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GAY PRIDE

Rainbow Routemaster bus roars into sponsorship row

Rainbow Routemaster bus roars into sponsorship row

The rainbow liveried bus has been commissioned to mark the 10th anniversary of TfL's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff network group, OUTbound
standard.co.uk 2 Mar 15

 

STICKS & STONES

Marks and Spencer sorry for banning words 'gay' and 'Jesus Christ' from gift messages

Marks and Spencer sorry for banning words 'gay' and 'Jesus Christ' from gift messages

The retailer had refused to approve the words when a customer would type them in for a customised message to be included with a delivery of flowers
independent.co.uk 2 Mar 15

 

SHOW BIZ

Booking opens for BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival

Join us from 19-29 March for eleven days of films, events, club nights and more at BFI Southbank. If you haven't already decided what you want to see you can browse a digital edition of our brochure over on the
BFI Flare website

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SEX - LIFE

Why should WE pay for gays to have unsafe sex?

Why should WE pay for gays to have unsafe sex?

'Imagine how these cancer patients and their families must have felt this week when, following a major trial on a £12-a-day drug which helps prevent people catching HIV, they learned researchers were recommending that healthy gay men should be given it free on the NHS at a cost of almost £5,000 a year per person,' writes Amanda Platgell
dailymail.co.uk 1 Mar 15

 

GAY MARRIAGE

Trio of gay men get married in 'world first'

Trio of gay men get married in 'world first'

The adage that two's company, three's a crowd doesn't seem to apply to this trio, who have been married in what is thought to be the world's first three-way gay wedding. Joke, 29, Bell, 21, and Art, 26, tied the knot on Valentine's Day in Uthai Thani Province, Thailand
metro.co.uk 1 Mar 15

 

USA

Can Republicans finally accept gay conservatives?

Can Republicans finally accept gay conservatives?

"There's this feeling among many gay people that gay and conservative is not compatible, just as there are some here at CPAC that feel that gay and conservative is not compatible," say Log Cabin Republicans
newrepublic.com 1 Mar 15

 

GAY PRIDE

Miners and gay activists reunite for strike anniversary

Miners and gay activists reunite for strike anniversary

The revived Neath, Dulais and Swansea Valley Miners' Support Group will get back together with the Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners group. Their activities inspired last year's Bafta award-winning film Pride
- Onllwyn Miners' Welfare Hall, 14 Mar
bbc.co.uk 1 Mar 15

 

Guinness rejoins New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade as sponsor

Guinness rejoins New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade as sponsor

Guinness has decided to resume sponsorship of the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Fifth Avenue after dropping out last year, sparking criticism from gay activists who want a broad boycott because of what they call the organizers' discriminatory policies. Company cites inclusion of one gay group as prime factor in decision
wsj.com 1 Mar 15

 

SHOW BIZ

EastEnders to introduce first transgender character

EastEnders to introduce first transgender character says Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins

Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins, the soap's boss, revealed the news in London earlier today at a Student Pride panel event
mirror.co.uk 1 Mar 15

 

Matt Lucas: 'I dress up because I'm insecure'

Matt Lucas: 'I dress up because I'm insecure'

'I'm as uncomfortable looking at photographs of myself as anybody is and that's one of the reasons I dress up'
metro.co.uk 1 Mar 15


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UK

Nigel Farage to change Ukip position on gay marriage

Nigel Farage to change Ukip position on gay marriage

Nigel Farage is set to announce a change in Ukip's stance on gay marriage which risks alienating traditional party supporters. Ukip is currently opposed to churches being forced to perform gay marriage ceremonies, but the party does support civil partnerships
mirror.co.uk 28 Feb 15

 

Gay Ukip MEP David Coburn got slow hand-clapped on Any Questions

Gay Ukip MEP David Coburn got slow hand-clapped on Any Questions

Coburn is no stranger to controversy. In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Coburn, who is gay, said supporters of same-sex marriage were "equality Nazis"
huffingtonpost.co.uk 28 Feb 15

 

WORLD

ISIS killers blindfold another 'gay' man, throw him from roof

ISIS killers blindfold another 'gay' man, throw him from roof

Horrific images revealed by ISIS show the barbaric killing in front of a baying crowd carried out at a building in Raqqa, Syria. It is believed the man was sentenced to death by a sharia court for being a 'child of Lot'
mirror.co.uk 28 Feb 15


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UK

Stonewall launches Young Writers' competition for 14-17 year-olds

Stonewall launches Young Writers' competition for 14-17 year-olds

The competition invites young people to submit short stories and poems that support the theme of 'LGBT equality: changing hearts and minds'
stonewall.org.uk 27 Feb 15

 

Brighton Gay Men's Chorus raise over £1,000 for the Rainbow Fund

Brighton Gay Men's Chorus raise over £1,000 for the Rainbow Fund

Following their Putting on the Glitz show at the Theatre Royal, Brighton Gay Men's Chorus raised £1,002.50 for the Rainbow Fund supporting front line LGBT/HIV organisations in Brighton and Hove
brightongmc.org 27 Feb 15

 

Children are waiting for the right family. Could that be you?

LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week is run by New Family Social, the UK support group for LGBT adopters and foster carers. Each spring, agencies across the UK hold events specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender prospective parents
- 2-8 Mar
lgbtadoptfosterweek 27 Feb 15

 

SEX EDUCATION

Ukip leaflet claims primary school LGBT education is 'sexual grooming'

Ukip leaflet claims primary school LGBT education is 'sexual grooming'

A leaflet being distributed by the Ukip Christian Soldiers claims an effort to challenge homophobia in schools is a "recruitment drive for fresh blood"
mirror.co.uk 27 Feb 15

 

GAY CURE

'Gay cure' death camp accused found guilty

'Gay cure' death camp accused found guilty

Alex de Koker and Michael Erasmus were found guilty of murder, child abuse and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, by a South African Court. Raymond Buys was punched, struck with a spade, a stick, forced to eat soap powder, pick up his own faeces with his mouth and was kicked and slapped while unconscious to "wake him up" at a camp linked to 'gay conversions'
iol.co.za 27 Feb 15


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UK

Ukip LGBT chair quits saying he can no longer 'defend the party'

Ukip LGBT chair quits saying he can no longer 'defend the party' Tom Booker, the Chairman of the LGBTQ* in Ukip group, stepped down and gave up his party membership
mirror.co.uk 26 Feb 15

 

LGBT YOUTH

Groundbreaking AKT study explores homelessness among young people

The proportion of mainstream UK housing providers targeting services at LGBT homeless people has dropped from 11% to 1% between 2011 and 2013. The Albert Kennedy Trust finds that LGBT young people are more likely to be exposed to the risk factors
akt.org.uk

Why are homeless LGBTQ youth trading sex for shelter?
Around 3,800 homeless youth are in New York City, and nearly a third identify as LGBTQ. A 2013 study found that some 25% had traded sex for shelter
newsweek.com 26 Feb 15

 

ALAN TURING

My great uncle Alan Turing was just one of 49,000 gay men who had their lives ruined by the Government ...

My great uncle Alan Turing was just one of 49,000 gay men who had their lives ruined by the Government ...

... where are their pardons? Alan Turing's legacy will not be be fulfilled until all men receive justice, says his relative Rachel Barnes
independent.co.uk
26 Feb 15


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Wednesday

 

HIV AIDS

'Give HIV drugs to healthy gay men'

'Give HIV drugs to healthy gay men'

Healthy gay men should be offered daily HIV drugs to prevent infections, say UK Medical Research Council and Public Health England scientists. Their study, on 545 high-risk men, found one case of HIV could be stopped for every 13 men treated for a year
bbc.co.uk 25 Feb 15

 

GAY BARS

Joiners Arms: Can the LGBTI venue be saved?

Joiners Arms: Can the LGBTI venue be saved?

A demonstration tonight marks a pivotal moment in the battle to save London gay bar the Joiners Arms from demolition
gaystarnews.com 25 Feb 15

 

SEX - LIFE

With perfect surveilance, would governments prohibit gay marriage?

With perfect surveilance, would governments prohibit Gay marriage, Marijuana?

Whistleblower Edward Snowden says the progress of Western civilization and human rights is actually founded on the violation of law - governments today are more concerned with the loss of their ability to control and regulate the behavior of their citizens than they are with their citizens' discontent
techcrunch.com 25 Feb 15

 

O-M-G

Loch Lomond Waterfront turns away gay wedding

Loch Lomond Waterfront turns away gay wedding

Stephen and John Devaney, who have been civil partners since 2006, told how Loch Lomond Waterfront owner Suzanne Cottom showed them the door because they are gay - 'We can't allow people like you here'
dailyrecord.co.uk 25 Feb 15

Businesses in Scotland must be open to all customers regardless of their sexual orientation
equality-network.org 25 Feb 15

US petition against 'anti-gay' Northern Ireland conscience clause bill gets 100,000 signatures in two days
belfasttelegraph.co.uk 25 Feb 15

Christians 'discriminated against' says Catholic Bishop of Down and Connor
newsletter.co.uk 25 Feb 15


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GAY BUSINESS

'Intolerant activists' vandalise Auckland police stations, ANZ branches

'Intolerant activists' vandalise Auckland police stations, ANZ branches

Queers Against Injustice has accused ANZ bank of commercialising gay rights after it renamed its ATM machines to 'GAY TMs' and decorated them with multi-coloured rhinestones. "Pinkwashing... describes the way that institutions co-opt LGBT struggles to distract from and disguise unethical behaviour." an anonymous post on the website hashtag500words.com said.
tvnz.co.nz 24 Feb 15

 

U.S. appoints first-ever Special Envoy for LGBT Rights

U.S. appoints first-ever Special Envoy for LGBT Rights

Secretary of State John Kerry said Randy Berry's job will be to "reaffirm the universal human rights of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."
npr.org 24 Feb 15

 

O-M-G

Father Anthony McSweeney breaks down over gay and sadomasochistic porn collection

The Catholic priest, 68, denies molesting three teenage boys at Grafton Close children's home in Hounslow, west London, between 1979 and 1981. But he admitted being shown a child sex porn film by his close friend, the care home manager John Stingemore
bbc.co.uk 24 Feb 15

 

GAY MARRIAGE

Heterosexual couple given green light to challenge civil partnership rule

Heterosexual couple given green light to challenge civil partnership rule

A Jewish couple who launched a legal challenge against the ban on heterosexual civil partnerships has been granted permission to continue with their claim by a High Court judge
thejc.com 24 Feb 15

 

GAY HISTORY

Dirtiest, most violent and homophobic election in Britain

Dirtiest, most violent and homophobic election in Britain

32 years ago, a now top Liberal Democrat politician was involved in a secret Liberal Party dirty tricks unit that organised an anonymous, illegal smear campaign against the Labour candidate in the 1983 Bermondsey by-election, Peter Tatchell
petertatchell.net 24 Feb 15

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Oscar-winning writer Graham Moore tells of suicide attempt

Oscar-winning writer Graham Moore tells of suicide attempt
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Graham Moore brought the Academy Awards audience to its feet in a standing ovation when the Oscar winner for best adapted screenplay for The Imitation Game revealed during an emotional acceptance speech that as an awkward, unhappy teenager he had attempted suicide
wiscnews.com 23 Feb 15

 

Patricia Arquette urges gay people to join women's equal pay battle

Patricia Arquette urges gay people to join women's equal pay battle

In accepting her Best Supporting Actress Oscar she said: "it's time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of colour that we've all fought for to fight for us now"
mirror.co.uk
23 Feb 15

Lady Gaga performs impressive Sound of Music tribute at the Oscars
youtube.com 23 Feb 15

 

GAY MARRIAGE

Taoiseach Enda Kenny urges people of Ireland to back gay marriage

Taoiseach Enda Kenny urges people of Ireland to back gay marriage

The Irish Prime minister tells his party conference he wants voters to tick the yes box in referendum on 22 May
theguardian.com 23 Feb 15

 

TRANS

34 countries in Europe make this nightmare a reality

34 Countries in Europe Make This Nightmare a Reality

New video by Transgender Europe highlights the problems trans people face in their everyday lives, including forced sterilsation, automatic divorce, and even a diagnosis of mental illness
youtube.com 23 Feb 15

 

COMING OUT

Coming out as gay at Chinese New Year

Coming out as gay at Chinese New Year

How did a video about telling your parents you're gay at Chinese New Year become a viral hit in China?
bbc.co.uk 23 Feb 15


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Sunday

 

ALAN TURING

Alan Turing's family in plea for homosexual pardons

Turing's great-nephew, Nevil Hunt, his great-niece, Rachel Barnes, and her son, Thomas, will hand over the petition, which was signed by almost half-a-million people, to demand the Government pardons 49,000 other men persecuted like him for their homosexuality
itv.com 22 Feb 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Gay group claims responsibility for 'Gaytm' vandalism

Gay group claims responsibility for 'Gaytm' vandalism

ANZ gave an Aukland ATM a glittering sequined makeover as a "GAYTM" but by Friday someone had smothered it in pink paint, which was labelled a homophobic attack. But in an anonymous online post, a group calling themselves Queers Against Injustice claimed credit for the "pink-washing" claiming the bank had "co-opted" gay symbolism for commercial purposes, using them to obscure their business practices and treatment of workers
stuff.co.nz 22 Feb 15

 

WORLD

"He should have told us he was gay and not married Anni"

"He should have told us he was gay and not married Anni"

Vinod Hindocha, the father of murdered bride Anni Dewani, told how he was so traumatised that he couldn't speak for 10 days after her husband Shrien Dewani was cleared of killing her
standard.co.uk 22 Feb 15


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Saturday

 

GAY SPORTS

Free tickets for LGBT community at Dulwich Hamlet v Met Police match

Free tickets for LGBT community for Dulwich Hamlet's match against Met Police

As part of their continuing commitment to support the anti-homophobia message, Dulwich Hamlet FC are hoping that large numbers of LGBT and LGBT-friendly fans will turn out for tomorrow's game against the Metropolitan Police
- Sat 21 Feb
brixtonbuzz.com 21 Feb 15

 

USA

Jeb Bush to pick gay man as Communications Director

Jeb Bush to pick gay man as Communications Director

Tim Miller, who currently serves as the executive director of the America Rising PAC targeting Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, is expected to be named as Jeb Bush's top communications aide for the former Florida governor's expected 2016 presidential run
towleroad.com
21 Feb 15

 

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Paddy McGuinness wants a gay version of Take Me Out

Paddy McGuinness wants a gay version of Take Me Out

Paddy McGuiness has called for a gay version of his hit ITV dating show, Take Me Out. "I have asked about a gay version," McGuinness said on the Jonathan Ross Show. "We have done an OAP special and a celebrity special"
independent.co.uk 21 Feb 15


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UK

LGBT Narrative for London

LGBT Narrative for London

A survey is to examine the common and specific ongoing needs and challenges faced by LGBT communities across the 32 London boroughs
Take survey 20 Feb 15

 

HIV prevention spending falls from £55 million to £15 million

NAT estimates in 2014/15 that £15 million was spent nationally on HIV prevention compared with £55 million allocated in 2001/02. In this time the number of people living with HIV has trebled whilst the amount spent on prevention has decreased to less than a third of the original budget.

