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  • 22nd September 2010

    Brian Paddick: My marriage is ‘downgraded’ in Britain 32

    Brian Paddick recounted his wedding in Oslo last year

    5:06 PM — The former most senior out gay police officer in the UK, Brian Paddick, has revealed how his wedding in Norway changed his mind about civil partnerships. Writing in the Independent, Mr Paddick recounted his 2009 wedding to Petter Belsvik in Oslo.

  • 20th September 2010

    London’s gay art festival GFEST announces programme 1

    GFEST 2010 takes place in November

    7:14 PM — London's gay art and culture festival GFEST has announced its programme for this year. The event will be held across venues in London between November 8th-21st and is now in its fourth year.

  • Lady Gaga to join gay rights protest 7

    Lady Gaga will join a protest today

    3:43 PM — Lady Gaga will join a protest in Maine against the ban on out gay soldiers in the US military. A spokesman from the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network said the bisexual singer would join LGBT veterans at the event today in Portland.

  • AA Gill nominated for Stonewall’s ‘Bigot of the Year’ award 24

    The Stonewall awards take place in November

    2:12 PM — Sunday Times columnist AA Gill has been nominated for Stonewall's 'Bigot of the Year' award for offending lesbian TV presenter Clare Balding. Gill wrote in a July column that Balding was a "dyke on a bike, puffing up the nooks and crannies at the bottom end of the nation".

  • 16th September 2010

    Missing Russian gay rights campaigner ‘in Minsk’ 4

    Nikolai Alekseev is thought to be in Minsk

    8:28 PM — Nikolai Alekseev, the Russian gay rights campaigner who was arrested at an airport in Moscow yesterday, is believed to be in Minsk. Mr Alekseev, who is unpopular with Russian authorities for attempting to hold Pride marches, was arrested by border control police yesterday at Domodedovo airport after passing through passport control.

  • 6th September 2010

    Lady Gaga ‘training’ to become a minister to perform gay marriages 9

    Lady Gaga is bisexual

    8:51 AM — Popstar Lady GaGa is reportedly training to become an ordained minister in order to perform gay marriages for her LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) fans. According to British tabloid, the Daily Star, the bisexual singer has been spurred on by the continuing row over gay marriages in California.

  • 19th August 2010

    A third of HIV-positive gay men show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder 19

    Starting antiretroviral therapy was marginally the strongest trigger for PTSD

    7:00 PM — A study has found that one third of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. Researchers were surprised to find that starting HIV medication was the strongest trigger for PTSD.

  • Germany’s justice minister considering giving gay couples equal income tax rights 5

    Gay couples in Germany are disadvantaged by the tax system

    4:35 PM — Germany's justice minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said today she is looking at how gay couples can be given equality in the income tax system.

  • Trans woman claims she lost her job after wearing women’s clothes 10

    Rachel Millington claims she lost her job after she started presenting herself as female

    1:53 PM — A trans woman from Lincoln is suing her former employers, claiming that they sacked her after she began wearing women's clothes to work.

  • 6,000 civil partnerships formed last year 14

    6,281 gay couples had a civil partnership last year

    10:52 AM — Figures show that 6,281 gay couples had civil partnerships in the UK in 2009, a fall of 12 per cent compared with 2008. According to the Office for National Statistics, 3,227 male and 3,054 female couples tied the knot last year.

  • 16th August 2010

    Teenager shot dead at Brazil pride festival 1

    The teenager was shot at Juiz de Fora Pride,

    11:49 AM — A teenage boy was killed in a shooting at a pride festival in south-east Brazil on Saturday. The teenager was killed at the Juiz de Fora Pride, which attracted nearly 70,000 people.

  • 12th August 2010

    98 per cent of PinkNews.co.uk readers want full marriage equality 46

    98 per cent of respondents agreed with making marriage laws gender-neutral (Photo: Matthias Rhomberg)

    10:21 AM — A poll of almost 800 LGBT PinkNews.co.uk readers has found that the vast majority want equal marriage rights. The survey found that 98 per cent agreed that marriage laws should be gender-neutral, while just two per cent feel civil partnerships are adequate.

  • 29th July 2010

    MP Angela Eagle defends Australian lesbian minister’s opposition to gay marriage 35

    Angela Eagle said Penny Wong was "dedicated" to gay rights

    6:21 PM — Labour MP Angela Eagle has defended an Australian lesbian politician for publicly opposing equal marriage. Ms Eagle, who was the only out lesbian in parliament until this year, said that Australian Labor politicianPenny Wong should be commended for her previous record on gay rights.

  • Banking heir sues for libel over Peter Mandelson story

    Peter Mandelson was the most powerful gay man in Britain until this year

    5:12 PM — Nathaniel Rothschild is suing the Daily Mail over a story which claimed he set up a meeting between Lord Mandelson and a Russian billionaire. The newspaper's story, published on May 22nd of this year, was titled "Mandelson, an oligarch and a £500m deal".

  • 26th July 2010

    British man wins French civil partnership tax victory 15

    France now recognises British civil partnerships

    2:44 PM — A French court has ordered that a British man should be returned more than £30,000 he paid to tax authorities after inheriting a home from his civil partner.

  • 22nd July 2010

    EastEnders criticised for gay character’s Koran scene 30

    Syed, played by Marc Elliot, was shown slamming a Koran on a table

    12:59 PM — The BBC has received a number of complaints over an EastEnders scene in which gay character Syed slams a Koran on a table. The corporation would not reveal how many complaints it received, but said it did not intend to cause any offence.

  • 21st July 2010

    Lindsay Lohan begins jail sentence 1

    Lindsay Lohan entered jail today

    6:19 PM — Lindsay Lohan began a prison term in Lynwood, California, today for violating the terms of a 2007 probation for a drink-driving offence. The bisexual actress was sentenced to 90 days in the Century Regional Detention Facility, although reports say she could be freed in just 14 days due to overcrowding and good behaviour.

  • Man denies murdering trans woman Destiny Lauren

    Destiny Lauren was killed last November

    2:59 PM — A man accused of killing a trans woman in November last year in Kentish Town, London, has gone on trial. Leon Fyle, 22, who is unemployed, strangled 29-year-old Destiny Lauren after visiting her for sex, a court heard.

  • Australian film festival bans gay zombie porn film 16

    A still from LA Zombie

    12:16 PM — An Australian film festival has banned a film about gay zombies engaging in necrophilia. LA Zombie, a film made by Canadian director Bruce LaBruce, is the first film to be banned from Melbourne International Film Festival in seven years.

  • One in seven men on London gay scene thought to have HIV 21

    HIV was found to be more prevalent in those on the gay scene

    12:07 PM — One in seven men on the capital's gay scene are thought to be infected with HIV - markedly higher than the rate for the general gay male population.

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