2nd December 2010
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 Mr McCain, who is against repeal, said that the study was flawed because it looked at how the law could be repealed, instead of whether doing so would benefit the military.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.
30th November 2010
Johnny Depp: Disney execs hated Jack Sparrow and thought he was gay 9
4:34 PM — Disney executives hated the character of Jack Sparrow and one questioned whether he was gay, Johnny Depp says. The actor, speaking about his Pirates of the Caribbean character, said that bosses at Disney were confused and annoyed by the creation.
Kenyan gay groups concerned after prime minister says they should be arrested 9
3:48 PM — Gay groups in Kenya are concerned after the country's president said gays and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga made the remarks at a rally on Sunday in the Nairobi slum of Kibera. He said that men and women caught in the middle of gay and lesbian sex would be detained.
Reported hate crime rises by 12.5 per cent 11
2:51 PM — There were 50,000 reported hate crimes across England, Wales and Northern Ireland last year, new figures show. The vast majority concerned racism but almost 5,000 were motivated by homophobia and more than 300 related to transphobia.
Texas gay Skype marriage annulled 5
12:17 PM — A gay couple who married by Skype in Texas have had their ceremony annulled. Texas residents Mark Reed and Dante Walkup decided to circumvent Texas' law against gay marriage by having a registrar in Washington DC conduct the ceremony over the internet but were told last week that this is not legal.
Labour leader Ed Miliband urges people to talk about HIV 6
11:28 AM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has released a message for World AIDS Day urging people to talk about the disease. Mr Miliband's message did not mention gay men explicitly but said that everyone should talk about HIV/AIDS and "raise awareness" of it.
29th November 2010
Lesbian-only guesthouse now allows men 37
5:07 PM — A lesbian-only guesthouse in Key West, Florida, is having to allow men in order to survive a tough ecomonic climate. Pearl's Rainbow, an award-winning 38-room guesthouse, has been running for ten years.
Lesbian couple demand the right to marry 10
2:20 PM — A lesbian couple in Hampshire will attempt to register a marriage tomorrow. Colette French and Katie Green, both 21, say that civil partnerships were created to deny gay couples equality.
Kenyan prime minister says gays should be arrested 26
1:06 PM — The prime minister of Kenya says that gay men and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga made the remarks at a rally on Sunday in the Nairobi slum of Kibera.
Marines said to be most opposed to lifting military gay ban 10
11:03 AM — The Marines are the faction of the US military most opposed to lifting the ban on out gay troops, reports say.
2,000 join Delhi Pride
10:12 AM — Around 2,000 people joined a Pride festival in Delhi, India, this weekend. The event is the first gay festival since homosexuality was decriminalised last year.
Wikileaks says US had dossier on gay Tory Alan Duncan 25
10:05 AM — US spies drew up a dossier on gay Conservative minister Alan Duncan, leaked documents show. Mr Duncan, now the international development minister, was apparently of special interest to the US and is the only British MP to have been singled out so far.
22nd November 2010
German theologian says Catholic Church homophobia ’caused by gay priests’ 12
5:59 PM — A German theologian claims that homophobia in the Catholic Church is caused by gay priests who cannot be open about their sexuality. David Berger, an expert on St Thomas Aquinas and former publisher of a Catholic magazine, told a German publication that the Vatican needs to admit it has many gay clergy.
Peter Mandelson won’t rule out a return to politics 6
4:13 PM — Lord Mandelson has said he will not rule out a return to politics. The peer, who was considered the most powerful out gay man in Britain until Labour lost the general election, told Total Politics magazine that although he would not "sit by the telephone", he would not rule anything out.
Trans woman’s killer sentenced for rape 4
3:22 PM — A man who killed a trans prostitute has been handed an indefinite jail sentence for the earlier rape of another woman. Neil McMillan, 43, of Brighton, has already been jailed for at least 22 years for the murder of Andrea Waddell, a trans woman.