16th June 2011
Gay policeman found not guilty of rape 93
5:17 PM — A policeman and former Mr Gay UK has been cleared of rape and two counts of sexual assault. Mark Carter, from Birkenshaw, was charged with sexually assaulting three men and raping a fourth in December 2009 while on a work night out.
New York Assembly passes gay marriage bill 26
10:30 AM — The New York Assembly has approved a gay marriage bill, setting the stage for a crucial Senate vote on Friday. The Democrat-controlled Assembly passed the bill by 80-63 votes yesterday.
15th June 2011
Verdict expected on gay policeman accused of rape
4:45 PM — A jury is expected to return a verdict in the case of a policeman and former Mr Gay UK accused of rape and sexual assault. Mark Carter, 27, of Birkenshaw, was charged with sexually assaulting three men and raping a fourth in December 2009 while on a work night out.
New York ‘close to legalising gay marriage’ 26
12:07 PM — New York is reportedly on the brink of marriage equality after another Republican senator said yesterday he would support the move. Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the legislation in both houses yesterday.
Federal court upholds gay judge’s ruling on California gay marriage ban 42
11:21 AM — A US federal court has upheld a ruling by a gay judge that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. This is the latest round in a long legal battle over the issue.
14th June 2011
French parliament rejects gay marriage bill 62
6:10 PM — The French parliament has rejected a bill designed to give gay couples the right to marry. Today, lawmakers voted by 293 votes to 222 to block the bill, which was not expected to pass.
Former Mr Gay UK ‘devastated’ by rape charge
5:16 PM — A policeman and former Mr Gay UK has told a court he was "devastated" at being charged with rape after a Christmas night out with colleagues. PC Mark Carter, from Birkenshaw, was charged with sexually assaulting three men and raping a fourth in December 2009.
US defence secretary says progress on gay ban could come this month 14
3:10 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates says he sees no bar to repealing the military gay ban and could endorse the change at the end of this month. Speaking to Associated Press, Mr Gates said he will back progress if the chiefs of the military recommend moving forward at the end of this month.
13th June 2011
Video: Croatian gay pride march attacked by extremists 32
5:05 PM — A gay pride march in a coastal town in Croatia ended in violence on Saturday when a stone-throwing mob attacked marchers. The march, in the town of Split, attracted 200 LGBT people and their allies, but police said thousands of people lined the streets in protest.
Peter Tatchell: Gay rights groups need to stand up to Islamist homophobia 127
1:47 PM — Why did a few anti-gay stickers in East London provoke an outcry by gay groups, while far worse homophobia passed without protest?
Gay Girl in Damascus blog written by 40-year-old Edinburgh man 23
10:46 AM — A 40-year-old married man in Edinburgh has admitted to being the author of the Gay Girl in Damascus blog. Tom MacMaster, an American graduate student at the University of Edinburgh, admitted pretending to be Amina Arraf but said he believed the hoax had not harmed anyone.
9th June 2011
Australian man killed gay housemate over sexual advances
3:17 PM — An Australian man killed his gay housemate when the man made drunken sexual advances to him, a court has heard. Aaron James Johnstone, 29, admits attacking 46-year-old Philip Higgins at their Seaford home in September 2006 but denies he intended to kill him.
8th June 2011
Three out of four Australians believe gay marriage will soon be a reality 18
12:07 PM — Three out of four Australians believe same-sex marriage will be made legal in their country, a poll showed Wednesday, prompting gay activists to renew their fight to be able to marry.
Republican congresswoman Vicky Hartzler compares gay marriage to incest and paedophilia 194
10:57 AM — A secret recording has emerged on YouTube in which Missouri congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is seen comparing gay marriage to incest, paedophilia and allowing three-year-olds to drive.
7th June 2011
Trans prisoner files lawsuit after botched self-castration attempt 21
4:29 PM — A trans inmate in a Virginia prison has filed a federal lawsuit months after a botched attempt at self-castration, claiming the state failed her because of its refusal to provide a sex-change operation.
Unitarian minister in Kentucky refuses to sign marriage licences until gay couples are given marriage equality 64
12:52 PM — A Unitarian minister in Kentucky has pledged that she will not sign any more marriage licences until the state makes same-sex marriages legal.
Policeman and former Mr Gay UK denies sex offence charges as trial continues
10:57 AM — A police constable who won the Mr Gay UK title in 2006 was in court yesterday accused of raping a man in a Leeds hotel.
Amnesty fights for Cameroonian man jailed for three years on charges of being gay 35
10:22 AM — Thousands of Amnesty International supporters are appealing to the authorities in Cameroon for the immediate release of a man jailed for charges of "homosexuality and attempted homosexuality".
6th June 2011
Lesbian couple successfully dodge French gay marriage ban 24
2:33 PM — Two French women successfully circumvented France's same-sex marriage ban on Saturday owing to the fact that one half of the couple is still classed as a man - in the legal sense only.
Gay men verbally abused through PA system by Trafalgar Square busker 305
12:30 PM — Two gay men were verbally abused by a busker using a PA system in Trafalgar Square last week.