28th September 2010
Russian president fires homophobic Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov 11
11:24 AM — Yuri Luzhkov, the homophobic mayor of Moscow, has been fired by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. The 74-year-old, who bans gay Pride marches and has called gays and lesbians "satanic", has been fighting for his political life in the past few weeks.
27th September 2010
Stonewall chief executive won’t be ‘jumped into’ gay marriage position 109
9:20 PM — Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill defended his group's lack of a position on marriage equality this evening at a fringe event at Labour's party conference. Mr Summerskill mounted a robust defence of Stonewall, although he was attacked by audience members who questioned why the charity had not begun considering marriage equality sooner.
Sir Ian McKellen to unveil blue plaque outside Peter Tatchell’s flat 18
7:14 PM — The actor and Stonewall co-founder, Sir Ian McKellen is to unveil a blue plaque placed outside the flat where the gay and human rights activist Peter Tatchell has based his campaigns, particularly for Outrage!, the LGBT rights group he founded.
Ann Coulter tells gay Republicans ‘marriage isn’t a civil right’ 81
4:21 PM — US columnist, Ann Coulter has told an audience of gay Republicans, meeting at the home of PayPal founder Peter Thiel, that gay marriage isn't a civil right. According to US blog Politico, Ms Coulter told 150 attendees of the Homocon event that "marriage ‘is not a civil right – you’re not black!"
Amnesty International warns of violence at Belgrade Pride 1
3:48 PM — Human rights organisation, Amnesty International today warned of a risk of right wing groups threatening the safety of next week's pride march in Belgrade.
Stonewall co-founder Michael Cashman: What part of ‘equality’ can’t Stonewall understand? 32
2:30 PM — Labour MEP and co-founder of Stonewall, Michael Cashman argues that the charity he helped launch 21 years ago must come out in favour of full gay marriage equality now. I'm disappointed to see Stonewall, the organisation I co-founded 21 years ago, fail to support genuine equality for same-sex couples. We must open up marriage to everyone, and we must do it now...
George Michael branded a hermit and Jeremy Kyle fan by fellow prisoners 5
1:36 PM — Gay pop star George Michael has according to reports begun to behave like a hermit during his jail sentence at Pentonville Prison in North London.
Indian gay film faces censors as star’s family disowns him 25
1:21 PM — Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun, an Indian gay romance compared by critics to Brokeback Mountain risks being censored by the Indian authorities over gay sex scenes. Meanwhile, the father of star Yuvraaj Parasher has told a newspaper that he is to fight in court to disown all ties to his son because of his role in the film.
Former neo-Nazi to address US gay students 11
11:34 AM — A former US neo-Nazi activist is to speak at an event hosted by the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer) committee of the State University of New York College (SUNY) at Cortland. Tom "T.J." Leyden spent 15 years as a white supremacist and recruiter, campaigning against blacks, Latinos, Jews and gays before turning his back on the movement.
Humphrey Bogart slept with 1,000 women out of fear he was gay 14
11:07 AM — A new biography of Humphrey Bogart claims he slept with a thousand women, partly because he feared that he was becoming gay. 'Humphrey Bogart, the Making of a Legend' by journalist Darwin Porter claims that before the Hollywood star married actress Lauren Bacall in 1945, he had slept with an estimated 1,000 women including Bette Davis, Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich and Ingrid Bergman.
Almost half of HIV-positive gay men unaware, US study says 9
11:02 AM — A US study estimates that almost half of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men are unaware they are infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study also suggested that one in five of gay men in cities most affected by HIV have the virus.
Anti-gay pastor Eddie Long vows to ‘fight’ gay sex claims
10:58 AM — Eddie Long, the anti-gay leader of one of America's largest church congregations, has said he will fight allegations he coerced young men in his flock to have sex with him. Last week, three young men filed lawsuits alleging that Mr Long gave them money, cars and holidays in return for massages, oral sex and masturbation.
25th September 2010
With Ed Miliband as Labour leader, two major parties are led by gay marriage advocates 25
5:08 PM — Members of the the Labour party and affiliated trade unions have elected Ed Miliband as their new leader. Mr Miliband topped a poll for PinkNews.co.uk of Labour party and affiliated union members earlier this month. The result means that both the Liberal Democrats and the Labour party have leaders who are in favour of full LGBT marriage equality.
Archbishop of Canterbury: Gay bishops are fine, so long as they are celibate 87
11:08 AM — Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in an interview published in The Times has revealed he has "no problem" with homosexuals becoming bishops, but only if they remain celibate. A leader column in the same newspaper criticises Dr Williams for his treatment of a homosexual twice rejected from becoming a bishop and calls on Dr Williams to affirm that discrimination against homosexuals is wrong.
Brian Paddick won’t run for London mayor 4
11:08 AM — Former London mayoral hopeful Brian Paddick has said he won't run for London mayor in 2012. The former most senior out gay police officer in Britain was the Liberal Democrat candidate in the 2008 race but came third with ten per cent of the vote behind winner Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone.
24th September 2010
£5 billion marriage equality figure was calculated by Stonewall 78
9:04 PM — The origin of the £5 billion figure quoted by Stonewall as a possible cost of marriage equality has been revealed. According to Brian Paddick, the former deputy assistant commissioner of the Met Police and former Lib Dem London mayoral candidate, the figure was calculated for Stonewall by a former civil servant.
1.5% figure is wrong, says gay dating website with 2.2 million members 61
4:31 PM — Gay networking websites Gaydar and GaydarGirls say that estimates of 1.5 per cent of the population being gay or bisexual cannot be true as they have 2.2 million members in the UK. Yesterday, the Office of National Statistics published a survey of 450,000 people - the second largest after the census - which suggested that only one per cent of British people are gay or lesbian and 0.5 per cent are bisexual.
HIV quangos face the axe, while EHRC is ‘at risk’ 4
12:11 PM — Two HIV quangos will reportedly be abolished as part of government plans to save money. The Expert Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS and the Independent Advisory Group of Sexual Health and HIV are two of 177 taxpayer-funded bodies to be scrapped, a leaked list suggests.
Ken Livingstone backed by Labour to become London mayor in 2012 13
11:09 AM — Ken Livingstone has won the Labour nomination for London mayor in the 2012 election. He defeated rival Oona King with 68.8 per cent of the vote.
Gay men achieve world’s longest kiss 8
10:44 AM — Two American gay men have broken the world record for the longest kiss - locking lips for almost 33 hours. Students Matty Daley and Bobby Canciello, who are just friends, hope to win a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for their achievement.