15th February 2010
South African man wins Mr Gay World 2010 31
6:50 PM — A South African man has scooped the title of Mr Gay World 2010. Charl Van den Berg, a 28-year-old restaurateur from Cape Town, was named the winner at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, yesterday.
Trans man Thomas Beatie pregnant for the third time 26
5:51 PM — Thomas Beatie is reportedly pregnant with his third child. US website Momlogic.com said that Beatie was pregnant again but did not confirm a due date.
France de-lists transgenderism as a mental illness 32
5:30 PM — France has become the first country in the world to declassify transgenderism as a mental illness. A health minister signalled the change would be made last May and this was confirmed last week by a government decree.
Sydney Mardi Gras attacked for being ‘too corporate’ 12
4:09 PM — The world's biggest gay festival, Sydney Mardi Gras, has been criticised for being too interested in corporate relationships, rather than community values and local activism.
GLAAD demands apology over John Mayer’s ‘fag’ comment 12
1:10 PM — After offending Jessica Simpson fans and being accused of being a racist, John Mayer has now been attacked by GLAAD for his recent Playboy interview.
12th February 2010
European Parliament says candidate countries must offer gays protection 17
6:33 PM — The European Parliament has said that Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey must prove they can offer "genuine protection" to gay people in order to join the European Union.
Five men arrested in Kenya over gay wedding plans 19
4:51 PM — Five men suspected of being gay have been arrested in Kenya after local people protested over a planned gay wedding.
Survey finds three quarters of Americans support out gay soldiers 3
3:07 PM — A poll has found that nearly 75 per cent of Americans support allowing gay soldiers to be open about their sexual orientation.
11th February 2010
Gay fashion designer Alexander McQueen commits suicide 20
4:19 PM — Alexander McQueen, the gay fashion designer, has reportedly committed suicide. The 40-year-old was renown for dressing stars such as Kylie and had once described himself as the "pink sheep" of his family.
Church of England avoids endorsement of anti-gay Anglicans 6
3:19 PM — The Church of England's General Synod yesterday voted to recognise the desire of dissident US conservative Anglicans to remain Anglicans. But it declined to promise to ally with or endorse the group, which opposes gay bishops and same-sex marriage.
Portia de Rossi to reveal all about her sexuality and eating disorder 2
1:08 PM — Portia de Rossi, the wife of Ellen DeGeneres, has revealed she is writing a tell-all autobiography. The Ally McBeal and Arrested Development actress said she would pen the book herself, rather than resorting to a ghostwriter.
10th February 2010
Gay US soldier Dan Choi asked to return to duty 9
6:31 PM — Dan Choi, the US Army lieutenant who was forced to leave his unit last year after revealing he was gay, has been called back for drill duty.
US science professor ‘told students homosexuality is a mental illness’ 28
3:45 PM — A health science professor at an American college allegedly used the Bible to teach his students 'facts' about homosexuality. The American Civil Liberties Union says that at least two students at Fresno City College in California have complained over Professor Bradley Lopez' methods.
Malawi minister says gays must ‘come out in the open’ 14
3:16 PM — A government minister in Malawi has said that gays must be more open - despite the fact they can be imprisoned for 14 years.
9th February 2010
Pope admits priests ‘violated’ the rights of children 18
5:53 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has admitted in a speech that certain members of the church “violated rights” of children.
Parents complain after children directed to gay fetish site 14
2:18 PM — A government spokesman has had to apologize after children searching for an educational website were directed to a gay pornography site instead.
Judge overseeing Prop 8 trial ‘outed’ by US media 9
12:19 PM — Vaughn Walker, the Chief US District Judge overseeing the Proposition 8 trial, has been outed by a leading American newspaper.
8th February 2010
New site set to support African HIV/AIDS epidemic
4:35 PM — The HIV/AIDS charity (RED) has launched a new online flower service that will help provide AIDS drugs for people living in Africa. The project, named FLOWE(RED), will sell ethically sources flowers imported from Africa and donate all profits to projects aimed at tackling HIV/AIDS in Africa. Last week saw the launch of its website www.flowered.com
Human rights group urges government to stop gay deportation 7
2:13 PM — Human rights groups have called on the British government to intervene in an asylum case which could see openly gay Alvin Gahimbaze deported to Burundi.
5th February 2010
Anne Hathaway left Catholicism after brother came out 28
5:59 PM — Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway has revealed her family became Episcopalians after her brother came out. She said: "Why should I support an organisation that has a limited view of my beloved brother?"