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UK

Ukip is a 'cult' that 'entertains bigots' says the party's former LGBT chairman

Ukip is a 'cult' that 'entertains bigots' says the party's former LGBT chairman

Tom Booker, who set up the LGBT group three years ago, said Nigel Farage used the group purely as a public relations stunt to shield the party against accusations of homophobia
independent.co.uk 25 Mar 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Gay mayor Andrew Muir urges mediation as legal action begins against Christian bakery

Andrew Muir, Northern Ireland's first openly gay mayor and the intended recipient of a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage message, has urged for "mediation" as the Equality Commission, and Ashers, the Christian bakers who refused to make the cake, head to court
independent.co.uk 25 Mar 15

 

Govenor signs 'Religious Freedom' Bill, and the Indiana boycott begins

Govenor signs 'Religious Freedom' Bill, and the Indiana boycott begins

Sales Force became the first major U.S. company to announce a travel boycott to the state, as Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signs bill allowing businesses to reject gay customers
bloomberg.com 25 Mar 15

 

"Do you think ice-cream has got an interesting voice in gay marriage? asks Microsoft's marketing chief

"Do you think ice-cream has got an interesting voice in gay marriage? asks Microsoft's marketing chief

Speaking at Advertising Week Europe, Philippa Snare said: "I wouldn't make a different decision about my ice-cream based on their beliefs." But Jon Goldstone of Unilever, defended the choice, saying the campaign both lifted sales and gave the brand an authentic voice
marketingmagazine.co.uk 25 Mar 15


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UK

UK Government awards £2 million homophobic bullying fund

UK Government awards £2 million homophobic bullying fund

Eight organisations will share £2 million to help prevent and eradicate homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying. The funding was announced by Jo Swinson, Minister for Women and Equalities, and Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan
gov.uk 24 Mar 15

The organisations awarded funding are:

Anne Frank Trust - to run workshops and educate young people about prejudice and the impact of the Holocaust on lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Barnardo's - to provide face-to-face support for victims of HBT bullying and training for staff with a focus on cultural issues in schools in Leeds and Wakefield.

Diversity Role Models with Brook - to develop and deliver training on tackling HBT bullying to 10,000 teachers and staff in 400 schools.

EACH - to deliver a training and resource programme in schools across Avon and Somerset.

Educate & Celebrate - to train staff in 60 schools, giving them confidence and strategies to address HBT language and bullying and promote inclusiveness throughout the school environment and the curriculum.

National Children's Bureau - to train 1,500 teachers on tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia through PSHE.

Show Racism the Red Card - to hold workshops with 2,000 young people at football clubs around England, train 200 teachers and run a film competition for young people on tackling HBT bullying.

Stonewall - to extend and share its 'train the trainer' course with 60 partner organisations, enabling them to run the programme with schools in their local communities and giving them the skills to tackle HBT bullying.

 

Gloucestershire now without an LGBT venue after The Westgate closes

Gloucestershire now without an LGBT venue after The Westgate closes

Gloucestershire is now thought to be the UK's only county without a dedicated gay venue after the closure of The Westgate Pub. The Westgate, in Westgate Street, was appealing for support to save the venue and was hoping to raise £25,000 to stay afloat
gloucestercitizen.co.uk 24 Mar 15

 

O-M-G

Taunton street preacher convicted for homophobic sermon

Taunton street preacher convicted for homophobic sermon

Christian street preacher, Michael Overd, has been convicted of delivering homophobic sermons over loudspeakers in Taunton, Somerset, last summer. He was fined £200 and ordered to pay compensation and costs totalling £1,200 at Bristol Crown Court
bbc.com 24 Mar 15

 

California lawyer seeks to put 'shoot the gays' proposal on 2016 ballot
California lawyer seeks to put 'shoot the gays' proposal on 2016 ballot

Matt McLaughlin wants homosexuality punished 'by bullets to the head'. State attorney general, Kamala Harris (pictured), may be powerless to stop the proposal going forward
theguardian.com
24 Mar 15

 

