28th October 2011
Darren Hayes: I don’t want to be a poster child for gay rights 52
3:23 PM — Former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes says he does not want to be pigeon-holed as a gay artist. The 39-year-old musician, who came out five years ago, told News.com.au: "I don't want to be a gay or a straight artist. I don't make gay records - I make records."
Ex-SNP leader voted off citizens advice board over anti-gay marriage views 59
2:41 PM — The fomer SNP leader Gordon Wilson has been voted off the board of Dundee's Citizens Advice Bureau over his views against gay marriage. Mr Wilson, 73, failed to be re-elected after his Christian group Solas demanded a referendum on whether gay couples should be allowed to wed.
Man arrested over assault in Leicester gay pub 35
1:31 PM — A man has been arrested in connection with a serious assault in a Leicester gay pub. The 28-year-old man is being held in custody, police said.
Man questioned over death of gay barman Stuart Walker
12:02 PM — An 18-year-old man is being questioned in connection with the death of a gay barman in Ayrshire. Police said the teenager was being "detained" over the murder of 28-year-old Stuart Walker.
Cher: Chaz Bono is ‘same child, different wrapping’ 44
10:21 AM — Cher says she sees her transgender son Chaz Bono as the same person inside after he transitioned. The singer, who previously admitted she was finding it hard to deal with the change, now appears to have accepted it.
27th October 2011
Gay and lesbian troops sue US federal government 15
4:28 PM — A group of married gay and lesbian troops are suing the US federal government for denying them the recognition, benefits and family support granted to heterosexual service members. The lawsuit was filed today in Boston and says the federal government, through the Defence of Marriage Act, violates their constitutional rights.
Government says it must do more to tackle HIV 128
3:35 PM — Health secretary Andrew Lansley has admitted that the government can and should do more to tackle HIV rates. In a response to a recent House of Lords report on HIV and AIDS, he agreed that investment in HIV prevention would offer "significant savings" in the short and long term.
Peter Tatchell backs Christian housing manager demoted for gay marriage remarks 178
1:51 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the demotion of a Christian housing manager for remarks about religious gay marriage was "excessive". Mr Tatchell spoke out in support of Adrian Smith, 54, who was disciplined by the Trafford Housing Trust for the remarks on his private Facebook page.
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.
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.
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.