The lifetime costs of HIV treatment and care for someone with HIV is £361,000
nat.org.uk 20 Feb 15

 

Suicide in men 'highest since 2001'

Suicide in men 'highest since 2001'

Overall there were 6,233 suicides in men and women over the age of 15 in 2013 - 4% higher than the previous year
bbc.co.uk 20 Feb 15

 

Keeping a gay identity is not transphobic

Keeping a gay identity is not transphobic

There are reasons that a number of lesbians and gay men find the embracing of transsexuals within gay charities troubling, but these are rarely mentioned for the fear of being accused of transphobia
theguardian.com 20 Feb 15

 

GAY BASHING

Killers of gay men to marry in first gay prison wedding

Killers of gay men to marry in first gay prison wedding

Psychopath Mikhail Ivan Gallatinov, 40, will next month tie the knot with gay-bashing killer Marc Goodwin, 31. The pair, who met inside, have been given permission to wed at Full Sutton Prison, East Yorks
mirror.co.uk 20 Feb 15

 

Man 'dragged, beaten, and filmed in forced sex act'

Man 'dragged through street, beaten with metal pole and filmed performing forced sex act in east London'

Two men - described by police as Mediterranean in appearance and aged between 20 and 22 with dark hair - took the man to a park near East Ham tube where they beat him with a metal pole before making him perform sex acts on them while they filmed
standard.co.uk 20 Feb 15

Glasgow thugs admit vile attack on two men which left one with a fractured skull just because they were gay
dailyrecord.co.uk 20 Feb 15

 

Gay man grieving over lost husband amid hate attacks

Gay man grieving over lost husband amid hate attacks

Paul Finlay-Dickson, who has been subjected to a sustained campaign - with 21 incidents recorded over the past 18 months - lost his beloved husband to cancer just four weeks ago
belfasttelegraph.co.uk 20 Feb 15

 

GAY BLOOD DONORS

Screen all prospective blood donors based on risk, not sexuality

Screen all prospective blood donors based on risk, not sexuality

GLAAD and GMHC are launching a US tv and social media campaign to tell the FDA to screen all prospective blood donors based on risk, not sexual orientation or gender identity
celibacychallenge.com 20 Feb 15

 

WORLD

Cape Town Pride march 'racist'

Cape Town Pride march 'racist'

"The events currently tabled for the upcoming Cape Town Pride are exclusionary and do not represent the black LGBTI community," says Free Gender campaign group
iol.co.za 20 Feb 15

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Celebrities defend gay rights in Ghana

Celebrities defend gay rights in Ghana

Ghanaian celebrities have taken to social media to condemn the beating of a suspected gay man, opening a rare window for debate on homosexuality in a country where gay sex is illegal
bbc.co.uk 20 Feb 15

 

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Secret Diaries

Art With Heart are touring our new play Secret Diaries,

Art With Heart are touring our new play Secret Diaries, an award-winning coming of age tale (inspired by a true story) about Hayley, a young lesbian growing up in the 80s and 90s
- around the UK, Feb-Apr
artwithheart.org.uk 20 Feb 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Obama's trade deal rewards a brutally anti-gay dictator

Prominent LGBT members of Congress assailed the Obama administration on Wednesday for including Brunei and Malaysia - two nations deeply hostile to gay communities - in major trade talks
huffingtonpost.com 20 Feb 15


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UK

Scottish Tory leader introduces her same-sex partner in election ad

Scottish Tory leader introduces her same-sex partner in election ad

Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader and MSP for Glasgow, has broken new ground with a party election broadcast featuring her partner Jen Wilson
stv.tv 19 Feb 15

 

 

GAY HISTORY

LGBT History Month Magazine 2015

Featuring lengthy articles by Chair Sue Sanders and Promotions Officer Andrew Dobbin, and other LGBT rights and cause groups
Read Magazine 19 Feb 15

History month makes history - with first National Festival of LGBT History in Manchester
LGBT History Month

 

SEX - LIFE

Sex redefined

The idea of two sexes is simplistic.

The idea of two sexes is simplistic. Biologists now think there is a wider spectrum than that ... if you want to know whether someone is male or female, it may be best just to ask
nature.com 19 Feb 15

 

 

TRANS

The financial penalty for being transgender in America

The financial penalty for being transgender in America

Transgender people struggle to find work and safe housing, face challenges updating critical identity documents, make less on the job, and have higher medical costs than their non-transgender peers
lgbtmap.org 19 Feb 15


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Wednesday

 

HIV AIDS

Stopping HIV with an artificial protein

Stopping HIV with an artificial protein

A Scripps Research Institute team has shown that a lab-made molecule that mimics an antibody from our immune system may have more protective power than anything the body produces, keeping four monkeys free of HIV infection despite injection of large doses of the virus
sciencemag.org 18 Feb 15

 

TRANS

Trans rights versus free speech?

Trans rights versus free speech?

Peter Tatchell expresses alarm at attempts by some trans activists to ban their feminist critics from speaking at universities and other institutions
petertatchellfoundation 18 Feb 15

 

Already six trans women reported murdered in the U.S. in 2015

Already six trans women reported murdered in the U.S. in 2015

'I am aware that my sisters do not need to be reminded of their vulnerability and the threat of violence that looms over their lives,' writes Janet Mock
janetmock.com 18 Feb 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Apple fires anti-gay lobbyist

Apple fires anti-gay lobbyist

Apple recruited, then fired, conservative lobbyist Jay Love after the company discovered the former state house speaker once sponsored legislation praising a beauty pageant contestant for opposing same-sex marriage
cultofmac.com 18 Feb 15

 

CYBER GAYS

Cork LGBT community warned of 'catfish' attacks

Cork LGBT community warned of 'catfish' attacks

Members of Cork's LGBT community have been warned to take safety precautions when meeting online dates after reports of orchestrated attacks by assailants using websites and dating apps to attract their victims
irishexaminer.com 18 Feb 15

 

GAY PRIDE

Mormon singer supports Brighton's Hand In Hand LGBT Choral Festival

Mormon singer supports Brighton's Hand In Hand LGBT Choral Festival

Justin Utley, the proudly gay ex-Mormon singer/songwriter, will be performing a gig in Brighton to support the Hand In Hand National UK/Ireland LGBT Choral Festival taking place in the summer
- Sun 15 Mar
handinhandbrighton 18 Feb 15

 

Activist urges students to hold gay pride march through Hatfield

Activist urges students to hold gay pride march through Hatfield

Campaigner Peter Tatchell gave a lecture at the University of Hertfordshire's College Lane campus and march to be held through Hatfield
whtimes.co.uk 18 Feb 15

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Broadchurch viewers shocked by middle-aged women's lesbian kiss ...

Broadchurch viewers shocked by middle-aged women's lesbian kiss ...

... because they thought the characters were sisters. The passionate embrace between lawyer Jocelyn Knight and newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe, atmospherically staged on the programme's iconic cliff top, was clearly meant to cause a stir among the 5.7million viewers
dailymail.co.uk 18 Feb 15


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UK

New National LGBT Hate Crime Partnership

New National LGBT Hate Crime Partnership

The LGBT Consortium, in partnership with 31 LGBT organisations from across England and Wales, and funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, aims to increase the reporting of LGBT hate crimes and incidents and improve the support available to those targeted
lgbtconsortium.org.uk 17 Feb 15

 

Sex education should be mandatory in all schools, MPs demand

Sex education should be mandatory in all schools, MPs demand

Ministers have been scolded for not addressing inadequate teaching of the subject despite huge demand from teachers, parents and students. In a hard-hitting report the Commons education select committee comes down firmly on the side of campaigners who have long fought for sex and relationships education (SRE) to be made mandatory
theguardian.com 17 Feb 15

 

Sexual identity issues in claiming UK asylum

Sexual identity issues in the asylum claim

Latest Home Office instructions explains how UK Visas and Immigration conducts asylum interviews in claims made on the basis of sexual identity
gov.uk 17 Feb 15

 

 

'Uber drivers give me a low passenger rating because I'm gay'

'Uber drivers give me a low passenger rating because I'm gay'

Svend Littauer, chief operating officer for a services company, said he believed he was the victim of homophobia after getting inexplicably low passenger ratings from drivers
standard.co.uk 17 Feb 15

 

Ireland's Workplace Equality Index launched

Ireland's Workplace Equality Index launched

"The Workplace Equality Index will push top-performing employers in Ireland to new heights," said Davin Roche, director of workplace diversity at Ireland's GLEN Gay and Lesbian Equality Network
glen.ie 17 Feb 15

 

WORLD

New Zealand education and gay rights activist Robin Duff dies

New Zealand education and gay rights activist Robin Duff dies

Mr Duff was the first openly gay man in New Zealand to stand for Parliament. He was also involved in the beginnings of the National Gay Rights Coalition
nzherald.co.nz 17 Feb 15

 

GAY PRIDE

Pride Scotia rebranded Pride Edinburgh

Following its 10 years of existence, the festival of events, which includes the Pride Scotia parade, will now be known as Pride Edinburgh, and has a new visual identity
- Sat 20 Jun

kaleidoscot.com 17 Feb 15

prideedinburgh.org.uk

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Monday

 

TRANS

Stonewall to campaign for trans equality

Stonewall to campaign for trans equality

Historic move follows extensive consultation with over 700 trans people. Stonewall will make current campaigns trans-inclusive and develop new work on trans-specific issues
stonewall.org.uk/trans 16 Feb 15


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GAY PRIDE

Eros oversees kiss-in protest launching 'Freedom to Kiss' Campaign

Eros oversees kiss-in protest launching 'Freedom to Kiss' Campaign

#FreedomTo kiss forms part of Pride in London's greater award-winning 'FreedomTo' campaign which launched last year and resulted in the biggest Pride event the capital had ever seen
- Sat 27 Jun
prideinlondon.org 15 Feb 15

 

Pompey fans set to meet Portsmouth Pride

Pompey fans set to meet Portsmouth Pride

At Pompey's match against Exeter City on Valentine's Day, the teams backed the FA's national campaign to stamp out homophobia in football. And now Portsmouth Pride are helping supporters set up a group of lesbian and gay fans
- Sat 20 Jun
portsmouthpride.co.uk 15 Feb 15

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ALAN TURING

Stephen Fry appeals for gay pardons

Stephen Fry appeals for pardons

Stephen Fry is lending his support to calls for Her Majesty's Government to pardon all the men, alive or deceased, who, like Alan Turing, were convicted under 'anti-gay' laws
Sign Petition 15 Feb 15

 

GAY TRAVEL

What's it really like to be a gay traveler in Jamaica?

What's it really like to be a gay traveler in Jamaica?

