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  • 22nd March 2012

    Letter: Mark Zuckerberg, please allow users to list their gender as ‘other’ 20

    Mark Zuckerberg is the founder of Facebook

    9:20 PM — In a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, Sunil Babu Pant, Nepal's first openly gay MP has asked for the social network to give users the option to describe their gender as 'other'. At present, Facebook requires users to select either male or female although it does give them the option of hiding their response.

  • 21st March 2012

    Video: Spoof Tube announcements prompt gays to ‘mind the gap’ over HIV testing 26

    Mind the Gap

    4:15 PM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has partnered with GaydarRadio to create a series of spoof public transport announcements, encouraging gay and bisexual men in London to ‘mind the gap’ between their HIV tests.

  • 8th February 2012

    Travel: Getting sexy in Salt Lake City 14

    Salt Late City, Utah (Photo: Adam Barker)

    9:31 AM — Ushered onto the global stage by the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Salt Lake City might still be best known as the base of the Latter-day Saints Church. But JD van Zyl found underneath its perfectly pristine Mormon veneer hides a surprisingly rewarding and gay-friendly destination.

  • 29th January 2012

    In Photos: Peter Tatchell 60th Birthday party fundraiser 13

    1:01 PM — Last Thursday to celebrate the 60th birthday of the legendary human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, QueerlyOut held a fundraiser party with all door proceeds donated to the Peter Tatchell Foundation to continue the valuable work that Peter does day in, day out.

  • 25th November 2011

    Google seeks to improve benefits for trans employees 46

    The new policy comes into effect immediately for US staff.

    12:02 PM — US staff of the internet giant will now be able to cover the cost of gender transitioning procedures and treatments in accordance with the WPATH.

  • 24th November 2011

    High HIV rates in the Bahamas blamed on homophobia 14

    Same-sex marriages and civil unions remain illegal on the island.

    3:18 PM — Dr. Perry Gomez, was speaking at the close of the island’s 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference. Gay and bisexual men account for 14 per cent of all HIV infections in the country’s population.

  • 21st November 2011

    GMFA says gay men need to start “power talking” 29

    12:16 PM — The sexual health courses are taking place throughout February 2012 in London, Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Exeter, Leicester Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Southampton.

  • 27th October 2011

    Kelly Clarkson fights off lesbian rumours 19

    Kelly Clarkson says she's not gay

    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.

  • 20th October 2011

    Get ready for the Big Gay Lifestyle Show and Diversity Careers Show 6

    Two gay shows are coming to London this weekend

    11:18 AM — The Big Gay Lifestyle Show will be held in London on Saturday, while the Diversity Careers Show will be held tomorrow (Friday).

  • 17th October 2011

    Stonewall seeks new trustees 7

    Stonewall is looking for new trustees

    3:16 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall is seeking new trustees. The current chair and deputy chair, David Isaac and Liz Grant, will complete their terms next year and the organisation is seeking to replace them, as well as appointing a number of other trustees.

  • 7th October 2011

    Cameron appoints gay man as chief speechwriter 20

    Julian Glover has been hired as No10 chief speechwriter

    12:05 PM — David Cameron has appointed Guardian leader writer Julian Glover as his chief speechwriter. Mr Glover, who is the civil partner of Times writer Matthew Parris, will replace Ameet Gill, who has become Number 10's new head of strategic comms.

  • 4th October 2011

    Transgender woman tells of street abuse 28

    The court heard that Kim Oakland had suffered transphobic abuse

    5:56 PM — A transgender woman from Carlisle has told how she was subjected to transphobic abuse as she walked through the city centre.

  • Gay dads Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow accused of faking clinical trials

    The couple ran Euroderm Research

    4:51 PM — Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow, the UK's first gay surrogate dads, have been accused of faking the results of clinical trials. The couple, who are parents to five children, including two sets of twins, deny five counts of contravening the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations.

  • 3rd October 2011

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  • Gay EastEnders star John Partridge ties the knot 12

    John Partridge had a civil partnership

    1:19 PM — EastEnders actor John Partridge has had a civil partnership. The star, 40, tied the knot with long-term boyfriend Jon Tsouras at the Trafalgar Tavern pub in Greenwich on Friday.

  • 30th September 2011

    Serbia Pride may be banned over violence fears 7

    Serbia Pride may be banned

    3:17 PM — Serbian authorities are considering banning Sunday's Pride march. Yesterday, the country's police chief warned that marchers in Belgrade may face violence from far-right extremists.

  • 28th September 2011

    Jury considers case of teen accused of murdering gay man

    The jury is considering a murder charge against Aiden Jackson

    1:16 PM — A jury in Lincolnshire is considering the case of a teenager accused of killing a gay man. Aiden Jackson, 18, denies murder but admits manslaughter and claims he attacked 67-year-old David Cowley because he was "disgusted" by the older man's sexual advances.

  • 26th September 2011

    Christian street preacher told gay couple to ‘burn in hell’

    Michael Overd denies shouting abuse at the couple

    10:42 AM — A Christian street preacher has appeared in court charged with verbally abusing a gay couple. Michael Overd, 47, from Creech St Michael in Somerset, allegedly told the men that they were "evil" and would "burn in hell".

  • 23rd September 2011

    Ten Italian MPs accused of being ‘gay hypocrites’ 34

    Italy does not allow gay marriage or adoption (Photo: Vaughan Leiberum)

    5:46 PM — Ten Italian MPs have been accused of being "gay hypocrites". A US-based blog named the politicians, who include right-wing MPs and members of Silvio Berlusconi's ruling party, and said they were secretly gay.

  • Obama administration opposes full severance pay for sacked gay troops 21

    Former Air Force Staff Sgt Richard Collins started the case

    3:39 PM — Although the ban on openly gay troops was lifted on Tuesday, the Obama administration was arguing in court yesterday against a lawsuit which seeks full severance pay for those sacked under the law.

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