GAY MARRIAGE

Russia fails in bid to stop UN staff benefits for all gay couples

Russia fails in bid to stop UN staff benefits for all gay couples

Russia failed on Tuesday in a bid to stop the United Nations extending staff benefits to all same-sex couples after a U.N. General Assembly budget committee voted 80 to 43 against the proposal. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in July that the United Nations would recognize all same-sex marriages of its staff, allowing them to receive U.N. benefits.
dailymail.co.uk 24 Mar 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Gay-friendly ways build businesses

Gay-friendly ways build businesses While lack of tolerance in the workplace is viewed increasingly as a bad thing in itself, it is also being seen more and more as simply bad for business. With Stonewall's help, Accenture is helping a large UK retailer to make itself more LGBT-friendly
telegraph.co.uk

 


SEX - LIFE

I'm gay and my fashion sense is awful. Send help

I'm gay and my fashion sense is awful. Send help

It's an outdated cliché to say that gay men are more stylish, so why does Shaun Kitchener feel he needs to smarten up his act?
telegraph.co.uk
24 Mar 15


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UK

Tories draw level with Labour in winning gay vote

Tories draw level with Labour in winning gay vote

Survey of LGBT voting intentions puts Conservatives and Labour on 26% in poll as support for Liberal Democrats plummets and Greens make gains
theguardian.com 23 Mar 15

 

Poll shows overwhelming support for 'gay cake' row bakery

Poll shows overwhelming support for 'gay cake' row bakery

The ComRes poll measured opinion among 1,000 adults in Northern Ireland. It showed that only 27% of adults believe it is right for the Equality Commission NI to take Ashers Baking Company to court, while 71% disagree
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23 Mar 15


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UK

HIV campaigners stage protest in local pub of UKIP leader Nigel Farage

HIV campaigners stage protest in local pub of leader Nigel Farage

Protest organiser and HIV activist Dan Glass said: "Ukip are a con. By wrongfully shifting the blame for the economic crisis onto immigrants they have let the bankers off the hook." Protestors included "people who have been targeted by UKIP such as HIV activists, and gay people"
sevenoakschronicle 22 Mar 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

'Open For Service' stickers oppose religious freedom bill

'Open For Service' stickers oppose religious freedom bill

Indianapolis entrepreneur Josh Driver came up with the idea, and he says it's about doing what's right. But religious freedom advocates say the bill is about protecting religious liberty — not supporting discrimination
indianapublicmedia 22 Mar 15

 

Saturday

 

PARENTS

Traditional views of parenthood drowned out by gay rights sharia

Traditional views of parenthood drowned out by gay rights sharia

'To think that a heterosexual man and a heterosexual woman, preferably married to one another, are - other things being equal - the best parents, is common sense,' writes Charles Moore. 'Yet now you can barely say this.'
telegraph.co.uk 21 Mar 15

 

GAY SUICIDE

My boyfriend killed himself because his family couldn't accept that he was gay

My boyfriend killed himself because his family couldn't accept that he was gay

Nazim Mahmood jumped to his death from a balcony seven months ago after coming out to his parents. His partner of 13 years, Matthew Ogston, talks to Sarfraz Manzoor
theguardian.com 21 Mar 15

Tyler Clementi's tragic, senseless death was a turning point for me, says Monica Lewinsky
bbc.com
21 Mar 15


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O-M-G

Cardinal O'Brien renounces all 'rights and privileges' of being a cardinal

Cardinal O'Brien renounces all 'rights and privileges' of being a cardinal

Cardinal O'Brien resigned as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh two years ago following allegations of sexual misconduct
catholicherald.co.uk 20 Mar 15

Sex attack victim slams Catholic Church for delaying probe into shamed Cardinal Keith O'Brien
dailyrecord.co.uk 20 Mar 15


 

GAY RESEARCH

Churchgoers keeping liberal views on homosexuality 'secret'

Churchgoers keeping liberal views on homosexuality 'secret'

Four in 10 regular churchgoers no longer see same-sex relationships as a 'sin' but are unwilling or afraid to say so, says Rev Steve Chalke about a UK survey by Oasis Trust
telegraph.co.uk 20 Mar 15

 

San Francisco has highest percentage of LGBT population

San Francisco has highest percentage of LGBT population

Gallup research into the 50 largest metro areas in the USA finds 6.2% of San Francisco residents identify as LGBT. Birmingham Alabama has the lowest at 2.6%
gallup.com 20 Mar 15

