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The year in GAY news

2010 was a pretty crazy year for gay news. We had our ups and downs. The battle for real human rights around the world is still being waged by LGBT people everywhere.

Here are my choices for the top gay news stories from the past year:

In January, Australia's government voted to uphold the ban on gay adoption. "There is insufficient community support to justify new legislation on the topic," they said.

Groups representing same-sex couples denounced the decision and stated that an opportunity to redress discrimination had been missed. Kellie McDonald, Co-Convenor of NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, said the decision was "extremely disappointing."

"If the NSW Government's primary concern was the interests of the children, it would rectify the discrimination of the NSW Adoption Act," she said. "I'm not sure what more can be done."

GLEE'S Jane Lynch, who plays the popular cheer coach, Sue Sylvester, had this to say in an interview with the UK's Guardian Newspaper:

"Shouldn't there be safeguards against the majority voting on the rights of a minority? If people voted on civil rights in the sixties, it would have never happened. It took somebody like [President] Lyndon Johnson going, 'F--k all of you! I'm going to do this.' Obama won't do it. He's a huge disappointment to me."

Lynch (pictured above) also talked about growing up:

"I didn't know what gay was in high school. We used the word queer when someone was weird. When I finally heard what it really meant, my heart sank, and I thought, 'Oh God, that's me.'"

And about gay actors being out in Hollywood:

"I think if I were an ingénue – if I were Kate Winslet – it probably would hurt my career, but because I'm Jane Lynch and I'm a character actor, the world isn't projecting their romantic fantasies on me."

The Prop 8 trial began in the US and the Mormon church and its meddling ways were pulled into the fold...

   

A gay couple was arrested in Malawi and ridiculed in court. Mr Chimbalanga and his partner Steve Monjeza, 26, had been charged with unnatural practices between men and gross public indecency because they were married in a gay civil ceremony.

The two men underwent what rights groups have described as inhumane medical tests to prove whether the two had had intercourse and whether they are mentally stable.

Homosexuality is a criminal offence in the conservative southern African nation and carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.

The USA, Canada and the UK finally spoke out against Uganda's Anti Gay bill. Uganda responded with this from the chairman of their national task force against sodomy, pastor Martin Sempa:

"Most Ugandans do not support homosexuality. We are to launch a campaign against consumption of US, UK, and Canada products in Uganda if those countries continue to threaten our country because of the anti-gay bill. We will make people stop buying Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola and other products from USA."

Ugandan observers, however, claim that while the government might not tolerate Sempa’s declarations because of the high economic stakes, Sempa’s threats, if realized, could prove risky for Ugandans as they could put a high number of people out of work.

February's first big story was of course Vancouver's own Pride House. A club house of sorts for LGBT athletes, coaches, trainers and fans. Well not officially an Olympic venue, the IOC backed the opening of Pride House in both Vancouver's west end and the Whistler village.

Plans are to now have a Pride House at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, and an organization in Russia is trying to organize the same for Sochi, 2014.

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