17th November 2010
May scraps ‘ridiculous’ equality duty but promises new action on anti-gay bullying 35
12:56 PM — Schools will be given new powers to deal with homophobic and transphobic bullying and measures to delete historic sex convictions will be in the Freedom Bill, Home Secretary Theresa May announced today. She also said that an equality duty on public bodies would be scrapped.
Campaign for Homosexual Equality secretary Griffith Vaughan Williams dies 6
9:25 AM — The secretary of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, Griffith Vaughan Williams, has died at the age of 70. Mr Williams, known as Griff, became involved in gay rights work in 1964 and was a leading member of CHE from its earliest days.
Rugby League begins gay equality campaign in parliament 1
9:21 AM — The Rugby Football League (RFL) held a reception in parliament last night to launch a campaign to welcome gay fans and players.The event was hosted by Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland and attended by a number of MPs from all parties and two players from Sheffield Eagles.
16th November 2010
Gay Metro proposal – he said yes! 36
3:59 PM — His proposal on the front cover of Metro today was slightly overshadowed by a heterosexual couple but Jon Ireland is celebrating this afternoon after his boyfriend agreed to tie the knot.
Film chronicles Israel’s gay revolution 2
3:41 PM — From 1985 to the present day, Israel's gay community has undergone dramatic changes. A film chronicling how the community found its feet will be shown during the UK Jewish Film Festival this week in London.
Thirteen gay activists arrested after White House DADT protest 7
3:10 PM — Thirteen gay rights campaigners have been arrested after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest at the ban on out gay troops.
German funeral home hopes to cater for gay send-offs 5
1:43 PM — A funeral home in Cologne, Germany, caters for gay people with a "sensitive" service and rainbow coffins. Königsfeld & Brandl is run by Thomas Brandl, 32, and Michael Königsfeld, 34, who themselves are a gay couple.
Poll finds gay people are coming out at a younger age 17
11:40 AM — A poll by gay rights charity Stonewall has found that the average age for gay and bisexual teenagers to come out is now 15. The online survey of 1,536 openly gay or bisexual people found that the age for coming out has steadily fallen over the last 20 years.
Elton John to guest-edit The Independent 2
11:06 AM — Elton John is to guest-edit a special edition of The Independent for World AIDS Day. The gay singer, who set up an HIV/AIDS charity in 1992, said he was looking forward to the chance of raising awareness of the issue.
Wanted: A staff writer for PinkNews.co.uk 6
12:54 AM — We have a rare opportunity to join the full time writing team for PinkNews.co.uk, the most read LGBT publication in Europe. The role of staff writer for PinkNews.co.uk is as varied as our readers and as disparate as the range of stories we cover every day. You might find yourself at a garden party in Downing Street one night and the opening for a new community centre the next.
15th November 2010
Mumbai multiplexes ban gay film 7
6:21 PM — India's answer to Brokeback Mountain has reportedly been banned by some of Mumbai's multiplexes for its gay content. Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun, a gay romance, was released last Friday after getting past the country's film censors.
US Supreme Court denies request to lift gay military ban 6
6:01 PM — The US Supreme Court declined a request to lift the ban on out gay troops serving in the military on Friday. In the latest round of the fight to have the law repealed, Republican gay group Log Cabin Republicans asked the court to overturn a lower court's ruling that the ban should remain in place indefinitely.
Marie Osmond: ‘My son did not commit suicide because he was gay’ 7
5:36 PM — Marie Osmond has hit at out suggestions that her son killed himself because he was gay. Michael Blosil, 18, committed suicide in February. There was speculation that he had killed himself because of his sexual orientation and his Mormon religion.
Coronation Street stars tackle anti-gay bullying 2
5:15 PM — Coronation Street stars Brooke Vincent, Sacha Parkinson and Antony Cotton are helping to publicise an initiative against homophobic bullying in Manchester schools.
Gay Northampton couple attempt to marry 17
3:55 PM — A gay couple in Northampton will attempt to marry tomorrow as part of a campaign to open up marriage and civil partnerships to both straight and gay couples.
Gay vultures split up by zookeepers 16
2:31 PM — A pair of gay vultures at a zoo in Germany will be split up so one can be mated with a female. The male couple, both 14, have been building a nest together for the past few months.
Texas gay couple marry by Skype 3
1:04 PM — A gay couple have circumvented Texas' ban on gay marriage by marrying over Skype. Mark Reed and Dante Walkup used the internet software to link to Washington DC, where a registrar conducted the ceremony.
Christian doctor begins legal fight over gay adoptions 75
11:54 AM — A Christian doctor who was removed from an adoption panel after she refused to endorse applications by same-sex couples hopes to go to the European Court of Justice. Dr Sheila Matthews, of Kettering, will ask the court to establish whether medical opinion should be permitted to override equality laws.
12th November 2010
Gay charity urges gay men to sign up to HIV pledge 44
6:11 PM — London-based gay men's health charity GMFA has begun a new campaign to raise awareness of HIV. 'Count Me In' asks gay men to agree with a five-point pledge about protecting their health and not assuming they know the HIV status of other men.
Delhi eunuchs to be given pensions 7
5:47 PM — All adult eunuchs in Delhi, India, will be given pensions of 1000 rupees (£14) per month in recognition of their low status, the local government has announced.