New York still has more gay residents than anywhere else in U.S.
nytimes.com 23 Mar 15

 


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UK

London protest against Dolce & Gabbana

"It is hypocritical for Stefano Gabbana to oppose gay parents, given that in 2006 he expressed a desire to have a child via artificial insemination and surrogacy," said Peter Tatchell
petertatchellfoundation 19 Mar 15

 

SNP member suspended for homophobic tweet to Tory chief Ruth Davidson

SNP member suspended for homophobic tweet to Tory chief Ruth Davidson

The abuse, which is littered with expletives attacking Ms Davidson's sexuality, was posted on the Twitter profile Laird O'Callaghan, under the username @SparkyBhoyHH
stv.tv 19 Mar 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Stonewall lists the 20 most inclusive law firms for LGB staff

Stonewall lists the 20 most inclusive law firms for LGB staff

Baker & McKenzie top this list, which is populated by law firms that entered Stonewall's latest Workplace Equality Index
stonewall.org.uk 19 Mar 15

 

USA

Aaron Schock resigns after new questions about mileage expenses

Aaron Schock resigns after new questions about mileage expenses

Schock billed the federal government and his campaign for logging roughly 170,000 miles on his personal car from January 2010 through July 2014. But when he sold that Chevrolet Tahoe in July 2014, it had roughly 80,000 miles on the odometer
politico.com 19 Mar 15

Congressman Aaron Schock under fire for not disclosing companion on official trip to India
towleroad.com 19 Mar 15

My son is different but not gay: Aaron Schock's father
edgeboston.com 19 Mar 15

 

SEX - LIFE

Here's what never to say when dating a gay black man

Here's what never to say when dating a gay black man

What kind of lines do gay men of color really hear when they're out at a bar? Filmmaker Cameron Johnson set out to discover just that with his new short documentary, You're Cute for a Black Guy
mic.com 19 Mar 15

 

SHOW BIZ

Free's Andy Fraser dies aged 62

Free's Andy Fraser dies aged 62

The co-writer of classic hit All Right Now, was gay and HIV positive. In 2005, with the release of solo album, Naked... And Finally Free, he both came out and talked about the agonising - "to the point of incapacitation" - he'd gone through
mojo4music.com 19 Mar 15

 

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UK

David Cameron supports Trans Rights - and says we need to tackle "Homophobic Bullying"

David Cameron fights homophobic bullying "It's only when a society says marriage is there for everybody whether you're straight or gay - you end this idea that it's somehow fair to criticise people or do down people because of their sexuality."
buzzfeed.com 17 Mar 15

 

Boycotts are just another word for bullying says Piers Morgan

Boycotts are just another word for bullying says Piers Morgan

Boycotting Dolce and Gabbana may make Elton and a few celebrities feel better, but all it will do is damage the livelihoods of thousands of innocent Dolce employees and it won't make any difference to the debate on gay rights
dailymail.co.uk 17 Mar 15

 

Job-seeker banned from wearing "gay T-shirt"

Nobody knows I'm gay

A job-seeker from Burnley has accused the Jobcentre of "discrimination". Shaun Clark (28) claims staff at the Jobcentre in Victoria Street told him wearing the T-shirt was "inappropriate"
lep.co.uk 17 Mar 15

 

Boy stabbed to death a gay man whom he believed was interested in him

Usher Sawyers was 15 when he robbed and murdered Martin Thomas, 39, (pictured), at his home in Roehampton, London. Sawyers has been sentenced to at least 15 years in custody
bbc.co.uk 17 Mar 15

 

Eric Pickles: I was 'narrow-minded' and 'prejudiced' to oppose gay marriage

Communities Secretary reveals how he reprimanded himself for holding 'mean' views when switching '180 degrees' on gay marriage during frank radio appearance
telegraph.co.uk 17 Mar 15

 

SHOW BIZ

Michael Sam's booty is a hit on Dancing With The Stars

Michael Sam's booty is a hit on Dancing With The Stars

You could win 'rear of the year', where I would win 'ass of the past', says "US Strictly" judge Len Goodman about NFL footballer Sam
youtube.com 17 Mar 15

 


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Monday

 

