10th August 2009
Feature: Pride in Reykjavik, 64° north 8
11:31 PM — Adam Smith reviews pride in Reykjavik held last weekend where almost half of the city turns out to celebrate LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) rights 64° north.
Comment: UNISON on the merits of the new Equality Bill 3
4:49 PM — The government’s Equality Bill has received a fair bit of criticism in the pink press recently. UNISON supports the bill – while looking for improvements – and calls on members to let their MP know we want to see its successful passage into law.
Daniel Radcliffe supports LGBT youth helpline 6
4:32 PM — Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has given a major donation to a US anti-suicide helpline for LGBT teenagers. The actor recently described gay rumours about himself as "awesome".
Sir Ian McKellen signs ‘no hate’ pledge 5
4:07 PM — Sir Ian McKellen, the openly gay veteran actor, has added his name to a list of people and organisations condemning all forms of hate crime in the London borough of Tower Hamlets.
Comment: Will Cameron back MEP who thinks marriage is not ‘relevant or appropriate’ for gay people? 18
3:13 PM — Roger Helmer also said homophobia was a "merely a propaganda device" designed to stigamatise conventional opinions.
Library asked to stock ‘ex-gay’ literature 26
3:00 PM — A Wisconsin library which was attacked earlier this year for stocking a book about a gay teenager, has now come under fire from an ex-gay group which says it is "discriminatory" for not having books by ex-gay authors.
Israeli president speaks at Tel Aviv gay rally
2:09 PM — The Israeli president, Shimon Peres, has addressed tens of thousands of people at a gay solidarity rally in Tel Aviv. Just over a week ago, two were killed at an LGBT youth centre.
Thousands march for gay marriage in Dublin 7
1:55 PM — Up to 5,000 people joined a rally to call for full marriage equality in Dublin, Ireland, yesterday. The rally was organised by equality group LGBT Noise, which are campaigning against government proposals to introduce civil partnerships.
Irish village hosts ‘world’s smallest gay Pride’ 6
11:55 AM — A Irish village has hosted what is thought to be the world's smallest Pride festival. Easkey, a coastal hamlet in County Sligo, has a population of just 250.
Gay Israeli peace campaigner to be jailed over protest 8
11:38 AM — A gay Israeli peace activist is facing jail after opposing the demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank.
Tory MEP says homophobia doesn’t exist 171
10:33 AM — A Conservative MEP has said that homophobia does not exist and is simply a "propaganda device". Roger Helmer said it was used to "stigamatise those holding conventional opinions".
Interview: What is being done to stamp homophobia out of football? 4
10:26 AM — Following an exclusive interview with publicist Max Clifford last week, Adrian Tippetts asks Piara Powar at Kick It Out what is happening to make LGBT people – whether as players, supporters, club members or staff – more welcome in football.