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John Barrowman plants guy-on-guy kiss and cries "equality in Scotland"


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Millions around the world watching the opening ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, saw John pick up a boy dancer in a kilt and give him a big gay kiss! 24 Jul 14

Was John Barrowman's kiss politically motivated? Homosexual activity remains a criminal offence in 40 of the 53 countries within the Commonwealth 24 Jul 14



Delegates at International Aids Conference vow to honour MH17 victims

MH17 AIDS delegates

As more than 12,000 delegates from across the world gathered in Melbourne yesterday, the thoughts of all were on the six friends and colleagues whose deaths on Flight MH17 in Ukraine last week have left a gaping hole in the close-knit HIV/Aids community 24 Jul 14

100 AIDS researchers on MH17? Why and how the media got it wrong 24 Jul 14


'Aids-free generation' is within our reach, Bill Clinton tells summit

Bill Clinton in Melbourne

Mr Clinton warned over a growing split between the nations of the world over their response to HIV - with new, repressive anti-gay laws in Russia, Nigeria, Uganda and India raising fears that progress may be crippled by discrimination against high-risk groups 24 Jul 14



Civil partners denied marriage ceremonies
News that the conversion of civil partnerships to marriage will entail an appointment at a register office and not a marriage ceremony has outraged and disappointed Quaker couples 24 Jul 14



Tulisa's PA apologises for Simon Cowell gay claims

Tulisa's PA and general dogsbody Gareth Varey

Tulisa's PA and general dogsbody Gareth Varey claimed Simon Cowell was gay in a video recording that was played to the judge and jury during a collapsed court case - but this evening he took back his assertions and apologised to the X Factor mogul 24 Jul 14


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Mike Freer MP appointed PPS to Nick Boles MP

Mike Freer MP

He will support the Minister of State in covering apprenticeships at Education, and skills and enterprise at Business. Nick Boles will also oversee the implementation of equal marriage legislation 23 Jul 14


How many gay people do you know? And does that tell us how you vote?
YouGov asked people to estimate how many gay acquaintances they have. The headline result from the poll is that the typical British person knows 5.5 gay men and 3.1 gay women 23 Jul 14

Gay man was given electric shock 'cure' by 1970s NHS
69-year-old 'John' told BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire: "I'm going to pass from this life without ever having a full relationship with a human being." 23 Jul 14

Ex-MEP Nikki Sinclaire charged with expenses fraud and money laundering

Nikki Sinclair It is alleged that whilst serving as an MEP, transgendered Ms Sinclaire used funds paid into her bank account by the European Parliament in respect of false travelling expenses claims 23 Jul 14



New broadband users shun UK porn filters, Ofcom finds
New subscribers are offered the filter at the point of sign-up, and must actively choose to disable the parental control service. However, the Ofcom report found users had overwhelmingly opted-out of the filter

Gay porn star Bruno Knight arrested for trying to smuggle Crystal Meth into UK inside buttocks

Bruno Knight

Knight had attempted to board a Virgin Atlantic flight at Los Angeles Airport when he was stopped by custom officers ... who noticed something was amiss with Knight after he was said to be "moving erratically" and "sweating profusely" 23 Jul 14



Saudi man gets 3 years in prison, 450 lashes for meeting men via Twitter
Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (religious police) entrapped the man after using the social media site to invite him to meet for a date 23 Jul 14



GLAAD maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people in films

Glaad studio responsibility index

GLAAD's Studio Responsibility Index found that of the 102 releases from the major studios in 2013, 17 of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The majority of these characters were minor roles or cameos, and GLAAD found that many of these were outright defamatory representations 23 Jul 14


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No to gay pardons

Lord John Sharkey proposes gay pardons UK Ministers last night rejected a call for convictions for homosexual acts to be posthumously disregarded. LibDem Lord Sharkey led the move after a posthumous pardon was given last year to war-time codebreaker Alan Turing 22 Jul 14


Trojan Horse school chief wants gays sent into exile

Shahid Akmal wants gays sent into exile Shahid Akmal was the chairman of governors at Nansen Primary School in Birmingham, where music was banned. He defended jailing or exiling gays and adulterers under Sharia Law as a "moral position to hold" 22 Jul 14


Human rights activists call for action on Commonwealth LGBTI rights record


Over 150 human rights activists including speakers from around the world came together in Glasgow on Friday to call for the Commonwealth to respect the human rights of LGBTI people 22 Jul 14


KaleidoScot provides a voice for a growing community


New online publication aims to provide news about all the important community issues in Scotland alongside arts, culture and sports coverage 22 Jul 14