STICKS & STONES

Facebook clarifies policy hate speech

Facebook clarifies policy hate speech

The social network's updated guidelines also cover on nudity, self-harm, bullying and harassment, violence and graphic content
theguardian.com 16 Mar 15

 

GAY PARENTS

Dolce and Gabbana clarify remarks: 'We do believe in freedom and love'

Dolce and Gabbana have expanded on their views about gay adoptions following a social media boycott of their fashion line started by Sir Elton John. "We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it," Stefano Gabbana said
independent.co.uk 16 Mar 15

Dolce and Gabbana say 'Boycott Elton John' vigorously defending criticism of gay adoptions
bbc.co.uk 16 Mar 15

 

GAY PRIDE

Irish Dancing Queens float wins at Sydney's St Patrick's Day parade

Irish Dancing Queens float wins at Sydney's St Patrick's Day parade

A Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras float had a second outing at Sydney's St Patrick's Day festivities yesterday - and walked away with the award for best in show
starobserver.com.au 16 Mar 15


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UK

Wife of radio DJ came home to find a naked teenager tied up

Wife of radio DJ came home to find a naked teenager tied up

Joanne O'Connor was giving evidence at the trial of her husband John, known as Ian Young, who was accused of attacking her. She told Kilmarnock Sheriff Court: "I knew our marriage was in trouble when I found an 18-year-old man naked and bound in the living room."
dailyrecord.co.uk 15 Mar 15

 

GAY PARENTS

Dolce & Gabbana say gays shouldn't raise babies

Dolce & Gabbana say gays shouldn't raise babies

The gay design duo have finally gone into detail about how anti-gay they are. "The only family is the traditional one," Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana told Italy's Panorama magazine
fusion.net 15 Mar 15

Elton calls for D&G boycott over same-sex parents comments
bbc.co.uk


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Saturday

 

COMING OUT

Is 15 too young to know your sexuality?

Is 15 too young to know your sexuality?

The average age for young people to come out in Britain is now 15, says Underage and Gay - a touching and brave Channel 4 documentary about sexuality and gender
channel4.com 14 Mar 15


 

GAY BUSINESS

Oklahoma lawmaker wants anti-gay businesses to post "No Gays Allowed" signs. Excellent!

The amendment to the "religious liberty" bill pointedly exposes the absurdity of creating a new era of legalized segregation
slate.com 14 Mar 15

 

Ikea closes website in Russia over 'gay propaganda' fears

Ikea closes website in Russia over 'gay propaganda' fears

In a statement, the furniture giant said some articles in Ikea Family Live could be viewed in Russia as gay "propaganda". It said the magazine "shows different aspects of people's lives at home, regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality and religion"
bbc.co.uk 14 Mar 15


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Friday

 

GAY HEALTH

NAT 'deeply concerned' about delay in national HIV prevention spending

NAT 'deeply concerned' about delay in national HIV prevention spending

The £1.2 million to HIV Prevention England (HPE) ... represents a 50% cut in funding for this project
nat.org.uk 13 Mar 15

Cost of 1,500 cases of anal cancer £70-£90 million - whereas the cost to roll out the HPV vaccine would be only £20 million
telegraph.co.uk

 

Ex-weatherman Fred Talbot jailed for schoolboy abuse

Ex-weatherman Fred Talbot jailed for schoolboy abuse

Ex-TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been jailed for five years for sex attacks on two boys while he was a teacher. Talbot, 65, was convicted in February of indecent assaults on two pupils from Altrincham Grammar School
bbc.co.uk 13 Mar 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Stonewall and Lend Lease help kick homophobia out of construction

Stonewall and Lend Lease help kick homophobia out of construction

Lend Lease has embraced Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign, which aims to kick homophobia out of sport, and have reinterpreted it with thousands of builders at Lend Lease construction sites
stonewall.org.uk 13 Mar 15

 

Thursday

UK

Government unveils £650k in new HIV spending

Government unveils £650k in new HIV spending

The Government has revealed that £800,000 of new money will be spent on HIV prevention, and to reduce the numbers of late diagnoses
pinknews.co.uk 12 Mar 15

 

Coalition for Marriage tell Brighton supporters to vote for "anyone other than the Conservatives"

Coalition for Marriage tell Brighton supporters to vote for "anyone other than the Conservatives"

