27th October 2011
Gay and lesbian troops sue US federal government 15
4:28 PM — A group of married gay and lesbian troops are suing the US federal government for denying them the recognition, benefits and family support granted to heterosexual service members. The lawsuit was filed today in Boston and says the federal government, through the Defence of Marriage Act, violates their constitutional rights.
Government says it must do more to tackle HIV 128
3:35 PM — Health secretary Andrew Lansley has admitted that the government can and should do more to tackle HIV rates. In a response to a recent House of Lords report on HIV and AIDS, he agreed that investment in HIV prevention would offer "significant savings" in the short and long term.
Peter Tatchell backs Christian housing manager demoted for gay marriage remarks 178
1:51 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the demotion of a Christian housing manager for remarks about religious gay marriage was "excessive". Mr Tatchell spoke out in support of Adrian Smith, 54, who was disciplined by the Trafford Housing Trust for the remarks on his private Facebook page.
Kelly Clarkson fights off lesbian rumours 19
1:23 PM — US singer Kelly Clarkson says she still has to deal with rumours about her sexuality. The star has been single for several years and has blamed "stupid" rumours for putting off potential boyfriends.
John Amaechi: ‘Homophobia remains a massive problem in sport’ 9
1:00 PM — Former basketball star John Amaechi says homophobia remains a "massive problem" in sport, especially football. Amaechi, who was the first openly gay NBA player, spoke out after receiving the Order of the British Empire for services to sport and the voluntary sector from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
Gay murder victim Stuart Walker was questioned over child indecency
11:20 AM — A gay man whose beaten and burned body was found near an Ayrshire industrial estate last weekend had been questioned by police over an alleged child indecency incident. Stuart Walker, a barman from Cumnock, was found dead in the early hours of Saturday morning. Police said he had suffered "horrific" injuries.
Northern Ireland minister ‘won’t be rushed’ into decision on gay blood ban 18
11:03 AM — Northern Ireland's health minister Edwin Poots says he won't be "rushed, pushed or harassed" into making a decision on lifting the blood donation ban on gay and bisexual men.