11th April 2011
Glee and Modern Family tie at GLAAD Media Awards 9
1:43 PM — Glee and Modern Family tied in the GLAAD Media Award for best TV comedy series on Sunday. The two Emmy-award winning shows feature gay characters and themes that have helped build acceptance of the LGBT community, the gay rights group said.
HIV charities surprised at gay blood ban reports 50
12:09 PM — HIV prevention charities say they are surprised at reports that the government is announce the end of the gay blood donation before a review has been completed. The policy, which currently bars any man who has had gay sex from donating blood, is the subject of a review due to end this summer.
Gay soldier raises £4,000 for Stonewall 15
11:45 AM — A gay soldier raised £4,000 for Stonewall on Sunday by running the Brighton Marathon in four hours and 52 minutes.
Boy George: ‘Most gay men just want to fit in now’ 351
11:27 AM — Boy George has said that gay men are now less willing to stand out and attract attention. The star was speaking a week after his close friend, the socialite Philip Sallon, was viciously attacked on a night out.
EastEnders to have first gay civil partnership 37
10:17 AM — EastEnders producers are said to be planning the soap's first civil partnership. According to reports, Christian Clarke (John Partridge) will pop the question to boyfriend Syed Masood (Marc Elliot).
10th April 2011
Gay blood donation ban to be lifted for men who haven’t had sex for 10 years 357
10:34 AM — The government is to lift the ban on gay men giving blood, ruling that a blanket ban is discriminatory and could be in breach of the Equality Act. However, lifting the ban will only apply to gay men who have not had sex for ten years prior to donating blood.
9th April 2011
Safe sex message for Attitude’s ‘naked issue’ 27
10:00 PM — Attitude magazine's annual 'naked issue' is urging readers to use condoms and get tested for HIV. This month's issue, which features the boys from Blue on the cover, is packed with safe sex advice and slogans such as 'Last night a condom saved my life'.
Academic who blamed fall of Roman Empire on gays under pressure to resign 104
9:57 PM — A leading but controversial Italian academic is facing calls for him to resign as vice president of the country's Centre for National Research after he claimed that homosexuality caused the fall of the Roman Empire.
8th April 2011
Nepal’s gay MP: ‘Gandhi’s sexuality doesn’t matter’ 9
5:25 PM — Nepal's only out gay MP says that Gandhi's legacy, rather than his sexuality, is what matters. This week, a new biography of the Indian leader claimed he had left his wife for a male bodybuilder.
Video: Lady Gaga confronts anti-gay preacher 15
4:46 PM — Lady Gaga has released a video of her confronting an anti-gay fundamentalist. The clip shows the gay-friendly star being handed a 'get out of hell free' card by a preacher as she arrived at one of her gigs.
Australian politician denies homophobia towards gay MP 10
4:22 PM — An Australian politician has denied that a 'queen' joke he made about a gay MP was homophobic. Rob Johnson, who is the West Australian police minister, said his remarks had been misconstrued.
Judge rules gay rights group can canvass outside Target 9
3:20 PM — A judge has ruled against US retailer Target in its bid to ban gay rights campaigners canvassing outside its San Diego stores. Target, which has been criticised for supporting anti-gay groups, claimed that Canvass For A Cause, which is working for gay marriage, was driving away its customers.
European parliament calls for special protection of gay and trans asylum seekers 31
2:26 PM — The European parliament says that LGBT asylum seekers must be given special protection. MEPs voted this week to adopt a series of measures, such as ensuring that physical examinations are respectful and providing expert advice to asylum officials.
Newly-out gay MPs attend Stonewall Equality Dinner 166
1:26 PM — Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans and Conservative MP Crispin Blunt were among the guests at last night's Stonewall Equality Dinner. They joined 600 guests at London's Dorchester Hotel to raise £340,000 for the charity's gay rights work.
Racism and homophobia ‘worse in chaotic environments’ 32
11:55 AM — People are more racist and homophobic when their surroundings are chaotic, according to new research from the Netherlands. Scientists tested 40 people at Utrecht railway station during a cleaners' strike that had left the station dirty and litter-strewn.
Lady Gaga to edit international Metro 4
11:10 AM — Lady Gaga is to guest-edit all 17 editions of the international Metro newspaper. The star will take over the freesheet, which should not be confused with the UK Metro, on May 17th.
US military chiefs committed to ending gay ban 12
10:35 AM — US military chiefs say they are making smooth progress towards lifting the ban on openly gay troops. During a House Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, the leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force and Marines said troops did not appear anxious about the change.
7th April 2011
Scottish parliament elections: Labour and Lib Dems promise gay rights action 18
4:18 PM — The Scottish Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have made manifesto promises on marriage equality ahead of May's election. Labour - which is on an equal footing with the SNP in polls - says it will consult on the issue while the Lib Dems offer a firmer commitment.
Travel: Warm welcomes and good food in India 8
3:16 PM — After a 2009 court ruling decriminalising homosexuality, Sam Feller finds that India has plenty to offer gay travellers, including great food and welcoming people.
Study says 3.8 per cent of Americans are gay, bisexual or transgender 43
2:39 PM — A study suggests that 3.8 per cent of Americans are openly gay, bisexual or transgender. However, the number of those who say they have engaged in same-sex relationships or sexual behaviour is twice as high as 8.2 per cent - or 19 million people.