14th December 2010
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.
13th December 2010
Equal Love campaign: Final couple challenge marriage laws 16
5:19 PM — The last couple to challenge the UK's marriage laws under the Equal Love campaign will do so tomorrow. Lucy Hilken and Tim Garrett will go to Aldershot registry office to demand a civil partnership.
Gay books vandalised with urine at Harvard library 12
3:56 PM — Police are investigating after around 40 books on gay and lesbians issues were destroyed at Harvard University's library. The texts apparently had urine poured over them and police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Police arrest Rome gang over gay drug robberies
3:36 PM — Italian police have arrested a gang in Rome for allegedly drugging and robbing at least 50 tourists outside a gay bar. The gang was arrested after one of its alleged victims was found dead in Colle Oppio park.
Gay ban hotel owners to claim they were set up 51
1:04 PM — A Christian couple who are being sued for banning gay couples from sharing rooms at their Cornwall hotel are expected to claim they were set up by Stonewall. Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who own the Chymorvah Private Hotel in Cornwall, are being sued for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
10th December 2010
Judge approves $1 million payout to gay bar patrons after police raid 2
4:36 PM — An Atlanta judge has approved a $1.025 million payout to patrons of a gay bar raided by police. The city council could have saved the money - and its defence costs - by agreeing to a settlement in February.
Anti-gay Christian preacher wins £4,000 compensation for arrest 52
11:54 AM — A Christian street preacher who raged against the "effeminate" and said gays would go to hell has won £4,000 in damages for being arrested.
Husband of murdered bride Anni Dewani says he’s not gay
11:19 AM — The husband of a British woman murdered in her honeymoon in South Africa has denied he is secretly gay. Shrien Dewani is under suspicion for the death of his new wife Anni.
US Senate blocks repeal of gay military ban 20
10:49 AM — The US Senate yesterday blocked legislation to end the ban on out gay troops. Senators voted 57-40 - three votes short of the 60 needed - to pass military funding legislation which included a repeal measure.
9th December 2010
Gay sperm donor battles lesbians over baby 30
2:55 PM — Another gay man is fighting a lesbian couple to gain access to the child he helped them have. Stacey Cassin, 24, and her civil partner Kate, 26, advertised online last year for a sperm donor.
Bikini photo used to derail lesbian student’s lawsuit 13
2:11 PM — A US school district accused of violating a lesbian's rights by making her wear women's clothes is attempting to derail her lawsuit with a photo of her in a bikini. Ceara Sturgis, a student at Wesson Attendance Center, wore a tuxedo in her yearbook photo but was excluded from the book for not wearing female dress.
Czech government defends use of ‘gay tests’ for asylum seekers 4
11:08 AM — The Czech government has defended the use of 'arousal tests' to check if asylum seekers who say they are gay are telling the truth. The country has used straight porn to see if applicants become aroused.
8th December 2010
Battle for UK gay marriage equality continues 27
5:25 PM — The fight for marriage equality in the UK continued today when a straight couple were barred from a civil partnership in north London.
Texas to consider gay-inclusive anti-bullying legislation 4
5:00 PM — The Texas legislature will consider a number of bills designed to reduce bullying in schools, following a spate of LGBT suicides in the past four months.
Lithuania to vote on fining people who ‘promote’ homosexuality 24
1:50 PM — The Lithuanian parliament will vote next week on legislation to impose heavy fines on those who "promote" homosexuality. Amnesty International said the law, if passed, would essentially ban Pride marches, gay rights campaigning and LGBT health services.
Jesse Jackson calls for gay marriage equality 22
11:51 AM — The Rev Jesse Jackson has called for California's ban on gay marriage to be struck down. The Baptist minister and civil rights activist spoke at a gathering outside the San Francisco appeals court where the latest hearings on the ban are taking place.
Speech: Jesse Jackson says gays are ‘America’s newest second-class citizens’ 8
11:48 AM — The Rev Jesse Jackson's speech to gay rights supporters outside the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals courthouse in San Francisco.
Hotel owners sued after banning gay couple from sharing a room 136
11:04 AM — The Christian owners of a seaside hotel are being sued by a gay couple they refused a double room to. Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who own the Chymorvah Private Hotel in Cornwall, refused to let civil partners Martin Hall and Steven Preddy stay in a room with a double bed in 2008.
7th December 2010
Man accused of killing gay man Ian Baynham ‘was protecting friend’
5:53 PM — A 20-year-old man accused of the manslaughter of a gay man in central London last year says he hit him to protect his friend. Joel Alexander, 20, and Ruby Thomas, 18, deny the manslaughter of 62-year-old Ian Baynham, who died after he was attacked in Trafalgar Square in September 2009.
US defence secretary says gay military ban unlikely to be lifted this year 4
5:43 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates says he doubts that the ban on out gay troops will be lifted before the end of the year. He said he thought it was unlikely that the Senate would vote on the matter this month.