13th July 2010
Janelle Monae says she’s not a lesbian 7
5:31 PM — Singer Janelle Monae has said she is not gay and claims to only date androids. The rising star, whose debut album The ArchAndroid has led to comparisons with Prince, dismissed rumours about her sexuality.
Hawaii governor who vetoed civil unions compares them to incest 28
5:11 PM — Linda Lingle, the Hawaii governor who vetoed a civil unions bill last week, has compared them to condoning incest. The bill had passed both houses and would have given both straight and gay couples the right to have their partnerships recognised with all the rights of marriage.
One million gay teens’ data could be at risk after US magazine goes bankrupt 2
2:44 PM — The creditors of a US magazine for gay teenagers and its accompanying website have been warned not to sell off any of their young subscribers' personal information after going bankrupt.
12th July 2010
Research suggests ‘late-blooming lesbians’ may change sexual orientation 23
2:26 PM — A study of lesbians who have left long-term heterosexual relationships suggests that many may have switched sexual orientation in the middle of their lives.
US Presbyterian Church leaders approve non-celibate gay clergy 1
1:55 PM — Presbyterian Church leaders in the US have approved a policy change which would allow non-celibate gay church members in committed relationships to become clergy.
9th July 2010
Australia delays plans to block ‘inappropriate’ websites 25
4:57 PM — Australia will delay plans to block "inappropriate" websites, including gay porn sites, the government's communications minister has said. Stephen Conroy said the public needed to have more confidence about which websites would be on the blacklist.
Lesbian star Jane Lynch feared coming out 4
4:28 PM — Glee actress Jane Lynch says she used to worry about becoming famous and coming out. The star, who recently married her longterm girlfriend Lara Embry, joined this year's Outfest in Los Angeles.
Ireland’s upper house passes civil partnerships bill 15
3:55 PM — A civil partnerships bill has now passed both houses of the Irish parliament and will go to the president to be signed into law. The bill, which grants almost all of the rights of marriage, passed in the Dail last week and was approved in the Seanad last night after two days of debate.
Massachusetts judge rules Defence of Marriage Act is unconstitutional 9
10:42 AM — A judge in Boston, Massachusetts, has ruled that America's federal ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional as it interferes with the individual rights of states. The ruling means the estimated 16,000 married gay couples in Massachusetts have the right to the same federal benefits enjoyed by married straight couples.
8th July 2010
Legal charity warns US gay soldiers not to answer Pentagon survey 3
5:32 PM — Gay soldiers soldiers have been warned by one legal group not to answer a Pentagon survey on lifting the military's ban on out troops.
Scientists discover mice can be turned lesbian 33
4:53 PM — Female mice can be turned lesbian by deleting a single gene, South Korean researchers have found. They discovered that turning off the gene exposes the mice to extra oestrogen.
Sark will equalise age of consent for gay men 15
3:50 PM — Sark, in the Channel Isles, is to equalise the age of consent for gay men. The island is following advice that the current age, 21, breaks international human rights laws.
Cameroon denies gay asylum seeker was persecuted 8
2:38 PM — Cameroon's communications minister has denied that a gay asylum seeker to the UK faced persecution in his home country. The man, known only as HT, won a case in the Supreme Court yesterday which ruled he had the right to asylum in the UK.
US Catholic priest ‘spent $1.3m on male escorts and hotels’
1:59 PM — A Catholic priest from Connecticut has been accused of embezzling almost $1.3 million (£857,000) from his church and spending it on a lavish lifestyle and male escorts.
Chinese gay man has blood donation lawsuit rejected 3
12:52 PM — A Chinese gay man who tried to sue after being barred from donating blood has had his lawsuit rejected by a court. Wang Zizheng hoped to sue the Beijing Red Cross centre for discrimination as China bars gay men and lesbians from donating blood.
Caster Semenya to return to sport after gender controversy 5
11:39 AM — The African runner Caster Semenya has been given the all-clear by the IAAF over her gender tests and will compete this month, her agent says.
7th July 2010
David Hyde Pierce speaks of Prop 8 pain 5
2:03 PM — Former Frasier actor David Hyde Pierce has spoken of his anger at Proposition 8, the initiative which banned gay marriage in California.
Hawaii governor rejects gay civil unions bill 17
11:26 AM — Hawaii's governor Linda Lingle has rejected a bill which would have allowed civil unions for gay couples in the state. The bill would have given both straight and gay couples the right to have their partnerships recognised with all the rights of marriage.
5th July 2010
Homophobic Polish politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski loses presidential election 11
5:06 PM — Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the homophobic right-wing Polish politician, has lost a presidential election. The election was called after the death of his twin, the late president Lech Kaczynski, in a plane crash in April.
Gay-friendly Christian church to carry out gay weddings in Spain 10
3:31 PM — The US-based Metropolitan Community Church hopes to open a congregation in Madrid, Spain, this year to perform same-sex weddings. As the Roman Catholic Church in Spain fiercely opposes equal marriage rights, the MCC will be the first church in the country to hold gay weddings.