17th May 2010
UN report finds gay men in Asia ‘denied HIV care’ 2
5:54 PM — Up to 90 per cent of gay men in Asia cannot access HIV care and advice, a United Nations-backed report has found. It said rates of the disease had reached alarming levels among gay men on the continent and repressive laws in many countries are making the situation worse.
New Foreign Office minister marks IDAHO 5
5:28 PM — New Foreign Office minister for Europe David Lidington has released a message to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The Conservative MP said the Foreign Office was "committed to promoting British values" abroad, including LGBT rights.
Belarus police break up Slavic Pride 2
5:03 PM — A group of 20 marchers who defied a ban on Slavic Pride was forcefully broken up by Belarus police on Saturday morning. The event was cancelled by Minsk city officials but a small group decided to march anyway.
David Miliband officially launches Labour leadership bid 4
4:19 PM — Former foreign secretary David Miliband officially launched his bid to lead the Labour party today. He announced his intention to run for the leadership last Wednesday with a press conference but formally launched it in his South Shields constituency today.
Austrian straight couple fighting for civil union 5
3:33 PM — A straight couple in Austria who reject traditional marriage are fighting to be allowed to have a civil union. Helga Ratzenboeck and Martin Seydl believe the law should be blind to gender and sexual orientation.
Gay couple to sue over being barred from bed and breakfast 27
2:05 PM — The gay couple who were barred from a Christian-run bed and breakfast in March have decided to sue the owners. Michael Black, 62, and John Morgan, 56, will take legal action against Susanne and Mike Wilkinson, owners of the Swiss B&B in Berkshire.
Sir Ian McKellen and Antony Cotton support anti-homophobia campaign 6
11:54 AM — Sir Ian McKellen and Coronation Street star Antony Cotton have given their support to a Lesbian & Gay Foundation initiative against homophobia.
US lesbian bishop Mary Glasspool is ordained 9
11:14 AM — The second out gay bishop in the US has been ordained. Mary Glasspool, 56, was ordained as assistant Los Angeles bishop at a ceremony in California on Saturday.
Theresa May releases message for International Day Against Homophobia 50
10:33 AM — Home secretary and equalities minister Theresa May has released a message in support of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). Mrs May, who was appointed to the roles last week in the coalition government, has faced some criticism of her voting record on gay issues.