16th December 2010
William Hague criticised by gay campaigners 20
6:11 PM — Foreign secretary William Hague has been criticised by gay rights activists for failing to answer their questions. The minister took part in a Twitter question and answer session earlier today but declined to answer some questions on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights.
UK parliament gets first LGBT network 6
5:32 PM — Lords, MPs and parliament staff will soon have a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender network. The group, named ParliOut, will be launched next week with Speaker John Bercrow as its president.
Matt Lucas wins damages over ‘grossly intrusive’ Daily Mail article 9
5:24 PM — Comedian Matt Lucas won undisclosed damages and an apology from the Daily Mail today over an article it published after his former civil partner's suicide. Lucas sued for damages over the "grossly intrusive" story, which appeared in March of this year, five months after Kevin McGee killed himself.
Ian Baynham’s family urges better reporting of hate crimes 5
4:24 PM — The family of Ian Baynham has urged victims of homophobic hate crimes to report incidents to police. His sister Jenny said she missed him "dreadfully" and called on the public to "take responsibility" for reporting such crimes.
Baynham killing ‘shows homophobia must be tackled in schools’ 2
2:36 PM — The killing of out gay man Ian Baynham shows that work to tackle anti-gay bullying in schools must continue, campaigners have said. Mr Baynham's killers, Ruby Thomas and Joel Alexander, were teenagers at the time of the attack last year.
Pair convicted of homophobic killing 19
2:04 PM — A 20-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were convicted today of the manslaughter of gay man Ian Baynham. Ruby Thomas and Joel Alexander, both of south-east London, are facing jail.
Gay referee Nigel Owens on reporting homophobic abuse 26
10:42 AM — Rugby referee Nigel Owens has spoken about why he called police over homophobic abuse at a recent game. He was on duty at a Welsh premiership game between Llanelli and Neath at Parc y Scarlets last month when a fan allegedly began shouting anti-gay abuse.
Kevin Spacey: ‘Asking me about being gay is like bullying’ 24
10:40 AM — Kevin Spacey has compared media interest in his sexuality to anti-gay bullying. The actor has fiercely protected his private life and has denied that he is gay for years.
Video: House of Representatives votes to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ gay military ban 11
1:37 AM — The House of Representatives has for the second time passed a bill to overturn the US's military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy that bans military personnel from being openly gay.