2nd July 2010
Irish parliament approves civil partnerships bill 28
11:06 AM — Irish politicians have passed a bill granting gay and lesbians couples the right to civil partnerships. The bill passed in the Dail yesterday without a vote and justice minister Dermot Ahern said the move reflected change in Irish society.
1st July 2010
Google to compensate gay US workers for unfair tax laws 4
5:32 PM — Google is to pay its gay and lesbian workers extra in order to compensate them for unequal tax laws. Federal laws which do not recognise gay relationships mean that gay workers must pay an extra tax when their partners receive domestic health benefits.
Chinese gay man sues over blood donation ban 17
4:56 PM — A Chinese man is suing a Beijing Red Cross centre for refusing to accept his blood donation because he is gay. According to AFP, Wang Zizheng went to the centre in June to give blood and declared he was gay on a form.
Trans woman wins legal aid for breast operation fight 26
11:48 AM — A trans woman who said she had been left "half-man and half-woman" after her primary care trust refused to pay for her breast enlargement has been granted legal aid to fight her case.
More gay men being forced into marriage by their families 20
11:19 AM — The government has released figures which suggest a rise in the number of men being forced into marriage because their families know or suspect they are gay. The Forced Marriage Unit says it received over 220 reports of men being forced into marriages last year, up from 134 in 2008, an increase of 65 per cent.
30th June 2010
No murder charge for man arrested over San Francisco Pride shooting 3
6:16 PM — A man arrested over a shooting at San Francisco Pride will not face murder charges. Ed Perkins, 20, was arrested on suspicion of the murder of 19-year-old Stephen Powell, who was shot dead on Saturday during celebrations in the city's Castro district.
South African man charged with ‘correctional rape’ of lesbian 7
5:08 PM — A South African man has been charged with raping a lesbian to try and turn her straight. The unnamed man appeared before Wynberg Regional Court today, the Sapa news agency reports.
Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects challenge to gay marriage and civil union ban 35
4:42 PM — Wisconsin's Supreme Court has upheld the state's ban on gay marriage and civil unions. The court was asked to examine whether a 2006 constitutional amendment was correctly put to voters.
Anti-gay former MP Iris Robinson questioned by police
2:34 PM — Iris Robinson, the former Northern Ireland MP who had an affair with a 19-year-old, has been questioned by police investigating her financial affairs.
29th June 2010
Police name San Francisco Pride murder suspect
5:51 PM — The man suspected of killing one person and injuring two others at San Francisco Pride has been named by police. Ed Perkins, 20, is accused of shooting dead 19-year-old Stephen Powell and injuring two other people, a 27-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman who expected to make a full recovery.
Northern Ireland gay man ‘devastated’ by homophobic attack 4
4:46 PM — One of the two men beaten in Londonderry by a three-strong gang has spoken about the attack and said he was too scared to answer his own door.
Former Mr Gay UK accused of rape has trial date set
1:22 PM — A policeman and former winner of the Mr Gay UK contest will go on trial for rape in December. Mark Carter, a 27-year-old police officer from Huddersfield, has been charged with two offences of sexual assault on males, one attempted sexual assault, one count of male rape and one count of attempted male rape.
US Supreme Court rules school can refuse to recognise anti-gay student group 16
10:31 AM — The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 yesterday that a law school does not have to recognise a religious student group which bars gay students. The University of California's Hastings College of Law withdrew its recognition of the Christian Legal Society chapter unless it changed its discriminatory rules.
28th June 2010
Icelandic PM weds as gay marriage legislation comes into effect 27
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.
25th June 2010
Minneapolis Pride awaits ruling over injuction against homophobic evengelist 15
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
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.
Signers of ballots against gay marriage may no longer remain anonymous, US Supreme Court rules 6
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.
24th June 2010
Ugandan Bishop speaks out against homophobia 22
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.
Bradford man denies attacking lesbian 1
10:38 AM — A man accused of raping a lesbian woman many years his senior told a jury at Bradford Crown Court yesterday that he had "No interest" in the defendant.
23rd June 2010
Syrian authorities crack down on gay men 6
12:40 PM — Syrian authorities have raided several different private gay parties over the last few weeks, arresting over 25 men during the most recent swoop.