Their senior activist in Kemptown said that whilst Tory support for gay marriage had angered many traditionalists in the area, it has attracted no additional support from the gay community
breitbart.com
12 Mar 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Tim Cook cites Apple's record sales, vows to work on diversity

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson urged Cook to improve diversity in the leadership and on the board. Apple has no black or Latino directors, and 12 of the 15 top executives are white men
sfgate.com 12 Mar 15


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Saving soho? Councillors to decide fate of stables bar

Councillors to decide fate of stables bar

The fate of Soho's last publicly accessible Victorian stable yard is being decided by councillors in what is being billed as a key test of Westminster's willingness to preserve the area
standard.co.uk 11 Mar 15

 

Ian McKellen and Pet Shop Boys featured in Stonewall's star-studded Silent Auction

Ian McKellen and Pet Shop Boys featured in Stonewall's star-studded Silent Auction Lots on offer include a one of a kind signed self-portrait drawn by Ian McKellen (with thanks to Gay Star News), an original 7" Pet Shop Boys single signed by Dusty Springfield and the boys themselves, meet and greet tickets to The Clare Balding Show and signed tennis gear from sporting legend Martina Navratilova
- closes Fri 27 Mar
Stonewall Silent Auction 11 Mar 15

 

SEX - LIFE

A future beyond gay & straight?

Post-homophobia there may be more gay sex but less gay identity, writes Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation
ibtimes.co.uk

 

GAY BOOKS

Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin

Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin

When Alexander McQueen committed suicide in February 2010, aged just 40, a shocked world mourned the loss of its most visionary fashion designer. Biographer Andrew Wilson discusses his book at Gays The Word
- Thu 16 Apr 7pm
Tickets £3 11 Mar 15


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UK

LGBT older people with dementia should not be forced back into the closet

There are 1.2 million older lesbian and gay people in the UK, yet they are an invisible population. The National Care Forum is exploring the needs of this community, asking how to provide its members with more appropriate support
theguardian.com 10 Mar 15

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TRANS

Pay-out for transgender man thrown out of Tiverton nightclub

Pay-out for transgender man thrown out of Tiverton nightclub

Kay Browning was kicked out of the blokes' and asked to use the disabled facilities. The nightclub owners have now reached an out-of-court settlement of £1,500 - and the agreement that he can use the male toilets any time he pleases
westernmorningnews 10 Mar 15

 

SEX - LIFE

The Black Lesbian Handbook

The Black Lesbian Handbook

Channel 4 has produced a series of short films to view online about the DownLow lesbian scene, including masculine and girly roles, toys and relationships
channel4.com 10 Mar 15

 


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UK

One in five gay teenagers claim they have suffered homophobic bullying from teachers and other adults in school

One in five gay teenagers claim they have suffered homophobic bullying from teachers and other adults in school

National Aids Trust research also strongly suggested that poor sex education lessons are driving a rise in the number of young gay men contracting HIV
independent.co.uk 9 Mar 15

No cross-party consensus on LGBTI inclusive Sex and Relationships Education
nat.org.uk
9 Mar 15

 

Man dies hours after collapsing at gay sauna Pleasuredrome in Waterloo

Man dies hours after collapsing at gay sauna Pleasuredrome in Waterloo

The 37-year-old man was rushed to hospital after he was taken ill at the Pleasuredrome gay sauna in Cornwall Road yesterday. Doctors at St Thomas' Hospital called police when he died at 3.40pm. His death is being treated as unexplained
standard.co.uk 9 Mar 15

 

TRANS

Finding a public bathroom just got much easier for Trans People

Finding a public bathroom just got much easier for Trans People

Refuge Restrooms is an app that tells "transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming individuals" which bathrooms are safe to use all over the world
buzzfeed.com 9 Mar 15

 

JAMAICA

Gay youth stoned to death in Jamaica

Gay youth stoned to death in Jamaica

An angry mob stoned a young, allegedly gay man to death in Jamaica and filmed themselves hurling rocks at his head
gaystarnews.com 9 Mar 15

 

SHOW BIZ

Star Wars introduces first LGBT character

'Star Wars' introduces first LGBT character

Moff Mors is an Imperial who has made some very serious mistakes but she is an incredibly capable leader and spends much of the book working hard to prevent absolute failure. She also happens to be a lesbian
bigshinyrobot.com 9 Mar 15


