27th October 2011
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.
26th October 2011
Police release CCTV image of gay pub attack 35
4:24 PM — Leicester police have released a CCTV image after two men were severely burned at a gay pub. The incident took place at about 12.40am on Tuesday October 25th at the Rainbow and Dove Public House in Charles Street.
Peter Tatchell: A tribute to Nikolai Alekseev 5
3:58 PM — Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev has announced that he is standing down as chief organiser of Moscow Pride and of the LGBT human rights project GayRussia.Ru – two major initiatives that he pioneered. Peter Tatchell highlights his work.
Commonwealth Secretary General backs gay rights 24
3:44 PM — The Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma, spoke out for gay rights yesterday in his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth People's Forum.
Russian gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alekseev retires 7
2:21 PM — Nikolai Alekseev, the face of gay rights campaigning in Russia, has retired. In an email sent to supporters last week, the 34-year-old said he would no longer head Moscow Pride and GayRussia.ru but gave little reason for his decision.
Gay men warned about ‘meaner’ strains of gonorrhoea 16
1:59 PM — Gay men are being encouraged to test regularly for sexually-transmitted disease gonorrhoea. Recently, health experts warned that some strains of the disease are becoming immune to treatments.
Liverpool’s gay art festival Homotopia celebrates eighth year 3
1:24 PM — Liverpool's gay arts festival Homotopia kicks off next week with the theme of 'Cruising For Art'. The festival will showcase an "array of the queer, the extravagant, the bold, the unexpected and the daring" with theatre, dance, film, cabaret and discussions.
J Crew chief Jenna Lyons ‘in lesbian relationship’ 21
11:35 AM — One of the most powerful women in the US fashion industry has reportedly begun a lesbian relationship. Jenna Lyons, the president and creative director of J Crew, is in the process of divorcing her husband, artist Vincent Mazeau.
Catholic leader tells Scottish health minister that gay marriage will be ‘harmful’ 162
10:46 AM — Catholic leaders have claimed that gay marriage will be "harmful" to society in talks with Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon. Ms Sturgeon met Bishop of Paisley Phillip Tartaglia yesterday as part of a government consultation on the issue.
25th October 2011
Gareth Thomas announces he’s retiring from rugby 14
4:22 PM — Gareth Thomas has announced he is retiring from rugby with immediate effect. The Wales international said he could no longer give "100 per cent" to the sport.
Interview: Jonathan Harvey on writing, Corrie and Beautiful Thing 10
4:00 PM — After early success as a playwright, Jonathan Harvey's career now spans theatre, film and television. He wrote Gimme, Gimme, Gimme for his pal, Kathy Burke, collaborated with The Pet Shop Boys on the musical Closer To Heaven and since 2004 has written 136 episodes of Coronation Street. With Beautiful Thing about to open at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, Laurence Watts meets him.
Evan Rachel Wood: ‘No one explains bisexuality to children’ 18
3:16 PM — True Blood actress Evan Rachel Wood has revealed that she was "terrified" of her bisexuality as a child because no one had explained or discussed it with her. The star, 24, said she did not understand her feelings.
Weekend traffic ban for Manchester’s gay village 11
2:50 PM — Traffic will be banned at weekends in Manchester's gay village to improve safety for revellers. Residents and local businesses have given their support to pedestrianise Sackville Street on Friday and Saturday nights.
Queensland to vote on gay civil unions 7
2:26 PM — The Australian state of Queensland is set to legalise civil unions. Premier Anna Bligh is to allow her MPs a free vote on the matter and has said she expects an "overwhelming" majority to vote in favour.
Man arrested after burns assault at Leicester gay pub 22
1:01 PM — A man has been arrested after two people were burned at a Leicester city centre gay pub. The incident happened at the Rainbow and Dove in Charles Street at around 12.40am this morning.
Anti-gay Twitter users mock Stuart Walker’s death 127
12:03 PM — Homophobic Twitter users have outraged others by mocking the death of Ayrshire gay man Stuart Walker. Mr Walker, 28, was found dead near an industrial estate early on Sunday morning. Police said he had suffered a "violent" and "sustained" attack.
Murdered gay barman ‘may have been sexually assaulted’ 89
10:23 AM — Police have said that a gay barman may have been sexually assaulted before he was murdered. Stuart Walker's body was found at 5am on Saturday near an industrial estate in Cunnock, Ayrshire.
24th October 2011
Zimbabwe prime minister says gay rights are ‘human rights’ 107
4:20 PM — Zimbabwe's prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai has done a U-turn on gay rights and says he now wants them protected under the new constitution. Speaking to BBC News, he said gay rights were a "human right" that should be respected by Zimbabweans.