20th December 2010
Italian companies drop racy lesbian car advert 15
4:50 PM — The risque Renault Twingo advert has been shelved by Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset for its depiction of two women at a party
German politician Volker Kauder: Gays have no right to children 31
3:50 PM — Anti-adoption comments made today by the chairman of the Christian Democratic Union to the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung.
US awaits signing of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal laws
3:13 PM — Celebrities and politicians have voiced their support for the Senate after it voted to repeal the ban on out gay soldiers.
Businessman’s family attack “spurious allegations” in bride murder case
2:25 PM — The family of Shrien Dewani, who is suspected of arranging his bride's murder in South Africa, deny his involvement in the killing, and the rumours surrounding a gay prostitute.
South Africa launches “bold” Mr Gay World bid 7
12:58 PM — The 2012 bid is launched against a rising tide of homophobia, the Guardian reports.
Prague puts gay hotspots on the map
11:56 AM — A new initiative will see the publication distributed for free at clubs and hotels across the Czech Republic's capital city.
Australian Catholics told to lobby MPs against gay marriage 14
11:05 AM — Sydney Archdiocese says arguments should be based on the "natural order", amid a growing movement to alter the law.
18th December 2010
Video: US Senate votes to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban on gays serving in the military 38
8:36 PM — The US Senate has voted 65 to 31 to repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. Since the ban was introduced in 1993, more than 13,500 LGBT service personnel have been dismissed from the military.
US Senate edges closer to ending gay military ban later today 1
6:27 PM — The US Senate has voted to proceed to a final debate and vote on the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. Earlier today, the Senate voted 63-33 in favour of a final vote on the issue. Six Republicans crossed party lines to support the bill that has the backing of the Democrats and President Barack Obama. The vote scheduled for 3pm (8pm GMT) requires just a simple majority to repeal the ban.
17th December 2010
Gay US veterans sue to rejoin military 4
3:56 PM — Three openly gay US military veterans are suing to get their old jobs back. They were discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell - the law which prohibits gay troops from being open about their sexual orientation.
Ricky Martin says he’ll marry when Puerto Rico allows it
3:19 PM — Ricky Martin says he won't marry until Puerto Rico allows gay couples to tie the knot. The star, who has a boyfriend of three years, said he hoped that the Caribbean island would change the law.
French straight couples opt for civil unions over marriage 22
3:03 PM — Heterosexual couples in France are opting for civil unions over marriage. The country allows both straight and gay couples to have PACS, or pacte civil de solidarité, although gay couples cannot marry.
Winona Ryder says Mel Gibson was homophobic 46
12:52 PM — Winona Ryder claims that Mel Gibson was homophobic and anti-Semitic when she met him 15 years ago. The actress told GQ that he had called her an "oven dodger" - a reference to the gas chambers used to kill Jews during the Holocaust.
Mother of gay suicide teen pleads for anti-bullying action 21
11:37 AM — The mother of a California teenager who killed himself after he was bullied for being gay has pleaded with his school district to do more about the problem. Seth Walsh, 13, died nine days after hanging himself in September. He had endured years of homophobic bullying at school.
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter sorry for saying gays shouldn’t have sex in Qatar 18
10:50 AM — FIFA president Sepp Blatter has apologised for saying that gay football fans shouldn't have sex in Qatar when the country hosts the 2022 World Cup.
16th December 2010
Kevin Spacey: ‘Asking me about being gay is like bullying’ 24
10:40 AM — Kevin Spacey has compared media interest in his sexuality to anti-gay bullying. The actor has fiercely protected his private life and has denied that he is gay for years.
Video: House of Representatives votes to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ gay military ban 11
1:37 AM — The House of Representatives has for the second time passed a bill to overturn the US's military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy that bans military personnel from being openly gay.
15th December 2010
Video: New Zealand airline pulls ‘anti-gay’ scene from safety film 31
5:00 PM — A New Zealand airline has ditched a scene from a safety video after complaints that it was anti-gay. Air New Zealand's inflight safety video features a flight full of rugby fans and some members of the All-Blacks national team.
Gay military campaigner Dan Choi hospitalised 9
4:32 PM — Gay rights campaigner Dan Choi has been hospitalised following a breakdown. The Iraq veteran, who became the most visible face in the fight to repeal the US ban on out gay soldiers, said he was in the care of a military hospital.
Researchers ‘cure’ man of HIV with stem cell transplant 9
1:25 PM — German researchers believe they have cured a man of HIV by using a stem cell transplant. Timothy Ray Brown, 42, was also being treated for acute myeloid leukaemia - a cancer of the immune system. Three and a half years later, he apparently shows no sign of either disease.