20th September 2010
Cricketer Jimmy Anderson poses naked for gay magazine 21
4:17 PM — England cricketer Jimmy Anderson has posed nude for next month's Attitude magazine. The married player, 28, said there was no homophobia in the game and urged gay players to come out.
Lady Gaga to join gay rights protest 7
3:43 PM — Lady Gaga will join a protest in Maine against the ban on out gay soldiers in the US military. A spokesman from the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network said the bisexual singer would join LGBT veterans at the event today in Portland.
AA Gill nominated for Stonewall’s ‘Bigot of the Year’ award 24
2:12 PM — Sunday Times columnist AA Gill has been nominated for Stonewall's 'Bigot of the Year' award for offending lesbian TV presenter Clare Balding. Gill wrote in a July column that Balding was a "dyke on a bike, puffing up the nooks and crannies at the bottom end of the nation".
Gay German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has a civil partnership 2
12:09 PM — Germany's foreign minister Guido Westerwelle tied the knot with his partner in a civil partnership on Friday evening. Mr Westerwelle, 48, has been with 43-year-old Michael Mronz, a sporting events organiser, since 2003. The politician came out in 2004 during chancellor Angela Merkel's 50th birthday celebrations.
Stephen Fry says he’s ’90 per cent gay’ 32
10:46 AM — Broadcaster Stephen Fry says he believes he is "90 per cent gay" because there are two women he has been attracted to. In his latest autobiography, the 53-year-old wrote that he had had been attracted to make-up artist Sunetra Sastry, who is the wife of his Blackadder co-star Rowan Atkinson, and novelist Caroline Oulton.
Gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev ‘kidnapped and drugged’ by Russian security agents 5
10:04 AM — Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev says he was kidnapped and possibly drugged by Russian security forces who detained him for more than two days. Mr Alekseev went missing on Wednesday evening from Domodedovo Airport in Moscow when he was due to catch a plane to Geneva.
19th September 2010
Montana Republicans want to make homosexuality and straight public hand holding illegal 29
6:50 PM — As socially conservative 'Tea Party' win a number of victories in Republican primaries across the United States of America, it has emerged that the Republican Party in Montana has retained a policy to criminalise homosexuality in the state. Although the proposed ban sits alongside bizarre official policies including a proposed ban on mixed sex couples holding hands after sunset.
Video: Pope beatifies Cardinal Newman on final day of state visit 21
5:19 PM — At an open air mass in Birmingham earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman, a British convert to Catholicism who some claim was in a gay relationship with fellow convert Ambrose St. John. The beatified process brings the former Anglican cleric a step closer to sainthood.
Video: 20,000 protest over Pope Benedict XVI’s views on homosexuality and the spread of HIV/ AIDS 34
1:30 AM — Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in central London on Saturday with banners and blown-up condoms, angered at the Pope's response to the child abuse scandal, his homophobic comments about gay relationships and his claims that condoms spread rather than prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS.
17th September 2010
Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury in film 7
6:17 PM — Sacha Baron Cohen is to play Freddie Mercury in a biopic about the late Queen singer's life. The project will be co-produced by Robert De Niro and has the support of Mercury's former bandmates, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, who will be musical consultants.
California waiter ‘stabbed for being gay’ 5
6:02 PM — A waiter in Santa Maria, California, is recovering in hospital after he was stabbed for "being gay". Police said the unnamed waiter was at work in a Denny's restaurant when 24-year-old Curtis Martin tapped on the window and asked to use the toilet.
Stonewall launches YouTube channel 11
5:29 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has launched a YouTube channel to promote its events and campaigns. It will have clips about research, campaigns, events and interviews with politicians, celebrities and Stonewall volunteers.
Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev ‘applying for political asylum’ but friends fear messages are fake 4
4:56 PM — Russian gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alekseev is said to be applying for political asylum in Belarus. His supporters have raised concerns that he has only communicated by text since his arrest on Wednesday and fear the messages may be fake.
Comment: Our leaders must question the Pope’s teachings in person 73
3:17 PM — While many in the UK are angry at the Pope's poor record on gay rights and outrageous statements on HIV prevention, our political leaders appear to be showing him undue reverence. This publication believes that they have a golden opportunity to argue that the Vatican must adapt and respond to the changing beliefs and social identities of its 1.1 billion believers.
Half-naked male models greet Pope’s visit to Twickenham 70
1:44 PM — Pope Benedict XVI visited Twickenham, west London, as part of his tour of the UK today. The models, hired by Gaydar, stood alongside protesters from Richmond LGBT Forum and gay rights activist Peter Tatchell.
Gay Nigerian asylum seeker faces deportation 15
1:13 PM — A Nigerian man who was due to be deported from the UK last night has been given a temporary reprieve. Hope Nwachukwu, 33, says he was tortured and forced to watch his sisters being raped in his home country because he is gay.
George Michael cancels bail application 5
11:46 AM — George Michael has abandoned a bid for freedom, cancelling an application for bail. The gay singer began an eight-week sentence on Tuesday for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis after London Pride in July.
Clare Balding wins complaint against ‘dyke on a bike’ jibe 14
10:37 AM — Lesbian TV presenter Clare Balding has won her complaint against the Sunday Times after columnist AA Gill called her a "dyke on a bike". She contacted the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) over the July 25th article, which she said discriminated against her.
16th September 2010
Missing Russian gay rights campaigner ‘in Minsk’ 4
8:28 PM — Nikolai Alekseev, the Russian gay rights campaigner who was arrested at an airport in Moscow yesterday, is believed to be in Minsk. Mr Alekseev, who is unpopular with Russian authorities for attempting to hold Pride marches, was arrested by border control police yesterday at Domodedovo airport after passing through passport control.
Gay Lib Dem MP Steve Gilbert on plans to make case for marriage equality at party conference 11
8:11 PM — Steve Gilbert has a rotten cold and no fewer than 15 speaking engagements at next week's Liberal Democrat conference. Fortunately for PinkNews.co.uk, he's got just enough of his voice left to speak to us about being a new MP, marriage equality and why Westminster needs to take a lead on gay rights.