... it has Chris Blackwell, the community-minded music producer turned forward-thinking hotelier, who is hopeful that things will turn around
yahoo.com 15 Feb 15

 

NOT COMING OUT

One Direction star did NOT say "I'm Gay, it's pretty unfortunate"

Louis Tomlinson did NOT say "I'm Gay, it's pretty unfortunate"

Boy band star Louis Tomlinson did not announce "I'm gay," despite rumors dominating Twitter on Sunday. "Someone had said they have the same birthday as Louis, and he said 'it's pretty unfortunate'
gossipcop.com 15 Feb 15


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GAY BARS

Camden's Black Cap saved from plans to redevelop as flats

Camden's Black Cap saved from plans to redevelop as flats

The iconic London gay pub and cabaret venue the Black Cap has been saved from a drastic downsizing after proposed redevelopments were rejected
pinknews.co.uk 14 Feb 15

 

SEX - LIFE

Five ways gay culture influenced 50 Shades Of Grey

Five ways gay culture influenced 50 Shades Of Grey

What few fans of the book (and now movie) may realize is that even though 50 Shades of Grey features a young heterosexual couple, it's actually a very gay-inspired story
huffingtonpost.com 14 Feb 15

Backlash - defending freedom of sexual expression
backlash-uk.org.uk

 

LGBT Christians move their office to Nottinghamshire

LGBT Christians move their office to Nottinghamshire

After 25 years at Oxford House, the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement will be closing their London office and relocating to a new office at Newark in Nottinghamshire
LGCM Newsletter 14 Feb 15

 

O-M-G

Grace and Disagreement in the Church of England

Grace and Disagreement in the Church of England

Resource booklets are now available for particpants in the Church's programme of Shared Conversations on Scripture, Mission and Sexuality
churchofengland.org 14 Feb 15

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GAY HISTORY

Simon Callow: in praise of Gay Sweatshop

Simon Callow: in praise of Gay Sweatshop

On the theatre company's 40th anniversary, Simon Callow explains how it has transformed his and others' lives
theguardian.com 14 Feb 15

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UK

Dover Health Centre displays 'offensive' sign turning away gay men

Dover Health Centre displays 'offensive' sign turning away gay men

An NHS trust has apologised after Jayce Carberry, 24, from Ramsgate, was made aware of the issue by a friend who was waiting to be seen in Dover Health Centre. The clinic had a sign stating that patients who had been sexually assaulted, who are male and have sex with men, or sex workers could not be tested there
kentonline.co.uk 13 Feb 15

 

Steve Strange of Visage dies aged 55: The custodian of New Romantic pop

Steve Strange: The custodian of New Romantic pop

He ran the most sought-after clubs in London - Billy's, Blitz and the Camden Palace, booking the likes of Spandau Ballet and Culture Club at the start of their careers. What set the clientele apart was Steve Strange's rigorous door policy. Outrage guaranteed entry
bbc.co.uk 13 Feb 15

 

Michael Mason: Journalist and activist dies aged 67

Michael Mason: Journalist and activist ...

Michael helped make the paper Capital Gay a fun read, but with a serious side in the era of Aids
Mason's finest hour was being asked, in 1979, to lead the Pride parade in San Francisco on the 10th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots
independent.co.uk 13 Feb 15

 

Weatherman Fred Talbot guilty of abusing teenage boys

Weatherman Fred Talbot guilty of abusing teenage boys

Ex-TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been found guilty of indecently assaulting two teenage boys when he was a teacher. The 65-year-old was cleared of eight other indecent assault charges
bbc.co.uk 13 Feb 15

 

Former Irish equality minister comes out

Former Irish equality minister comes out

Pat Carey says speaking out as gay man may help others of his generation. "The part of the country I came from the word gay wasn't even heard of," the ex-Minister says
irishtimes.com 13 Feb 15

 

 

GAY MARRIAGE

Alabama official ordered to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Alabama official ordered to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade's order clarified that Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis was compelled to adhere to her previous ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban despite a contravening order from Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore that led many state judges to refrain from issuing licenses to gay couples
reuters.com 13 Feb 15

Fudge packers are in shock says Klu Klux Klan
splcenter.org 13 Feb 15

 

WORLD

North Korea calls Michael Kirby 'disgusting old lecher'

North Korea calls Michael Kirby 'disgusting old lecher'

North Korea state media has launched an anti-gay attack on former High Court judge Michael Kirby, who is now the current chairperson of a UN agency that published a report criticising human rights in the isolated communist nation
starobserver.com.au 13 Feb 15

 

O-M-G

Pope Francis scolds childless families as selfish

Pope Francis scolds childless families as selfish

After saying in a press conference several weeks ago that Catholics should not breed "like rabbits," Francis scolded childless families this week as selfish
bustle.com 13 Feb 15


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WORLD

European Parliament to include LGBT non-discrimination clause in future agreement with African, Caribbean & Pacific States

European Parliament to include LGBT non-discrimination clause in future agreement with African, Caribbean & Pacific States

The Parliament also expresses its deep concern over anti-LGBTI laws, as found in the Gambia and Nigeria and as nullified by the Constitutional Court in Uganda
lgbt-ep.eu 12 Feb 15

 

Gay lovers in Russia image wins World Press Photo 2014
Danish photographer Mads Nissen's image of a gay couple sharing an intimate moment in Russia has won a prestigious contest. Judges said they were swayed by the power and message the image sent
euronews.com 12 Feb 15

 

Phillipines City to deploy gay traffic squad

Phillipines City to deploy gay traffic squad

Cavite's gay community welcomed the move as it is another opportunity for the members of the so-called "third gender" to show their abilities, talents and wares in such endeavor. The members of the "squad" would be visible on busy street corners
tempo.com.ph 12 Feb 15

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GAY PRIDE

National Student Pride 2015 in London for its 10th anniversary year

National Student Pride 2015 in London for its 10th anniversary year

Events include the Attitude discussion on LGBT in TV & Film with editor Matthew Todd, Dustin Lance Black (Oscar winning Milk writer), Bethany Black (Cucumber, Banana, Tofu), Alicya Eyo (Emmerdale & Bad Girls) & Dominic Treadwell-Collins (Exec. Producer Eastenders). Weekend wristbands just £5
- 27 Feb - 1 Mar studentpride.co.uk 12 Feb 15

 

Texas to celebrate their 25th Anniversary with Manchester Pride

Texas to celebrate their 25th Anniversary with Manchester Pride Festival

Multi-platinum band Texas, famed for their hits I Don't Want a Lover, Black Eyed Boy and Say What You Want are the first headline act to be revealed for the Manchester Pride Festival's Big Weekend as the band celebrate 25 years in the music industry
- 28-31 Aug
manchesterpride.com 12 Feb 15

 

Portsmouth Pride returns after 13 years

Portsmouth Pride returns after 13 years

Plans for a march and family festival in Pompey's Victoria Park are coming together. Free tickets, and souvenir T-Shirts are already available online
- Sat 20 Jun
PortsmouthPride.co.uk 12 Feb 15

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EUROVISION

TISM 37 times more popular than Kylie to represent Australia

Eurovision 2015: TISM 37 times more popular than Kylie Minogue as proposed Australian representative

A former member of irreverent but defunct Australian rock band TISM says the group won't be fulfilling the wishes of petitioners calling on it to strive for the Eurovision finals in May ... unless they are offered an obscenely large sum of money
smh.com.au 12 Feb 15


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GAY HISTORY

Victorians were more relaxed about homosexuality than in the 'swinging sixties'

Victorians were more relaxed about homosexuality than in the 'swinging sixties'

Manchester historian Jeff Evans said the supposedly prudish Victorians were far more relaxed about sex between men, having studied court cases relating to the criminalisation of gay men. Outside London, the criminal justice system in regions such as Lancashire seemed largely uninterested in prosecuting gay men
manchestereveningnews 11 Feb 15

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UK

Gay Village club-goer avoids jail after leaving homophobic bigot with a fractured skull

Gay Village club-goer avoids jail after leaving homophobic bigot with a fractured skull

Andrew Duncan barged the 29-year-old victim in the chest with his head, causing him to fall and bang his head outside the Rembrandt pub on Sackville Street
manchestereveningnews 11 Feb 15

 

GAY MARRIAGE

Seek legal advice before dissolving civil partnership warns Law Society

Seek legal advice before dissolving civil partnership warns Law Society

As the number of dissolved civil partnerships rises by 20%, legal experts at the Law Society are advising same-sex couples to seek legal advice before breaking up. It may not be labelled as a 'divorce' but dissolving a civil partnership has the same legal ramifications as ending a marriage

Find a solicitor 11 Feb 15

 

Top Italian court finds no constitutional right to same-sex marriage

Top Italian court finds no constitutional right to same-sex marriage

The Court of Cassation ruled that nothing in Italy's constitution requires government recognition of same-sex marriage. The court said, however, that same-sex couples have a right to the same protection of law as other unmarried couples
catholicculture.org 11 Feb 15

 

SHOW BIZ

Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show

An emotional Jon Stewart announce he's leaving The Daily Show

When former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a social conservative, tried to defend his opposition to same-sex marriage, Stewart said:

"I think it's the difference between what you believe gay people are and what I do. Religion is far more of a choice than homosexuality, and the protections that we have for religion -- we protect religion, and talk about a lifestyle choice, that is absolutely a choice. Gay people don't choose to be gay."
cnn.com 11 Feb 15

 

O-M-G

Christian Voice 'supports' pardons for gay men

Christian Voice 'supports' pardons for gay men

Christian Voice director Stephen Green believes if we follow the argument to its logical conclusion we should include abortionists and pornographers in the pardons
christianvoice.org.uk 11 Feb 15


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SEX - LIFE

B&Q alerts staff to potential increase in demand for rope and duck tape

B&Q alerts staff to potential increase in demand for rope and duck tape

The bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide the much anticipated movie is now set for release. DIY store B&Q sent a memo to staff alerting them to the potential increase in demand for rope and duck tape, while lingerie store Ann Summers says it has seen an increase in sales of particular products
bbc.co.uk 10 Feb 15

Strauss-Kahn: Only 12 sex parties in three years
bbc.co.uk 10 Feb 15

 

Can we listen to our LGBTQ elders without patronizing them?

Can we listen to our LGBTQ elders without patronizing them?

The truth is, the past wasn't all bad (based on what my friends tell me, far from it) and the present is hardly perfect
slate.com 10 Feb 15

 

WORLD

Malaysia's Opposition Leader gets five years on politically motivated sodomy charge

Malaysia's Opposition Leader gets five years on politically motivated sodomy charge

In a major setback for human rights in Malaysia, the Federal Court of Malaysia upheld a lower court ruling and sentenced Anwar Ibrahim to five years in prison for violating Malaysia's sodomy law
hrw.org 10 Feb 15

 

USA

No state has fought harder against gay marriage ruling than Alabama

No state has fought harder against gay marriage ruling than Alabama

Day one of gay marriage in Alabama did not exactly go smoothly. Monday began with a 7-2 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to let a federal judge's order striking down the same-sex marriage ban take effect and ended with many probate judges vowing to fight or professing confusion
al.com 10 Feb 15

 

Obama's opposition to gay marriage was political BS

Obama's opposition to gay marriage was political BS

In David Axelrod's new book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, he writes that when Obama stated his opposition to same-sex marriage in 2008, he may have been lying for political gain
theweek.com 10 Feb 15

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Sam Smith thanks man he fell in love with for his four Grammys

Sam Smith thanks man he fell in love with for his four Grammys

With four wins, including 'Record of the Year', Sam Smith had a great night at the Grammys. He turned it into a touchstone for gay people everywhere
vox.com 9 Feb 15

 

The Imitation Game came away without a single honor

The Imitation Game came away without a single honor

Despite all the headlines, nine nominations, the ongoing discussions regarding its subject Alan Turing and even star Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game came away from the BAFTA awards Sunday night without a single honor
hollywoodreporter.com 9 Feb 15

 

BFI Flare opening night film announced

BFI Flare Opening Night announced

I Am Michael, directed by Justin Kelly, and starring James Franco and Charlie Carver, will be the opening film at BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival
- 19-29 Mar
bfi.org.uk/flare 9 Feb 15

 

Gaydio plans nationwide launch

Gaydio plans nationwide launch The UK's radio station for LGBT people, is part of a bid to launch nationwide on DAB Digital Radio. Last week bids closed for a second UK-wide DAB multiplex which will carry 18 new stations
gaydio.co.uk 9 Feb 15

 

GAY HEALTH

Gay men warned of rare chlamydia outbreak in Ireland

Gay men warned of rare chlamydia outbreak in Ireland

Notices about LGV urge those that are sexually active to go for regular STI checkups, and those living with HIV to arrange a checkup at their nearest HIV treatment clinic
independent.ie 9 Feb 15


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Pride wins at BAFTAs

Stephen Beresford (writer), and David Livingstone (producer) received the award for 'Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer', in their film about LGBT support for the miners
theguardian.com 8 Feb 15

 

HIV AIDS

HIV, Syphilis tests? There's an App for that

HIV, Syphilis tests? There's an App for that

A device invented by biomedical engineers at Columbia University turns a smartphone into a lab that can test human blood for the virus that causes AIDS or the bacteria that cause syphilis
livescience.com 7 Feb 15

The HIV treatment unit of GSK has taken a step towards a blockbuster stock market listing
sky.com 7 Feb 15


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SEX - LIFE

Evan Davis: Gays take more drugs as they don't have kids

Evan Davis: Gays take more drugs as they don't have kids

Gay people are more likely to engage in destructive behaviour like taking illegal drugs because they lack the "discipline" of going home to a family and children, according to BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davis
independent.co.uk 6 Feb 15

 

How do young people come out today?

How do young people come out today?

What effects are the current changes to the London gay scene having on young LGBT people, and their opportunities to come out safely? GBA Member Manage Diversity invite you to complete a short questionnaire:
Take Survey 6 Feb 15

 

SEX EDUCATION

Ofsted chief: Inspectors' questions on homosexuality are not harassment

Ofsted chief: Inspectors' questions on homosexuality are not harassment

The two Christian schools at the centre of the row were failed by inspectors for not showing respect to people of other faiths and for instances of homophobic bullying. Sir Michael Wilshaw said that his inspectors "absolutely understand the need to behave with sensitivity"
standard.co.uk 6 Feb 15

 

Make sex education compulsory & LGBT-inclusive

Make sex education compulsory & LGBT-inclusive

"Labour proposals are good but don't go far enough," says Peter Tatchell. "Dedicated lessons - by specialist trained teachers - should start from the first year of primary level through to the end of secondary education"
petertatchellfoundation 6 Feb 15

 

USA

Obama to appoint LGBT Human Rights Envoy at State Department

Obama to appoint LGBT Human Rights Envoy at State Department

"For the first time in our nation's history, LGBT people around the world will have a dedicated, full-time senior advocate in the U.S. State Department," said HRC President Chad Griffin
hrc.org 6 Feb 15


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ALAN TURING

Top secret notes by Alan Turing's codebreakers survived 70 years in Bletchley Park's walls

Top secret notes by Alan Turing's codebreakers survived 70 years in Bletchley Park's walls

Discovered in a renovation of the WW2-era Bletchley Park base, the unique notes will now go on display at the museum that stands where Turing and his colleagues made their crucial contributions to the war effort, while, it seems, shivering
cnet.com 5 Feb 15

 

TRANS

Referrals for young transgender people increase

Referrals for young transgender people increase

The Tavistock and Portman Clinic in London, a national centre helping under-18s from across the UK, says 441 young people came to them for assessment in 2013/14, compared to 91 in 2009/2010. It's thought better awareness of LGBT issues could be behind the rise
newsbeat 5 Feb 15

 

Former MEP Nikki Sinclaire denies money laundering and misconduct charges

Former MEP Nikki Sinclaire denies money laundering and misconduct charges

Sinclaire is accused of misconduct in a public office while a serving member of the European Parliament representing the West Midlands constituency, by making or causing to be made false or dishonest claims for travel expenses
coventrytelegraph.net 5 Feb 15

 

SEX EDUCATION

Why is Labour planning to make LGBT-inclusive sex education compulsory?

