10th August 2010
Portia de Rossi to become Portia DeGeneres 9
2:06 PM — Actress Portia de Rossi is to take her wife Ellen DeGeneres' surname. The couple married in California in 2008 and remained known by their own surnames.
Hong Kong trans woman launches fight to marry 2
1:48 PM — A trans woman in Hong King has begun a legal fight for the right to marry her boyfriend. The woman, who has not been named, is barred under city law from changing her birth certificate to female.
PinkNews.co.uk poll: Should gay couples be allowed to marry? 52
10:23 AM — The UK has had civil partnerships since 2005 but a number of gay groups are now campaigning for all couples to be given the option of civil partnerships or marriage. We want to find out what our readers think about the issue.
9th August 2010
Man guilty of killing trans woman Destiny Lauren 4
5:36 PM — A 22-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering trans prostitute Destiny Lauren. Leon Fyle, of Catford, denied killing 29-year-old Ms Lauren but was today found guilty of strangling her and stealing her possessions.
Man jailed after stab attack on gay couple 4
11:22 AM — An Oxford man who shouted homophobic abuse at a gay couple and stabbed one of the men in the stomach has been jailed.
Liberal Democrats to vote on gay marriage 20
11:03 AM — Liberal Democrat party members will vote on full marriage equality at their annual conference next month. The motion will call for support for gay marriage to become official party policy and is likely to pass.
6th August 2010
Second Zimbabwe gay activist pleads not guilty on porn charges
3:17 PM — The second Zimbabwean gay rights activist to be charged with having porn in her office has pleaded not guilty. Ellen Chadehama, 34, a worker for the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) organisation, was arrested in May with another staff member, Ignatius Muhambi, 38.
Opponents file appeal over ruling on California’s gay marriage ban 15
11:51 AM — As expected, anti-gay groups have filed an appeal against a federal court ruling that California's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. Today, Chief US District Judge Vaughn Walker will decide whether his ruling should apply immediately, making gay marriage legal once more in the state.
Mexico City’s gay marriage law upheld by court 2
11:10 AM — Mexico's Supreme Court has upheld a gay marriage law in the country's capital, Mexico City. The city passed the law seven months ago and more than 300 gay couples have since tied the knot.
5th August 2010
Chile’s gay marriage bill ‘unlikely to succeed’ 10
2:26 PM — Two Chilean senators introduced a bill to allow gay marriage this week but commentators say the measure is unlikely to succeed.
Gay groups welcome Prop 8 ruling but warn of more legal battles 3
1:46 PM — Gay rights groups have welcomed a judge's ruling that California's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional but warned that more work had to be done to ensure equality.
Man admits sleeping with trans prostitute before her murder
1:26 PM — A man accused of the murder of trans woman Destiny Lauren has admitted he had sex with her but denies killing her. Ms Lauren, 29, who was born male, was found dead at her Kentish Town flat on November 5th 2009.
California gay couples rejoice but can’t marry yet 7
10:45 AM — Across California, gay couples are celebrating a federal court's ruling that banning gay marriage is unconstitutional. However, those who rushed to registry offices yesterday were dismayed to be turned away by clerks.
4th August 2010
Prop 8 ban on gay marriages in California ruled unconstitutional 33
10:00 PM — Following a lengthy public trial, Judge Vaughn Walker has ruled that the voter-initiated Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in California, is unconstitutional. Judge Walker ruled that Prop 8, as it has become known, violates the equal protection clause in the United States constitution by denying gays and lesbians the right to marry a member of the same sex.
Gay couples sue Alaska over unequal tax laws 1
5:02 PM — Three gay couples are suing the state of Alaska for denying them equality in tax laws. They claim that the state's tax assessment laws discriminate against same-sex couples by denying them equal access to a property tax exemption for senior citizens and disabled veterans.
Trans woman given suspended sentence after judge says she would be vulnerable in jail 25
2:37 PM — A trans woman convicted of harassing her neighbour for years will not be sent to prison because a judge said she would have to be kept in solitary confinement for her own safety.
Police release descriptions of homophobic attack suspects 1
1:30 PM — West Yorkshire police have released the descriptions of two suspects wanted in connection with a homophobic attack on a gay barman.
Iranian teenager faces execution for ‘false’ gay assault charges 19
11:57 AM — An 18-year-old Iranian man is facing execution over a false sodomy charge, campaigners say. Ebrahim Hamidi was sentenced to death two years ago at the age of 16 for an unspecified assault on another man which was later withdrawn.
Judge in California gay marriage trial to issue ruling today 5
10:39 AM — The judge presiding over the trial on the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban will announce his ruling today. Chief US District Judge Vaughn Walker's spokeswoman confirmed that he had reached his decision.
3rd August 2010
Police warn gay cruisers of danger on Clapham Common 21
12:05 PM — Police have been visiting Clapham Common after dark to warn gay men meeting for sex that they may be attacked or robbed. There have been increased reports of robberies and assaults on gay cruisers in the area.