22nd June 2010
Travel: Tel Aviv- bursting with pride 15
12:20 PM — Benjamin Cohen finds that four nights in Tel Aviv for LGBT pride dramatically changed his perception of Israel. Four nights in Tel Aviv, for the city’s LGBT pride celebrations has changed me in a way no holiday ever has before. My attitudes and perceptions of Israel have changed dramatically and it’s also changed the way that I reconcile my sexuality with my religion.
US to give gay workers more parental rights 1
11:29 AM — The US Labor Department is to give gay workers equal access to unpaid leave when caring for a newborn or loved one. It is expected to announce the change today, to bring medical leave for gay couples in line with rights given to straight couples.
Beenie Man won’t play Dutch music festival 8
10:05 AM — Organisers of the Dutch Parkpop music festival have withdrawn their invitation to the controversial Jamaican singer Beenie Man to play at the event.
21st June 2010
Dutch festival bans Snoop Dogg in favour of ‘anti-gay’ Beenie Man 7
5:26 PM — A Dutch music festival has reportedly signed up the 'homophobic' Jamaican rapper Beenie Man to replace Snoop Dogg in order to preserve an "open and friendly atmosphere".
Vanessa Carlton announces she’s a ‘proud bisexual woman’ 12
4:48 PM — American singer Vanessa Carlton announced at a gig this weekend that she is bisexual. She told an audience of 18,000 people at a gay and lesbian festival in Nashville, Tennessee that she was "proud" of her sexual orientation.
Irish trans woman wins battle to be recognised as female 7
3:52 PM — Ireland is to introduce new legislation to recognise trans people's new identities after the government scrapped an appeal to the Supreme Court. The case was brought by Lydia Foy, a trans woman who battled for 13 years to be legally recognised as female on her birth certificate.
Obama could veto military gay ban bill over spending issue 7
1:24 PM — US president Barack Obama could veto a bill to lift the ban on out gay soldiers in the military if it contains spending provisions he opposes, his defence secretary said.
Elton John plays controversial Israel show 52
11:17 AM — Elton John played a gig in Israel last week after refusing to bow to pressure to pull out. Other artists such as The Pixies and Elvis Costello scrapped gigs over the country's raid on a Gaza aid ship, which killed nine people.
19th June 2010
Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears uses spoof rent boy listing to promote new album 5
3:25 AM — The Scissor Sisters' front man, Jake Shears has engaged in some canny viral marketing for the band's new album with a spoof advertisement on a leading gay male escort website.
18th June 2010
Warren Beatty’s child ‘living as a trans man’ 24
2:47 PM — Warren Beatty and Annette Bening's 18-year-old child is reportedly living as a man and planning to transition. The college student is said to be known as Stephen Ira and wears men's clothing to college.
17th June 2010
Irish artist paints Pope conducting a gay marriage 121
4:43 PM — An Irish artist is expecting outrage after painting a picture of the Pope conducting a gay marriage. 'You May Now Kiss The Groom' by Kevin Sharkey is to go on display in Dublin at the end of this month.
Prop 8 supporters lobby judge to revoke 18,000 gay marriages 13
2:25 PM — Supporters of California's gay marriage ban are asking the judge in a federal trial on the issue to revoke same-sex marriages performed while the practice was legal. Eighteen thousand gay couples married in that time.
Trans woman judge hopes to make US history 8
1:48 PM — A trans woman hopes to make history by becoming the first trans person to be elected as a trial court judge in the United States. Victoria Kolakowski, 48, is the frontrunner candidate for superior court judge in Alameda County, California.
16th June 2010
US General who said gays caused massacre warns of ‘HIV risk’ 28
4:30 PM — Just a few months after apologising for suggesting gay soldiers were responsible for the Srebrenica massacre, US Army General John Sheehan has said allowing gays to serve openly in the military would have a "devastating" effect.
German court says gay man’s foreign marriage must be recognised as a partnership 15
4:09 PM — A German man who married his Spanish husband in Canada has been told by a court Germany will recognise his marriage as a registered partnership.
Spanish clinic investigated for attempting to ‘cure’ gays 7
3:49 PM — A Spanish clinic is being investigated by the regional government for claiming it can 'cure' gay people. The Policlinica Tibidabo clinic in Barcelona allegedly offers pills and psychiatric therapy to people who believe they can become straight.
McDonald’s chief says gay ad won’t air in the US 36
1:17 PM — McDonald's won't show an ad featuring a gay teenager in the US, the brand's chief of operations says. Don Thompson, the fast food giant's second-in-command, said the ad was not right for the country because of different "cultural norms".
Elton John played at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding ‘to build bridges’ 13
10:55 AM — Elton John accepted a $1 million concert at the wedding of a gay marriage opponent because he wanted to "build bridges", his civil partner says.
15th June 2010
US Boy Scouts go to court over gay ban 9
5:25 PM — The Boy Scouts of America are preparing to go to court for a legal battle against the city of Philadelphia over their ban on gay members and staff.
US committee says gay blood ban will stay in place 6
4:54 PM — The US Food and Drug Administration has decided to retain current rules on gay and bisexual men donating blood. The body held hearings last week on the issue and committee members voted nine to six against making any immediate changes.