a number of social and cultural events and a conference on hate crime which included a call for such crimes against LGBT people to be criminalised in Bulgaria. Statements of support have come from both the British and Norwegian ambassadors.

  • Hillary Clinton says ‘Gay rights are human rights’ 7

    Hillary Clinton is fully behind gay rights issues

    1:51 PM — Speaking this week at President Obama's White House reception held in honour of Pride Month, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said once again that in the Democratic Party's eyes, gay rights are human rights.

  • Stanley Cup to feature at Chicago gay pride parade

    Chicago Pride 2010 takes place this Sunday 27 June

    1:19 PM — The Stanley Cup, the trophy annually awarded to the champion team of the National Hockey League, will be on display at this Sunday's Chicago Gay Pride Parade - its first appearance at a gay-themed event.

  • Israeli police reject proposed gay pride parade route through Jerusalem 8

    Jerusalem Pride 2010's proposed route has been rejected

    12:09 PM — The Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance's proposed route from for a gay pride march through the city has been rejected by Israeli police, who claimed one reason for their concern is that the route would pass a yeshiva, an institution for the study of traditional Jewish texts such as the Torah.

  • Signers of ballots against gay marriage may no longer remain anonymous, US Supreme Court rules 6

    The state of Washington approved same-sex domestic partnerships in 2009

    11:15 AM — The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that those who sign referendum petitions may no longer be able to do so anonymously. In doing this, the Court rejected the claims of an anti-gay rights group, who argued the ruling went against their First Amendment protection of political expression.

  • Delegates at faith-based Maltese seminar condemn gay marriage 16

    Maltese Catholics and Muslims united against gay marriage

    10:34 AM — Muslim and Catholic preachers gathered at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Paola, Malta, yesterday to discuss the role of the family in a modern, globalised society, negative media coverage of faith and the issue of gay marriage, which they united against.

  • 24th June 2010

    Woman attempted to sue church for performing same-sex ceremony. 11

    Many Baptists disagree with same-sex marriage

    6:11 PM — In a CNN report on how the issue of same-sex marriage has impacted upon the Christian Church in America, Soledad O'Brien spoke to a woman who set out to sue her Washington DC church for performing a same-sex ceremony.

  • Manchester Cathedral celebrates LGBT heritage of the city 14

    The Bishop of Manchester welcomed LGBT groups to the city's cathedral

    5:11 PM — The Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch, last night welcomed the city’s LGBT community to Manchester Cathedral for a service to celebrate their heritage in the city. This was the second such service to take place, the first being in 2008. Bishop McCulloch, along with the Dean of Manchester, the Very Reverend Rogers […]

  • New Australian PM Julia Gillard is no fan of same-sex marriage 30

    Julia Gillard is Australia's first female PM

    4:26 PM — Julia Gillard took over today as Australia's first female prime minister after Kevin Rudd's withdrawal from the leadership of the Australian Labor [sic] party. Ms Gillard, who will be officially sworn in next week, has been described as a committed and savvy politician by pundits, but, apparently, is no fan of gay marriage.

  • Hillary Clinton discusses subject of homophobia in Albania 1

    Hillary Clinton spoke out against homophobia in Albania

    2:59 PM — During her speech in honour of LGBT month, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out in support of an Albanian man who came out publicly on television. The man, Klodian Cela, was appearing in the country's version of Big Brother.

  • Ugandan Bishop speaks out against homophobia 22

    LGBT persons are heavily persecuted in some African nations, including Uganda

    1:56 PM — Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo has spoken out against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that is being proposed in his native Uganda. Bishop Senyonjo was speaking at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, at the end of a speaking tour of Ireland.

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