13th December 2010
Founding president of gay group PFLAG dies 4
11:22 AM — The founding president of US group Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has died at the age of 90. Adele Starr reacted badly when her son came out in 1974 but overcame her negative feelings to establish the support group for the loved ones of gays and lesbians.
Carrie Fisher says: ‘We all know John Travolta’s gay’
11:15 AM — Carrie Fisher has suggested that it is well-known that John Travolta is gay. The actress, who was the original Princess Leia in Star Wars, was speaking to gay magazine Advocate.
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.
Canadian military publishes new transgender policy 21
4:17 PM — The Canadian military has published new guidance on transgender soldiers. While debate continues in the US about openly gay troops, the Canadian military has been putting together a new policy on how trans soldiers should be treated, the National Post reports.
San Diego gay journalist dies in apparent suicide 1
3:17 PM — A prominent gay journalist in San Diego has been found dead after apparently jumping from a seven-storey hotel. Michael Portantino, 52, was the publisher of the weekly San Diego's Gay and Lesbian Times, which he bought in 1989.
Scientists breed mice with two fathers 26
2:05 PM — Scientists have created mice with two fathers, suggesting that technology could one day be used to allow gay male couples the chance to have children with genes from both parents.
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 rights ally Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral to be picketed by anti-gay church 26
5:57 PM — The funeral of Elizabeth Edwards, former wife of United States vice-presidential candidate John Edwards, will be picketed by the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church. Mrs Edwards, a lawyer and author, died yesterday at the age of 61 after a six-year battle with cancer.
New Zealand brewery’s ‘beers for queers’ ad backfires 8
5:03 PM — A New Zealand brewery has withdrawn a marketing campaign which suggested that low-carbohydrate beer is "queer". Moa Beers planned to give away t-shirts which said "Low Carb Beers", with a pink 'Q' superimposed over the letter 'B' to read "Qeers".
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.
Oprah: ‘Stop saying I’m a lesbian’ 10
11:39 AM — Oprah Winfrey says she is irritated by the continuing rumours that she is a lesbian. The chatshow host, 56, said she would not hide the truth about her sexuality.
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.
HIV-positive porn star says barebacking must be banned 37
10:39 AM — A porn actor who contracted HIV while filming has called for condoms to be made compulsory across the adult film industry. Derrick Burts, 24, tested positive for HIV in October after starring in US gay and straight porn films.
8th December 2010
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.
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.
7th December 2010
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.
Gay and lesbian couples first to marry mid-air 9
5:02 PM — A gay couple from Germany and a lesbian couple from Poland married on an airplane yesterday between Stockholm and New York.
Homotopia and The Pansy Project go to Istanbul
4:32 PM — A gay arts festival and a project to remember victims of anti-gay hate crime visited Istanbul last week. The Turkish city is the 2010 European Capital of Culture and Liverpool-based arts festival Homotopia and The Pansy Project planted hundreds of pansies at the British Consulate.