12th February 2010
Elton John and rugby chief support homophobia video – but footballers stay silent 24
6:49 PM — Elton John, the chief of the Rugby Football Union and the gay Irish hurler Donal Óg Cusack have all given their support to the FA's anti-homophobia video but not a single footballer has come forward to condemn anti-gay abuse.
European Parliament says candidate countries must offer gays protection 17
6:33 PM — The European Parliament has said that Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey must prove they can offer "genuine protection" to gay people in order to join the European Union.
Protestors will tell Pope to ‘snog off’ 39
5:36 PM — A 'kiss-in' will be held as part of Sunday's Valentine's Day protest against the Pope's visit to the UK. Demonstrators plan to march from London's Westminster Cathedral to the Italian embassy in Grosvenor Square and those willing are being asked to take five minutes to publicly show their love for their partners.
Five men arrested in Kenya over gay wedding plans 19
4:51 PM — Five men suspected of being gay have been arrested in Kenya after local people protested over a planned gay wedding.
Comment: Homophobia hurts young straight men too 20
3:43 PM — Following the postponement of the FA's efforts to tackle anti-gay abuse, former NBA player John Amaechi argues that homophobia on and off the pitch damages straight men as well as gays.
Survey finds three quarters of Americans support out gay soldiers 3
3:07 PM — A poll has found that nearly 75 per cent of Americans support allowing gay soldiers to be open about their sexual orientation.
WHSmith will no longer sell Attitude magazine 25
2:30 PM — High street retailer WHSmith will no longer stock gay men's magazine Attitude. The monthly gay magazine, which is Britain's biggest, announced the news today.
Alexander McQueen hanged himself on the eve of mother’s funeral 36
12:56 PM — Fashion designer Alexander McQueen killed himself the day before his mother's funeral. His mother Joyce died on February 2nd and McQueen, whose real name was Lee, reportedly refused to get out of bed since her death.
Church of England approves pension rights for gay civil partners 7
12:13 PM — The Church of England General Synod yesterday approved giving the civil partners of deceased gay clergy equal pensions rights. This means that they will be given the same pensions benefits as heterosexual widows or widowers.
Marc Jacobs’ partner confirms the pair are married 7
11:55 AM — Lorenzo Martone has confirmed he and fashion designer Marc Jacobs are married. Martone told a magazine the pair tied the knot on New Year's Eve, although they had yet to sign official documents.
Top footballers ‘refused to appear in anti-homophobia film’ 21
11:43 AM — Top-ranking footballers turned down requests to appear in the FA's anti-homophobia film because they feared being ridiculed on the pitch, it has been reported.