Why is Labour planning to make LGBT-inclusive sex education compulsory?

Although it doesn't seem like it to some in politics, legislating is often the easy part. Cultural change, the battle for hearts and minds takes time and will need renewed commitment from all those who've fought for progress
newstatesman.com 5 Feb 15

 

GAY PRIDE

Europe's first permanent rainbow zebra crossing in Totnes

Europe's first permanent rainbow zebra crossing in Totnes

Mat Price, who with his twin brother Jon, founded proud2be - told town councillors: 'Totnes is a courageous town which likes to do things first - the permanent crossing would send out the message that Totnes is a town that celebrates diversity and encourages people to be proud of who they are'
proud2beproject.org 5 Feb 15

 

USA

Inside the last-ditch Conservative campaign to target LGBT Americans

Inside the last-ditch Conservative campaign to target LGBT Americans

The fight ... reveals unrest within the Republican Party, with conservatives rehashing controversial legislation that was vetoed last year, backing down from certain bills and struggling to agree on a unified strategy to fight what they deem to be judicial overreach - "the homosexual movement is currently the most significant threat to people's constitutionally protected rights and liberties"
huffingtonpost.com 5 Feb 15


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UK

Closing time for gay pubs - a new victim of London's soaring property prices

Closing time for gay pubs – a new victim of London's soaring property prices

LGBT venues are being lost and with them gay and lesbian heritage, but do cultural shifts also play a part in this trend?
theguardian.com 4 Feb 15

 

Vauxhall gay sauna shut after three men taken ill

Vauxhall gay sauna shut after three men taken ill

Police were called to Chariots Sauna at Vauxhall Cross by the London Ambulance Service at 0.40am on Sunday following reports of drug-related activity
london-se1.co.uk 4 Feb 15

 

Manchester gay venue Eden Bar denies closure reports

Manchester gay venue Eden Bar denies closure reports

Brazil Street venue Eden Bar - which has served the gay community for over a decade - initially shut its doors last month for a "facelift". However, it was revealed this week that liquidators have been called in to parent company SDB Bars
pinknews.co.uk 4 Feb 15

 

GAY RESEARCH

Half of young people believe gender isn't limited to male and female

Half of young people believe gender isn't limited to male and female

Fusion's poll, which surveyed 1,000 people aged 18-34, suggests young people are moving away from a binary conception of gender, a major shift from previous generations. Young people entering universities today are also more likely to see gender-neutral restrooms, ID cards, and on-campus housing options
fusion.net 4 Feb 15


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UK

Tributes paid to pioneering gay journalist Michael Mason

Tributes paid to pioneering gay journalist Michael Mason

Michael Mason, who died at the weekend, was news editor at Gay News from 1972 until the early 1980s. During his time he covered many seismic events, including the political demise of former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe. Michael Mason founded Capital Gay in 1981, which ran for a total of 14 years
pinknews.co.uk 3 Feb 15

 

Labour vow homophobic bullying crackdown after true scale of playground abuse revealed

Labour has vowed to make every school free from homophobic bullying after shocking stats revealed 70,000 pupils suffer from abuse. Tristram Hunt MP, Shadow Education Secretary, has called for a 'zero tolerance' attitude to homophobic bullying
mirror.co.uk 3 Feb 15

Bullied at school for being gay: 'It was a living hell'
newsbeat 3 Feb 15

 

Family discover explicit gay porn at Jimmy's restaurant in Greenwich

A mum-of-three was left feeling sick after her young children viewed an explicit gay sex scene on a restaurant booking screen. Archie and Alfie viewed the explicit content on the way back from the toilet
newsshopper.co.uk 3 Feb 15

 

UKIP candidate stands down after backing BNP post calling homosexuality a 'perverted corruption'

UKIP candidate stands down after backing BNP post calling homosexuality a 'perverted corruption'

Donald Grewar, has resigned from UKIP following an investigation into the allegations made against him by a fellow party member
southwalesargus.co.uk 3 Feb 15

 

O-M-G

Man survives being thrown from 7-storey building by Isis for being gay then stoned to death

Man survives being thrown from 7-storey building by Isis for being gay then stoned to death

According to reports from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, members of Isis threw the man seven storeys, but despite surviving the fall, he was then stoned to death
metro.co.uk 3 Feb 15


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GAY HISTORY

Petition launched for gay sex pardons

Petition launched for gay sex pardons

Ask the UK Government to pardon all of the estimated 49,000 men who, like Alan Turing, were convicted of consenting same-sex relations under the British "gross indecency" law (only repealed in 2003), and also all the other men convicted under other UK anti-gay laws
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Stonewall celebrates defining moments and voices this LGBT History Month

Stonewall celebrates defining moments and voices this LGBT History Month

Working with schools, local authorities, celebrities and workplaces, Stonewall will share stories from its guide celebrating older LGBT people LGBT Voices and look back on its journey on the Stonewall25 website
stonewall25.org.uk 2 Feb 15

 

O-M-G

Conscience bill sparks protests across Northern Ireland

Conscience bill sparks protests across Northern Ireland

1,300 attended a trio of rallies against the DUP's planned "conscience clause" bill at the weekend. The bill aims to protect businesses like Ashers Bakery, if they decline to accept custom on religious grounds
newsletter.co.uk 2 Feb 15

 

Gay marriage cake: Christian Institute seeks donations for Ashers Bakery legal battle

Gay marriage cake: Christian Institute seeks donations for Ashers Bakery legal battle

The public is being asked to donate money to help Ashers Bakery in its 'David and Goliath' legal fight against the Equality Commission. The Christian-run business in Belfast is being taken to court after refusing to include a slogan 'Support gay marriage' on a cake
belfasttelegraph.co.uk 2 Feb 15

Oregan bakery's refusal to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple will proceed toward a March hearing
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"We don't want to see men and women getting married"

"We don't want to see men and women getting married"

Michael O'Leary from Cork makes his contribution to The People's Debate on Ireland's same-sex referendum
youtube.com 2 Feb 15

Michael O'Leary rap - Irish funk duo create their own rap remix
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UK

Ex-soldier jailed for vicious homophobic attack outside Exeter gay bar

Ex-soldier jailed for vicious homophobic attack outside Exeter gay bar

Iraq veteran David Tomkinson was caught on CCTV repeatedly punching and kicking his helpless victim as he was curled up on the ground trying to protect himself. His defence said it was not a homophobic attack and Tomkinson was reacting to being accused of stealing the victim's wallet
exeterexpressandecho 2 Feb 15

 

GAY SPORTS

Football v Homophobia launched in Manchester

Football v Homophobia launched in Manchester

A host of clubs from across the football pyramid - from Premier League pacesetters Chelsea and Manchester City to Dulwich Hamlet and Tonbridge Angels - have pledged their support, as the 2015 Football v Homophobia campaign kicks off at the National Football Museum in Manchester
thefa.com 2 Feb 15

 

GAY ADVERTISING

Gay lovers featured in moving Super Bowl commercials

Gay lovers featured in moving Super Bowl commercials

The commercial is part of Australian jeweler Michael Hill's "We're for love" campaign, in which a diverse pool of more than 1,200 New Yorkers were interviewed about love. The Super Bowl commercial features 40 of those respondents
businessinsider.com.au 2 Feb 15

 

COMING OUT

Richard Wilson: 'I didn't mind being outed, but I thought I should warn my sister'

Richard Wilson: 'I didn't mind being outed, but I thought I should warn my sister'

Actor Richard Wilson talks about directing Sarah Kane's Blasted, the ghost of Victor Meldrew, and keeping his sexuality a secret from his parents
theguardian.com 2 Feb 15

 

Influential Church of England evangelical comes out as gay

Influential Church of England evangelical comes out as gay

Jayne Ozanne, 46, is the new director of Accepting Evangelicals, and was formerly from the Orthodox wing of the Church, holding strictly conservative views on sexuality. Ms Ozanne disclosed her sexuality in confidence a few years ago in a moving letter to a select group of church leaders. Not one of the few who knew has leaked details of her journey
christiantoday.com 2 Feb 15


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Campaign to pardon gay men goes on without William and Kate

Campaign to pardon gay men goes on without William and Kate

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stay out of a campaign to gain pardons for tens of thousands of men convicted of being gay, led by Alan Turing actor Benedict Cumberbatch
channel4.com 1 Feb 15

 

Soho bar owners relieved as redevelopment plans put on hold

Soho bar owners relieved as redevelopment plans put on hold

The Soho Yard and Stablesin Rupert Street, which has served the LGBT community for a number of years, was facing plans that would see the development of flats above the existing building
pinknews.co.uk 1 Feb 15

 

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EastEnders Pam St Clement: 'I had a lesbian affair behind my husband's back'

EastEnders Pam St Clement: 'I had a lesbian affair behind my husband's back'

The star was in her 30s when she fell for a woman on a trip to Australia while her civil servant husband stayed at home in the UK
mirror.co.uk 1 Feb 15

 

 

GAY HISTORY

The myth of the gay community

The myth of the gay community It was not until after graduating that Evan Beck started to realize how diverse the identities and needs of the gay community were - so much so that he's not sure the word "community" is either fair or accurate
theatlantic.com 1 Feb 15

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ALAN TURING

Benedict Cumberbatch calls for overturn 'intolerable' gay convictions

Benedict Cumberbatch calls for overturn 'intolerable' gay convictions

Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor, is leading a campaign to convince the government to overturn historic 'indecency' convictions handed to 49,000 gay men. The star of The Imitation Game, will ask for ordinary men to be offered the same official pardon as Alan Turing, who was prosecuted for gross indecency in 1952
telegraph.co.uk 31 Jan 15

Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Fry are among signatories of an open letter asking the government to pardon 49,000 men who were prosecuted for being gay - an estimated 15,000 of them are still alive
bbc.co.uk 31 Jan 15

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GAY BUSINESS

Dead tycoon's former partner fights over £6m 'gay village' estate

Dead tycoon's former partner fights over £6m estate in unique 'divorce' battle

Helen Roocroft is fighting for a bigger share of her ex's estate claiming Carol Ann Ainscow misled her about her wealth when they 'divorced'. Miss Ainscow was instrumental in transforming Manchester's Canal Street into a thriving gay village
telegraph.co.uk 31 Jan 15

 

Premium rate scam: Grindr users hit with fun-killing charges

Premium rate scam: Grindr users hit with fun-killing charges The iOS version has recently started dialling (without any user choice, input or confirmation) a premium rate number - 0913 666 0010 - which carries a hefty connection charge and per minute rate, and even if you cancel it quickly you still get hit with the connection charge
theregister.co.uk 31 Jan 15

 

Coca-Cola and Michael Sam #MakeItHappy for the Big Game

US athlete Michael Sam has experienced firsthand how the Internet has grown increasingly negative. In this Super Bowl commercial for Coke he channels this negativity into positivity:

"One nasty email she pretty much told me that we don't belong - that we're evil. She is really the only hate message that I replied to. And what I said was, 'I am sorry that you feel that way, but even though you hate me so much I still love you, and I wish you have a great day.' She never replied back."
youtu.be 31 Jan 15

 

Virginia scraps bill to allow businesses to discriminate

Virginia scraps bill to allow businesses to discriminate

A House panel has effectively killed legislation that would allow anyone holding a state license, including business owners, lawyers and doctors, to deny services to gay people without facing disciplinary action ... but have not added LGBT discrimination as an unlawful housing practice
richmond.com 31 Jan 15

 

SEX - LIFE

24 questions about gay Polyamorous relationships you wanted to ask ...

