26th January 2014
Martina Navratilova: Anti-gay laws make it ‘impossible’ to separate sport from politics at Sochi Games 8
1:16 PM — Tennis star Martina Navratilova has warned that anti-gays laws in Russia will make it "impossible" to separate sport from politics at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Coca-Cola bans the word ‘gay’ in new ad campaign – ‘Oops. Let’s pretend you didn’t just type that’ 49
12:46 PM — Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has launched a new media marketing campaign which bans users from printing the word "gay" on the side of a can of Coke.
Ugandan boyfriend of deported British man receives death threats from neighbours 8
12:14 PM — The Ugandan boyfriend of Bernard Randall, a gay British man arrested in Uganda after pictures of him having sex appeared in a newspaper, is fearing for his life after receiving death threats from neighbours.
19th January 2014
One Direction’s Liam Payne slammed after tweeting support for the ‘family values’ of Duck Dynasty stars 60
2:32 PM — One Direction singer Liam Payne has faced backlash on Twitter after sending a message of support to the son of the Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, which praises "the family values you still all behold."
US TV star who claimed ‘gays don’t belong on television’ says comment was taken out of context 13
1:48 PM — Juan Pablo Galavis, the US TV star who caused a stir recently after saying he didn't think gay people should be seen on television because they are "more pervert," has apologised, saying his comment was meant to imply that gay people are "more affectionate and intense."
UKIP chair accused of bigotry after saying Glasgow Council is for ‘gays, Catholics, communists’ 18
1:20 PM — Arthur Misty Thackeray, the acting chair of UKIP in Scotland, has come under fire recently after it emerged he had published a series of anti-gay and Islamophobic posts on Facebook, including comments that the Glasgow City Council stood for "gays, Catholics, communists."
Russia: Putin denies homophobia in anti-gay laws – ‘I myself know some people who are gay’ 22
12:33 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin has once more denied gay people are unwelcome at the Sochi Winter Olympics over anti-gay laws in the country, saying he is not prejudiced as he is on "friendly terms" with several people who are gay.
12th January 2014
Anti-gay marriage Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols to become Cardinal 55
1:51 PM — The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, who is also known for his vocal opposition to same-sex marriage, is set to be created a Cardinal by Pope Francis next month.
Former boxer Evander Holyfield apologises for anti-gay remarks on Celebrity Big Brother 23
1:27 PM — Former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield has apologised for his anti-gay remarks on Celebrity Big Brother, saying he had "completely forgotten about the cameras" at the time and was only expressing a personal view.
Study: 40 per cent of young LGBT people in England have contemplated suicide 26
1:05 PM — According to a recent major report, more than half of young LGBT people in England have suffered mental health issues, and 40 per cent have considered suicide, emphasising a growing concern that schools and health services are failing gay teenagers.
Over 100 demonstrators gather in London against Indian gay sex ban 5
12:27 PM — Over 100 demonstrators gathered outside London's High Commission of India on Sunday to campaign against the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate a ban on gay sex.
Gay New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup blasts Olympics hosts for refusing to ‘embody diversity’ 2
11:41 AM — New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup has said he is "disappointed" he will not be able to represent himself as a gay man at the Sochi Winter Olympics if he manages to qualify by February, calling out anti-gay laws in Russia for continuing a legacy of historic discrimination.
5th January 2014
Hong Kong: Survey finds 3 in 4 support more civil rights for gay people 1
3:13 PM — A recent Hong Kong survey has found that three out of four locals support more rights for gay people in the region, although only 27 per cent completely agreed that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
US study claims ‘jokesters’ skew data for research into LGBT young people 9
2:35 PM — A new US study has claimed that research into LGBT young people could be based on faulty data either by "confused teens" or "jokesters" providing inconsistent responses about their sexual orientations.
BBC denies reports that Danny Dyer is facing ‘dressing down’ over response to homophobic tweets 8
1:53 PM — The BBC has denied reports claiming that Danny Dyer is facing a "dressing down" over his recent response to homophobic tweets.
Scientists inspired, not deterred, by HIV relapse of bone marrow transplant patients 5
1:08 PM — Scientists in search of a cure for AIDS say they have been inspired, not deterred, by the recent relapses of two HIV positive patients believed to have been cured of the virus.
29th December 2013
Malta: Catholic bishop says Pope Francis urged him to ‘speak out’ against same-sex adoption laws 44
2:32 PM — Malta’s Auxiliary Bishop has said that Pope Francis was "shocked" by plans to introduce adoption laws for same-sex couples to the country, urging the bishop to do more to speak out against the legislation.
Gay playwright Alan Bennett: ‘Margaret Thatcher was a seriously flawed human being’ 23
2:04 PM — Gay playwright Alan Bennett has blasted Tory MPs who excuse the actions of the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher, calling her a "seriously flawed human being" whose lack of humour shut her off from humanity.
Coca-Cola publishes photos of gay rights activists against its Sochi 2014 sponsorship 30
1:35 PM — Coca-Cola has published photos online of a group of gay rights activists who recently interrupted its Christmas advertising campaign with a surprise demonstration against the company's decision to sponsor the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
England Women’s football captain: ‘I’d like to see a day when male players aren’t afraid to come out’ 10
12:43 PM — The captain of the England Women’s football squad has said she would like to see the day when men's football can be just as accepting of gay players as women's football, emphasising the need for fans of the sport to "get some perspective."