14th September 2010
Virgin and Vodafone respond to claims of blocking gay websites 5
5:33 PM — Exclusive Mobile phone networks Virgin and Vodafone have responded to complaints that they block gay news, travel and information websites. The companies are two of several named by PinkNews.co.uk readers for blocking gay content as offensive or inappropriate for children.
Supreme Court rules Jerusalem must fund gay centre 3
5:06 PM — The Supreme Court has ruled that Jerusalem must pay for a LGBT community centre. The Open House centre has struggled to gain funding for several years and today, judges said that the city municipality must give it $120,000.
Gay Saudi diplomat says he’ll be killed if sent home 6
3:39 PM — A gay Saudi Arabian diplomat is seeking asylum in the US because he says he will be killed if returned to his home country. The man, who has been named as Ali Ahmad Asseri, says his homosexuality and his friendship with a Jewish woman will lead to his death.
Video: George Michael jailed for eight weeks 16
3:37 PM — Gay singer George Michael has been jailed for eight weeks for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis. The star, 47, was driving home from London's Pride celebrations in July when he crashed his Range Rover into a branch of Snappy Snaps.
Video:Ray Gosling admits wasting police time over ‘mercy killing’ 2
2:17 PM — Veteran BBC broadcaster Ray Gosling has admitted that he wasted police time when he claimed to have killed a gay lover. He received a 90-day suspended prison sentence today at Nottingham magistrates court.
William Hague to be asked about Iranian teenager sentenced to death for homosexuality 3
11:35 AM — Foreign secretary William Hague will be questioned this afternoon about an Iranian teenager who has been sentenced to death for homosexuality offences.
13th September 2010
Gay ex-police chief Brian Paddick to launch judicial review into police handling of phone hacks 3
11:39 PM — Brian Paddick, formerly the most senior openly gay police officer in Britain, has begun the process to initiate judicial review proceedings over the decision by the Metropolitan Police not to inform him that his privacy may have been compromised during the newspaper phone hacking scandal.
Florida governor to promise gay rights reforms – but not marriage 9
5:53 PM — Charlie Crist, the Republican governor of Florida, will reportedly introduce a package of gay rights measures in the state, although marriage equality will not be one of them.
Gay basketball star John Amaechi ‘too black’ for Manchester gay bar 22
4:57 PM — Gay basketball star John Amaechi claims that a gay bar in Manchester racially discriminated against him last weekend. The former NBA player said door staff at Crunch on Canal Street told him he was "too big, too black and trouble" to enter with his friends.
Lesbian flight nurse launches legal action over military gay ban 7
3:49 PM — Another federal trial began today against the US ban on openly gay soldiers in the military. Former Major Margaret Witt, a flight nurse with 19 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves, was sacked under the law in 2007.
10th September 2010
Exclusive: More mobile operators blocking access to gay news and information websites 18
5:55 PM — Scores of PinkNews.co.uk readers have complained that their mobile phone providers block access to gay websites - with five of the major companies implicated. Last week, we revealed that T-Mobile blocks gay news, travel and support websites which contain no offensive content.
MEPs call for Europe-wide recognition of gay relationships 20
4:35 PM — Members of the European Parliament have called for action to ensure gay couples in marriages and civil partnerships are recognised across the continent. They said gay couples who visit or live in other EU countries were still lacking legal protection in areas such as healthcare, pensions and parental rights.
Comment: The effect of censorware on gay websites 7
2:07 PM — Reports of mobile phone providers blocking access to gay website are no surprise to those who've been following the use of the software which blocks these sites - known as 'censorware' - for more than a decade.
US federal judge rules ban on out gay soldiers is unconstitutional 4
11:19 AM — A US federal judge has ruled that the ban on gay soldiers serving openly in the military violates the US constitution. US District Judge Virginia Phillips said yesterday she would issue an injunction barring the government from enforcing the policy.
9th September 2010
Lib Dem peer who pushed for civil partnerships calls for gay marriage equality 11
5:22 PM — Lord Lester of Herne Hill, whose 2002 private members' bill led to civil partnerships, says he believes that full marriage equality is now an achievable goal. Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, he praised the 2004 Civil Partnerships Act as "remarkable" but added: "I don't see any reason why there should not be complete equality."
Canadian judge rules in favour of blood service which bans gay men 14
5:05 PM — A Canadian judge has ruled that a blood donation service has the right to bar gay men. Canadian Blood Services sued 36-year-old gay man Kyle Freeman for negligent representation after he admitted lying about his sexual orientation on blood donation forms.
Gay health charity to release guide to safer cruising 16
1:53 PM — The gay men's health charity GMFA is producing a guide to cruising for sex. According to the charity, the booklet will help gay men "develop their cruising skills and make decisions that will protect themselves and their partners when cruising".
8th September 2010
Court rules Moscow nightclub closure illegal 2
2:15 PM — The closing of a gay nightclub in Moscow was against the law, it emerged this week.
Australian same-sex adoption bill nears final hurdle 4
1:33 PM — Legislative Council votes in favour of new legislation, with a single Parliamentary vote left to decide the bill's fate.
Comment: Why we must be fighting for full same sex marriage equality now 27
11:55 AM — Newly elected Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert speaks out in support of LGBT marriage equality and explains why LGBT rights organisations should be fighting for marriage equality now