Straight business students are crashing gay job fairs

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Only one of the 15 students from Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business who attended a conference in New Orleans last year was openly gay, says Reaching Out MBA 22 Jul 14



Obama names record number of gay Federal Judges

Obama names record number of gay Federal Judges

The president's record on the issue - he's seen 10 gay or lesbian lifetime-appointed judges confirmed - reflects both his declared mission to diversify the courts and the widespread cultural shift in acceptance of gays and lesbians in public life 22 Jul 14



Indian Government has no plans to amend Section 377

Indian Government no plans to amend Section 377 The Modi govenment said it has no plans to amend or repeal Section 377, criminalising sex among homosexuals, till the issue is settled by India's Supreme Court - which in December threw the ball back into Parliament's court to amend the law 22 Jul 14


Working toward a Caribbean that's no longer anti-gay

Caribbean map Fundamentalist religious groups across the region have mounted large demonstrations condemning homosexuality, and appear to have successfully lobbied local governments to keep these British colonially imposed anti-gay laws 22 Jul 14

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Evan Davis to replace Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight

Evan davis

The gay journalist has been economics editor at the BBC, presenter of Radio 4's Today programme, as well as fronting venture capitalist show Dragons' Den on BBC2 21 Jul 14

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Gay engineers hide sexuality to safeguard career

Institution of Engineering and Technology

A study by the Institution of Engineering and Technology found that 42% of respondents said they were not open about their sexuality at work, compared with just over 45% who said they were 21 Jul 14


Prime Minister congratulates 'The Oldest Gay in the Village'

George Montague the oldest gay in the village

David Cameron has written a letter of congratulations to George Montague, affectionately known as The Oldest Gay in the Village now in the last two weeks of his term as a Brighton Pride Ambassador 21 Jul 14



AIDS experts blast countries with anti-gay laws
Campaigners at the World AIDS Conference are taking aim at countries with anti-gay laws, accusing them of creating conditions that allow the spread of HIV 21 Jul 14

Early HIV drugs 'may not stop virus'
HIV can rapidly form invulnerable strongholds in the body, dashing hopes that early treatment might cure the virus, according to new research 21 Jul 14



The Imitation Game - watch official UK teaser trailer

The Imitation Game trailer

A nail-biting race against time following Alan Turing (gay pioneer of modern-day computing and credited with cracking the German Enigma code) and his brilliant team at Britain's top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II 21 Jul 14



The gay community should stop attacking anyone who dares suggest sexuality is a choice
'The "born this way" argument cannot dodge the question of morality; science can never replace the need for thorough and tight moral argument. Either same-sex relationships are of equal moral value to heterosexual relationships or they are not,' argues Adam Jowett 21 Jul 14



Tom Daley in Russia emergency landing

Tom Daley

Olympic diver Tom Daley was involved in a terrifying mid-air emergency as his plane was force to land in Russia after dumping fuel in flight 21 Jul 14


Amaechi hopes Glasgow 2014 can improve gay rights across Commonwealth


The first former NBA player to come out publicly warned nothing would be changed by isolating countries with such draconian legislation 21 Jul 14



Liverpool's fairytale begins...


Liverpool Pride 2014 is just two weeks away! Don't forget to book your tickets in advance for £8 at: 21 Jul 14



How Hobby Lobby split the left and set back gay rights
"The religious exemption debate has now been polarized to the point where people are saying, 'All or nothing,'" said think tank Third Way 21 Jul 14

In U.S. gay marriage cases, children emerge in the limelight
Lawyers are recruiting same-sex couples who have children, putting interviews with kids as young as seven in court filings, and organizing media events featuring teenagers 21 Jul 14



China's 'pink market' value estimated at US$470b annually
A new LGBT survey estimated China's "pink market" value to be around US$470 billion per year. It is the first survey to explore the purchasing power, preferences and motivations of China's LGBT community | 21 Jul 14



Three gay-themed one-man plays at Edinburgh Fringe

Desire and Pursuit

Desire and Pursuit
presents three powerful one-man plays about
male beauty, religious faith and gay obsession
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
- 18-23 Aug 21 Jul 14


Channel 4 seeking real life sex stories for new series TOFU

Russell T Davies new shows for Channel 4 Russell T Davies' TOFU will explore, debate and celebrate sex and sexual taboos through a variety of scripted sketches and intimate interviews. RED production company is looking for contributors 18 and over, of any gender or sexual orientation, who are comfortable with, and confident in, talking about sex 21 Jul 14


