16th June 2010
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.
Man accused of threatening Elton John has case dismissed 3
11:06 AM — An anti-abortion campaigner arrested for making death threats to gay singer Elton John has had the case against him dismissed. Neal Horsley, of Atlanta, Georgia, became enraged after the singer said Jesus was a "super intelligent gay man".
14th June 2010
US Marines charged with beating gay man who ‘winked’ at them
5:42 PM — Two US Marines have been charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly hitting a gay man they claimed winked at them.
California’s gay marriage trial to end soon 4
4:15 PM — The judge presiding over California's trial on the legality of a gay marriage ban is expected to hear closing arguments this week. Judge Vaughn Walker has scheduled a full day of arguments on Wednesday, which will be the final step before he makes a verdict.
11th June 2010
UK will tell Gibraltar age of consent difference ‘breaches international law’ 15
5:39 PM — The UK is to tell Gibraltar its unequal age of consent for gay and straight people breaches international law. The territory currently allows lesbians and heterosexuals to have sex at 16, but the age of consent for gay men is 18. Anal sex is illegal between men and women.
US domestic violence law covers gay victims, justice dept confirms 2
4:55 PM — The US justice department has confirmed that federal laws giving protection against domestic violence also apply to gays and lesbians.
Iceland’s parliament unanimously approves gay marriage 37
4:33 PM — Politicians in Iceland have passed a law legalising gay marriage. The country, which is the only one in the world to have an out gay leader, prime minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, passed the law today.
France tells trans woman her breasts don’t measure up 11
4:07 PM — If your breasts don’t measure up – you just can’t be a “proper” woman. If you thought such archaic attitudes had long since disappeared, think again: in a recent ruling, French authorities declared that before trans woman Delphine Ravisé-Giard could be classed as a woman, she needed to provide written evidence that she had undergone breast enhancement.
Tel Aviv Pride kicks off 20
11:09 AM — Tens of thousands of people are expected to join Tel Aviv Pride today, the Middle East's only significant gay celebration. PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen reports from Israel.
10th June 2010
Major Polish museum to hold exhibition on gay love 6
5:33 PM — A museum in Poland's capital city Warsaw is to hold an exhibition on gay love. The National Museum's exhibition will focus on male nudes and gay couples depicted in ancient sculpture and contemporary painting and photography.
Madrid Pride bans Israeli gay group over Gaza ship raid 25
4:46 PM — A group of gay activists from Tel Aviv have been barred from marching in Madrid Pride next month. Pride organisers say they are barring the group's float because Tel Aviv's mayor has not apologised for a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in which nine people died.
77% of Americans know a gay friend, relative or colleague 2
3:21 PM — A poll has found increasing visibility of gay people in America, plus rising tolerance levels for homosexuality. According to CBS polling, only 42 per cent of Americans said they knew a gay person in 1992 but this has now risen to 77 per cent.
US changes passport rules for trans people 6
1:57 PM — American trans men and women will be able to get their new gender recognised on their passports without having to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
9th June 2010
Australian blood donation rules ‘discriminatory’, activist says 7
4:40 PM — A Tasmanian gay rights activist has questioned why the Australian Red Cross' policy on blood donation is harsher on gay men than it is on people with tattoos and piercings.
Malawi couple speak about love split 14
11:34 AM — The Malawi couple who were jailed and then pardoned for homosexuality offences have spoken about their split. Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were facing 14 years in jail until they were freed last month by the Malawian president.
8th June 2010
Matt Lucas to guest-star on Glee? 1
5:10 PM — Gay comedian Matt Lucas has reportedly won a role on American television series Glee. He is to play a British teacher who harbours a secret love of musicals.
Newspaper claims Malawi couple have split up over a woman 14
4:05 PM — The couple who were pardoned by Malawi's president after being jailed for homosexuality have reportedly split up because one is dating a woman.