24 questions about gay Polyamorous relationships you wanted to ask - but were too polite to

... but were too polite to!
A conversation last year with Jason, John, Mark and Sid - the first polyamorous 'unit' I met which consisted of a primary couple, in which each partner had a secondary boyfriend
huffingtonpost.com 31 Jan 15

 

TRANS

Bruce Jenner 'IS transitioning into a woman, family sources confirm'

Bruce Jenner 'IS transitioning into a woman, family sources confirm'

Olympic gold medalist runner and Kardiashian reality star Jenner is definitely undergoing the transition to change sex, and will open up about his journey in a docu-series which is due to air when he is ready
mirror.co.uk 31 Jan 15


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UK

Muslim leader: 'Teaching British values in schools creates atmosphere of suspicion'

Muslim leader: 'Teaching British values in schools creates atmosphere of suspicion'

Joan Deslandes, head of Kingsford Community School, told a London conference of head teachers that schools experienced problems when trying to teach about statutory subjects such as gay rights because some parents would either keep their children at home or lodge time-consuming complaints
independent.co.uk 30 Jan 15

 

Cohabiting couples now the fastest growing type of family in the UK

Cohabiting couple families (straight or gay) grew by 29.7% between 2004 and 2014. The Office for National Statistics anticipates that the next Families and Households survey will contain specific statistics on same sex married couples
familylaw.co.uk

Marriages of same sex couples formed in England and Wales so far
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HIV AIDS

Mortimer Market Peer Support Workers saw 1,034 patients one-to-one

Mortimer Market Peer Support Workers saw 1,034 patients one-to-one And last year 700 more attended workshops at this central London clinic (age-range, 21 to 73!) such as their Newly Diagnosed Course; six sessions covering disclosure, medical aspects, love and sex, building support networks and, critically, the impact of diagnosis. They also work on positive-thinking, self-confidence, growing older with HIV, and clinical updates
cnwl.nhs.uk 30 Jan 15

 

SEX - LIFE

Selfridges is introducing a unisex shopping concept

Selfridges is introducing a unisex shopping concept

For six weeks, Selfridges will be introducing a gender neutral shopping experience. The Oxford Street store will be merging its separate women's and men's departments over three floors
metro.co.uk 30 Jan 15

 

GAY PRIDE

Kent Pride promises seaside family fun in Margate

Kent Pride promises seaside family fun in Margate

Kent Pride is being organised by Tony Butcher, who runs Canterbury's only gay bar, Limes Lounge. He said: "Margate will be a great venue for the parade, and Thanet District Council is very supportive"
- Sat 29 Aug
kentonline.co.uk 30 Jan 15

 

GAY RIGHTS

US Bill seeks to protect LGBT rights around the globe

"Members of Congress have sent a clear message to the State Department and the Obama Administration that LGBT rights are human rights and that they support creation of a special envoy to help put an end to persecution of LGBT people," said David Stacy, HRC's Government Affairs Director
hrc.org 30 Jan 15

 

GAY SPORTS

Only 19% of Americans oppose gay athletes in pro sports

Only 19% of Americans oppose gay athletes in pro sports

73% say they would support a professional sports team signing a gay or lesbian athlete, while 19% say they would oppose this action. There is broad support for a professional sports team signing a gay or lesbian athlete across demographic and political groups, including 66% of Republicans, 75% of independents, and 79% of Democrats
publicreligion.org 30 Jan 15

 

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Oscars: The Imitation Game finally plays the Gay Card

Oscars: 'The Imitation Game' finally plays the Gay Card

Harvey Weinstein argues that though Turing received a royal pardon in 2013 for his 1952 conviction for gross indecency because of his homosexuality, he deserves to be honored by the British government
hollywoodreporter.com 30 Jan 15

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Thursday

 

GAY SPORTS

TUC Toolkit to tackle homophobia in sport

TUC Toolkit to tackle homophobia in sport

The TUC is encouraging trade unions to collectively challenge the prejudice faced by many LGBT people in football and wider sport. The kit is primarily designed for use by trade union groups and not individuals
tuc.org.uk 29 Jan 15

 

COMING OUT

Broadway legend Joel Grey opens up about his sexuality

He reached the heights of stage and screen, was married for 24 years and proudly raised two children. Now, at 82, the Cabaret Oscar winner talks about his sexuality. "I don't like labels," says Grey, "but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man."
people.com 29 Jan 15

 

SEX - LIFE

Students turn to porn for sex education

Students turn to porn for sex education

An NUS survey shows 60% of students access porn to get informati on about sex - and 75% say issues they need to know about are not covered in class. Under a fifth discussed LGBT issues and 75% felt the education they received was not diverse enough
nus.org.uk 29 Jan 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

ICANN orders re-evaluation of dot-gay top-level domain

ICANN orders re-evaluation of dot-gay top-level domain

Controversially, the community application was rejected last year for not being gay enough. The independent evaluators argued, peculiarly, that since a large number of gay people were not public about their sexuality that the application was not sufficiently broad enough
theregister.co.uk 29 Jan 15

 

You know gay ads have gone mainstream when even Hallmark is making them

You know gay ads have gone mainstream when even Hallmark is making them

The greeting-card company is gay friendly - it's been making gay marriage cards since 2008. But ... it's one thing to sell gay-friendly merchandise - it's another to feature a gay couple in a commercial, as Hallmark has now done in its new "Put Your Heart to Paper" campaign for Valentine's Day
adweek.com 29 Jan 15

 

RUSSIA

Ukraine rejects 'gay propaganda' bill

Ukraine throws out 'gay propaganda' bill

After the election last October it appears that Ukraine now wants nothing to do with Russia - including its anti-gay policies
dosmanzanas.com 29 Jan 15

In post-revolutionary Ukraine, homophobia and oppression deepen
lgbtweekly.com 29 Jan 15

Russia: Leap backward in rights
hrw.org 29 Jan 15

 

BONKERS

AFA ousts Bryan Fischer as group spokesperson

AFA ousts Bryan Fischer as group spokesperson

Fischer, a prominent voice for the American Family Association for many years, often made ugly and ridiculous comments, recently connecting Nazis and homosexuality
msnbc.com 29 Jan 15

 

GAY BOOKS

Reverend Richard Coles in conversation with Dr Giles Fraser

Reverend Richard Coles in Conversation with Giles Fraser

Hear the only vicar in Britain to have had a Number 1 hit single (with The Communards) discuss his brilliant and searingly honest new autobiography, Fathomless Riches, and how he first met Jimmy Somerville in Gay's the Word bookshop, at this LGBT History Month event at The British Library
- Fri 20 Feb, 6:30-8pm
Tickets 29 Jan 15

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Wednesday

 

GAY PRIDE

Student Pride 2015 programme announced

Student Pride 2015 programme announced

Journalist Owen Jones and Transgender comedian Bethany Black will be among speakers at Student Pride 2015 in London, in a programme that includes a jobs fair, arts pride, queer cinema, a carnival and parties
- 27 Feb - 1 Mar
studentpride.co.uk 28 Jan 15

 

Bristol Pride 2015 will be greenest event yet

Bristol Pride 2015 will be greenest event yet

'Green Rainbow' is the theme for Bristol 2015 and are organisers are encouraging people to create placards and recycled outfits for the parade
- 4-12 Jul
pridebristol.co.uk 28 Jan 15

 

HIV AIDS

64 local authorities aim to 'halve it' for HIV infections

64 local authorities aim to halve HIV infections

Southwark Council in London is the latest local authority to join the 'Halve It' campaign to reduce by 50% the number of residents diagnosed late with HIV and those living with undiagnosed HIV
halveit.org.uk
28 Jan 15

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STICKS AND STONES

School cancels LGBT workshop last-minute because 'the other side had to be heard'

School cancels LGBT workshop last-minute because 'the other side had to be heard'

Founder of ShoutOut Eoin O'Liathain said volunteers had already arrived at the Dublin school when he received the call. "It was a bit flabbergasting, because there is no political message or component to ShoutOut whatsoever."
independent.ie 28 Jan 15

 

Green party candidate apologises for offending transgender people

Green party candidate apologises for offending transgender people

The philosopher Dr Rupert Read sparked a heated debate after posting that the use of the word "cisgender" as the opposite of "transgender" troubled him
independent.co.uk 28 Jan 15

 

Under-fire Newport Ukip candidate faces calls to stand down

Under-fire Newport Ukip candidate faces calls to stand down

Donald Grewar is being investigated by the party for replying "Well said" in response to a message on the BNP website referring to gay people as "perverts" and "paedophiles"
southwalesargus.co.uk 28 Jan 15

 

GAY RESEARCH

LGBT support for same-sex marriage isn't as uniform as one might think

LGBT support for same-sex marriage isn't as uniform as one might think

Among US Republican LGBT adults, support for gay marriage is not as strong as it is among Democrat LGBT adults, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey (78% c/w 98%). And a substantial share say the issue has taken too much attention from other important issues
pewresearch.org 28 Jan 15

 

AFRICA

Nigeria arrests 12 planning 'homosexual' wedding

Nigeria arrests 12 planning 'homosexual' wedding

"These men were arrested as they planned to hold a wedding among themselves," said Sheikh Aminu Daurawa, head of Kano State's Hisbah board police. "They are homosexuals; their acts are against the (sharia) law"
dailysabah.com 28 Jan 15

 

Uganda: 9 gay men threatened by mob, arrested by police

Uganda: 9 gay men threatened by mob, arrested by police

Without knowing it, the men had put their lives in jeopardy by visiting an STI screening clinic, which attracted the attention of a homophobic mob
76crimes.com 28 Jan 15

 

ALAN TURING

Sicilian street named after gay codebreaker Alan Turing

Scicilian street named after gay codebreaker Alan Turing

Catania's place names committee has decided to name seven streets after two police commissioners killed by the Mafia, a theatre founder, a writer, and Alan Turing 'the discoverer of the codes of the Enigma machine'
cataniaoggi.com 28 Jan 15


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Tuesday

 

GAY ADOPTION

Meet the Adopter webcast

Meet the Adopter webcast

The "Meet the Adopter" webcasts are an opportunity for anyone interested in adoption to share comments, experiences and questions. Guests for the event, are adoptive parents, Tor Docherty and Rupert Smith who will be sharing their insights and experience as gay adopters
- begins 28 Jan, 6.30pmfirst4adoption.org.uk 27 Jan 15

 

GAY SPORTS

Gay Sports Fair 2015

Gay Sports Fair 2015

Find out about the various gay sports teams you could join at The List's evening of informal networking and drinks with a view of the pitch at the iconic Kia Oval Cricket Ground, Kennington
- Tue 27 Jan, 6-10pm
Register Free 27 Jan 15

 

GAY HISTORY

The Nazi bid to exterminate gay people

The Nazi bid to exterminate gay people

"We must exterminate these people (homosexuals) root and branch... We can't permit such danger to the country; the homosexual must be entirely eliminated." - Heinrich Himmle
- Holocaust Memorial Day, Tue 27 Jan
huffingtonpost.co.uk 27 Jan 15

 

TRANS

'Bank mistook my sex change for fraud' - when poor service counts as discrimination

'Bank mistook my sex change for fraud' - when poor service counts as discrimination

If a firm doesn't accommodate a customer's race, religion, disability or sexual orientation they could be ignoring their rights under the Equality Act
telegraph.co.uk 27 Jan 15

 

WORLD

What it's like to be gay in modern India

What it's like to be gay in modern India

After 20 years of living in San Francisco, Sandip Roy returned to India, a country where everyone wants to know your business and where the idea of a man living alone is baffling
telegraph.co.uk 27 Jan 15

 

GAY RESEARCH

The 10 kinkiest cities in the United States 2015

The 10 kinkiest cities in the United States 2015

We looked at 50 major American cities, ranking them for total kink population, the percentage of the population that identifies as kinky, the number of kink-aware professionals (therapists, doctors, lawyers), and by the porn purchases of their inhabitants
50skillsofgrey.com 27 Jan 15


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Monday

 

COMING OUT

British Army general on verge of coming out

British Army general on verge of coming out A married British Army general is on the verge of coming out as gay - an announcement which would send shockwaves through the Armed Forces. He has kept his homosexuality secret since joining 25 years ago
mirror.co.uk 26 Jan 15

 

ALAN TURING

Alan Turing private notebook to be sold at auction

Alan Turing private notebook to be sold at auction

A notebook belonging to the gay man who helped break the Nazi code, Alan Turing, is to be sold at auction. The book from 1942 showcases his mathematical genius, and gives an insight into his private thoughts
bbc.co.uk 26 Jan 15

 

SEX - LIFE

Alan Titchmarsh, a gay lecturer and a row over teenage sex

Alan Titchmarsh, a gay lecturer and a row over teenage sex

The television gardener has attacked Professor Eric Anderson, 46, who boasted in a lecture that gay sex is best, that he targets 16 to 18-year-olds, that he had already had sex with more than 1,000 teenagers and men, and that he planned to double the total even if he had to pay young prostitutes
dailymail.co.uk 26 Jan 15

 

"If you love she-males come to the United Kingdom"

"If you love she-males come to the United Kingdom"

Nigel Farage's top UKIP aide Matthew Richardson condemned the NHS as "the biggest waste of money in the UK," and said "Socialists think that if somebody wants to reassign their gender the state should pay"
mirror.co.uk 26 Jan 15

 

HIV AIDS

Bill Gates predicts HIV vaccine by 2030

Bill Gates predicts HIV vaccine by 2030

Microsoft founder told the World Economic Forum in Davos that new intensive drugs to combat HIV should be available by 2030 and end most new cases of the virus
theguardian.com 26 Jan 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Irish Schools and hospitals to lose right to sack gay staff

Irish Schools and hospitals to lose right to sack gay staff

Religious-run schools and hospitals will be stripped of the ability to sack staff for being gay, divorced, or unmarried parents by Easter, Equality Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says
irishexaminer.com 26 Jan 15

 

China's first ever sexual-orientation discrimination lawsuit

China's first ever sexual-orientation discrimination lawsuit

Mu Yi said he was "outed involuntarily" because of a viral video, and is now suing his employers for firing him because he is gay
shanghaiist.com 26 Jan 15

 

Illinois tourism appoints gay chief

Illinois tourism appoints gay chief

Cory Jobe has been picked to be the state's new director of tourism - "I'm the kind of guy who wants to bring people together"
windycitymediagroup 26 Jan 15

 

Gay mecca on Fire Island sells for $10.1 Million at auction

Gay Mecca on Fire Island sells for $10.1 Million at auction

A strip of commercial real estate along the harbor in Fire Island Pines sold for $10.1 million at auction on Thursday to developers with plans to continue the revival of a former mecca for closeted gay men
nytimes.com 26 Jan 15

