6th August 2010
Reykjavik’s mayor opens Pride in drag 21
5:00 PM — The mayor of Reykjavik has opened the city's Pride celebrations in drag. Jon Gnarr, a comedian, kicked off festivities last night dressed in a blonde wig, floral dress and red lipstick.
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.
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.
Comment: ‘Newlygays’ – the ex-straight lesbians 12
5:17 PM — As more famous women reveal their sexuality has shifted from straight to gay, what does that reveal about the rest of society and why have the newspapers only just noticed?
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.
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.
Lady Gaga’s record-breaking 13 MTV nominations 9
11:21 AM — Lady Gaga has been nominated for 13 MTV award nominations - the highest number for any artist yet. The gay-friendly singer was shortlisted twice for video of the year for singles Telephone and Bad Romance.
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
BBC Trust rejects complaints about ‘should gays be executed?’ online debate 25
6:49 PM — The BBC Trust's editorial standards committee has rejected complaints made significant numbers of people about a BBC Online debate entitled 'Should homosexuals face execution?' saying that while the language was "stark", the apologies made by the BBC resolved the issue.
Trans man Thomas Beatie gives birth to third child 65
10:28 AM — Thomas Beatie has given birth to his third child, reports say. Mr Beatie, who was born female, had his first child in 2008 because his wife Nancy was unable to conceive.
2nd August 2010
First gay condom for India 1
6:15 PM — One of India's leading condom manufacturers is to manufacture a condom for gay men. The country legalised homosexuality last year and society is making gradual steps towards acceptance.
Banning same-sex marriage ‘will save money’, anti-gay activist claims 24
6:13 PM — A supporter of the anti-gay US group National Organisation for Marriage has claimed that banning gay marriage will save states money. The claim, which goes against most credible research, was made by Tamara Scott, Iowa's director of Concerned Women of America, at a rally in Des Moines this weekend.
Chile senator says he will sponsor gay marriage bill 9
4:23 PM — A Chilean senator who is the head of the country's Socialist party has announced he will sponsor a bill to introduce same-sex marriage. Fulvio Rossi's bill will not give gay couples the right to adopt children but he said he hoped this issue could be debated at a later stage.
Lindsay Lohan released from jail after 13 days 4
2:06 PM — Lindsay Lohan was released from jail in the early hours of this morning and is expected to begin a 90-day rehabilitation programme. The bisexual actress served just 13 days of her 90-day sentence for violating a 2007 probation for a drink-driving offence.
Argentinian gay couples begin marrying 4
1:39 PM — Argentina held its first weddings for gay couples last week. The country became the first in Latin America to legalise gay marriage last month and the first couples to take the advantage of the new legislation did so on Friday.