24th August 2010
George Michael pleads guilty to drugs charges 10
11:15 AM — George Michael has pleaded guilty to crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis and to possessing cannabis cigarettes for his personal use.
23rd August 2010
Anti-gay student loses legal appeal 56
3:51 PM — A federal judge has upheld the right of a university in the state of Georgia to enforce standards in its counselling graduate programmes after an anti-gay student sued the institution for insisting she comply with the rule that gay people be treated equally.
Mexican gay rights activists and Catholic protestors clash 7
12:05 PM — In Mexico yesterday, gay rights activists and a group of Roman Catholics clashed during a demonstration over the issue of same-sex marriage which is currently legal only in the country's capital, Mexico City.
Dubliners march for same-sex marriage rights 10
10:12 AM — Thousands of LGBT people took to the streets of Dublin yesterday to protest the lack of civil marriage rights for same-sex couples.
20th August 2010
Gay marriage becomes election issue as Australia goes to the polls 17
4:53 PM — Australia's general election will be held tomorrow and marriage equality has become an unexpected hot issue. Both prime minister Julia Gillard and her opponent Tony Abbott, of the centre-right Liberal Party, have been challenged on their positions in the last week.
Gay vicar won’t promise to remain celibate after civil partnership 19
1:34 PM — The Rev Colin Coward, director of the liberal Changing Attitude church group, plans to tie the knot with his fiance in a civil partnership in October.
British man in Nepal’s first foreign gay marriage ceremony 4
11:48 AM — A foreign gay couple had a gay marriage ceremony in Nepal this week. Sanjay Shah, a British man from Leicester, married an Indian man who did not want to be named in a ceremony on Tuesday evening.
Updated: Ray Gosling will be charged with wasting police time over ‘mercy killing’ 24
10:35 AM — Gay BBC presenter Ray Gosling will be charged with wasting police time after he claimed to have killed a gay lover who was dying from AIDS. He answered bail today and the Crown Prosecution Service said there was "sufficient evidence" to suggest that his confession was false.
19th August 2010
Public bodies to be given more freedom in how they promote equality 16
6:02 PM — The government announced changes today in how the new Equality Duty will be implemented. The changes will remove some government restrictions on public bodies, which will instead be required to set and publish their own methods and results. The changes will free up resources and cut red tape, ministers say.
Germany’s justice minister considering giving gay couples equal income tax rights 5
4:35 PM — Germany's justice minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said today she is looking at how gay couples can be given equality in the income tax system.
Trans woman claims she lost her job after wearing women’s clothes 10
1:53 PM — A trans woman from Lincoln is suing her former employers, claiming that they sacked her after she began wearing women's clothes to work.
6,000 civil partnerships formed last year 14
10:52 AM — Figures show that 6,281 gay couples had civil partnerships in the UK in 2009, a fall of 12 per cent compared with 2008. According to the Office for National Statistics, 3,227 male and 3,054 female couples tied the knot last year.
Catholic adoption agency barred from refusing gay couples 21
12:42 AM — A Catholic adoption agency has been barred by the Charity Commission from restricting its service to heterosexual couples. Catholic Care, in the diocese of Leeds, wanted to amend its charitable objectives to avoid equality legislation which requires it not to discriminate.
18th August 2010
UK gay rights groups (with one exception) set out positions on marriage equality 75
4:59 PM — After a PinkNews.co.uk poll showed high support for opening up civil marriage to gay couples, we asked UK gay rights groups to set out their views on the issue. Eight accepted our invitation, but Stonewall, Britain's largest LGB charity declined to take part and clarify their stance on the issue.
US gay group angry at retailer Target’s donations to ‘anti-gay’ Republican 2
4:25 PM — America's largest gay group, Human Rights Campaign, is protesting over Target's $150,000 donation which was used to support a Republican gubernatorial candidate who has opposed gay rights.
Police appeal after toilet fire at Brighton Pride 3
3:22 PM — An arson attack on portable toilets at Brighton Pride caused £30,000 worth of damage. The fire was started at the block of toilets at the north side of the park near Preston Park Avenue at around 10pm on Saturday August 7th.
US lesbian student sues school after being excluded from yearbook 19
2:00 PM — An American teenager is suing her school district after being excluded from the yearbook for wearing a tuxedo in her photo. Ceara Sturgis, 18, is a lesbian and prefers to wear masculine clothing.
17th August 2010
Edinburgh teenager guilty of extorting £87,000 in chatline sting 7
6:10 PM — A 19-year-old Edinburgh man has been found guilty of extortion for his part in a gay and adult chatline sting. Kelz Sutherland was part of a group which tricked men into talking about underage sex and then threatened to expose them to family and friends if they did not hand over money.
Bogus policeman tried to trick man into ‘fine’ for gay sex 3
4:32 PM — A man who pretended to be a policeman in order to "fine" a man he tricked into meeting for sex has been jailed for nine months. David Catleugh, 27, admitted blackmail, theft and fraud.
German court says gay couples must have equal inheritance tax rights 2
3:01 PM — The highest court in Germany has ruled that gay couples must be given equal tax inheritance rights. The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe said that gay couples were currently at a marked disadvantage to heterosexual couples.