 

Vietnam breaks up $47m gambling ring led by gay magazine owner

Vietnam breaks up $47m gambling ring led by gay magazine owner

Police have detained To Cong Hung, 33, the owner of Attitude's Vietnam edition in Ho Chi Minh City
tuoitrenews.vn 26 Jan 15

 

GAY ADVERTISING

You Don't Say Campaign explains why we are uncomfortable with certain words
Student athletes at Duke University are taking part in a powerful campaign to challenge homophobia, transphobia, and other prejudice
facebook.com 26 Jan 15

 

RUSSIA

Russian LGBT activist fined for disseminating 'Gay Propaganda'

Russian LGBT activist fined for disseminating 'Gay Propaganda'

Yelena Klimova, the founder of the DETI-404 online support group for LGBT teenagers, has been fined 50,000 rubles ($780) for violating Russia's controversial law against the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors." Russia's media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, opened a case against Klimova last November
themoscowtimes.com

DETI-404 26 Jan 15


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GAY BUSINESS

Stephen Fry: Save Soho from threat of property boom

Stephen Fry: Save Soho from threat of property boom

In an open letter to Chancellor George Osborne and Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles, actor Mr Fry and other leading names from the creative industries lament the dearth of "office and studio space" at the expense of housing - and an "imminent crisis for London's creative businesses"
standard.co.uk 25 Jan 15

 

Lawyer arrested after boyfriend dies of suspected drugs overdose

Lawyer arrested after boyfriend dies of suspected drugs overdose

Henry Hendron, a 34-year-old civil barrister, was arrested in London on Tuesday morning, after the sudden death of his boyfriend, 18-year-old Miguel Jimenez. Mr Hendron is a close friend of gay senior Tory MP Nigel Evans
pinknews.co.uk 25 Jan 15

 

HIV AIDS

Ukip's official health spokesperson disagrees with Farage over HIV

Ukip's official health spokesperson disagrees with Farage over HIV

Mr Farage said that he wanted to control "the quality" of people allowed to live in the UK - and suggested "people who do not have HIV" as an example. Louise Bours disagrees, saying: "HIV is rather a bad example though, to be honest. HIV is managed now, isn't it."
independent.co.uk 25 Jan 15


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Saturday

 

GAY PARENTS

Sharp rise in number of children adopted by gay and lesbian couples

Sharp rise in number of children adopted by gay and lesbian couples

Last year 180 infants were adopted by gay couples and another 150 went to live with lesbian parents, according to the UK's Department of Education
telegraph.co.uk 24 Jan 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Gay rights takes center stage at Davos

Gay rights takes center stage at Davos

For the first time in the history of the World Economic Forum's annual conference in Davos, Switzerland, gay rights in the workplace is on the official agenda. The Diversity Dividend panel discussed ways to ensure that employers help the LGBT community and other minorities feel valued and respected in the workplace
fortune.com 24 Jan 15

 

"Faggot". "Poof". What Google Translate suggests when you type the word "gay"

"Faggot". "Poof". That's what Google Translate suggests when you type the word "gay"

Google is listening out for feedback this week, as they just launched a new version of their translation app. Sign now to ask Google - known as a pro-equality company - to remove anti-gay slurs from its translation
Sign Petition 24 Jan 15

 

O-M-G

Isis publishes penal code listing stoning as punishments for sodomy

Isis publishes penal code listing stoning as punishments for sodomy

The document emphasises the need for Muslims to adhere to tough Sharia codes of conduct. 'Crimes' such as homosexuality are among those deemed punishable by death. Sodomy (homosexuality): Death for the person committing the act, as well as for the one receiving it
independent.co.uk 24 Jan 15

 

TRANS

Watch Transparent free ... today only

Transparent

In celebration of the historic double Golden Globe win for Amazon Original TV series Transparent, Amazon are inviting UK customers to watch all 10 episodes for free on Saturday 24 January
amazon.co.uk 24 Jan 15


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GAY BUSINESS

Soho's The Yard bar is fighting development plans

Soho's The Yard bar is fighting development plans

The Yard bar and restaurant in Rupert Street has been given just a week's notice that Westminster City Council intends to give the plans approval at a committee meeting on Tuesday, 27 January. The Yard needs your support to help stop this development
yardbar.co.uk 23 Jan 15

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GAY MARRIAGE

MP Mike Freer converts civil partnership to gay marriage

MP Mike Freer converts civil partnership to gay marriage

Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer has converted his civil partnership with Angelo Crolla into marriage. Mr Freer won awards for his moving speech in support of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in parliament in 2013
hamhigh.co.uk 23 Jan 15

Obama hopes high court legalizes gay marriage
thehill.com 23 Jan 15

 

SHOW BIZ

Cucumber, Banana and Tofu review

Cucumber, Banana and Tofu review

- 'gloriously, triumphantly, explicitly gay and the television event of the week' - Three interconnected shows from Russell T Davies that are dead funny and very, very human
theguardian.com 23 Jan 15

 

O-M-G

Love Letters to Richard Dawkins

Love Letters to Richard Dawkins

Dr. Richard Dawkins - Author, Professor and Evolutionary Biologist - reads "fan mail" he has received from some of his not-so-great admirers, most of whom seem to think he is gay
youtube.com 23 Jan 15

 

GAY RESEARCH

US Government spent $432,000 studying gay hookup Apps

NIH project studied 'arousal' of gay men when using Grindr. Columbia University interviewed gay men who use GPS dating apps to determine whether it increases their likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behavior
freebeacon.com 23 Jan 15

 

GAY BOOKS

To find yourself, sometimes you must lose everything

To find yourself, sometimes you must lose everything

Patrick Gale's latest book is the portrait of a gay man's journey from the comfortable hypocrisies of pre-War England to the harsh purity of farming in Canada
Buy Book 23 Jan 15


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Thursday

 

GAY JOBS

NUT seeks Senior LGBT Organiser

NUT seeks Senior LGBT Organiser

The post will include campaigning activity and ensuring the Union delivers on priorities for under- represented groups particularly amongst our LGBT members
teachers.org.uk 22 Jan 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Out and abroad: businesses have a responsibility to support gay staff

Out and abroad: businesses have a responsibility to support gay staff

"Corporations have a significant ability to influence society, not through government lobbying, but just through their actions and being role models," claims Vincent Cipollone, corporate development executive for IBM.
theguardian.com 22 Jan 15

 

McDonalds doorman suspended after man was 'told to stop kissing male friend'

McDonalds doorman suspended after man was 'told to stop kissing male friend'

Matthew Dummigan said he was told no kissing was allowed in the Leicester restaurant when his friend "pecked" him on the lips. When he asked the doorman whether it would be acceptable if they were male and female, he was told it would be
leicestermercury.co.uk 22 Jan 15

 

WORLD

How Marine Le Pen is winning France's gay vote

How Marine Le Pen is winning France's gay vote

The Front National now has the support of a quarter of Paris's gay voters - and only 16 per cent of the straight ones
spectator.co.uk 22 Jan 15

 

Is Egypt's press collaborating with the regime against gays?

Is Egypt's press collaborating with the regime against gays? According Monsour Ibrahim, editor of liberal publication Tahrir News, the government sends instructions to the media on the topics they should cover, including the arrests of homosexuals
Fyagg.com 22 Jan 15

 

SHOW BIZ

Doctor Who nominated for a GLAAD award

Doctor Who nominated for a GLAAD award

The episode which featured the show's first lesbian kiss has been nominated for Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character). Other nominations include: Pride, The Imitation Game, Orphan Black, Vicious, and Sam Smith
glaad.org 22 Jan 15


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Wednesday

 

TRANS

'Transgender' said for first time in State of the Union address

'Transgender' said for first time in Obama's State of the Union address

"That's why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender," President Obama said. "We do these things not only because they're right, but because they make us safer." He went on to call gay marriage a civil right
thehill.com 21 Jan 15

 

UK

Manchester 'gay school': Petition launched against plan

Manchester 'gay school': Petition launched against plan

LGBT Youth North West
is being asked to cancel any plans to create a LGBT specific school and focus work on equality for all within mainstream education
manchestereveningnews

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Head hits back after Sunderland free school branded 'inadequate'

Head hits back after Sunderland free school branded 'inadequate'

Principal Chris Gray complained: "In the days after the inspection ... I heard reports of primary schoolchildren being asked if they knew of any boys or girls who thought they were in the wrong body and others if they knew what gay and lesbians did"
sunderlandecho.com 21 Jan 15

 

NI Health Minister backs Edwin Poots' gay blood ban

NI Health Minister backs Edwin Poots' gay blood ban

Jim Wells says he continues to support a ban on gay men donating blood here despite the prohibition being lifted elsewhere in the UK and an ongoing legal appeal that has cost his department £39,000 so far
belfasttelegraph.co.uk 21 Jan 15

 

GAY HISTORY

The first National Festival of LGBT History is just around the corner

The first National Festival of LGBT History is just around the corner

Trailblazing campaigners speaking at the event include Christine Burns MBE (Press For Change), Peter Tatchell (Gay Liberation Front), Mike Jackson (featured in the year's smash hit "Pride"), Stuart Milk (chair of the Harvey Milk foundation) and veteran ex-politician Linda Bellos OBE
- 14-15 Feb 2015
lgbthistoryfestival.org 21 Jan 15

LGBT History Month

SNP to host LGBT History Month conference

650 delegates from across Scotland will attend the event, which will mark LGBT History Month with a debate on how LGBT rights have improved in Scotland over the years
- Sat 7 Feb

facebook.com 21 Jan 15

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Supreme Court faced gay rights decision in 1958 over 'obscene' magazine
Supreme Court faced gay rights decision in 1958 over 'obscene' magazine
The road to gay rights at the U.S. Supreme Court began in a small downtown Los Angeles office, where volunteer writers and editors in 1953 launched ONE - a new "magazine for homosexuals"
latimes.com 21 Jan 15

How the Germans invented gay rights - more than a century ago

Gay Berlin

Robert Beachy's Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity begins with the story of Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, essentially the first gay activist, who encountered censorship and ended up going into exile, but his ideas very gradually took hold
newyorker.com 21 Jan 15

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GAY MARRIAGE

Irish gay adoption law due before same-sex marriage referendum

Irish gay adoption law due before same-sex marriage referendum

Irish minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald has pledged that legislation providing for adoption by gay couples will be enacted before the referendum on same-sex marriage in May
irishtimes.com 21 Jan 15

 

Christian group's free speech denied over gay marriage conference ban, UK Government signals

Christian group's free speech denied over gay marriage conference ban, UK Government signals

Christian Concern, which campaigned against the legalisation of same-sex marriage, has received a public apology after it was barred from staging a debate on marriage at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre opposite the Houses of Parliament
telegraph.co.uk 21 Jan 15

 

FYR Macedonia bans same-sex marriage and creates constitutional obstacle future civil unions

FYR Macedonia bans same-sex marriage and creates constitutional obstacle future civil unions "Instead of guaranteeing equal rights for all couples, Macedonia's parliament decided to create a constitutional obstacle to even create possible legislation on this issue in the future," warned the Intergroup on LGBTI Rights
lgbt-ep.eu 21 Jan 15

 

SHOW BIZ

Pride wins Unsung Film of the Year and the LGBTQ Film of the Year

Pride wins Unsung Film of the Year and the LGBTQ Film of the Year

Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics also named Boyhood their Film of the Year, while Transparent and The Normal Heart win TV awards
galeca.com 21 Jan 15

 

Sixteen years after Queer As Folk exploded on to the screen ...

Sixteen years after Queer As Folk exploded on to the screen...

