16th July 2010
Mexico City offers free honeymoon to first gay couple to wed in Argentina 2
2:33 PM — The first gay couple to take advantage of same-sex marriage in Argentina have been offered a free honeymoon by Mexico City.
Charges dropped against gay US soldier Dan Choi 3
1:10 PM — Two gay US soldiers who chained themselves to the White House fence in protest over the military's gay ban have had the charges against them dropped.
15th July 2010
Washington DC’s highest court rejects challenge to gay marriage 13
5:55 PM — Washington DC's highest court has rejected a challenge against the district's equal marriage law. Same-sex marriage was legalised in the district in March but opponents wanted to put an initiative on the ballot asking voters to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
No appeal for homophobic murderer 2
5:29 PM — A man found guilty of a homophobic murder has been failed in his bid to the sentence overturned. Mark Malone, 33, from Walton-on-Thames, was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years behind bars in 2008 when he was found guilty of the murder of Jeffrey Akers, 50.
Police officer who spied on gay lovers quits job 4
3:50 PM — A married police officer who used police databases to spy on his gay lovers has quit his job. Haydn Evans, 55, a constable from Swansea, admitted 12 counts of illegally accessing data and was given a conditional discharge in June.
Argentina becomes first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage 58
10:35 AM — Argentina's Senate has voted 33-27 to support a bill to legalise gay marriage. As President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner supports the legislation, she is expected to sign it into law, making Argentina the first Latin American country to allow same-sex marriage.
14th July 2010
Father hit girl, 15, with baseball bat after she ‘taunted gay son’ 39
6:04 PM — A father hit a teenage girl with a baseball bat after believing she had taunted his gay son, a court heard. Dean Canham, 44, knocked the girl unconscious after a "red mist" descended on him in Felixstowe, Suffolk, in June last year. He was jailed for three years.
Gay asylum decision was ‘absurd’, says Ann Widdecombe 70
2:34 PM — Former Tory MP Anne Widdecombe has attacked a judge's decision to allow two gay asylum seekers the right to stay in the UK. She wrote that the men, from Iran and Cameroon, "seem to have wanted to come here merely so that they can be overt about their lifestyles".
Trans woman spared prison over child abuse images 22
1:20 PM — A trans woman found guilty of downloading indecent images of children has been spared jail by a judge who said it would be an "appalling experience" for her.
Protests as Argentina votes on gay marriage 7
11:06 AM — Thousands of people demonstrated in the streets today while Argentina's Senate debated the merits of a bill allowing same-sex marriage.
13th July 2010
Catholic cardinal says gay marriage in Argentina is the work of the devil 25
6:24 PM — Argentina's highest-ranking Catholic prelate has warned that the country's gay marriage bill is a "machination" of the devil. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has called on priests in Buenos Aires, where he is archbishop, to protest against the bill.
Hawaii governor who vetoed civil unions compares them to incest 28
5:11 PM — Linda Lingle, the Hawaii governor who vetoed a civil unions bill last week, has compared them to condoning incest. The bill had passed both houses and would have given both straight and gay couples the right to have their partnerships recognised with all the rights of marriage.
Parliament report: Two small victories for trans activists 8
4:12 PM — Trans activists were celebrating a double victory last week. A rather clumsy proposal to “help” the transgendered by outing them was kicked into touch. Meanwhile, one member of the coalition government hinted publicly that it might be time to remove gender entirely from official documents, unless it was genuinely necessary.
One million gay teens’ data could be at risk after US magazine goes bankrupt 2
2:44 PM — The creditors of a US magazine for gay teenagers and its accompanying website have been warned not to sell off any of their young subscribers' personal information after going bankrupt.
Judge in rent boy scandal resigns before he was expected to be sacked 5
12:31 AM — A senior circuit judge has resigned following newspaper revelations last year over his relationship with a male sex worker. He was suspended last year pending an investigation. Judge Gerald Price QC, 60, who is married with two children, reportedly had a nine-month relationship with 25-year-old prostitute Christopher Williams, allowing him to sit in court and see confidential documents.
12th July 2010
Glasgow gay centre: funding axed and boss suspended after financial inquiry
5:51 PM — The boss of a Glasgow gay centre has been suspended from the Labour party after evidence of serious financial irregularities was uncovered. The Castro centre, headed by Labour councillor Ruth Black and her partner Jeanie McDougall, has also had its council funding of £50,000 suspended, meaning it is likely to close down.
Anti-gay preacher arrested for ‘homophobic’ election leaflets 46
10:47 AM — A Christian street preacher has been arrested for distributing leaflets which allegedly said gay men and lesbians should be "locked up".
9th July 2010
Australia delays plans to block ‘inappropriate’ websites 25
4:57 PM — Australia will delay plans to block "inappropriate" websites, including gay porn sites, the government's communications minister has said. Stephen Conroy said the public needed to have more confidence about which websites would be on the blacklist.
Ireland’s upper house passes civil partnerships bill 15
3:55 PM — A civil partnerships bill has now passed both houses of the Irish parliament and will go to the president to be signed into law. The bill, which grants almost all of the rights of marriage, passed in the Dail last week and was approved in the Seanad last night after two days of debate.
Gay cruisers targeted by ‘violent robber’ 5
3:15 PM — Gay men meeting for sex in a Kent woodland are apparently being targeted by a robber armed with a crowbar. The RSPB carpark at Tudeley Woods near Tonbridge is a popular meeting spot for outdoor sex and several people have reportedly been a victim of the man.