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SEX EDUCATION

Government plans sex consent lessons for 11-year-olds

Government plans sex consent lessons for 11-year-olds

Children from the age of 11 are to be taught about sexual consent under new government plans. The UK government said it wanted to give young people a "better understanding of the society around them" so they could "make informed choices and stay safe"
bbc.co.uk 8 Mar 15

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

Lesbians, bisexual and trans women have made incredible strides

Lesbians, bisexual and trans women have made incredible strides

Stonewall is celebrating these achievements with some stories from amazing women who #makeithappen for themselves and women around them
internationalwomensday 8 Mar 15

 

SEX - LIFE

How do I support both my parents after my dad's gay affair?

How do I support both my parents after my dad's gay affair?

A man in his 60s has told his wife and children that he's been in a gay relationship. His daughter wants to know how to support both her parents
Mariella Fostrop dilemma
theguardian.com 8 Mar 15

 

 

GAY SPORTS

Gay ref shown red card over rainbow wristband

Gay ref shown red card over rainbow wristband

David Gough, who is on Ireland's elite panel of GAA inter-county referees, wanted to wear the so-called 'freedom' wristband to highlight equality and homophobia in sport, and as a personal gesture of support for a 'Yes' vote in the forthcoming referendum on same-sex civil marriage
independent.ie 8 Mar 15


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UK

Broken Rainbow gets stay of execution from the Home Office

Broken Rainbow gets stay of execution from the Home Office

LGBT Domestic violence charity Broken Rainbow has received over £25,000 for the campaign 'There is no Pride in Domestic Abuse', and the funding for their helpline is secure for another 12 months
brokenrainbow.org.uk 7 Mar 15

 

GAY PARENTS

Surrogate mum speaks of joy after giving birth to gay son's baby

Surrogate mum speaks of joy after giving birth to gay son's baby

Anne-Marie Casson, 46, fell pregnant after a donor egg was fertilised with sperm from her supermarket worker son, Kyle Casson. The baby she gave birth to via C-section - her grandson Miles - is now eight months old and has been adopted by Kyle, his biological father
mirror.co.uk 7 Mar 15

I've had a surrogate baby! Gay radio tycoon emails staff his happy news
dailymail.co.uk 7 Mar 15

 

GAY BUSINESS

Irish printers refuse to print gay couple's wedding invites

Irish printers refuse to print gay couple's wedding invites

Jonathon Brennan is set to wed John Kierans this August. Beulah Print came to the decision that they could not do business with him because of his sexual orientation. Brennan has been a customer of the printing firm for the past four years
irishcentral.com 7 Mar 15

 

GAY PRIDE

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras floods the streets with colour

After an imitation Kim Jong Un, complete with new hair cut, waved the crowd goodnight atop a fabulous tank equipped with a phallic gun, the 37th Mardi Gras came to a close
smh.com.au 7 Mar 15

 

GAY MARRIAGE

Apple asks Supreme Court for marriage equality across the U.S.

Apple asks Supreme Court for marriage equality across the U.S.

While the filing made a predominantly business case for LGBT rights, there's no doubt that it is a human rights issue that has been particularly close to Apple's heart over the past few years
cultofmac.com 7 Mar 15


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UK

UK minister asks foreign governments to clarify rights of gay people

UK minister asks foreign governments to clarify rights of gay people

The equalities minister, Jo Swinson, has asked national and regional governments including Australia, Chile, Israel, South Africa and all 50 US states to confirm whether they recognise British civil partnerships and marriages between same-sex couples, and what rights gay people can expect when they travel
theguardian.com 6 Mar 15

 

Gay swimming instructor 'was called a "paedo" by his manager ...

Gay swimming instructor 'was called a "paedo" by his manager ...