... award-winning writer Russell T Davies is back with Cucumber, Banana and Tofu: three new interlinked shows for Channel 4, E4 and online. Cucumber and Banana are two original drama series exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life
- C4, Thu 22 Jan 9pm
channel4.com 21 Jan 15

Channel 4's diversity quotas read like a comedy script
independent.co.uk 21 Jan 15


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UK

Lord Cashman reveals he considered suicide after husband's death

Lord Cashman reveals he considered suicide after husband's death

In emotional comments during a House of Lords debate on assisted dying, the former MEP and actor described how his partner Paul Cottingham had died "very swiftly" from a "very aggressive cancer"
independent.co.uk 20 Jan 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Why now is the time for world and business leaders to talk LGBT at Davos

Why now is the time for world and business leaders to talk LGBT at Davos

Global professional and tech services company Accenture is leading the way by hosting a groundbreaking conversation with three of the most senior gay and lesbian corporate executives on the panel
gaystarnews.com 20 Jan 15

World Economic Forum is addressing the issue of gay and lesbian rights on the formal agenda for the first time
nytimes.com

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SHOW BIZ

The blunt reason Kevin Hart won't play a gay character on screen

The blunt reason Kevin Hart won't play a gay character on screen

"It's because I don't think I'm really going to dive into that role 100 percent because of insecurities about myself trying to play that part. Does that make sense?" - homosexuality is still a stigma in the African-American community
cinemablend.com 20 Jan 15

 

Gay directory Lee Daniels says he wants to 'blow the lid off homophobia'

Gay directory Lee Daniels says he wants to 'blow the lid off homophobia'

The creator of Fox's prime-time soap Empire said he wants to "blow the lid off homophobia in the African-American community
nydailynews.com 20 Jan 15


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GAY MARRIAGE

First Pagan same-sex wedding

First Pagan same-sex wedding

The UK's first Pagan same-sex wedding took place in Edinburgh yesterday as Tom Lanting (34) and Iain Robertson (39) were married in a ceremony which saw them literally tie the knot
Pictures by Cherrie Coutts 19 Jan 15

 

No plan to allow nude weddings

No plan to allow nude weddings Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has dismissed reports the government is planning to allow nude weddings. The government was looking into humanist marriages in England and Wales, he said
bbc.co.uk 19 Jan 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

HSBC boss: 'Being gay helped me rise to the top'

António Simões told a Portuguese newspaper that gay people have a 'personal duty at the professional level to come out of the closet'
telegraph.co.uk 19 Jan 15

 

GAY PARENTS

Family Court magistrate suspended for objecting to gay parents

Family Court magistrate suspended for objecting to gay parents

Christian magistrate Richard Page told colleagues that he thought it would be better for a child to be brought up in a traditional family rather than by a gay couple. He was reported to the judges' watchdog for alleged prejudice
dailymail.co.uk 19 Jan 15

 

GAY PRIDE

Kent Pride comes to Margate

Organisers need sponsors, and volunteers to help with Distribution of Flyers and as Stewards
- Sat 29 Aug
facebook.com 19 Jan 15

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GAY MARRIAGE

Stephen Fry and Elliott Spencer marry

Stephen Fry and Elliott Spencer marry

Stephen Fry and Elliott Spencer married in the Norfolk town of Dereham on Saturday afternoon. The author and TV presenter tweeted: "Gosh. @ElliottGSpencer and I go into a room as two people, sign a book and leave as one. Amazing"
hellomagazine.com 18 Jan 15

 

COMING OUT

Leo Varadkar becomes Ireland's first openly gay minister

Leo Varadkar becomes Ireland's first openly gay minister

Health minister tipped as future party leader tells radio show: 'I am a gay man. It's not a secret'
theguardian.com 18 Jan 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Bakery that refused anti-gay cake slapped with 'religious discrimination complaint'

Bakery that refused anti-gay cake slapped with 'religious discrimination complaint'

"He wouldn't allow me to make a copy of the message, but it was really hateful," said Marjorie Silva of Denver's Azucar Bakery, "I remember the words detestable, disgrace, homosexuality, and sinners."
outfrontonline.com 18 Jan 15

 

GAY PRIDE

Oxford Pride's celebration rally is returning to Paradise Street

Oxford Pride's celebration rally is returning to Paradise Street

Oxford Pride had been held in Oxpens since 2003 but this year it will return to Paradise Street, where it first took place in 2002
oxfordmail.co.uk 18 Jan 15

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O-M-G

Isis throw man off roof in Iraq for being gay
Harrowing photographs show the shocking final moments before a man was thrown from the roof of a building in Iraq by Isis as 'punishment' for being gay
metro.co.uk 17 Jan 15

 

Being an Atheist as hard for Tories as being gay, says MP

Being an Atheist as hard for Tories as being gay, says MP James Arbuthnot, who has served as a the chair of the defence committee as well as a defence minister and Chief Whip in his time in parliament, told the Commons on Friday that he had kept secret the fact he was not religious for almost thirty years
huffingtonpost.co.uk 17 Jan 15

 

Pope says same-sex marriage threatens family

Pope says same-sex marriage threatens family

"The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage," the pope said during his visit to the Philipines, "...forces which threaten to disfigure God's plan for creation"
catholicnews.com 17 Jan 15

 

GAY MARRIAGE

US Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage

US Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage

The US Supreme Court will rule this year on whether gay couples have a right to marry across all states. The justices said they would hear a combined case about marriage bans in four states
bbc.co.uk 17 Jan 15

 

Michael Sam proposes to Vito Cammisano in Vatican City

Michael Sam proposes to Vito Cammisano in Vatican City

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, has taken another leap of confidence - and likely controversy - by proposing to his longtime love from what is renowned as one of the holiest Catholic sites
dailymail.co.uk 17 Jan 15

 

COMING OUT

What it's like to be gay in the Armed Forces

Recruits to British armed forces quizzed on sexuality to improve diversity

Just 15 years ago, openly gay people were banned from serving in the military - now the Ministry of Defence is asking recruits to declare their sexuality in a bid to improve diversity. One serviceman shares his experience of being 'out' in the Forces
telegraph.co.uk 17 Jan 15

 

GAY SPORTS

Sarah Watts soccer campaigner dies aged 49

Sarah Watts soccer campaigner dies aged 49

Sarah, together with her friend and colleague, Liz Costa, worked with the Gay Football Supporters' Network in an effort to end the homophobic abuse that Brighton & Hove Albion supporters had been subjected to for many years
gfsn.org.uk 17 Jan 15

 

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Glee coach is transitioning from a woman to a man

Glee coach is transitioning from a woman to a man

Dot Marie Jones who plays coach Shannon Beiste revealed that the character is transitioning from a woman to a man. To tell the story, Glee armed the character with a letter from a psychologist diagnosing her with gender dysphoria. Her transition wasn't about who she wanted to go to bed with but who she wanted to go to bed as
hollywoodreporter.com 17 Jan 15


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Friday

 

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Plans drawn up for Britain's first lesbian and gay school

Plans drawn up for Britain's first lesbian and gay school

A £63,000 feasibility study has been commissioned into the idea of building the school in Manchester. Amelia Lee says it would teach 40 full-time students and also offer 20 part-time places
independent.co.uk 16 Jan 15

 

WORLD

Bajan gets prestigious Queen's award

Bajan gets prestigious Queen's award

Donnya Piggott, head of Barbados Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination (BGLAD), is among 60 people to receive the inaugural Queen's Young Leaders Award
nationnews.com 16 Jan 15

 

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Russell T Davies writing TV drama about Aids in the 1980s

Russell T Davies writing TV drama about Aids in the 1980s

Davies said the project, called The Boys, being developed for Channel 4, tells the story about the "quiet" deaths of men who died of the disease more than 30 years ago
theguardian.com 16 Jan 15

 

In The Flesh cancelled by BBC3

In The Flesh cancelled by BBC3

The confirmation will come as a blow to fans of the beloved gay zombie drama, who have fervently campaigned for its return and last year crowned it best show of the year in RadioTimes.com's 2014 TV Show Championship
radiotimes.com 16 Jan 15

 

TfL gives gay Reg poster the bum's rush

The late Kevin Elyot's 1994 play about a group of gay friends was revived by the Donmar Warehouse last year and transfers to the Apollo Theatre on Saturday. The new poster has passed Advertising Standards Authority restrictions but TfL is more prone to blushes and won't allow naked Lewis Reeves on the Underground
standard.co.uk 16 Jan 15


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Thursday

 

UK

LGBT domestic violence helpline is facing closure

LGBT domestic violence helpline is facing closure

Broken Rainbow, the service that is a crucial lifeline for thousands of LGBT people experiencing domestic violence and abuse, is coming to the end of its main funding stream in March and has had no clear confirmation from the Home Office whether it will be extended for another year
brokenrainbow.org.uk 15 Jan 15

 

Public figures come out as Tatchell patrons

Public figures come out as Tatchell patrons

Eleven leading public figures from politics, broadcasting, film, music, law and campaigning have become patrons of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation
petertatchellfoundation.org

Donate 15 Jan 15

 

Woman found dead in King William IV pub in Hampstead

Police were called at 10.05am this morning to the King William IV pub in Hampstead High Street to find a 36-year-old woman who was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the death is being treated as non-suspicious
hamhigh.co.uk 15 Jan 15

 

NHS staff told to stop helping patients get gay conversion therapy
The treatment isn't offered on the NHS, but it's understood some staff have occasionally put patients in touch with organisations who provide it. Experts say attempting so-called "gay cures" can be "dangerous" and "damaging"
bbc.co.uk 15 Jan 15

 

COMING OUT

Twins come out to their dad in emotional YouTube video

Twins come out to their dad in emotional YouTube video

Austin and Aaron Rhodes' video shows them sharing the news with their nearly 56,000 subscribers and then calling their Dad to tell him. The confession takes an emotional turn
towleroad.com 15 Jan 15

 

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Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game gets EIGHT Oscar nominations

Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game gets EIGHT nominations

The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, has been nominated for eight Oscars including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. The film has also received nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Film Editing and Production Design
manchestereveningnews 15 Jan 15

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Naomi Campbell claims she 'wouldn't exist without gay men'

Naomi Campbell claims she 'wouldn't exist without gay men'

Speaking on the red carpet at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) awards last night, the supermodel said: "Hair, make-up, designer, photographer, stylist, manicure, hair-dresser, I mean, I just wouldn't exist"
independent.co.uk 15 Jan 15


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Wednesday

 

UK

Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2015

Stonewall's definitive list of Britain's most gay-friendly workplaces showcases the achievements of employers submitting to the Workplace Equality Index
stonewall.org.uk 14 Jan 15

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust the most gay-friendly employer in the UK
telegraph.co.uk 14 Jan 15

 

Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK

Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK

Organisations across the UK acknowledge that conversion therapy, or "repareative therapy", which attempts to change a person's sexuality, is unethical and harmful. It also sets out plans to tackle conversion therapy and protect patients from it
psychotherapy.org.uk 14 Jan 15

 

O-M-G

If a gay Mormon man marries a woman, divorce is likely, study finds

If a gay Mormon man marries a woman, divorce is likely, study finds

Marriages like those profiled on TV show "My Husband Is Not Gay" are two to three times more likely to end in divorce than others, finds an in-depth survey of 1,612 self-selected LGBT/same-sex attracted Mormons
sltrib.com 14 Jan 15

 

GAY PARENTS

Black gay dads defend viral photo in new commercial

Black gay dads defend viral photo in new commercial

Kordale and Kaleb Lewis and their three children are starring in a heartwarming commercial for Nikon. They hope the images reveal how much their family is just like everyone else's
thegrio.com 14 Jan 15


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Tuesday

 

UK

Soho gay bar Green Carnation to close

The Oscar Wilde-inspired Green Carnation bar on Greek Street is to close its doors this month, to be redeveloped as a new venue
pinknews.co.uk 13 Jan 15

 

Gay couple in legal bid to have marriage declared lawful in NI
The couple, from Northern Ireland, were married in England after same-sex weddings became lawful there in March last year. They have now launched a High Court bid to have their marriage declared lawful in Northern Ireland
irishtimes.com 13 Jan 15

 

Entrepreneurs meet at THT's pop-up shop

THT Boutique Shop

The Gay Business Association will join GPN and start this year's networking meetings at a pop up place in Soho amongst the sex shops ... a pop-up shop for the Terrence Higgins Trust at 10 Walkers Court, Soho, London W1F 0BZ MAP
- Thu 15 Jan, 6.30-10pm
gba.org.uk 13 Jan 15

 

Channel 4 set LGBT targets

As well as producing ground-breaking new LGBT dramas like Cucumber, Banana and Tofu, Channel 4 360 Diversity Charter aims to ensure 6% of staff are LGBT
channel4.com 13 Jan 15

 

Tesco apologises after checkout worker said 'gay people shouldn't have babies'

Tesco apologises after checkout worker said 'gay people shouldn't have babies'

Natalie Rivans was shopping with her girlfriend Helen Embleton at Tesco Extra in Surrey Quays when a cashier who had served a pregnant lesbian couple in front of them apparently said homosexuality was "wrong" and "all gay people should die alone"
standard.co.uk 13 Jan 15

 

Gay couple told to leave for kissing in Plymouth pub

Gay couple told to leave for kissing in Plymouth pub say it was because they are gay

Darren Barnett, 22, and his boyfriend Dylan Morris, 20, say they were told to leave the St Levan Inn, in Devonport, if they carried on kissing. But landlord Paul Bodenham, 66, said he is not homophobic and would have told a straight couple the same thing
plymouthherald.co.uk 13 Jan 15


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Monday

 

UK

Unionist gay rights man Jeffrey Dudgeon eyeing seat as MP

Unionist gay rights man Jeffrey Dudgeon eyeing seat as MP

Mr Dudgeon speaks about being questioned by the RUC in the 1970s about his sexuality and spearheading a case in the European courts to legalising homosexuality in Northern Ireland: "We were of the time and we were angry, out and proud, so we stuck together and survived"
belfasttelegraph.co.uk 12 Jan 15

 

A serial killer could be stalking Greater Manchester's canals

A serial killer could be stalking Greater Manchester's canals

Professor Craig Jackson, head of psychology at Birmingham City University, said 61 bodies have been pulled from the region's rivers and canals in six years ... and claimed it was possible a canal killer was at large. Police insiders have dismissed the claims
manchestereveningnews 12 Jan 15

 

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Golden Globes winner thanks trans people for their courage

Transparent - Accepting the award for 'Best Actor in a Comedy', Jeffrey Tambor, who plays transgender parent Maura Pfefferman, said he was so grateful to transgender people for their inspirational bravery.

