21st December 2010
Five years of civil partnerships 39
4:16 PM — Today is the fifth anniversary of civil partnerships in England and Wales. The ceremonies, which give gay couples almost all of the rights of marriage, came into effect at 8am on December 21st 2005. Three gay couples in Brighton were the first to take advantage of the new legislation.
London men cleared of stab attack on ‘gay victim’ 6
2:09 PM — Two men and two teenage boys have been cleared of stabbing a man they allegedly thought was gay. The group was accused of attacking Ricky Brown, of Homerton, east London, because they believed he had made advances to young boys after offering them drink or drugs.
Preacher wins £7,000 after being wrongly arrested for homophobia 75
1:51 PM — A Christian street preacher detained by police for being homophobic has won £7,000 in damages for wrongful arrest. Dale McAlpine, 42, was arrested in Cumbria in April last year after he told a community support officer that homosexuality was a “sin”.
Pentagon unsure how long repeal of gay ban will take 11
11:59 AM — The Pentagon says it has no timeline for the lifting of the ban on out gay soldiers in the US military. The Senate voted on Saturday to repeal the law but change is expected to take months.
Updated: British couples launch legal challenge against marriage laws 10
10:20 AM — Eight British couples - four gay and four straight - will launch a legal bid today to win the right to gay marriage and straight civil partnerships.
20th December 2010
Businessman’s family attack “spurious allegations” in bride murder case
2:25 PM — The family of Shrien Dewani, who is suspected of arranging his bride's murder in South Africa, deny his involvement in the killing, and the rumours surrounding a gay prostitute.
17th December 2010
Young politician was ‘set up’ over gay porn pics 60
4:38 PM — The young politician suspended for allegedly posting pictures of himself on a "pornographic" website claims he was set up. Reace Mcdonnell, 19, a deputy member of the Youth Parliament, was suspended earlier this month after a newspaper reported that there were images of him on porn websites.
Gay US veterans sue to rejoin military 4
3:56 PM — Three openly gay US military veterans are suing to get their old jobs back. They were discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell - the law which prohibits gay troops from being open about their sexual orientation.
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.