8th December 2010
Lithuania to vote on fining people who ‘promote’ homosexuality 24
1:50 PM — The Lithuanian parliament will vote next week on legislation to impose heavy fines on those who "promote" homosexuality. Amnesty International said the law, if passed, would essentially ban Pride marches, gay rights campaigning and LGBT health services.
Speech: Jesse Jackson says gays are ‘America’s newest second-class citizens’ 8
11:48 AM — The Rev Jesse Jackson's speech to gay rights supporters outside the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals courthouse in San Francisco.
7th December 2010
US defence secretary says gay military ban unlikely to be lifted this year 4
5:43 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates says he doubts that the ban on out gay troops will be lifted before the end of the year. He said he thought it was unlikely that the Senate would vote on the matter this month.
Gay and lesbian couples first to marry mid-air 9
5:02 PM — A gay couple from Germany and a lesbian couple from Poland married on an airplane yesterday between Stockholm and New York.
Homotopia and The Pansy Project go to Istanbul
4:32 PM — A gay arts festival and a project to remember victims of anti-gay hate crime visited Istanbul last week. The Turkish city is the 2010 European Capital of Culture and Liverpool-based arts festival Homotopia and The Pansy Project planted hundreds of pansies at the British Consulate.
US appeals court ‘could rule to lift California gay marriage ban’ 9
3:35 PM — The US federal appeals court considering the ban on gay marriage in California could issue a narrow ruling on lifting the ban, reports say.
GLAAD celebrates 25 years of gay rights campaigning 1
1:10 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has celebrated 25 years of campaigning. The group was formed in 1987 in New York to protest the New York Post's reporting of HIV and AIDS.
Atlanta pays $1 million to gay bar raided by police 7
11:20 AM — The US city of Atlanta has agreed to pay $1 million to a gay bar raided by police last year. The Atlanta Eagle was raided in September 2009 and patrons said officers subjected them to excessive force and homophobic abuse.
6th December 2010
Gay football group to boycott 2022 Qatar World Cup 10
5:42 PM — The Gay Football Supporters' Network says it will boycott all activities related to the 2022 World Cup because host country Qatar is homophobic.
Jamaican gay rights activist found stabbed to death 4
4:35 PM — A member of a gay rights organisation has been found stabbed to death in the Jamaican capital of Kingston. The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) said that the 26-year-old's body was found behind an insurance company building on Friday.
Appeals court hears California gay marriage case 2
3:57 PM — A federal appeals court was due to begin hearing a case on California's gay marriage ban today. The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear arguments around a federal judge's ruling that the ban on gay marriage in the state is unconstitutional.
Czech Republic uses ‘gay tests’ on asylum seekers 19
3:13 PM — The Czech Republic has been condemned for using "phallometric testing" to check whether asylum seekers who claim to be gay are lying. The tests check the physical reaction to straight porn.
Gay and lesbian teens ‘more likely to be expelled or jailed’ 15
1:03 PM — An American study of gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers finds that they are 40 per cent more likely to be punished at school or by the police and courts than their straight peers. The Yale University study found that lesbian and bisexual girls were particularly at risk.
Actress Amber Heard announces she’s a lesbian 12
10:56 AM — American actress Amber Heard has officially come out at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The star attended the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) 25th anniversary event on Saturday night with her girlfriend Tasya van Ree.
3rd December 2010
Irish gay Traveller group honoured by president 5
4:57 PM — An Irish support group for gay Travellers has been honoured for its work. President Mary McAleese presented the Traveller Pride Awards in Dublin yesterday and paid tribute to the work of the Gay Traveller Support Group.
Gay groups’ anger at ‘homophobic’ World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar 24
2:47 PM — Gay groups have said they are "deeply concerned" by FIFA's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and can be punished with lashes and jail, while the Russian capital of Moscow has banned gay Pride marches for years.
Gay Missouri trooper’s partner sues for survivor benefits 6
10:59 AM — The longterm gay partner of a Missouri trooper is suing to access survivor benefits. Dennis Engelhard, 49, was a state trooper killed in the line of duty while responding to an accident on Christmas Day of last year but his partner is not entitled to part of his salary because he is gay.
2nd December 2010
Christian group campaigns to have anti-gay app reinstated 57
5:03 PM — A anti-gay Christian group is campaigning to have an iPhone app against gay marriage reinstated. Apple removed the Manhattan Declaration app from its iTunes store last week after media attention but the Christian group is calling for supporters to sign a petition to have it returned to the site.
John McCain criticises ‘flawed’ study on out gay soldiers 22
4:23 PM — Republican senator John McCain has criticised the Pentagon study on repealing the ban on out gay troops. Mr McCain, who is against repeal, said that the study was flawed because it looked at how the law could be repealed, instead of whether doing so would benefit the military.
Kenyan prime minister denies saying gays should be arrested 3
1:37 PM — The prime minister of Kenya claims he never said that gays and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga was recorded discussing homosexuality at a rally last Sunday but says he was misquoted.