10th September 2010
Exclusive: More mobile operators blocking access to gay news and information websites 18
5:55 PM — Scores of PinkNews.co.uk readers have complained that their mobile phone providers block access to gay websites - with five of the major companies implicated. Last week, we revealed that T-Mobile blocks gay news, travel and support websites which contain no offensive content.
MEPs call for Europe-wide recognition of gay relationships 20
4:35 PM — Members of the European Parliament have called for action to ensure gay couples in marriages and civil partnerships are recognised across the continent. They said gay couples who visit or live in other EU countries were still lacking legal protection in areas such as healthcare, pensions and parental rights.
Comment: The effect of censorware on gay websites 7
2:07 PM — Reports of mobile phone providers blocking access to gay website are no surprise to those who've been following the use of the software which blocks these sites - known as 'censorware' - for more than a decade.
US federal judge rules ban on out gay soldiers is unconstitutional 4
11:19 AM — A US federal judge has ruled that the ban on gay soldiers serving openly in the military violates the US constitution. US District Judge Virginia Phillips said yesterday she would issue an injunction barring the government from enforcing the policy.
9th September 2010
Video: Gay MP Chris Bryant calls Sky News presenter Kay Burley ‘a bit dim’ 21
10:00 PM — Chris Bryant, the openly gay former Labour minister, who led today's House of Commons debate into the News of the World phone hacking, called tv presenter Kay Burley "a bit dim" during live interview on Sky News.
Labour leadership candidates admit party’s gay rights failures 17
6:30 PM — The five candidates for the Labour leadership have answered gay rights questions from members of the party's gay group and PinkNews.co.uk readers. They were also asked about Labour's mistakes while in power and three of the five said that the party had let down gay people on a range of issues.
Lib Dem peer who pushed for civil partnerships calls for gay marriage equality 11
5:22 PM — Lord Lester of Herne Hill, whose 2002 private members' bill led to civil partnerships, says he believes that full marriage equality is now an achievable goal. Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, he praised the 2004 Civil Partnerships Act as "remarkable" but added: "I don't see any reason why there should not be complete equality."
Canadian judge rules in favour of blood service which bans gay men 14
5:05 PM — A Canadian judge has ruled that a blood donation service has the right to bar gay men. Canadian Blood Services sued 36-year-old gay man Kyle Freeman for negligent representation after he admitted lying about his sexual orientation on blood donation forms.
Gay health charity to release guide to safer cruising 16
1:53 PM — The gay men's health charity GMFA is producing a guide to cruising for sex. According to the charity, the booklet will help gay men "develop their cruising skills and make decisions that will protect themselves and their partners when cruising".
Peter Tatchell’s Pope documentary to be screened next week 16
10:52 AM — A documentary about Pope Benedict XVI by gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will be screened on Channel 4 next Monday evening. The Trouble with the Pope will be shown three days before the Pope arrives in Britain for a four-day tour.
8th September 2010
French football club rejects gay player citing ‘trouble’ of sexuality 8
4:34 PM — An amateur football club in eastern France has denied a player's request to return to the team in an attempt to avoid homophobia
Italian Protestants agree to same-sex blessings 11
2:59 PM — New decision opens doors to LGBT couples in certain Italian churches
Court rules Moscow nightclub closure illegal 2
2:15 PM — The closing of a gay nightclub in Moscow was against the law, it emerged this week.
Australian same-sex adoption bill nears final hurdle 4
1:33 PM — Legislative Council votes in favour of new legislation, with a single Parliamentary vote left to decide the bill's fate.
Comment: Why we must be fighting for full same sex marriage equality now 27
11:55 AM — Newly elected Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert speaks out in support of LGBT marriage equality and explains why LGBT rights organisations should be fighting for marriage equality now
Former Mr Gay UK denies sex offence charges 6
10:32 AM — PC Mark Carter appeared at Leeds Crown Court yesterday to plead not guilty to five sexual assault charges relating to alleged events in December 2009.
7th September 2010
Vatican dignitary says gay marriage is ‘like decaffinated coffee’ 46
4:38 PM — A Vatican official travelling in Mexico has condemned the country's capital for legalising same-sex marriages, saying that such unions are only an imitation of heterosexual marriages.
Serbia to hold first Pride Parade since 2001 4
3:35 PM — Serbian gay rights groups are in the process of planning a gay Pride Parade in Belgrade next month. It will be the first such parade to take place in nearly a decade.
Faroe Islands MP refuses to dine with Iceland’s gay prime minister and her partner 27
3:04 PM — An MP from the Faroe Islands has refused to attend a state banquet held in honour of Icelandic prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir's official visit.
New book to examine history of homosexuality in the Conservative Party 10
1:24 PM — A book detailing the history of homosexuality in the Conservative Party and how its attitudes to it have changed over the decades is to be published by Biteback Publishing next year.