2nd July 2010
Irish parliament approves civil partnerships bill 28
11:06 AM — Irish politicians have passed a bill granting gay and lesbians couples the right to civil partnerships. The bill passed in the Dail yesterday without a vote and justice minister Dermot Ahern said the move reflected change in Irish society.
1st July 2010
Google to compensate gay US workers for unfair tax laws 4
5:32 PM — Google is to pay its gay and lesbian workers extra in order to compensate them for unequal tax laws. Federal laws which do not recognise gay relationships mean that gay workers must pay an extra tax when their partners receive domestic health benefits.
Breakfast Club star Ally Sheedy outs daughter 3
5:20 PM — Ally Sheedy, the 1980s actress best known for her role in The Breakfast Club, announced her daughter was gay this week.
Chinese gay man sues over blood donation ban 17
4:56 PM — A Chinese man is suing a Beijing Red Cross centre for refusing to accept his blood donation because he is gay. According to AFP, Wang Zizheng went to the centre in June to give blood and declared he was gay on a form.
30th June 2010
No murder charge for man arrested over San Francisco Pride shooting 3
6:16 PM — A man arrested over a shooting at San Francisco Pride will not face murder charges. Ed Perkins, 20, was arrested on suspicion of the murder of 19-year-old Stephen Powell, who was shot dead on Saturday during celebrations in the city's Castro district.
India’s first online gay bookstore opens 1
6:12 PM — A lesbian has opened India's first online gay bookstore. Queer Ink, run by Shobhna Kumar, is based in Malad and will sell around 200 titles ranging from novels and academic texts to children's books.
South African man charged with ‘correctional rape’ of lesbian 7
5:08 PM — A South African man has been charged with raping a lesbian to try and turn her straight. The unnamed man appeared before Wynberg Regional Court today, the Sapa news agency reports.
Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects challenge to gay marriage and civil union ban 35
4:42 PM — Wisconsin's Supreme Court has upheld the state's ban on gay marriage and civil unions. The court was asked to examine whether a 2006 constitutional amendment was correctly put to voters.
Australia’s new prime minister Julia Gillard confirms she’s against gay marriage 30
2:54 PM — Julia Gillard, the new prime minister of Australia, has confirmed she does not support gay marriage. Speaking today, she told the Austereo show that Labor policy on the issue would remain the same while she was prime minister.
29th June 2010
Police name San Francisco Pride murder suspect
5:51 PM — The man suspected of killing one person and injuring two others at San Francisco Pride has been named by police. Ed Perkins, 20, is accused of shooting dead 19-year-old Stephen Powell and injuring two other people, a 27-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman who expected to make a full recovery.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s child ‘wants to be a boy’ 22
11:57 AM — Angelina Jolie has said her four-year-old child Shiloh wants to be a boy. The actress gave an interview to Vanity Fair magazine, in which she discussed her eldest biological child with Brad Pitt.
Kylie Minogue to join Madrid Pride 6
10:50 AM — Gay icon Kylie Minogue is to play at Madrid Pride this weekend. Fresh from a surprise Glastonbury appearance with the Scissor Sisters, the star will take centre stage at Saturday's event, which is the largest gay festival in Europe.
US Supreme Court rules school can refuse to recognise anti-gay student group 16
10:31 AM — The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 yesterday that a law school does not have to recognise a religious student group which bars gay students. The University of California's Hastings College of Law withdrew its recognition of the Christian Legal Society chapter unless it changed its discriminatory rules.
28th June 2010
Son of Fred Phelps speaks out about his ‘hateful’ anti-gay father 18
5:46 PM — The son of Pastor Fred Phelps, the man who founded the adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas which claims that God hates the United States for supporting gay rights, has broken his silence and begun to publicly speak about his relationships with his estranged father.
Spanish clinic investigated for offering gay ‘cure’ 5
1:49 PM — A psychiatric clinic in Barcelona in the Spanish region of Catalonia is under investigation for allegedly offering to "treat" homosexuality with therapy and medication. It is believed that the clinic is not alone in its offer of such treatment in Spain.
New York City celebrates 41st annual pride 2
12:33 PM — New York City was awash with marchers and revellers in their thousands yesterday, all celebrating the Big Apple's 41st annual gay pride event. One of the parade's grand marshalls was Constance McMillen, the Mississippi teenager who fought with her high school to be allowed to attend the senior prom with her girlfriend.
Icelandic PM weds as gay marriage legislation comes into effect 27
11:18 AM — Iceland's openly gay Prime Minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, has officially married her long-term partner, Jonina Leosdottir. Legislation that allows gay couples to marry came into force yesterday, 27 June, following a unanimous decision adopted by Icelandic parliament on 12 June.
One dead and two injured at San Francisco Pride 9
10:08 AM — San Francisco's 40th annual pride celebrations were marred late on Saturday night by a shooting incident in the Castro district which left a 19-year old man dead. Two other people, a man and a woman, were also hit by gunfire but are expected to make a full recovery.
25th June 2010
Minneapolis Pride awaits ruling over injuction against homophobic evengelist 15
5:48 PM — The organisers of Minneapolis Twin Cities Pride are awaiting a ruling from District Judge John Tunheim on their injunction to have Christian evangelists Brian and Lois Johnson banned from Loring Park where the festival is to be held.
European law not required to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples, court rules 33
4:59 PM — The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has ruled that under European law, the 47 member states have no legal obligation to grant same-sex couples the right to marry.