30th July 2010
Lesbian presenter Ellen DeGeneres leaves American Idol 2
2:46 PM — Ellen DeGeneres has announced she is leaving American Idol after being a judge for just one season. The lesbian presenter said the show was "not the right fit" for her, despite signing a five-year contract.
Rush Limbaugh says he and Elton John agree on gay marriage 25
11:08 AM — US radio host Rush Limbaugh said this week that he and Elton John share the same anti-gay marriage views. Limbaugh, known as a controversial shock jock, said on Wednesday that he and the singer support civil unions but not marriage for gay couples.
29th July 2010
Gay groups urge Lady Gaga to cancel Arizona gig over immigration laws 11
6:27 PM — Gay groups in the US are calling on Lady Gaga to cancel a gig in Phoenix, Arizona, in protest at new immigration laws. Gaga, who is bisexual and a gay rights supporter, is due to play a concert in the city on Saturday.
MP Angela Eagle defends Australian lesbian minister’s opposition to gay marriage 35
6:21 PM — Labour MP Angela Eagle has defended an Australian lesbian politician for publicly opposing equal marriage. Ms Eagle, who was the only out lesbian in parliament until this year, said that Australian Labor politicianPenny Wong should be commended for her previous record on gay rights.
Homophobic ‘family’ group claims repealing US military gay ban will spread HIV 14
1:31 PM — The homophobic Family Research Council has begun a campaign against efforts to repeal America's ban on out gay soldiers in the military.
American rabbis sign declaration of gay acceptance 14
1:04 PM — More than 60 US rabbis have signed a declaration calling for Jewish communities to be accepting and tolerant of lesbian and gay people.
Hawaii gay couples file lawsuit for equal rights 3
11:10 AM — Six Hawaiian couples have filed a lawsuit against the state demanding full equality. Three weeks ago, governor Linda Lingle vetoed a civil partnerships bill and apparently compared it to condoning incest.
Inception star Tom Hardy reveals affairs with men 19
10:27 AM — Tom Hardy, one of the stars of Inception, has revealed he slept with men when he was younger. The actor, who is engaged to British actress Charlotte Riley, 28, said he had finished "experimenting" but still enjoyed close friendships with men.
28th July 2010
Travel: Cologne vies for title of Germany’s gayest city 3
5:40 PM — For the past two decades it's been a case of Berlin versus Cologne for the title of Germany’s gay capital. But now, as I look down Schaafenstrasse, crammed with hunky guys and the occasional German celebrity all the way down the block, there is no doubt in whose favour the scale swings tonight.
Same-sex relationships ‘help self-esteem’ in gay and lesbian teenagers 2
4:29 PM — Same-sex relationships give gay male teenagers better self-esteem and lower internalised homophobia in teenage lesbians, a study suggests. The study, carried out by the University of Michigan, did not find similar effects in heterosexual teenagers' relationships.
Trans model stars in Givenchy adverts 6
3:33 PM — A trans woman is one of the models in an advert for designer label Givenchy. Lea T is a former male model and previously worked as the assistant of Givenchy's creative director Riccardo Tisci.
Nepal to hold first gay Pride march 3
3:28 PM — Nepal's only out gay MP has said that his country will hold its first Pride march this year. Sunil Pant told AFP that he hopes 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people will join the event, to be held on August 25th in the capital Kathmandu.
27th July 2010
Gay Australian cabinet minister Penny Wong comes out against gay marriage 38
1:34 PM — The first openly gay cabinet minister in Australia has claimed that she has suffered discrimination but refused to support gay marriage.
Elton keeps tabs on Eminem’s drug recovery 6
10:51 AM — Eminem has revealed that Elton John calls him once a week to check that he is staying off drugs. The unlikely pair became friends after performing together at the 2001 Grammy Awards.
New Jersey court refuses to hear gay marriage case 2
10:49 AM — New Jersey's Supreme Court has refused to hear a case on gay marriage, telling supporters to pursue it through the lower courts. The state currently has civil unions but gay campaigners are pushing for full marriage equality.
26th July 2010
Christian student sues college for trying to make her change anti-gay views 325
5:28 PM — A counselling student has filed a lawsuit against her college claiming that it tried to make her change her anti-gay beliefs. Jennifer Keeton, a 24-year-old graduate student of Augusta State University, is a Christian and believes homosexuality is immoral and a "lifestyle choice".
Ireland ‘has more work to do’ on gay rights, gay senator says 12
4:29 PM — Irish senator David Norris has said that both Northern Ireland and the Republic are "nearly there" on gay rights legislation.
US gay man wins $600,000 after being denied access to dying partner 8
3:51 PM — An elderly gay man from California has won a $600,000 (£388,144) settlement after claiming he was barred from seeing his dying partner in hospital.
British man wins French civil partnership tax victory 15
2:44 PM — A French court has ordered that a British man should be returned more than £30,000 he paid to tax authorities after inheriting a home from his civil partner.
Lesbian couple told by Swedish bank to ‘live apart’ 5
1:54 PM — A Swedish lesbian couple who tried to get a mortgage say they were shocked to be told by a bank clerk that they should reconsider their relationship and live apart.