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  • 29th June 2010

    US Supreme Court rules school can refuse to recognise anti-gay student group 16

    The school does not have to recognise the student group

    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

    Fred Phelps founded the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church

    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

    Barcelona, where a clinic is under investigation for offering gay 'cures'

    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

    NYC held its 41st pride parade yesterday

    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

    Iceland's PM Johanna Sigurdardottir, who married her female partner yesterday

    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

    San Francisco's 40th pride celebrations were marred by gun crime

    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

    Minneapolis Pride is this weekend

    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

    Gay marriage is only legal in seven countries of the European Council

    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.

  • Sofia Pride in Bulgaria Tomorrow 3

    The German embassy in Sofia flies the flag for the city's pride celebrations this Saturday

    3:10 PM — Bulgaria's capital city, Sofia, will host their third pride parade tomorrow, Saturday 26 June. The event will mark the culmination of a week of Pride-related events, including photographic exhibitions, a number of social and cultural events and a conference on hate crime which included a call for such crimes against LGBT people to be criminalised in Bulgaria. Statements of support have come from both the British and Norwegian ambassadors.

  • Stanley Cup to feature at Chicago gay pride parade

    Chicago Pride 2010 takes place this Sunday 27 June

    1:19 PM — The Stanley Cup, the trophy annually awarded to the champion team of the National Hockey League, will be on display at this Sunday's Chicago Gay Pride Parade - its first appearance at a gay-themed event.

  • Israeli police reject proposed gay pride parade route through Jerusalem 8

    Jerusalem Pride 2010's proposed route has been rejected

    12:09 PM — The Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance's proposed route from for a gay pride march through the city has been rejected by Israeli police, who claimed one reason for their concern is that the route would pass a yeshiva, an institution for the study of traditional Jewish texts such as the Torah.

  • Signers of ballots against gay marriage may no longer remain anonymous, US Supreme Court rules 6

    The state of Washington approved same-sex domestic partnerships in 2009

    11:15 AM — The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that those who sign referendum petitions may no longer be able to do so anonymously. In doing this, the Court rejected the claims of an anti-gay rights group, who argued the ruling went against their First Amendment protection of political expression.

  • Delegates at faith-based Maltese seminar condemn gay marriage 16

    Maltese Catholics and Muslims united against gay marriage

    10:34 AM — Muslim and Catholic preachers gathered at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Paola, Malta, yesterday to discuss the role of the family in a modern, globalised society, negative media coverage of faith and the issue of gay marriage, which they united against.

  • 24th June 2010

    Woman attempted to sue church for performing same-sex ceremony. 11

    Many Baptists disagree with same-sex marriage

    6:11 PM — In a CNN report on how the issue of same-sex marriage has impacted upon the Christian Church in America, Soledad O'Brien spoke to a woman who set out to sue her Washington DC church for performing a same-sex ceremony.

  • New Australian PM Julia Gillard is no fan of same-sex marriage 30

    Julia Gillard is Australia's first female PM

    4:26 PM — Julia Gillard took over today as Australia's first female prime minister after Kevin Rudd's withdrawal from the leadership of the Australian Labor [sic] party. Ms Gillard, who will be officially sworn in next week, has been described as a committed and savvy politician by pundits, but, apparently, is no fan of gay marriage.

  • Hillary Clinton discusses subject of homophobia in Albania 1

    Hillary Clinton spoke out against homophobia in Albania

    2:59 PM — During her speech in honour of LGBT month, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out in support of an Albanian man who came out publicly on television. The man, Klodian Cela, was appearing in the country's version of Big Brother.

  • Ugandan Bishop speaks out against homophobia 22

    LGBT persons are heavily persecuted in some African nations, including Uganda

    1:56 PM — Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo has spoken out against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that is being proposed in his native Uganda. Bishop Senyonjo was speaking at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, at the end of a speaking tour of Ireland.

  • Midwestern magazine ‘outs’ Lutheran pastor 14

    ELCA came out in favour of gay relationships last year

    12:15 PM — Lavender magazine, a gay publication based in Minneapolis-St Paul, has sent shock waves through the American gay press. Their latest cover story was written by an undercover reporter and details Pastor Tom Brock's struggles with his sexuality as told to an anonymous Catholic-run support group which claims to help gay men who are "struggling with chastity".

  • Australian politician introduces same-sex adoption bill 2

    Same-sex couples cannot yet adopt in Australia. Credit: ILGA Europe.

    11:03 AM — Independent Australian MP Clover Moore introduced a same-sex adoption bill on Thursday. New South Wales Premier, Kristina Keneally, said she plans to allow a conscience vote on the bill.

  • 23rd June 2010

    Biggest European online sex survey for gay and bisexual men is launched 3

    The EMIS survey is the biggest of its kind

    6:41 PM — The European Gay and Bisexual Men’s Internet Sex Survey (EMIS) which is available in 25 languages and 31 countries, has been launched online and is available to complete until Tuesday 31 August.

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