Dates announced for BFI Flare 2015

BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival

The 29th London LGBT Film Festival will take place 19-29 March 2015, at BFI Southbank. We'll be announcing the programme in mid-February and submissions for both shorts and features will open in early September 21 Jul 14


Iris Prize Best British Short 2014 sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group

Best British Short film finalists for Iris Prize English football fans in the 90's; passion and desire between two women in a sleepy English coastal village; and a new member of staff in a Scottish call centre for the deaf who gets embroiled in a lovers tiff; are just some of the stories tackled by the 10 finalists for a new LGBT short film award 21 Jul 14


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New Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb's close shave with 'gay cure' group

Stephen Crabb close shave with gay cure group

It seems that he has airbrushed from his biography ... his connection to a fundamentalist Christian group that opposes gay equality and promotes the idea that homosexuality can be "cured" 20 Jul 14



Obama praises AIDS researchers killed in MH17
"in this world today, we shouldn't forget that in the midst of conflict and killing, there are people like these - people who are focused on what can be built rather than what can be destroyed. People who are focused on how they can help people that they've never met. People who define themselves not by what makes them different from other people but by the humanity that we hold in common ... and it's time for us to heed their example." 20 Jul 14



7,000 join the biggest ever Northern Pride

Northern Pride braves the rain

The three-day event, celebrating the region's LGBT community, began with gigs at Newcastle's Times Square and the Town Moor last night 20 Jul 14



UK Court rules that Glee must change its name

Glee must change its name in the UK

The High Court officially ruled that Glee can no longer keep the name Glee in this part of the world, thanks to a long-running dispute with a similarly-named comedy club
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Obama finally ready to sign Executive Order targeting LGBT job discrimination

Barak Obama

President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Monday banning workplace discrimination against LGBT workers of federal contractors and the federal government 19 Jul 14



Silicon Valley's embrace of the gay and lesbian community

Apple San Francisco's 44th annual Pride parade in June could have been easily be mistaken for a technology conference, with Netflix, Facebook, Google, Apple joining the one-mile parade 19 Jul 14



Indian athlete banned from Commonwealth Games

Dutee Chand

Medical tests conducted by the Sports Authority of India revealed that Dutee Chand was not eligible to compete in the female category due to high testosterone levels in her body 19 Jul 14



Singapore gives 'pro-gay' children's books a reprieve from pulping

Tango makes three

Singapore has decided not to proceed after a flood of complaints about censorship. An Institute of Policy Studies study found 78.2% of Singaporeans felt sex between two adults of the same sex was wrong, and 72.9% were against gay marriage 19 Jul 14

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Rufus Hound joins new C4 drama Cucumber

Rufus hound

Russell T Davies' Cucumber tells the story of 46 year old Henry (Vincent Franklin) and his boyfriend Lance (Cyril Nri) whose comfortable and settled existence is shattered after the most disastrous date night in history 19 Jul 14


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MH17 crash: 100 Aids researchers heading to Melbourne believed among dead


Scientists were on route to the 20th International Aids Conference, due to start on Sunday 18 Jul 14

20th International Aids Conference


Impact is immeasurable, say THT
Dr Rosemary
Gillespie, Chief Executive at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of all those aboard MH17, many of them our colleagues from the international HIV field. The impact of the hard work and commitment of clinicians, activists and academics who devote their careers to the fight against the epidemic is immeasurable. For the HIV community to lose so many of our leading lights is a cruel blow, and one we will feel for some time." 18 Jul 14


MH17 crash: WHO confirms Glenn Thomas killed

Glenn Thomas

Glenn Thomas, who was originally from Blackpool, was a media officer for the World Health Organisation in Geneva. The 49-year-old, who had been living in Scotland, is one of nine Britons who are thought to have died the crash 18 Jul 14

It was Glenn's partner, Brazilian banker Claudio-Manoel Villaca-Vanetta, who lives in Geneva, who was first alerted by WHO that the former BBC journalist was booked on the doomed flight 20 Jul 14



Lapdancing club gets go-ahead in middle of Liverpool's gay quarter


Liverpool Council leaders approved plans for a lap dancing club despite opposition from business owners and councillors. The venue, Paradise, plans to open up on Stanley Street, which was recently designated as the city's official gay quarter. 18 Jul 14



Manchester Police kit out patrol car with rainbow colours

manchester police reveal rainbow car

Greater Manchester Police have decked out a Hyundai patrol car in rainbow-themed livery in a bid to reach out to the region's gay and lesbian community
manchestereveningnews 18 Jul 14


New APP celebrates the return of Newcastle Pride

Newcastle Northern Pride app

The new app includes details of how North East businesses are supporting it with a range of special offers worth up to £1000
- 18-20 Jul 18 Jul 14


