8th December 2009
Researchers say stem cells could be engineered to fight HIV 3
5:43 PM — Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have discovered that human stem cells could be engineered to kill HIV-infected cells. They say it could be developed into a genetic medicine.
Colin Firth says Hollywood ‘constrains’ gay actors 12
4:56 PM — Colin Firth has agreed that it is difficult for gay actors to be open about their sexuality. Similar comments were made by Rupert Everett last week, who warned that stars could see their careers curtailed for coming out the closet.
Russian human rights commissioner says Moscow Pride should be held in Germany 11
2:23 PM — The Commissioner for Human Rights in Moscow, Alexander Muzykantsk, has suggested that Russian gays and lesbians should hold gay Pride marches in Germany, instead of their own country.
New Jersey gay marriage bill passes committee vote 4
12:21 PM — A bill which would allow gay marriage in New Jersey has passed a Senate Judiciary Committee vote 7-6. The vote was taken yesterday and the bill is scheduled for a full Senate vote on Thursday.
US Christian student group fights for right to ban gays 17
12:18 PM — A Christian student group based at a California law school is fighting to the right to bar gay students. UC Hastings College of Law has withdrawn recognition of the group unless it changes its discriminatory rules.
7th December 2009
Bollywood’s first gay love scene 6
5:27 PM — An upcoming Bollywood film will feature what is thought to be the industry's first gay love scene. I Am Omar, one of four short stories which make up the film I Am, focuses on male sex workers and homophobic police officers.
Actor sues over Wikipedia ‘gay’ edits 23
3:04 PM — An American actor has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop an unknown hacker calling him gay on Wikipedia. Ron Livingston, the Stand-Off actor who married his co-star Rosemarie De Witt last month, has been plagued by a user of the site who keeps changing his personal information.
London protest to be held this week over Uganda’s anti-gay bill 3
1:20 PM — A protest has been organised this week in London against Uganda's proposed law to execute and jail gays. Activists will gather outside the Ugandan High Commission in Trafalgar Square on Thursday, which is also International Human Rights Day.
‘Homophobic’ Buju Banton receives fourth Grammy nomination 14
12:12 PM — Buju Banton, the Jamaican reggae star who has been accused of inciting hatred towards gays, has been nominated for a Grammy award. The singer had a string of gigs in the US cancelled this autumn after protests from gay groups.
Spain apologises for 1970s jailing of gay man 5
10:58 AM — A Spanish gay man who was sentenced to three months in jail in the 1970s has received an official apology from the government. Antoni Ruiz, 50, was jailed in 1976 at the age of 17 after coming out to his parents.
Archbishop of Canterbury criticises lesbian bishop’s appointment 40
10:36 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has criticised the election of a lesbian assistant bishop in Los Angeles, saying it was a threat to the cohesion of the Anglican Church.
6th December 2009
Comment: Why Uganda’s homophobic legislation must be stopped 10
11:18 PM — Blogger Daniel Edward Pitt's personal take on the horrors that could be unleashed by Uganda's proposed anti-gay legislation. "This piece of despicable homophobic propaganda has caused much shock and anger in the Western world, except of course by Christian right-wing fundamentalist rednecks who support the bill unequivocally."
5th December 2009
Guardian: Uganda is unjust and infamous 36
2:05 PM — In a strongly worded leader column, The Guardian condemns Uganda's proposed law that could sentence gay people to death or leave them facing lengthy prison sentences. The newspaper says that Sweden is right to suggest that aid to the country should be cut if the law is passed.
4th December 2009
New York Senator ‘never promised to support gay marriage’ 13
6:03 PM — One of the eight Democrat Senators who voted against gay marriage in New York this week said he had never promised he would support it. Joseph Addabbo, of Queens, admitted he had received donations from gay rights activists but said he made no promises to them.
Gay man bids to become California Assembly Speaker 1
4:55 PM — John Perez, an out gay man, is vying to become the Speaker of the California Assembly. He would become the first openly assembly leader in America's history if elected.
Gay Buenos Aires couple demand fine for mayor who barred marriage 1
4:37 PM — A gay Buenos Aires couple who hoped to become the first to marry in Argentina this week have said the city mayor should be fined for not authorising their wedding.
Gay hurling star wins book award 11
4:22 PM — Donal Og Cusack, the Irish hurling star who came out in his autobiography, has won a prestigious award for the book. The 32-year-old, who plays in goal for Cork All Stars, revealed he was gay in installments of his autobiography, published last month
Archbishop of Canterbury in ‘intensive and private’ talks over Uganda’s gay law 49
1:15 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams is said to be in "private" discussions with the Ugandan Anglican Church over the country's proposed anti-homosexuality laws.
New Jersey Senate to vote on gay marriage next week
12:10 PM — The US state of New Jersey's Senate will consider the question of gay marriage next week, just days after New York's lawmakers voted to reject it.
Voting opens for Los Angeles gay assistant bishop candidates 6
11:42 AM — Voting opens today for the next Los Angeles assistant bishop and two of the six candidates are openly gay. The Rev John L Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev Mary Douglas Glasspool of Maryland are both in committed same-sex relationships.