13th December 2010
Gay ban hotel owners to claim they were set up 51
1:04 PM — A Christian couple who are being sued for banning gay couples from sharing rooms at their Cornwall hotel are expected to claim they were set up by Stonewall. Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who own the Chymorvah Private Hotel in Cornwall, are being sued for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Founding president of gay group PFLAG dies 4
11:22 AM — The founding president of US group Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has died at the age of 90. Adele Starr reacted badly when her son came out in 1974 but overcame her negative feelings to establish the support group for the loved ones of gays and lesbians.
Carrie Fisher says: ‘We all know John Travolta’s gay’
11:15 AM — Carrie Fisher has suggested that it is well-known that John Travolta is gay. The actress, who was the original Princess Leia in Star Wars, was speaking to gay magazine Advocate.
9th December 2010
Gay Jewish group celebrates Chanukah festival 4
5:18 PM — Saturday night saw the celebration of the Jewish festival of Chanukah by London's largest gay men's Jewish group, Gay Jews in London.
HIV-positive porn star says barebacking must be banned 37
10:39 AM — A porn actor who contracted HIV while filming has called for condoms to be made compulsory across the adult film industry. Derrick Burts, 24, tested positive for HIV in October after starring in US gay and straight porn films.
8th December 2010
Battle for UK gay marriage equality continues 27
5:25 PM — The fight for marriage equality in the UK continued today when a straight couple were barred from a civil partnership in north London.
7th December 2010
Gay rugby star Gareth Thomas says film will ‘help millions’ 15
1:58 PM — Gareth Thomas has revealed more about the film to be made of his life. The rugby player, who came out a year ago, remains the only top level out gay sportsman in Britain today and is to be the subject of a film by Mickey Rourke.
6th December 2010
Jamaican gay rights activist found stabbed to death 4
4:35 PM — A member of a gay rights organisation has been found stabbed to death in the Jamaican capital of Kingston. The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) said that the 26-year-old's body was found behind an insurance company building on Friday.
Actress Amber Heard announces she’s a lesbian 12
10:56 AM — American actress Amber Heard has officially come out at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The star attended the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) 25th anniversary event on Saturday night with her girlfriend Tasya van Ree.
Custody battle lesbian couple: ‘We were horribly naive’ 38
10:40 AM — The lesbian couple who lost their custody battle over the children they had with a gay man have spoken out for the first time. The couple say they were devastated to learn that the father would be given custody of the two children for 152 days a year and that they were "horribly naive" not to use an anonymous sperm donor.
3rd December 2010
Irish gay Traveller group honoured by president 5
4:57 PM — An Irish support group for gay Travellers has been honoured for its work. President Mary McAleese presented the Traveller Pride Awards in Dublin yesterday and paid tribute to the work of the Gay Traveller Support Group.
Poland gets first out gay elected official 28
4:25 PM — Krystian Legierski has become Poland's first openly gay elected official. The nightclub owner, entrepreneur and LGBT rights activist won a seat on Warsaw city council last month.
Katie Price attacked for HIV Tweet 17
11:34 AM — Katie Price has apologised after she posted false allegations on Twitter about a showbiz editor having HIV and another writer having "crabs". Price said she "accidentally" reposted messages which were sent to her by fans. She made the blunder yesterday, one day after World AIDS Day.
2nd December 2010
‘Paperboy’ wins Green Carnation gay book award
6:00 PM — 'Paperboy' by Christopher Fowler has won the Green Carnation prize for gay men's fiction and memoirs. The novel recounts the author's lonely early years in suburban London and was described by judges as a "rich and astute evocation of a time and a place [recalling] a childhood at once eccentric and endearingly ordinary".
John McCain criticises ‘flawed’ study on out gay soldiers 22
4:23 PM — Republican senator John McCain has criticised the Pentagon study on repealing the ban on out gay troops. Mr McCain, who is against repeal, said that the study was flawed because it looked at how the law could be repealed, instead of whether doing so would benefit the military.
Another gay couple barred from marriage in Greenwich 8
2:36 PM — A second gay couple have been barred from applying to marry in Greenwich, south-east London. David Watters and Richard Hull's rejection follows the Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel being denied a marriage at Woolwich registry office last month.
Kenyan prime minister denies saying gays should be arrested 3
1:37 PM — The prime minister of Kenya claims he never said that gays and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga was recorded discussing homosexuality at a rally last Sunday but says he was misquoted.
Illinois senate approves civil unions 7
10:16 AM — The Illinois senate has given a green light to civil marriage legislation by 32-24 votes. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill into law shortly, making Illinois the fifth US state to allow civil unions.
1st December 2010
Mercury ‘turns birds gay’ 12
3:02 PM — Consuming high doses of the chemical mercury makes some birds appear to turn gay, scientists say. It is known that mercury reduces breeding rates in white ibises but scientists in Florida and Sri Lanka were surprised to discover that the higher the dose given to male birds, the more likely they were to try to mate with another male.
Man jailed for killing stranger in gay encounter 14
2:18 PM — A man has been jailed for three years for strangling a stranger with his own scarf during a gay tryst. James Foley, 21, of Dartford, had been at a central London strip club when he slipped away and agreed to go to a garden with a 26-year-old Algerian national Fathi Bouchareb.