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  • 28th September 2010

    Police detain gay cruisers in Beijing 9

    Up to 80 gay men were said to have been arrested

    11:33 AM — Dozens of gay men have been detained at an outdoor cruising site in Beijing, China. According to AFP, a gay rights campaigner claimed that more than 80 men at a forested pick-up spot in Mudanyuan, to the north of the city, on Sunday and Monday.

  • Russian president fires homophobic Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov 11

    Yuri Luzhkov has been sacked

    11:24 AM — Yuri Luzhkov, the homophobic mayor of Moscow, has been fired by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. The 74-year-old, who bans gay Pride marches and has called gays and lesbians "satanic", has been fighting for his political life in the past few weeks.

  • 27th September 2010

    Stonewall chief executive won’t be ‘jumped into’ gay marriage position 109

    Ben Summerskill said he is consulting widely on gay marriage

    9:20 PM — Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill defended his group's lack of a position on marriage equality this evening at a fringe event at Labour's party conference. Mr Summerskill mounted a robust defence of Stonewall, although he was attacked by audience members who questioned why the charity had not begun considering marriage equality sooner.

  • Ann Coulter tells gay Republicans ‘marriage isn’t a civil right’ 81

    Ann Coulter is a conservative newspaper columnist

    4:21 PM — US columnist, Ann Coulter has told an audience of gay Republicans, meeting at the home of PayPal founder Peter Thiel, that gay marriage isn't a civil right. According to US blog Politico, Ms Coulter told 150 attendees of the Homocon event that "marriage ‘is not a civil right – you’re not black!"

  • Stonewall co-founder Michael Cashman: What part of ‘equality’ can’t Stonewall understand? 32

    Michael Cashman was a founder of Stonewall

    2:30 PM — Labour MEP and co-founder of Stonewall, Michael Cashman argues that the charity he helped launch 21 years ago must come out in favour of full gay marriage equality now. I'm disappointed to see Stonewall, the organisation I co-founded 21 years ago, fail to support genuine equality for same-sex couples. We must open up marriage to everyone, and we must do it now...

  • Anti-gay pastor Eddie Long vows to ‘fight’ gay sex claims

    Eddie Long said he would fight the allegations

    10:58 AM — Eddie Long, the anti-gay leader of one of America's largest church congregations, has said he will fight allegations he coerced young men in his flock to have sex with him. Last week, three young men filed lawsuits alleging that Mr Long gave them money, cars and holidays in return for massages, oral sex and masturbation.

  • 25th September 2010

    With Ed Miliband as Labour leader, two major parties are led by gay marriage advocates 25

    Ed Miliband is the new leader of the Labour Party

    5:08 PM — Members of the the Labour party and affiliated trade unions have elected Ed Miliband as their new leader. Mr Miliband topped a poll for PinkNews.co.uk of Labour party and affiliated union members earlier this month. The result means that both the Liberal Democrats and the Labour party have leaders who are in favour of full LGBT marriage equality.

  • Archbishop of Canterbury: Gay bishops are fine, so long as they are celibate 87

    Dr Williams has said he has no problem with gay bishops

    11:08 AM — Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in an interview published in The Times has revealed he has "no problem" with homosexuals becoming bishops, but only if they remain celibate. A leader column in the same newspaper criticises Dr Williams for his treatment of a homosexual twice rejected from becoming a bishop and calls on Dr Williams to affirm that discrimination against homosexuals is wrong.

  • Brian Paddick won’t run for London mayor 4

    Brian Paddick said he would not run for London mayor

    11:08 AM — Former London mayoral hopeful Brian Paddick has said he won't run for London mayor in 2012. The former most senior out gay police officer in Britain was the Liberal Democrat candidate in the 2008 race but came third with ten per cent of the vote behind winner Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone.

  • 24th September 2010

    HIV quangos face the axe, while EHRC is ‘at risk’ 4

    The HIV and sexual health quangos will reportedly be abolished

    12:11 PM — Two HIV quangos will reportedly be abolished as part of government plans to save money. The Expert Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS and the Independent Advisory Group of Sexual Health and HIV are two of 177 taxpayer-funded bodies to be scrapped, a leaked list suggests.

  • Ken Livingstone backed by Labour to become London mayor in 2012 13

    Ken Livingstone won the Labour nomination for London mayor

    11:09 AM — Ken Livingstone has won the Labour nomination for London mayor in the 2012 election. He defeated rival Oona King with 68.8 per cent of the vote.

  • 23rd September 2010

    Councillor accused of gay slur apologises

    Jim Farquharson denied using a homophobic slur

    5:48 PM — A Tory councillor accused of calling a gay city council leader a "faggot" has apologised. Jim Farquharson denied calling Liberal Democrat city leader John Stewart the offensive term and said he had been misheard.

  • Peter Tatchell: Tide is turning on gay marriage 29

    Civil partnerships were legalised in the UK in 2005

    5:22 PM — Same-sex marriage is an idea whose time has come. It is the growing trend all over the world, from Canada to South Africa and Argentina. Why can't we have marriage equality in Britain too?

  • Anti-gay megachurch preacher denies sex with young men

    Eddie Long has been accused of coercing young men into sex

    5:04 PM — The pastor of one of America's largest congregations is denying that he coerced three young men into sex by offering them cars, jewellery and cash. Eddie Long, the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, has frequently attacked homosexuality and has called for a national ban on gay marriage.

  • Polish equality minister ‘outs gay man on television’ 24

    Elżbieta Radziszewska was accused of homophobia

    3:10 PM — The Polish minister for equality has been accused of homophobia for outing a gay man on television and saying Catholic schools should have the right to sack gay teachers.

  • Florida ends ban on gays and lesbians adopting 4

    Florida's ban on gays and lesbians adopting has been overturned (Photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    1:44 PM — The US state of Florida has overturned its ban on gays and lesbians adopting children. Governor Charlie Crist announced the 3rd District Court of Appeal ruling yesterday and said the ban would end immediately, although the decision can be appealed.

  • Teenager jailed for extorting £87,000 in gay chatline sting 7

    Kelz Sutherland was jailed for 45 months

    12:28 PM — An Edinburgh teenager has been jailed for 45 months after he was found guilty of extorting £87,700 in a sting on men using gay and adult chatlines. Kelz Sutherland, 19, last month admitted nine charges of extortion between January 1st 2008 and December 31st 2009.

  • 22nd September 2010

    Brian Paddick: My marriage is ‘downgraded’ in Britain 32

    Brian Paddick recounted his wedding in Oslo last year

    5:06 PM — The former most senior out gay police officer in the UK, Brian Paddick, has revealed how his wedding in Norway changed his mind about civil partnerships. Writing in the Independent, Mr Paddick recounted his 2009 wedding to Petter Belsvik in Oslo.

  • Gay Lib Dem David Laws ‘won’t return to government’ 16

    David Laws resigned from the cabinet earlier this year (Photo: Keith Edkins)

    4:21 PM — Liberal Democrat MP David Laws is said to unwilling to be return to government after the stress of being outed as gay over his expenses claims. He was Chief Secretary to the Treasury for less than three weeks in May.

  • Lib Dem minister Lynne Featherstone affirms coalition’s gay rights promises 16

    Lynne Featherstone addressed the Liberal Democrat conference today

    1:19 PM — Liberal Democrat junior equality minister Lynne Featherstone said today that the coalition government has a "long-term" strategy for equal rights. She also attacked Labour's record, saying the party which legalised civil partnerships had turned equalities into a "burden".

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