24th December 2010
Government ministers ‘discussing’ gay marriage equality 27
10:51 AM — Coalition ministers are said to be considering legal reforms to allow gay couples to marry. According to the Daily Telegraph, a government source said that potential reforms to open up both marriage and civil partnerships to all couples were “being discussed”.
23rd December 2010
Texas softball coaches sued for ‘outing lesbian student to her parents’ 13
3:45 PM — Two softball coaches in Texas are being sued for allegedly outing a lesbian student to her parents. The 18-year-old, named as SW in court filings, says the coaches at Kilgore Independent School District interrogated her aggressively and violated her privacy.
Man sought over gay robberies
2:30 PM — Police are searching for a man accused of robbing gay men after persuading them to let him stay in their homes. Stephen Murphy, thought to be 29 and from Manchester, is said to befriend gay men on dating websites before stealing their possessions.
‘Limbs in the Loch’ killer loses appeal bid 5
12:14 PM — Akiller who raped and murdered a teenage boy in 1999 has been refused leave to appeal against his conviction at the Supreme Court. William Beggs, 47, was told by the London court yesterday that he could not appeal.
22nd December 2010
Portia DeGeneres: I had no lesbian role models
5:25 PM — Portia DeGeneres says her struggle with her sexuality contributed to years of suffering with eating disorders. The former Ally McBeal star, now married to talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres, revealed that she didn't know of any lesbian actresses to look up to.
Canadian province still lists homosexuality as a mental illness 23
4:49 PM — The Canadian province of Alberta still classifies homosexuality as a mental disorder, government records show. Between 1995 and 2004, doctors cited the diagnostic code more than 1,750 times when billing the province for treating gays and lesbians, the Vabcouver Sun reports.
Parents of gay suicide student will sue university 15
2:52 PM — The parents of a New Jersey student who jumped to his death after his roommate allegedly broadcast his gay sex session are to sue his university. Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University, killed himself by jumping from the George Washington Bridge in September.
Mystery remains over spy’s death 9
12:33 PM — Police are still mystified over the death of British spy Gareth Williams, whose body was found padlocked inside a sports bag in August. Mr Williams, 31, was a GCHQ code-breaker who was on secondment to MI6 at the time of his death.
Obama to sign repeal of gay military ban today 6
11:15 AM — President Obama is to sign a bill to repeal the ban on out gay troops in the US military today. He will sign the bill during a ceremony at the Interior Department.
Video: George Osborne’s ‘pantomime dame’ jibe 43
10:42 AM — George Osborne was accused of being "homophobic" by out gay Labour MP Chris Bryant yesterday for joking that the latter was a "pantomime dame".
21st December 2010
Video: Glee star Jane Lynch in TV network’s Christmas clip
5:07 PM — Her marriage was a publicity stunt, she's having a heterosexual affair and she hates the cast of Glee so much she's giving them sick kittens for Christmas. Jane Lynch shows off her Sue Sylvester side in a jokey Christmas video for 20th Century Fox.
Malaysian gay man gets death threats after support video 15
4:45 PM — A Malaysian Muslim man who spoke out about being gay has received death threats and says he fears for his life. Azwan Ismail, a 32-year-old engineer, made a YouTube video called 'I'm gay, I'm ok', in an effort to encourage other gay Malaysians to feel comfortable with their sexual orientation.
London men cleared of stab attack on ‘gay victim’ 6
2:09 PM — Two men and two teenage boys have been cleared of stabbing a man they allegedly thought was gay. The group was accused of attacking Ricky Brown, of Homerton, east London, because they believed he had made advances to young boys after offering them drink or drugs.
Preacher wins £7,000 after being wrongly arrested for homophobia 75
1:51 PM — A Christian street preacher detained by police for being homophobic has won £7,000 in damages for wrongful arrest. Dale McAlpine, 42, was arrested in Cumbria in April last year after he told a community support officer that homosexuality was a “sin”.
Gay MP Chris Bryant accuses George Osborne of homophobia 46
12:49 PM — Gay Labour MP Chris Bryant has accused Chancellor George Osborne of homophobia for calling him a "pantomime dame". The pair clashed over cuts today during an exchange in the House of Commons.
Pentagon unsure how long repeal of gay ban will take 11
11:59 AM — The Pentagon says it has no timeline for the lifting of the ban on out gay soldiers in the US military. The Senate voted on Saturday to repeal the law but change is expected to take months.
16th December 2010
UK parliament gets first LGBT network 6
5:32 PM — Lords, MPs and parliament staff will soon have a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender network. The group, named ParliOut, will be launched next week with Speaker John Bercrow as its president.
Gay referee Nigel Owens on reporting homophobic abuse 26
10:42 AM — Rugby referee Nigel Owens has spoken about why he called police over homophobic abuse at a recent game. He was on duty at a Welsh premiership game between Llanelli and Neath at Parc y Scarlets last month when a fan allegedly began shouting anti-gay abuse.
Kevin Spacey: ‘Asking me about being gay is like bullying’ 24
10:40 AM — Kevin Spacey has compared media interest in his sexuality to anti-gay bullying. The actor has fiercely protected his private life and has denied that he is gay for years.
15th December 2010
Husband of murdered bride accused of gay sex with prostitute
11:06 AM — Police are questioning a male prostitute who claims he was paid for sex by the husband of murdered honeymooner Anni Dewani. She was shot dead in Cape Town, South Africa, last month and local police believe her husband Shrien arranged for her to be killed by hitmen.