11th February 2011
Botswana MP says he hates gays and lesbians 42
3:59 PM — A Botswana politician says he agrees with Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's views on homosexuality. Pono Moatlhodi, who is the deputy speaker of the Botswana National Assembly, told a January meeting on HIV prevention that he would "never tolerate" gays and lesbians.
Lady Gaga debuts ‘gay anthem’ Born This Way 27
12:10 PM — Lady Gaga released her latest single Born This Way today. The track was hailed as "the new gay anthem" by Elton John. Listen to it here.
10th February 2011
Figures show 28% rise in London anti-gay hate attacks 72
5:36 PM — A month after a teenage girl was jailed for the manslaughter of a gay man, new figures have shown a rise in reported anti-gay hate attacks in London.
TV preview: Scott Mills explores homophobia in Uganda 56
5:32 PM — In a BBC Three programme to be broadcast next week, gay Radio 1 presenter Scott Mills travels to Uganda to find out about life for gay citizens.
Polish MP sorry for ‘sexist’ lesbian joke 10
4:01 PM — A Polish MP has said sorry for a joke he made about about lesbians - although he maintains his views on homosexuality have not changed.
Mickey Rourke to watch Gareth Thomas match 13
2:33 PM — Mickey Rourke is set to watch gay rugby star Gareth Thomas play in Wales this weekend as preparation for a film about the player's life.
New reality TV show on Soho lesbian bar 9
1:38 PM — Lesbian club Candy Bar is to be the subject of a new Channel 5 fly-on-the-wall TV show. The six-part series will follow the lives of the Soho bar's staff as well as featuring gay club boss Gary Henshaw.
9th February 2011
Man attacked gay Labour councillor with hammer after sex 53
5:17 PM — A gay councillor had to be treated in hospital after a man he met for sex attacked him with a hammer. Neil Wilson, a Labour member of Newham council, invited Marian Calin to his Plaistow home in January last year after meeting him at Wanstead Flats.
German footballer Manuel Neuer encourages gay players to be open 11
5:09 PM — German football Manuel Neuer says that gay players should come out and not fear the reaction of fans. The Schalke goalkeeper, talking to Bunte magazine, said fans would care more about the player's performance.
Terrence Higgins Trust’s Lisa Power awarded MBE 1
3:53 PM — Lisa Power, the policy director of Terrence Higgins Trust, has collected her MBE from Buckingham Palace.
Lesbian RAF corporals to represent Manchester Pride 4
3:34 PM — A lesbian couple who both serve as corporals in the RAF have been appointed as representatives for Manchester Pride.
William Hague urged to raise gay rights on Middle East trip 8
3:13 PM — Gay rights activists are urging Foreign Secretary William Hague to raise the issue of gay rights on a trip to the Middle East this week.
Cynthia Nixon’s partner gives birth 5
10:36 AM — Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon is a mother again after her partner Christine Marinoni gave birth yesterday. The couple did not announce that Marinoni was expecting but a spokesman confirmed that the baby boy was named Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni.
8th February 2011
Jonathan Ross says Ricky Gervais’ gay Scientologist joke was ‘unnecessary’ 27
6:00 PM — Jonathan Ross says he definitely would not have made Ricky Gervais' Golden Globes joke about gay Scientologists.
Nebraska lesbians not allowed to divorce 7
5:02 PM — A lesbian couple in the US state of Nebraska have been barred from divorcing by a judge. Brenda Mueller and Deborah Pry were told that as Nebraska doesn't recognise gay marriage, it doesn't recognise gay divorce.
Transgender woman told ‘dress as a man to find work’ 54
1:50 PM — A transgender woman claims she was told by a Jobcentre to dress as a man to find work. Tina Cook, 54, who began transition last year, used to work in the construction industry but was made redundant 18 months ago.
Scotland sees huge increase in reported homophobic hate crime 12
11:39 AM — The number of reported homophobic hate crimes has risen five-fold in Scotland in the last five years. Figures show that there were 666 reported incidents in 2009-10, a substantial increase from 2004-5, when just 114 incidents were reported.
Seven-year-old donates to LA gay centre because he thinks inequality is unfair 40
12:55 AM — A seven-year-old has donated $140 to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) because he doesn't think it's right for gay people not to be treated equally. The child, called Malcolm, was given $140 by his parents to donate to the charity of his choice. He chose to split the money between the gay centre and the HRC.
7th February 2011
‘Faggot taunt’ started Shia LaBeouf fight 8
5:24 PM — Transformers star Shia LaBeouf was arrested this weekend after allegedly being involved in a bar fight in California. According to reports, the fight broke out after fans called the actor a "faggot" for refusing to speak to them.
Christian podiatrist ‘didn’t want to treat patients he thought were gay’
4:36 PM — A Christian podiatrist has appeared before a professional trial over claims that he tried to get a colleague to swap patients with him because he thought the man was gay.