7th July 2010
Legal club drug NRG-1 ‘should be banned’ 13
5:22 PM — A drug used on the gay clubbing scene should be banned, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has said. NRG-1, which is made from the chemical naphyrone and is similar to mephedrone, is a legal high but should be made a class-B drug, the body advised.
Comment: What exactly is the coalition government’s stance on gay marriage? 42
4:53 PM — To some, the difference is negligible. To others, the word 'marriage' is the only way they want to see their relationships recognised in law. Civil partnerships were a fantastic milestone for gays and lesbians but it is clear now they are not good enough.
Hawaii governor rejects gay civil unions bill 17
11:26 AM — Hawaii's governor Linda Lingle has rejected a bill which would have allowed civil unions for gay couples in the state. The bill would have given both straight and gay couples the right to have their partnerships recognised with all the rights of marriage.
Supreme Court rules gay asylum seekers have right to stay in UK 76
10:40 AM — The Supreme Court has ruled that two gay men from Iran and Cameroon have the right to asylum in the UK. The pair took their cases to the court after being told by the Home Office they could safely return home if they were "discreet" about their sexual orientation.
6th July 2010
Supreme Court to rule on UK’s ‘discretion’ policy for gay asylum seekers 5
5:03 PM — The Supreme Court will issue a decision tomorrow on a test case on the UK's policy of telling gay and lesbian asylum seekers to go home and be discreet.
Lesbian and gay lawyers ‘deterred from becoming judges’
3:52 PM — Research has has suggested that the judiciary is failing to represent lesbian and gay people. According to a study by LGBT lawyers' network Interlaw, a perception of hostility to out gay judges, judicial culture and the isolation of the job puts gay and lesbian lawyers off becoming judges.
5th July 2010
Gay Lib Dem MP David Laws may face police investigation 6
3:08 PM — David Laws, the former cabinet minister, may face a police fraud investigation into his expenses claims. A Sunday newspaper said his utility, telephone and other bills are under scrutiny.
Gay couple attacked by 15-strong mob in Bradford 29
1:32 PM — Two men had to be treated in hospital after a 15-strong gang attacked them in Bradford last Thursday. Police say the mob grabbed items from a nearby skip to fashion makeshift weapons.
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.