4th February 2010
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Colin Powell says Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should be repealed 14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US secretary of state and joint chiefs of staff chairman Colin Powell has said he thinks the military gay ban should be repealed.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.
3rd February 2010
Gay animal rights group ‘denied place in Sydney Mardi Gras’ 10
6:39 PM — An animal rights group have complained they were denied a float at this year's Sydney Mardi Gras. Animal Liberation NSW said it was deemed "not queer enough" to warrant a place in the procession.
Indian director confident gay kiss will pass censors 7
6:24 PM — The director of a Bollywood film hailed as India's Brokeback Mountain has said he is confident gay kissing scenes will get past censors.
Biopic planned for anti-gay campaigner Anita Bryant 23
6:02 PM — US television network HBO is developing a biopic of Anita Bryant, the campaigner who warned gays were recruiting children.
Filmmakers will recreate California’s gay marriage trial 1
4:51 PM — A pair of Los Angeles filmmakers are recreating all 60-plus hours of California's trial on the gay marriage ban. The trial, which is the first federal trial to examine whether the state's ban is constitutional, is currently on a break until next month.
Malawi man arrested for putting up gay rights posters 5
4:00 PM — A Malawi man has been arrested for putting up gay rights posters. Peter Sawali, 21, was arrested last weekend when he was found putting the posters up on a main road in Blantyre.
2nd February 2010
Top US military commander says gay ban must be lifted 3
7:08 PM — The highest-ranking uniformed officer in the US military has said he believes the ban on gays serving openly must be lifted. Admiral Mike Mullen, who is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing earlier today that repealing the 1993 law was "the right thing to do".
Pentagon to begin year-long review to repeal military gay ban 10
6:00 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates is expected to confirm today (Tuesday) Pentagon plans to begin rolling back the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.
Elton John and David Furnish ‘to produce Broadway play’ 5
12:51 PM — Gay singer Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish are reportedly planning to put on a Broadway production of a gay-themed play.
New chick for lesbian albatrosses 8
11:23 AM — A pair of lesbian royal albatrosses in New Zealand have welcomed their first chick into the world. The couple, who live at Royal Albatross Colony on South Island, are not unique, but it is particularly unusual for lesbian albatrosses to successfully incubate an egg.
1st February 2010
Hawaii’s House shelves civil unions bill 4
12:50 PM — Hawaii's House has shelved a bill which would have allowed gay couples the right to have civil unions. Although the Senate approved the bill last week, the House voted on Friday to indefinitely postpone it.
Repealing military gay ban a priority for Obama in 2010 6
12:06 PM — US president Barack Obama will treat repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell as a priority this year, it has been reported. According to the New York Times, the White House has been holding meetings on the issue for the past year with defence secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Glee star Jane Lynch ‘didn’t want to be gay’ 6
11:20 AM — Glee actress Jane Lynch has revealed she didn't come out to her parents until her early thirties because she didn't want to be gay.
29th January 2010
Protests over Super bowl ads for anti-gay Christian group 7
7:19 PM — A gay group is protesting over the decision of US television network CBS to show an advert by Focus on the Family during the Super Bowl next Sunday.
Gay groups call on Grammys to condemn ‘homophobic’ Buju Banton 9
12:31 PM — US gay groups have called on organisers of this weekend's Grammy Awards to denounce nominee Buju Banton. The singer's most famous song appears to advocate the killing of gays and lesbians.
28th January 2010
US dating website eHarmony agrees to cater for gays and lesbians 11
6:05 PM — American dating website eHarmony has settled a three-year lawsuit by agreeing to become more "welcoming" to gays and lesbians.
Carol Ann Duffy to host ‘poetry Live Aid’ for Haiti 5
5:15 PM — Carol Ann Duffy, the first bisexual poet laureate, is to host a 'poetry Live Aid' fundraiser for victims of the Haiti earthquake. Duffy, who was given the post last year, has organised Saturday's event at Westminster's Central Hall with 21 other poets.
Irish civil partnerships bill progresses through parliament 17
4:59 PM — A bill to allow gay couples the right to civil partnerships is making progress through the Irish parliament. It was presented to parliament in December and completed its second stage in the Dail yesterday. It will now go to a committee for further scrutiny.
Mexico City prosecutors will try to overturn gay marriage law 6
4:09 PM — Federal prosecutors in Mexico City announced yesterday they would seek to overturn the city's new gay marriage law on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.