11th February 2010
Gay fashion designer Alexander McQueen commits suicide 20
4:19 PM — Alexander McQueen, the gay fashion designer, has reportedly committed suicide. The 40-year-old was renown for dressing stars such as Kylie and had once described himself as the "pink sheep" of his family.
Church of England avoids endorsement of anti-gay Anglicans 6
3:19 PM — The Church of England's General Synod yesterday voted to recognise the desire of dissident US conservative Anglicans to remain Anglicans. But it declined to promise to ally with or endorse the group, which opposes gay bishops and same-sex marriage.
Portia de Rossi to reveal all about her sexuality and eating disorder 2
1:08 PM — Portia de Rossi, the wife of Ellen DeGeneres, has revealed she is writing a tell-all autobiography. The Ally McBeal and Arrested Development actress said she would pen the book herself, rather than resorting to a ghostwriter.
10th February 2010
Gay US soldier Dan Choi asked to return to duty 9
6:31 PM — Dan Choi, the US Army lieutenant who was forced to leave his unit last year after revealing he was gay, has been called back for drill duty.
US science professor ‘told students homosexuality is a mental illness’ 28
3:45 PM — A health science professor at an American college allegedly used the Bible to teach his students 'facts' about homosexuality. The American Civil Liberties Union says that at least two students at Fresno City College in California have complained over Professor Bradley Lopez' methods.
Malawi minister says gays must ‘come out in the open’ 14
3:16 PM — A government minister in Malawi has said that gays must be more open - despite the fact they can be imprisoned for 14 years.
9th February 2010
Pope admits priests ‘violated’ the rights of children 18
5:53 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has admitted in a speech that certain members of the church “violated rights” of children.
Parents complain after children directed to gay fetish site 14
2:18 PM — A government spokesman has had to apologize after children searching for an educational website were directed to a gay pornography site instead.
Judge overseeing Prop 8 trial ‘outed’ by US media 9
12:19 PM — Vaughn Walker, the Chief US District Judge overseeing the Proposition 8 trial, has been outed by a leading American newspaper.
8th February 2010
New site set to support African HIV/AIDS epidemic
4:35 PM — The HIV/AIDS charity (RED) has launched a new online flower service that will help provide AIDS drugs for people living in Africa. The project, named FLOWE(RED), will sell ethically sources flowers imported from Africa and donate all profits to projects aimed at tackling HIV/AIDS in Africa. Last week saw the launch of its website www.flowered.com
Human rights group urges government to stop gay deportation 7
2:13 PM — Human rights groups have called on the British government to intervene in an asylum case which could see openly gay Alvin Gahimbaze deported to Burundi.
5th February 2010
Anne Hathaway left Catholicism after brother came out 28
5:59 PM — Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway has revealed her family became Episcopalians after her brother came out. She said: "Why should I support an organisation that has a limited view of my beloved brother?"
No gay marriage for Albania 11
4:52 PM — A gay rights law passed in Albania yesterday will outlaw homophobic discrimination but will not allow same-sex marriage, despite support for it from the prime minister.
First investment advisory management unit for gay businesses
4:36 PM — Galileo Capital Management has announced the launch of LGBT Capital, the first corporate advisory and investment management unit exclusively for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans market.
Lesbian heiress died from diabetes complications 3
4:13 PM — Casey Johnson, the Johnson & Johnson heiress and financee of Tila Tequila, died from diabetes complications, a coroner said yesterday.
Brazilian general says gay soldiers can’t command troops 10
3:56 PM — A Brazilian general told a hearing this week that gay soldiers should not be allowed to command troops because they would be disobeyed by other officers.
Ugandan minister says anti-gay bill is likely to be changed 19
11:59 AM — Uganda's deputy foreign minister Henry Okello Oryem has said his country's anti-homosexuality bill is likely to be changed before it passes into law.
4th February 2010
Obama denounces Ugandan anti-gay law at prayer breakfast 21
5:11 PM — US President Barack Obama described a proposed Ugandan law against homosexuality as "odious" at the National Prayer Breakfast today.
Benefits victory for British gay couples in France 17
1:25 PM — British civil partners living in France are now entitled to the same tax and inheritance benefits as their French counterparts. A legal anomaly previously meant they were treated like any other unmarried couple.
Colin Powell says Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should be repealed 14
12:59 PM — Former US secretary of state and joint chiefs of staff chairman Colin Powell has said he thinks the military gay ban should be repealed. Powell was previously in favour of the 1993 ban and helped pass the legislation.