17th December 2010
Ricky Martin says he’ll marry when Puerto Rico allows it
3:19 PM — Ricky Martin says he won't marry until Puerto Rico allows gay couples to tie the knot. The star, who has a boyfriend of three years, said he hoped that the Caribbean island would change the law.
French straight couples opt for civil unions over marriage 22
3:03 PM — Heterosexual couples in France are opting for civil unions over marriage. The country allows both straight and gay couples to have PACS, or pacte civil de solidarité, although gay couples cannot marry.
Labour council candidate harassed rival with anti-gay abuse 13
2:18 PM — A Labour council candidate has admitting bombarding his openly gay rival with homophobic abuse. David Bradley, 29, of Bristol, sent 33 text messages to Ed Bramall, 33, calling him "creepy" and "vile".
Mother of gay suicide teen pleads for anti-bullying action 21
11:37 AM — The mother of a California teenager who killed himself after he was bullied for being gay has pleaded with his school district to do more about the problem. Seth Walsh, 13, died nine days after hanging himself in September. He had endured years of homophobic bullying at school.
16th December 2010
Matt Lucas wins damages over ‘grossly intrusive’ Daily Mail article 9
5:24 PM — Comedian Matt Lucas won undisclosed damages and an apology from the Daily Mail today over an article it published after his former civil partner's suicide. Lucas sued for damages over the "grossly intrusive" story, which appeared in March of this year, five months after Kevin McGee killed himself.
Ian Baynham’s family urges better reporting of hate crimes 5
4:24 PM — The family of Ian Baynham has urged victims of homophobic hate crimes to report incidents to police. His sister Jenny said she missed him "dreadfully" and called on the public to "take responsibility" for reporting such crimes.
Baynham killing ‘shows homophobia must be tackled in schools’ 2
2:36 PM — The killing of out gay man Ian Baynham shows that work to tackle anti-gay bullying in schools must continue, campaigners have said. Mr Baynham's killers, Ruby Thomas and Joel Alexander, were teenagers at the time of the attack last year.
Pair convicted of homophobic killing 19
2:04 PM — A 20-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were convicted today of the manslaughter of gay man Ian Baynham. Ruby Thomas and Joel Alexander, both of south-east London, are facing jail.
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.
Video: House of Representatives votes to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ gay military ban 11
1:37 AM — The House of Representatives has for the second time passed a bill to overturn the US's military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy that bans military personnel from being openly gay.
15th December 2010
Gay military campaigner Dan Choi hospitalised 9
4:32 PM — Gay rights campaigner Dan Choi has been hospitalised following a breakdown. The Iraq veteran, who became the most visible face in the fight to repeal the US ban on out gay soldiers, said he was in the care of a military hospital.
Legal challenge to begin as final couple are refused civil partnership 11
3:26 PM — Gay rights campaigners are preparing to launch legal action after the last of eight couples to challenge the UK's marriage laws were turned away from a registry office today. The Equal Love campaign aims to overturn the bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships.
Top Marine general says lifting gay ban could result in deaths 19
12:07 PM — The US Marines' top general has said that lifting the ban on out gay soldiers could cost lives. General James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, says a Pentagon study on lifting the ban showed that front-line troops were most concerned about serving alongside out gay colleagues.
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.
14th December 2010
Gay ban hotel couple ‘may have to close business’ 91
5:19 PM — The Christian couple at the centre of a court case around gay rights and religious freedom say they may have to close their hotel if barred from discriminating against gay couples.
New York man jailed for eight years over anti-gay assault 2
4:10 PM — A 27-year-old man from the Queens area of New York has been jailed for eight years for his part in a anti-gay robbery. Daniel Aleman apologised for the attack on 50-year-old Jack Price and said he was drunk at the time.
Jury retires in case of gay Trafalgar Square death
2:40 PM — The jury in the case of a gay man killed in central London has retired to consider its verdict. Ian Baynham, 62, died 18 days after he was attacked in Trafalgar Square in September 2009.
US will seek to have gay protection measure returned to UN resolution 5
1:50 PM — The United States said on Friday that it would seek to have a reference to gays and lesbians returned to a UN resolution condemning violence. Last month, a UN vote removed mention of gays and lesbians from a resolution which condemns extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions and other killings.
Speech: UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on ending homophobia 7
11:14 AM — UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon's remarks at a panel on Human Rights Day.
UN secretary-general says culture must not override gay rights 10
11:08 AM — The secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has called for homosexuality to be decriminalised globally. Speaking last Friday on Human Rights Day, Mr Ban said that people were "not put on this planet to live in fear of their fellow human beings" and that human rights must trump cultural attitudes.