2nd September 2009
Skins actresses: ‘We’ve helped lesbians come out’ 4
5:08 PM — Two young stars from teen drama Skins have said their on-screen lesbian relationship has helped gay girls find the courage to come out.
Comment: Is it time for a more realistic L Word? 11
4:18 PM — The L Word is no more, but following news that BBC3 has commissioned a new lesbian drama, V King Macdona hopes for a more realistic portrayal of lesbian life.
Gay soldier organises party for LGBT servicemembers 7
3:55 PM — The openly gay British Army serviceman who was featured on the cover of Soldier magazine in July is putting on a drinks event in Soho for LGBT members of the armed forces and emergency services.
Peter Tatchell calls on gays to cut their carbon emissions 15
3:05 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is urging LGBT people to join a campaign to lower carbon emissions in 2010. The 10:10 campaign was launched yesterday at the Tate Modern in London.
Gloucester council rejects LGBT sex club 14
2:48 PM — Plans to create a private sex club aimed at LGBT people would have turned Gloucester city into "Sodom and Gomorrah", opponents have said. Despite the vocal opposition of some, the plans were rejected by a slim 6-5 majority.
Washington to hold referendum on new gay rights laws 11
2:16 PM — Opponents of expanded rights for gay couples in Washington have secured a referendum over the issue. The law, known as the 'Everything but marriage' measure, was due to come into law in June but was put on hold due to the referendum campaign.
Gay hand-holding campaign goes monthly 7
1:36 PM — A Day in Hand, the campaign to encourage LGBT people to hold hands in public, is asking them to show their affection publicly on the last Saturday of each month.
Councillor reveals his HIV status at Manchester Pride 12
11:42 AM — A Manchester councillor revealed he was HIV positive in front of thousands of people at the city's Pride event last weekend. Paul Fairweather made the announcement during a vigil for those who have died after contracting the virus.
Playboy’s Hugh Hefner was an early gay rights activist 5
11:13 AM — Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner was an early gay rights advocate, a new film of his life claims. The documentary, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, says the 83-year-old has a little-known history of campaigning for equal gay rights.
Indian government tipped to allow gay sex ruling 2
10:52 AM — The Indian government will not oppose a recent Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising homosexuality in the capital, according to a report.
Paramedic ‘made derogatory comments about gays’
10:12 AM — A paramedic is facing a misconduct hearing after being accused of making derogatory comments about gays, Muslims, black people and women.