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  • 7th July 2010

    Hawaii governor rejects gay civil unions bill 17

    Linda Lingle vetoed the civil unions bill

    11:26 AM — Hawaii's governor Linda Lingle has rejected a bill which would have allowed civil unions for gay couples in the state. The bill would have given both straight and gay couples the right to have their partnerships recognised with all the rights of marriage.

  • 5th July 2010

    Homophobic Polish politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski loses presidential election 11

    Jaroslaw Kaczynski lost his bid for the presidency

    5:06 PM — Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the homophobic right-wing Polish politician, has lost a presidential election. The election was called after the death of his twin, the late president Lech Kaczynski, in a plane crash in April.

  • Gay-friendly Christian church to carry out gay weddings in Spain 10

    Gay marriage has been legal in Spain since 2005

    3:31 PM — The US-based Metropolitan Community Church hopes to open a congregation in Madrid, Spain, this year to perform same-sex weddings. As the Roman Catholic Church in Spain fiercely opposes equal marriage rights, the MCC will be the first church in the country to hold gay weddings.

  • World Cup footballer ‘in gay affair’

    The unnamed player was said to have had a year-long gay affair

    11:08 AM — A World Cup footballer is the subject of internet rumours that he had a year-long affair with a British reality TV star. The player, who is in South Africa and is said to be "well-known", was accused of the affair by the TV star on Friday in a blog.

  • 3rd July 2010

    Madrid celebrates gay pride 4

    Madrid Pride took place today

    5:51 PM — Madrid Pride took place in the Spanish capital today. One of the biggest gay celebrations taking place in Europe, the parade featured over 30 floats from all around the world.

  • Strong presence of faith groups at gay pride parade 7

    Many faith groups have joined the parade this year

    1:44 PM — A greater presence of faith groups is notable in this year’s parade, including gay Muslim group Imaan, plus Christian, Sikh and Hindu groups.

  • 2nd July 2010

    Large-scale survey to explore bisexuality in the workplace 12

    The survey will look at bisexuality in the workplace (Photo: Jyri)

    3:54 PM — One of the largest-scale surveys on bisexuality in the the workplace is now underway. The research is being carried out by American learning and development expert Heidi Green and will take into account workers predominantly in the UK and US.

  • Human Rights Watch apologises to Peter Tatchell

    Peter Tatchell said he had not threatened to sue HRW

    1:25 PM — Human Rights Watch has apologised to gay activist Peter Tatchell for "inappropriate" remarks about him. The remarks were made by HRW LGBT head Scott Long. Mr Tatchell said he had not threatened legal action.

  • Irish parliament approves civil partnerships bill 28

    Civil partnerships are expected to be legal in Ireland this year

    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

    Google will offer its US staff a pay rise to compensate for tax laws

    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

    Ally Sheedy as Allison in The Breakfast Club

    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

    China bars gay men and lesbians from donating blood

    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

    The man will not be charged with murder

    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

    The store will sell a range of books, but not erotica

    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

    South Africa has reportedly seen a rise in correctional rapes

    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

    Wisconsin bans civil partnerships and gay marriage

    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

    Julia Gillard confirmed she does not support gay marriage

    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

    San Francisco Pride was marred by the shooting

    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

    Brad Pitt said last year Shiloh liked to be called John

    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

    Kylie is to play at Madrid Pride

    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.

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