The Normal Heart - The acclaimed historical HIV drama was also recognised, with out gay actor Matt Bomer announced 'Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie or Series'
samesame.com.au 12 Jan 15

The Imitation Game - Alan Turing biopic lost out at the Golden Globes
manchestereveningnews 12 Jan 15

 

WORLD

Egypt court acquits 26 men in gay trial

Egypt court acquits 26 men in gay trial

The men faced various charges, including debauchery and performing indecent public acts after being arrested in a televised raid last month by police looking for gays at a Cairo public bathhouse. Rights activists say 2014 was the worst year in a decade for Egypt's gay community, with at least 150 men arrested or put on trial
aljazeera.com 12 Jan 15

 

Goa plans to make LGBTs 'normal' with medicine and training

Goa plans to make LGBTs 'normal' with medicine and training

Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ramesh Tawadkar's Youth Policy lists "stigmatised" LGBT youth as one of the many "target groups" which the documents says required "focused attention"
indiatoday.intoday.in 12 Jan 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Tiffany & Co. jewelry ad campaign features its first gay couple

Tiffany & Co. jewelry ad campaign features its first gay couple

The two men depicted in the "Will You?" campaign are a real-life couple. The campaign was shot by fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh
time.com 12 Jan 15

 

Iris Prize increased to £30,000 thanks to The Michael Bishop Foundation

Iris Prize increased to £30,000 thanks to The Michael Bishop Foundation The Cardiff LGBT film festival also confirmed that the family of Partner Festivals, who each nominate one short film to compete for the Iris Prize, will include a festival from China
irisprize.org

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UK

Recruits to British armed forces quizzed on sexuality to improve diversity

Recruits to British armed forces quizzed on sexuality to improve diversity

Details of the service personnel's sexual preference will be stored, but recruits have the option to "prefer not to say". The measure has been introduced in a bid to foster greater tolerance within the armed forces
telegraph.co.uk 11 Jan 15

 

Queen's guards rocked by complaint of gay soldier that he was bullied

Queen's guards rocked by complaint of gay soldier that he was bullied

The Queen's Household Cavalry has been hit by claims that a gay soldier was bullied by a senior colleague over a number of years. He said: 'I want to get on with my career and keep my private life private.'
dailymail.co.uk 11 Jan 15

 

Charlton Athletic LGBT fans attacked

Charlton Athletic LGBT fans attacked

A group of LGBT football fans have claimed they were attacked after being lured to a meeting with a fake like-minded group. Police have launched an investigation after Charlton Rainbows were assaulted before yesterday's match against Brighton and Hove Albion
mirror.co.uk

 

GAY MARRIAGE

Heartbreak for Scottish gay couple following wedding mix-up

Heartbreak for Scottish gay couple following wedding mix-up

John and Sean Vernon's marriage had to be cancelled when a staff member at Inverness registrar's office realised it was not legally possible because his civil partnership was registered in Belfast
inverness-courier.co.uk 11 Jan 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Obamacare commercial targets same-sex couples

Obamacare commercial targets same-sex couples

The advert features married couple, Jake and Allen, who say making the choice to #GetCovered turned into a life saving decision
youtube.com 11 Jan 15

 

Virginian lawmaker wants businesses to discriminate against 'homosexual conduct'

Virginian lawmaker wants businesses to discriminate against 'homosexual conduct'

The legislation, proposed by Tea Party Republican Bob Marshall and pertains to obtaining any government-issued license, AND specifically allows discrimination on grounds of "homosexual behavior"
care2.com 11 Jan 15

 

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Stephen Daldry attached to Wicked movie

Stephen Daldry attached to Wicked movie

Wicked might finally be on its way to defying gravity on the big screen with Stephen Daldry, the gay director of Billy Elliot on film and stage - aiming for a 2016 release date
insidemovies.ew.com 11 Jan 15


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Saturday

 

UK

'Pipe bomb' threats to gay MP Chris Bryant

'Pipe bomb' threats to gay MP Chris Bryant Police are investigating a series of vile expletive-laden tweets sent to the Welsh MP - including a threat to pipe bomb his office
walesonline.co.uk
10 Jan 15

 

TRANS

Russian transgender people will no longer qualify for driving licences

Russian transgender people will no longer qualify for driving licences

Fetishism, exhibitionism and voyeurism are also included as "mental disorders" now barring people from driving. The government says it is tightening medical controls for drivers because Russia has too many road accidents
bbc.co.uk 10 Jan 15

 

Ireland's foremost "gender discombobulist" on TED

Ireland's foremost "gender discombobulist" on TED

Panti Bliss (aka Rory O'Neill) shares her experience of the little, everyday things that can have a huge impact on the wellbeing of gay people
youtube.com 10 Jan 15

 

COMING OUT

Dublin priest says he is gay during Mass - receives standing ovation

Dublin priest says he is gay during Mass - receives standing ovation

Father Martin Dolan, who has been a priest at Church of St Nicholas of Myra in Dublin's city center for 15 years, opened up to his congregation at the Saturday night Mass
irishcentral.com 10 Jan 15


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Pride and Imitation Game win Bafta nominations

Pride and Imitation Game win Bafta nominations

The film Pride, about gay activists during the miners' strike in Wales, is up against six other films including Paddington and The Imitation Game at this year's Baftas
walesonline.co.uk 9 Jan 15

 

Two radio presenters hold hands and face homophobia in Luton

Two radio presenters hold hands and face homophobia in Luton

After a caller-in said he had suffered homophobic abuse on a train in Luton, BBC Three Counties DJ Iain Lee and Justin Dealey decided to conduct "an experiment" to see whether the public had an issue with people being openly gay
independent.co.uk 9 Jan 15

 

I'm sorry, but your husband is gay

I'm sorry, but your husband is gay One gay man who spent time researching the lives of gay Mormons already knows what TLC's upcoming show is all about
advocate.com 9 Jan 15

 

Being gay and black on TV will never be the same

Being gay and black on TV will never be the same

Director Lee Daniels "holds up the mirror to us as human beings," said Jussie Smollett, who plays a young black gay character on the new Fox series Empire
buzzfeed.com
9 Jan 15


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Thursday

 

UK

Teenager wants support for LGBT kids in foster care

Teenager wants support for LGBT kids in foster care

18-year-old Emma Willoughby, who realised she was bisexual while in foster care, is calling for foster carers to be better trained on how to look after LGBT young people. She found the views of her conservative foster parents upsetting and struggled to open up to them about her sexuality
itv.com 8 Jan 15

 

O-M-G

Details of Church of Scotland vote for gay ministers revealed

Details of Church of Scotland vote for gay ministers revealed

The Kirk has now said 32 of the 45 presbyteries backed proposals to allow them to appoint a minister who is in a civil partnership. A final decision on the issue will be taken at General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh in May
bbc.co.uk 8 Jan 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Lynx commercial says 'kiss the hottest girl ... or boy'

Lynx commercial says 'kiss the hottest girl ... or boy'

'A little effort goes a long way so make the most of your hair while it is still there,' says this Australian TV commercial for LYNX Clean Cut
youtube.com 8 Jan 15

 

COMING OUT

Why do people 'choose' to be gay?

Why do people 'choose' to be gay?

Those opposed to homosexuality regularly describe being gay as a choice, despite all evidence to the contrary. But what is never explained is why people would make this choice in the first place
theguardian.com 8 Jan 15

 


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Alex Kay-Jelski is the new Sports Editor at the Daily Mail

Alex Kay-Jelski is the new Sports Editor at the Daily Mail
Alex Kay-Jelski sais: "It's a great place to work, they have always been very supportive of me, especially when I got married in November, and I hope people realize that you can be gay and work in sports journalism without any problems at all"
outsports.com 7 Jan 15

 

NEW YEARS HONOURS

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy made a dame

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy made a dame
The lesbian Scottish poet and playwright Carol Ann Duffy, 59, is being made a dame in the new year list
independent.co.uk 31 Dec 14

Jenny Broughton MBE - 80, helped set up Fflag (Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) more than 20 years after her own daughter came out at the age of 17 and she found there was "a great desert of help" for gay people and their relatives. The librarian, who is made an MBE, helped campaign against the draconian Section 28 legislation which banned the promotion of homosexuality in schools
independent.co.uk 31 Dec 14

Nigel George Warner MBE - ILGA-Europe's Council of Europe adviser

Dr Jay Stewart MBE - co-founder of Gendered Intelligence

Jenny-Anne Bishop OBE - services to the trans community - interview

 

Michael Sam tells Oprah being gay not a factor in losing spots on NFL teams

Michael Sam tells Oprah being gay not a factor in losing spots on NFL teams
'I do believe I'm a very talented football player and I'm going to continue working hard and try to get that opportunity to play in the league'
theguardian.com 28 Dec 14

Heartbreaking childhood bullying story
huffingtonpost.com 28 Dec 14

 

Angelina Jolie's daughter 'wants to be called John'

Angelina Jolie's daughter 'wants to be called John'
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's daughter Shiloh dresses as a boy and wants to be known as John. But do signs like these mean a child is a tomboy, or could it be the start of gender identity issues? Radhika Sanghani asks the experts
telegraph.co.uk 24 Dec 14

 

Apple's Tim Cook named Financial Times 'Person of the Year'

Apple's Tim Cook named Financial Times 'Person of the Year'
Financial success and dazzling new technology alone might have been enough to earn Apple's steely chief executive the FT's vote as the 2014 Person of the Year, but Mr Cook's brave exposition of his values also sets him apart
ft.com 14 Dec 14

 

Stavros Louca a 30 stone man entered Mr Gay UK

What happened when a 30 stone man entered Mr Gay UK? - video
Mr Gay UK
organisers have apologised after 190kg Stavros Louca was disqualified on a technicality, despite winning the judges and audience vote
mrgayuk.co.uk 13 Dec 14

What happened - video
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Former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe dies aged 85

Former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe dies aged 85
Mr Thorpe resigned as Liberal Party leader in 1976 after allegations of an affair with a former male model, Norman Scott, at a time when male homosexual acts were illegal. He was cleared of the charges of incitement to murder Mr Scott in 1979
bbc.co.uk 4 Dec 14

 


RESOURCES

First UK guide for lesbian and bisexual women affected by sexual violence
First UK guide for lesbian and bisexual women affected by sexual violence

The LGF booklet provides survivors of rape or sexual violence with information to find the support they need. Funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester, research suggests that LGB&T people often fail to access support services for fear of experiencing homophobia
lgf.org.uk 26 Nov 14

 

Equality Means Mind Your Language new training video
Equality Means Mind Your Language:
new training video for carers

This DVD can be used by any staff facilitator in any organisation, but especially relevant for health and social care staff., and is produced by the Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans Association
olga.uk.com 10 Nov 14

 

Resources for schools ahead of Anti-Bullying Week in November
Resources for schools ahead of
Anti-Bullying Week
in November

Diversity Role Models team up with national anti-bullying charity Kidscape, to launch Being Me, a series of resources to give children an insight into the life of their classmate, and a better understanding of what it is like to be them
kidscape.org.uk 22 Oct 14

Stonewall launches new 'coming out' guidance for young people

Stonewall launches new 'coming out' guidance for young people
This guide is designed to provide answers to some of the most common questions that young people might have if they are thinking about coming out or think they might be lesbian, gay or bisexual
Download guide 9 Oct 14

 

Men who have sex with men experience poor and worsening sexual health in London

Men who have sex with men experience poor and worsening sexual health in London
Even though MSM make up only an estimated 2% of the London adult population (3.8% of the male population), they constituted nearly one in five (24%) of all London residents diagnosed with new sexually transmitted infections (STI) in 2013, finds Pubic Health England report
gov.uk 23 Sep 14

 

Gay By Degree names UK's most gay-friendly universities

Gay By Degree names UK's most gay-friendly universities
Stonewall's
University Guide will help prospective students to choose a university that will welcome you and support you in being yourself. It measures each university against 10 criteria including: tackling homophobic bullying, LGBT societies, and support for LGB staff.
gaybydegree.org.uk 17 Sep 14

 

Sex Educational Supplement

Sex education should be compulsory in English schools, says gay alliance
A coalition of LGBTI organisations have written an open letter to political leaders in the UK, highlighting the urgent need to make Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) statutory in all schools - as well as appropriate for LGBTI young people
nat.org.uk 16 Sep 14

LGBT equalities need to be visible in school sex and relationships education
sexeducationforum.org.uk 16 Sep 14

 

Talent Action Plan

Government Talent Action Plan aims to remove barriers for LGBT talent in Civil Service
The plan sets out to improve the skills of the Civil Service by removing the obstacles which have limited the numbers from various groups, including from the LGB&T communities
pinknews.co.uk
Talent Action Plan 12 Sep 14

 

LGBTI Equality and the Scottish Independence Referendum
The leaders of the main political parties in Scotland have outlined their party's commitments to advancing LGBTI equality following each potential outcome of the Scottish Independence referendum
equality-network.org 10 Sep 14

 

TUC Staying Alive

Lesbian and gay groups face funding crisis
LGBT voluntary and community organisations suffer disproportionately from coalition cuts, TUC 'Staying Alive' report shows
tuc.org.uk 3 Sep 14

 

Rainbow Teaching

New LGBT+ resource site for teachers
LGBT+ inclusion extends far beyond PSHE and into the language that teachers use, the policies they adopt, the activities they include in lessons
rainbowteaching.co.uk 2 Sep 14

 

Come Out To Play LGBT sports research

Research reveals distress of gay students on the sports field
80% of school students have experienced casual homophobia in PE lessons while a quarter have been physically abused by classmates during school sporting activities, new research into depression and anxiety has found
starobserver.com.au 11 Aug 14

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LGBT Human Rights in Africa report

Report on Human Rights for LGBT Africans published
In advance of President Barack Obama's upcoming US-Africa Leaders Summit with nearly 50 African heads of state, Human Rights First and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation released a report that provides brief country-specific overviews on the status of LGBT people in each of the continent's 54 nations
allafrica.com | Download Report 30 Jul 14

 

Planning for later life

LGB people grow older fearing discrimination and isolation
YouGov
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
stonewall.org.uk 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
mesmac.co.uk/blast 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
stonewall.org.uk 10 Dec 13


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to research big data, the chancellor has announced in his Budget speech. The government will provide £45m over five years for the project to focus on new ways of collecting, organising and analysing large sets of data
bbc.co.uk 20 Mar 14

 

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The Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon) Bill clears the Lords
and will now be considered by the Commons. "The view the Government took in the Lords is one I would expect us to reflect in this House too," said Commons Leader Andrew Lansley
telegraph.co.uk 1 Nov 13

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