9th June 2010
Australian blood donation rules ‘discriminatory’, activist says 7
4:40 PM — A Tasmanian gay rights activist has questioned why the Australian Red Cross' policy on blood donation is harsher on gay men than it is on people with tattoos and piercings.
Malawi couple speak about love split 14
11:34 AM — The Malawi couple who were jailed and then pardoned for homosexuality offences have spoken about their split. Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were facing 14 years in jail until they were freed last month by the Malawian president.
8th June 2010
Matt Lucas to guest-star on Glee? 1
5:10 PM — Gay comedian Matt Lucas has reportedly won a role on American television series Glee. He is to play a British teacher who harbours a secret love of musicals.
Newspaper claims Malawi couple have split up over a woman 14
4:05 PM — The couple who were pardoned by Malawi's president after being jailed for homosexuality have reportedly split up because one is dating a woman.
Gay men thinner than heterosexuals but lesbians heavier, study says 22
3:30 PM — A study by university researchers supports the stereotype that gay men are thinner than straight people and lesbians are heavier.
Archbishop of Canterbury punishes Episcopalians for lesbian bishop 19
2:28 PM — The Anglican Communion has taken action against the US Episcopalian church for breaking a moratorium on new gay bishops. Following the church's ordination of lesbian Mary Glasspool as assistant Los Angeles bishop, the Anglican Communion announced yesterday it has suspended US Episcopalians from serving on ecumenical bodies.
Quinton Jackson says people should ‘lighten up’ over gay slurs 22
1:28 PM — A-Team actor Quinton Jackson has said people should "lighten up" over his remarks on homosexuality. The star told the Los Angeles Times last week that acting was "kind of gay" and "makes you soft".
Children of lesbian couples ‘have fewer behaviour problems’ 15
10:59 AM — A 17-year study into families headed by lesbian parents has found that their children have fewer behavioural problems, get better results and are more psychologically sound than children brought up by straight parents.
7th June 2010
Millions of gays and lesbians join Sao Paulo Pride 3
5:12 PM — An estimated three million people joined Sao Paolo Pride yesterday in the world's biggest celebration of gay culture. Marchers through South America's biggest city came together to dance in the street, condemn homophobia and demand equal rights.
Anna Paquin says bisexuality revelation was ‘no secret’ 8
4:41 PM — Anna Paquin, the Hollywood actress, has said she was bemused at the fuss around her coming out as bisexual. The X Men and True Blood star filmed an advertisement in April for gay charity The True Colors Fund. In it, she says: "I'm bisexual and I give a damn."
Lesbians are first gay couple to marry in Portugal 10
3:33 PM — Two women were the first gay couple to wed in Portugal today after the country legalised same-sex marriage. Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao, both divorced mothers in their 30s, married in a 15-minute ceremony in capital city Lisbon.
Ex-gay preacher Ted Haggard founds new church 23
11:12 AM — Ted Haggard, the American evangelical preacher who resigned over allegations he had used male prostitutes, has set up a new church. He urged gays and lesbians to join his services.
4th June 2010
US Episcopal leader stands firm in support for gay bishops 8
4:39 PM — Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the head Episcopal bishop in America, has said she will not bow down to conservative Anglicans who object to gay bishops.
Glee’s new Christian character ‘won’t approve of homosexuality’ 31
2:15 PM — High school comedy Glee will gain a Christian character next season who disapproves of homosexuality. Glee writer Ryan Murphy said he wrote in the female character to rebalance "jabs" made at America's right-wing.
Moscow Pride ‘a success’, gay activists say 6
11:12 AM — A ten-minute flashmob in Moscow last weekend has been hailed as the first successful Pride parade in the city. It was the first to proceed without violence or arrests.
3rd June 2010
Cristiano Ronaldo supports impending introduction of gay marriage in native Portugal 11
11:43 PM — Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has signalled his support for the impending introduction of gay marriage in his native Portgual. Ronaldo, brought up on the Portuguese island of Maderia said: "“As I am Portuguese, I try to keep myself informed about what is happening in my country.
Golden Girl Rue McClanahan dies 15
5:24 PM — Golden Girls actress Rue McClanahan has died at the age of 76, her manager confirmed this afternoon. The star, who played Blanche Devereaux in the 1980s sitcom, had a massive stroke at 1am on Thursday morning.
Pardoned Malawi gay couple thank ‘caring and tolerant’ president 22
5:04 PM — The gay couple pardoned for homosexuality offences by Malawi's president last week have thanked him for releasing them.
Lifting US gay blood donation ban could add 219,000 pints a year 7
3:53 PM — Lifting America's ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood could provide an extra 219,000 pints a year, a report says. It also estimates that organ donations could increase by 2.9 per cent annually, meaning around 900 additional transplants could take place each year.
Lt Dan Choi ends hunger strike over gay soldiers 5
2:53 PM — Lt Dan Choi has ended the hunger strike he began seven days ago to protest over the US ban on out gay soldiers. He said it had been a "success" because it highlighted the use of extreme protests.