22nd February 2011
Scottish police ‘are more gay-friendly than in San Francisco’ 12
3:39 PM — Scottish police are more gay-friendly than their counterparts in San Francisco, a researcher claims. According to Northern Constabulary advisor Lisa Buchanan, victims of anti-gay hate crimes are more likely to come forward in Scotland than they are in the traditionally gay-friendly areas of California.
First UK national forum for LGBT Jews formed 13
1:12 PM — A national forum has been launched for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Jews. Keshet UK, which means 'rainbow', hopes to challenge prejudice, tackle anti-gay bullying and support Jewish LGBT people in schools, synagogues and social care.
America’s biggest firms pay for transgender treatment 17
10:27 AM — Some of America's biggest firms offer their employees medical insurance to cover gender reassignment. Companies including Coca Cola, American Express and Yahoo! would prefer to pay out rather than lose valuable employees.
21st February 2011
Man claims he had four-year gay affair with killer Raoul Moat 18
3:33 PM — Killer Raoul Moat had a four-year affair with another man, it has been claimed. According to the Sun, 34-year-old Carl Redford says he and Moat slept together up to three times a week.
Israel appoints first out gay judge 14
2:46 PM — The first openly gay judge has been appointed in Israel. Dori Spivak, an attorney and former Civil Rights Association chairman, was appointed as a judge at the Tel Aviv Labor Court on Friday.
Rufus Wainwright has baby with Leonard Cohen’s daughter 8
2:44 PM — Rufus Wainwright has become a father. The gay singer-songwriter announced on his website today that he and Lorca Cohen, daughter of Leonard Cohen, had become "proud parents".
The Queen’s composer hits out at ‘gay-bashing thugs’ in Church of England 6
12:38 PM — The Queen's composer has attacked "gay-bashing fundamentalists" in the Church of England for refusing to allow civil partnerships. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, 76, hit out at clerics for refusing to officiate gay couples' ceremonies.
Liverpool to promote gay village 10
12:34 PM — Liverpool is to promote and develop its gay quarter to cash in on the so-called 'pink pound'. The council has hired a planning consultancy to look at how the city can be marketed as a worldwide tourist destination for gay travellers.
Ugandan asylum seeker says publicity will put her life at risk 9
11:00 AM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who was ordered to leave the UK says that publicity means her life will be at risk if returned to Uganda. The woman, referred to as BN, initially claimed that she was a lesbian but a judge ruled that there was no evidence for this.
Trans model Lea T says she wished she was gay 7
9:45 AM — Givenchy muse and model Lea T has revealed she used to wish she was gay instead of transgender. The 28-year-old was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey last week and explained how she had come to accept she was born in the wrong body.
Gay-only hotels to be investigated for discriminating against straights 134
9:42 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission is to investigate gay-only hotels for possible breaches of equality law. The body said it needed to establish an "objective balance" after investigating Christian-run hotels which bar gay couples.
18th February 2011
WikiLeaks cables reveal Ugandan homophobia 7
4:41 PM — Diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks show the extent of Ugandan homophobia. American embassy cables describe a 2009 UN-sponsored meeting which gay rights campaigner David Kato spoke at.
New Hampshire’s gay marriage law under threat 10
3:03 PM — Politicians in the US state of New Hampshire are attempting to repeal a 2009 marriage equality law. New Hampshire legalised the practice in 2009 but two bills to make it illegal are currently in front of the House.
Teenager jailed for kicking gay man in the face 13
1:39 PM — A teenager from Newcastle has been jailed for his part in an attack on a gay man. Kyle Watson, 19, admitted kicking 25-year-old Michael Gibbons after barging into his house.
17th February 2011
Amnesty International asks Hungary to allow Budapest gay Pride 1
5:37 PM — Human rights charity Amnesty International has asked Hungary to allow this year's Budapest Pride. After asking permission to hold a rally outside parliament, organisers were told that the entire march would be banned.
New Moscow mayor says no to gay Pride marches 6
3:43 PM — Moscow's mayor Sergei Sobyanin says that the city does not need gay Pride marches. When asked by the Ekho Moskvy radio station if a march would be permitted this year, he said: "I doubt it."
16th February 2011
Clerics furious at Londonderry gay sauna 47
2:35 PM — Protestant ministers in Londonderry are furious over a newly-opened gay sauna in the city. The Cage, on John Street, opened last week, although it does not yet have planning permission.
Virginia House panel says no to gay employment protections 4
11:13 AM — A bill to ban discrimination against gay people in state employment has been killed by a Virgina House panel. Currently, Virgina gives no legal protection lesbians and gays employed by the state, although it does offer employees protection from discrimination on the basis of race, gender and a number of other characteristics.
15th February 2011
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Budapest Pride banned by police over ‘traffic concerns’ 5
4:10 PM — This year's Budapest Pride festival has been banned by police, ostensibly because it will cause too much traffic disruption. Gay rights campaigners in the Hungarian capital claimed that the decision was politically motivated and are planning to challenge it in court.