5th November 2010
Comment: When did gay men stop fighting HIV? 48
4:34 PM — Scott Roberts argues that campaigners angry about the gay blood ban are missing the bigger picture and that the gay community should be enraged at the continuing gulf of health inequality around HIV and AIDS.
Mum’s defence of cross-dressing 5-year-old becomes internet hit 46
3:03 PM — A US mother has become an internet hit for defending her decision to let her son dress as a girl for Halloween. Missouri blogger Sarah wrote: "He's gay. Or he’s not. I don’t care. He is still my son."
Ian McKellen: Don’t call me ‘Sir’ 15
2:28 PM — Veteran gay actor Ian McKellen has revealed that he does not like using his title of 'Sir', despite being knighted in 1991. The Lord of the Rings star was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Savannah Film Festival yesterday.
Stephen Fry returns to Twitter to say women do like sex 38
12:18 PM — Stephen Fry, who angrily quit Twitter last week after being criticised for suggesting that women don't like sex, has returned to the blogging site. The broadcaster found himself in a storm of media attention after telling Attitude magazine that women only have sex because it is "the price they are willing to pay for a relationship".
Tory MP Chris Grayling named Stonewall ‘bigot of the year’ 36
1:41 AM — Former shadow home secretary Chris Grayling was named 'Bigot of the Year' at Thursday night's Stonewall awards. Award winners included rugby player Gareth Thomas, The Times and actor John Partridge.
4th November 2010
Vince Vaughn glad that gay joke will stay in film 16
6:44 PM — Actor Vince Vaughn says he is glad that a joke about 'gay' cars will stay in his latest film. He said the use of the word in The Dilemma "wasn't derogatory".
Bishop of Wakefield says church must listen to gay people 20
5:01 PM — The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, says that the Church of England must listen to gay people inside and outside the church. Writing after attending a gay group's meeting, he said he felt "shamed" because he had not listened to gay people.
Christina Aguilera tells gay kids ‘just be yourself’ 3
3:41 PM — Pop star Christina Aguilera has added her support to Stonewall's campaign against homophobic bullying. The charity has begun a new campaign called It Gets Better... Today, which is inspired by the US YouTube campaign It Gets Better.
Trans student first to play NCAA basketball 11
1:52 PM — A Washington student has become the first transgender person to play NCAA basketball. Kye Allums, 21, of George Washington University, is returning to the women's team this month, although he is now known as a man.
Glee attacked for ‘tranny slur’ 29
11:59 AM — US comedy Glee has been criticised for using the word 'tranny'. The show, which has been commended for its approach to LGBT issues, had a Rocky Horror-themed episode last week, in which the cast took on roles from the 1970s musical.
Head of Belgian Catholic church says AIDS is ‘justice’ for gays 86
11:20 AM — The head of the Catholic Church in Belgium has said that AIDS is "intrinsic justice" for homosexuality. Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard also said that elderly priests found to have sexually abused children should not be punished.
3rd November 2010
Parties raise tens of thousands of pounds for HIV charities 9
4:37 PM — Two London events have raised tens of thousands of pounds for National AIDS Trust and Terrence Higgins Trust. THT's Supper Club raised £95,000, while the Wig Party raised £45,000 for NAT.
Lesbian activist awarded MBE 12
4:34 PM — A lesbian campaigner from Brighton has been awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace. Clare Dimyon, 45, was honoured for “services to promoting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in central and eastern Europe”.
US mid-term elections: Four out gay representatives 4
3:45 PM — There are now four out gay men and women in the US House of Representatives after David Cicilline, a Democrat, won the Rhode Island congressional seat being vacated by retiring Representative Patrick Kennedy.
US mid-term results pose challenges and opportunities for gay rights 13
2:50 PM — The US mid-term elections have seen the Republicans gain control of the lower house, while the Democrats held on to the Senate. According to commentators, the result presents both challenges and opportunities for gay rights.
Iowa voters oust gay marriage ruling judges 23
12:53 PM — Three Iowa Supreme Court judges who ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional have been ousted by voters after a campaign by anti-gay groups.
2nd November 2010
US school official formally resigns after anti-gay rant 9
6:49 PM — Clint McCance, the US school district official who had to apologise last week for an anti-gay rant on his Facebook page, has officially resigned.
Men accuse TfL of ‘failing to investigate anti-gay tube abuse’ 18
6:41 PM — Three gay friends are considering legal action against Transport for London (TfL) after they say the company failed to properly investigate an incident in which they claim they were subjected to homophobic abuse by a member of tube staff
Lesbian PC killed herself after being ‘victimised’ 4
6:36 PM — A lesbian police officer killed herself after being bullied about her sexuality and appearance, an inquest heard today. Lara Goldie, 28, was found hanged at her Hackney flat in June.
Equal Love campaign: First gay couple denied marriage 21
4:46 PM — The first of eight gay and straight couples to challenge the UK's marriage laws have been denied a marriage at a London registry office, as expected. Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel, the lead gay couple in the Equal Love campaign, were denied permission to marry this morning in Greenwich.