24th August 2010
Pentagon conducts survey of military spouses on potential repeal of ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ 6
11:54 AM — The Pentagon has distributed a 44-question survey to 150,000 military spouses in the USA to gauge their views on potential situations that may arise should the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy be repealed.
George Michael pleads guilty to drugs charges 10
11:15 AM — George Michael has pleaded guilty to crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis and to possessing cannabis cigarettes for his personal use.
Faith school denies place to daughter of lesbian couple 19
10:20 AM — A private Christian school in Texas has refused admission to the daughter of a lesbian couple. The school say their reason for the refusal is that they base their enrollment policies on the "clear teaching of the Christian faith".
23rd August 2010
Proposed film may test Greek attitudes to gay marriage 5
6:10 PM — A new screenplay about gay marriage by a Greek-based British author is expected to be shot next summer by a consortium of UK production companies.
New American pro-gay Catholic group formed 12
5:12 PM — A group of American LGBT Catholics have created a new organisation to promote gay political causes and help bridge the gap between the traditional wing of the Church and the more progressive followers of the faith.
Anti-gay student loses legal appeal 56
3:51 PM — A federal judge has upheld the right of a university in the state of Georgia to enforce standards in its counselling graduate programmes after an anti-gay student sued the institution for insisting she comply with the rule that gay people be treated equally.
New US poll report finds changing attitudes to homosexuality 7
12:54 PM — According to new national research, Americans have become more accepting of homosexuality of the past 16 years, with over half of those polled saying they support civil unions.
Mexican gay rights activists and Catholic protestors clash 7
12:05 PM — In Mexico yesterday, gay rights activists and a group of Roman Catholics clashed during a demonstration over the issue of same-sex marriage which is currently legal only in the country's capital, Mexico City.
New biography alleges Vivien Leigh was an ‘adulterous bisexual’ 24
11:17 AM — A new biography of British movie star Viven Leigh alleges she was an adulterous bisexual with a fondness for "rough trade".
Dubliners march for same-sex marriage rights 10
10:12 AM — Thousands of LGBT people took to the streets of Dublin yesterday to protest the lack of civil marriage rights for same-sex couples.
20th August 2010
Gay marriage becomes election issue as Australia goes to the polls 17
4:53 PM — Australia's general election will be held tomorrow and marriage equality has become an unexpected hot issue. Both prime minister Julia Gillard and her opponent Tony Abbott, of the centre-right Liberal Party, have been challenged on their positions in the last week.
British man in Nepal’s first foreign gay marriage ceremony 4
11:48 AM — A foreign gay couple had a gay marriage ceremony in Nepal this week. Sanjay Shah, a British man from Leicester, married an Indian man who did not want to be named in a ceremony on Tuesday evening.
19th August 2010
Germany’s justice minister considering giving gay couples equal income tax rights 5
4:35 PM — Germany's justice minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said today she is looking at how gay couples can be given equality in the income tax system.
18th August 2010
US gay group angry at retailer Target’s donations to ‘anti-gay’ Republican 2
4:25 PM — America's largest gay group, Human Rights Campaign, is protesting over Target's $150,000 donation which was used to support a Republican gubernatorial candidate who has opposed gay rights.
Arabic website to tackle gay issues 2
2:32 PM — An Arabic-language website set up by two Israeli-Arab literary figures will tackle the issue of homosexuality. Qadita.net, launched this week, is an online magazine devoted to politics and culture.
US lesbian student sues school after being excluded from yearbook 19
2:00 PM — An American teenager is suing her school district after being excluded from the yearbook for wearing a tuxedo in her photo. Ceara Sturgis, 18, is a lesbian and prefers to wear masculine clothing.
First regular gay character for Neighbours
1:23 PM — Neighbours has got its first gay regular gay character. Recent Ramsay Street addition Chris Pappas, played by James Mason, came out in an episode earlier this month.
17th August 2010
German court says gay couples must have equal inheritance tax rights 2
3:01 PM — The highest court in Germany has ruled that gay couples must be given equal tax inheritance rights. The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe said that gay couples were currently at a marked disadvantage to heterosexual couples.
Mexico City’s gay adoption law upheld
1:01 PM — Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled that a law allowing gay couples to adopt in the country's capital is constitutional.
Temporary ban on California gay marriages extended to end of year 16
9:21 AM — A California appeals court has extended the ban on gay marriage until the end of this year. After US District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the ban was unconstitutional, weddings were to begin today at 5pm.