... and ordered to get changed in a disabled toilet on his own'. Paul Britton the target for abuse by staff at High Wycombe Sports Centre, referred to as a 'f****t' and a 'gayboy' and was told he should not be teaching young children
dailymail.co.uk 6 Mar 15

 

GAY SPORTS

World Rugby signs historic agreement with International Gay Rugby

World Rugby signs historic agreement with International Gay Rugby

The agreement, signed at World Rugby House in Dublin this week, outlines a commitment between the two organisations to work together to educate and eliminate homophobia in rugby
igrab.net 6 Mar 15

 

GAY MARRIAGE

Supreme court sets April date to hear same-sex marriage cases

Supreme court sets April date to hear same-sex marriage cases

The US supreme court on Thursday said it will hear oral arguments on 28 April on whether states can ban gay marriage, addressing a hot social issue in what promises to yield one of the justices' most important rulings of the year
theguardian.com 6 Mar 15

 

GAY PRIDE

Fatboy Slim to headline Brighton Pride biggest ever big top

Fatboy Slim to headline Brighton Pride biggest ever big top

Everybody's favourite big beat maestro is returning to the Pride and it is going to be one big smiley face of a day
- Sat 1 Aug
brighton-pride.org 6 Mar 15


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UK

Miliband promises posthumous pardons for convicted gay men

Miliband promises posthumous pardons for convicted gay men

Turing's Law would allow family and friends to apply for gross indecency convictions to be quashed
theguardian.com 5 Mar 15

 

Ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor: 'I have never attended sex parties'

Ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor: 'I have never attended sex parties'

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday after his home was searched by police, Proctor says he would have contacted police if he had known of any such illegal network
theguardian.com 5 Mar 15

 

Paul Gambaccini hits out at Yewtree police over false sex assault arrest

Paul Gambaccini hits out at Yewtree police over false sex assault arrest

"I faced the full weight of the state, with unlimited financial resources for 12 months for no reason," Gambaccini said. "It was a completely fictitious case.."
independent.co.uk 5 Mar 15

 

Police probe homophobic poison pen letter in Yorkshire

The author of the poison pen letter, apparently under the misguided belief that they were speaking on behalf of the village, decreed that Hemingbrough was 'a respetable (sic) village' where 'we don't like gays living here'. Their missive went on to tell the couple that they should 'push off back to where [they] came from'.
selbyonline.co.uk 5 Mar 15

 

SHOW BIZ

Guy Sebastian to represent Australia at Eurovision

Guy Sebastian to represent Australia at Eurovision

After winning the popular talent series Australian Idol in 2003, Sebastian went on to come 7th at World Idol in the UK. "With Eurovision, it's so eclectic, you never know what you are going to get. I'm not going to wear a dress," Sebastian said
abc.net.au 5 Mar 15

 


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Sir Elton John's husband David Furnish cannot use a title
Calls to reform honours system to include same-sex spouses

pinknews.co.uk 11 Mar 15

ABC shows youngest ever same-sex kiss on television
ABC
shows youngest ever same-sex kiss on television

thebacklot.com 4 Mar 15

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

metro.co.uk 1 Mar 15

 

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

npr.org 24 Feb 15

 

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

bbc.co.uk 13 Feb 15

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

vox.com 9 Feb 15

Tributes paid to pioneering gay journalist Michael Mason
Tributes paid to pioneering gay journalist Michael Mason

pinknews.co.uk 3 Feb 15

Influential Church of England evangelical comes out as gay
Influential Church of England evangelical comes out as gay

christiantoday.com 2 Feb 15

Broadway legend Joel Grey opens up about his sexuality
Broadway legend Joel Grey opens up about his sexuality

people.com 29 Jan 15

 

Lord Cashman reveals he considered suicide after husband's death
Lord Cashman reveals he considered suicide after husband's death

independent.co.uk 20 Jan 15

 

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

telegraph.co.uk 19 Jan 15

Stephen Fry and Elliott Spencer marryStephen Fry and Elliott Spencer marry
hellomagazine.com 18 Jan 15

 

Isis throw man off roof in Iraq for being gay
metro.co.uk 17 Jan 15

 

Leo Varadkar becomes Ireland's first openly gay minister Leo Varadkar becomes Ireland's first openly gay minister
theguardian.com 18 Jan 15

 

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

theguardian.com 16 Jan 15

Black gay dads defend viral photo in new commercial
Black gay dads defend viral photo in new commercial

thegrio.com 14 Jan 15

 

 


RESOURCES

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

 

Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2015Stonewall 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

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

Download report 11 Aug 14

 

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

Download guide

 

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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Alan Turing Institute

Alan Turing Institute to be set up

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

 

Alan Turing

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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