6th December 2010
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.
Illinois senate approves civil unions 7
10:16 AM — The Illinois senate has given a green light to civil marriage legislation by 32-24 votes. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill into law shortly, making Illinois the fifth US state to allow civil unions.
1st December 2010
Virginia politician says airport patdowns are ‘part of the homosexual agenda’ 62
4:58 PM — A politician in the US state of Virginia has caused bemusement by claiming that airport security patdowns are "part of the homosexual agenda". Republican Eugene Delgaudio is known for his strong views against homosexuality.
Men plead guilty to New York anti-gay robbery
3:53 PM — Two New York men have pleaded guilty to an anti-gay robbery which left their victim in hospital for three weeks. Daniel Rodriguez, 21, and Daniel Aleman, 27, admit robbery as a hate crime for the attack on 49-year-old Jack Price in October last year in the Queens neighbourhood.
Mercury ‘turns birds gay’ 12
3:02 PM — Consuming high doses of the chemical mercury makes some birds appear to turn gay, scientists say. It is known that mercury reduces breeding rates in white ibises but scientists in Florida and Sri Lanka were surprised to discover that the higher the dose given to male birds, the more likely they were to try to mate with another male.
30th November 2010
Need to find a condom? There’s an app for that 2
11:00 PM — Launched ahead of World AIDS day, a new Apple iPhone application helps people find their nearest condom dispenser in two US cities. The launch of iCondom in the USA follows the launch of an app for Paris and Marseilles.
Pentagon report says ban on out gay soldiers can be lifted safely 10
8:22 PM — A Pentagon report says that the ban on out gay troops in the US military can be lifted safely without too much disruption. The report, released today, said that the ban could even be lifted now, in wartime, without harming troops or the military's ability to do its job.
Johnny Depp: Disney execs hated Jack Sparrow and thought he was gay 9
4:34 PM — Disney executives hated the character of Jack Sparrow and one questioned whether he was gay, Johnny Depp says. The actor, speaking about his Pirates of the Caribbean character, said that bosses at Disney were confused and annoyed by the creation.
Kenyan gay groups concerned after prime minister says they should be arrested 9
3:48 PM — Gay groups in Kenya are concerned after the country's president said gays and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga made the remarks at a rally on Sunday in the Nairobi slum of Kibera. He said that men and women caught in the middle of gay and lesbian sex would be detained.
Texas gay Skype marriage annulled 5
12:17 PM — A gay couple who married by Skype in Texas have had their ceremony annulled. Texas residents Mark Reed and Dante Walkup decided to circumvent Texas' law against gay marriage by having a registrar in Washington DC conduct the ceremony over the internet but were told last week that this is not legal.
29th November 2010
Lesbian-only guesthouse now allows men 37
5:07 PM — A lesbian-only guesthouse in Key West, Florida, is having to allow men in order to survive a tough ecomonic climate. Pearl's Rainbow, an award-winning 38-room guesthouse, has been running for ten years.