12th January 2010
China’s first gay pageant to be held this week 3
11:41 AM — Eight contestants will fight to the chance to be crowned Mr Gay China when the country's first gay pageant gets underway this week. China only decriminalised homosexuality in 1997 and it was seen as a mental illness until 2001.
11th January 2010
Temporary block on broadcasting Prop 8 trial 10
5:34 PM — The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked recording of the Proposition 8 trial in California, which begins today. Gay marriage opponents, who conducted a vocal public campaign, said they could be harassed if the trial was broadcast.
Pope calls gay marriage an ‘attack on creation’ 129
1:17 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has called gay marriage laws an "attack" on the natural differences between men and women. He was speaking today after Portugal's parliament voted in favour of same-sex marriage.
8th January 2010
George Michael rules out Wham! reunion 4
4:29 PM — George Michael has said that he and former Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley will not reform the band. Unlike other ageing musical stars, he said the band was about being "young and exuberant".
Ugandan president Museveni ‘opposes death penalty for gays’ 15
3:37 PM — President of Uganda Yoweri Moseveni opposes the death penalty for gays, the country's ethics minister has said. James Nsaba Buturo said the provision was likely to be removed from the country's anti-homosexuality bill, saying that reparative therapy would work better.
Portugal votes to legalise gay marriage 30
3:09 PM — Portugal's parliament today voted to legalise marriage for gays and lesbians. The Catholic country will be the sixth in Europe to grant same-sex couples the right to wed, although this will not include adoption rights.
Gay marriage bill fails in New Jersey Senate 15
12:35 PM — A bill which would legalise gay marriage in New Jersey failed in the state Senate yesterday. It was defeated by 20-14 votes.
7th January 2010
Tiger Woods’ mistress ‘set to claim he had gay sex’ 22
5:06 PM — One of the women who reportedly slept with Tiger Woods is set to write a book claiming she saw him having sex with other men.
New South Wales government upholds gay adoption ban 7
4:13 PM — The Australian state of New South Wales has opted to continue a ban on gay couples adopting. Although a parliamentary inquiry had recommended that changing the law would be in the best interests of children, the state government said there was not enough evidence of support for it.
California gay marriage trial will be on YouTube 5
11:45 AM — A judge has ruled that next week's trial on California's gay marriage ban will be shown on YouTube. Defenders of Proposition 8, which restricts marriage to a man and a woman, had claimed that broadcasting proceedings could lead to intimidation of witnesses.
6th January 2010
Portugal expected to approve gay marriage this week 14
6:30 PM — Portugal is expected to approve gay marriage this Friday when a bill comes up for debate in parliament. It is thought the law is almost certain to pass, as left-wing parties who are supportive of gay marriage occupy a majority of seats.
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon to fight gay adoption ban 5
5:46 PM — Lesbian actress Cynthia Nixon will be kicking off a campaign to repeal Florida's ban on gays and lesbians adopting. The Sex and the City star will kick off the American Civil Liberties Union's three-year campaign to end the ban this weekend at South Beach’s Shore Club.
Amnesty International joins calls for release of gay Malawi couple 4
5:15 PM — Human rights organisation Amnesty International has joined the calls for a gay couple in Malawi to be released from prison. The group said that Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who were arrested on December 28th, were "prisoners of conscience".
Video: David Letterman attacked for skit on Obama-appointed trans woman 20
1:18 PM — US television host David Letterman was attacked for a joke about Amanda Simpson, the trans woman appointed by President Barack Obama.
New Jersey in last-ditch vote on gay marriage 3
12:47 PM — New Jersey's Senate will vote tomorrow on gay marriage in a final attempt to pass the bill before a new governor takes office. A vote was cancelled in early December after Democrats were reportedly concerned the bill did not have enough votes to pass.
Rhode Island approves funeral rights for gays 6
11:43 AM — Lawmakers in the US state of Rhode Island have approved a law to allow people in gay relationships to make funeral arrangements for their partners. They overrode a veto from Governor Don Carcieri.
5th January 2010
Trans woman nominated by Obama ‘not a token’ 8
6:30 PM — Amanda Simpson, the trans woman appointed by President Barack Obama, has said she does not want to be seen as a "token". She was appointed to the role of senior technical advisor to the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security.
Warning over high HIV rates in gay African men
6:28 PM — A study in the medical journal The Lancet has warned that HIV rates among gay men in some parts of Africa are ten times higher than their straight counterparts.
Italian footballer player could be punished for gay magazine shoot 19
6:26 PM — An Italian football player who posed in his underwear for a gay magazine could face sanctions from his club. Napoli player Jesus Datalo posed for monthly gay publication Romeo Mag.
Malawi gay marriage trial expected next week 6
4:28 PM — The trial of two gay men arrested for holding a wedding party in Malawi is expected to begin on January 15th. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza are being held in custody in Chichiri Prison and were denied bail by a judge yesterday.