Brighton Pride official parties guide

Brighton Pride parties

There are a number of unmissable Official Pride parties scheduled across the city that are a must for Pride lovers and party goers alike
18 Jul - 3 Aug 18 Jul 14


Glasgow Pride festival guide

Glasgow Pride guide

A fabulous range of events including: Kaleidoscope Art Exhibition, Human Rights Conference, Drumming Workshops, and more
- 19 Jul - 3 Aug 18 Jul 14


Calls for a gay pride festival in Skegness

Skegness Pride

According to those pushing for a bold new event for the town, Skegness has a huge hidden gay population - and should be able to celebrate that 18 Jul 14



Joe Biden: Straight people 'Given their voice by the gay community'

Joe Biden US Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that the gay community freed "decent straight people" from being intimidated to speak out against homophobia 18 Jul 14


Gay secret behind Ian Thorpe retiring: Grant Hackett

Ian Thorpe Grant Hackett reckons former swimming teammate Ian Thorpe retired early because of the emotional burden of keeping secret the fact he was gay 18 Jul 14



Gay icon and Broadway legend Elaine Stritch dies aged 89

Elaine Stritch dies

An interview with one of the most iconic Broadway leading ladies alive and looking back at her astonishingly rich and varied resume onstage and onscreen 18 Jul 14


Simon Cowell is gay, according to footage shown at Tulisa trial

Simon Cowell 'is gay'

Footage shot by an undercover reporter showed former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos's personal assistant Gareth Varey saying he "knows people" who have slept with the TV music judge, Southwark Crown Court heard 18 Jul 14



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Megan Harris and Casey Stoney ready to be role models to gay parents
Megan Harris and Casey Stoney ready to be role models to gay parents

Pregnant former Lincoln Ladies player Megan Harris has revealed she and England footballer Casey Stoney are ready to be role models to gay parents 17 Jul 14


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Rev Sally Hitchiner is accidentally outed on live Channel 5 show

Matt Barbet, the 5 News presenter, announced that Sally Hitchiner, who has worked alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, was a gay vicar while live on air 16 Jul 14


Nick Boles takes on Equal Marriage
Nick Boles takes on equal marriage
Gay MP Nick Boles becomes Minister of State for the Business and Education in cabinet reshuffle. Part of his brief will be equal marriage implementation 15 Jul 14


Lady Stowell promoted

Tina Stowell, Baroness Stowell of Beeston, could emerge as Leader of Lords after diplomatically steering the Gay Marriage bills through the House 15 Jul 14


Jamie Lambert
Britain's Got Talent
: 'Don't ask; don't tell'

Jamie Lambert, who is one fifth of Britain's Got Talent winners Collabro, revealed that his family knew about his sexuality years ago, but seeing as nobody has ever asked him about it during his time on BGT, he never opened up about it 15 Jul 14


Madam Vastra returns to Dr Who
Madam Vastra returns to Dr Who

Dr Who's companion Clara is reunited with lesbian Madam Vastra, hints a new trailer for Doctor Who Series 8
- BBC One, 23 Aug 2014 14 Jul 14


Kieron Richardson
Kieron Richardson hit with homophobic abuse from Twitter trolls

The soap star was at the receiving end of an online attack after he was mistaken with a footballer who has the same name. "If this case has now stopped one person from coming out and has frightened them, then it's a terrible situation," he said 14 Jul 14


Did Mark Byron and Christopher Hall kiss in the store cupboard?
Gay romance on Big Brother?

Did Mark Byron and Christopher Hall kiss in the store cupboard? 14 Jul 14


James Corden wins deal for THT
James Corden wins £32,000 for THT on Deal Or No Deal

The Gavin and Stacey star was given a ticking off by his parents for agonising over some of his decisions, but in a nervous finale, he gambled to win the cash for the Terrence Higgins Trust and Save the Children 7 Jul 14



Planning for later life
LGB people grow older fearing discrimination and isolation

poll shows that 48% of LGB people fear discrimination when dealing with bereavement while 55% of those over the age of 45 have no financial provision for their funeral. Shockingly, one in ten say they have experienced discrimination at a funeral or when arranging one 17 Jul 14

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Blast resources to protect boys from grooming

Resources to tackle the grooming of young men
The BLAST Project
- the UK's leading male only sexual exploitation project - has launched a range of posters and booklets, and a guide for professionals 1 Apr 14


Stonewall guide to activists worldwide

Guide for international activists
Stonewall launches a guide for equality activists worldwide on how to engage with the UK Government 10 Dec 13

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