2nd March 2010
Anti-Pope campaigners to deliver petition to Downing Street 14
2:31 PM — The National Secular Society is to deliver a 28,000-signature petition to Downing Street in protest at the Pope's UK visit. The online petition was set up by the organisation to complain over the estimated £20 million cost of the visit to taxpayers.
Gay leader of Glasgow council Steven Purcell steps down 6
12:21 PM — Steven Purcell, the Labour leader of Glasgow city council, has resigned after five years. The 37-year-old is said to be suffering from stress and will be replaced by his deputy, Jim Coleman, until a successor is elected.
Man ‘wore mask to execute gay couple’
11:40 AM — A man has gone on trial for "execution-style" murder of a Bradford gay man and the attempted murder of his partner. Newcastle crown court heard yesterday that Ernest Wright, 68, took a sawn-off shotgun to the home of Neville Corby, 42, and Craig Freear, 31, last March.
1st March 2010
Christopher Hitchens had gay liaisons with Tories 25
5:44 PM — Atheist writer Christopher Hitchens has revealed he had several gay liaisons at Oxford with men who later became Tory politicians.
Labour and Tory gay groups support religious civil partnerships 15
5:25 PM — Affiliated gay groups in the Labour and Conservative parties have added their support to an amendment giving gay couples the right to religious civil partnerships.
Video: Dutch protest after gays are denied communion 16
5:12 PM — Gay rights activists in the Netherlands staged a protest yesterday over a Catholic church's policy of denying gay people communion.
Three stabbings and 35 arrests at Sydney Mardi Gras 26
2:47 PM — Thirty five people were arrested at Sydney Mardi Gras this weekend, which police said was a reduction from 2009.
450,000-signature petition against anti-gay bill delivered to Uganda’s parliament 13
12:51 PM — Civil rights activists delivered a petition containing almost half a million signatures to Uganda's parliament today in protest over the country's anti-homosexuality bill.
Last Catholic adoption agency to resist gay equality legislation 21
12:08 PM — The last Catholic adoption agency in the UK will take its case to the High Court this week to fight equality legislation forcing it to accept gay couples.
28th February 2010
Video- David Cameron: ‘Conservatives are tolerant, compassionate and modern’ 35
6:22 PM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron has delivered a key note speech at the party's spring forum in Brighton. Although he made no direct reference to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgenered) issues, he did attempt to portray the party as modern, tolerant and compassionate.
26th February 2010
Homophobic Lithuanian law comes into power next week 46
6:07 PM — A controversial law which bans the promotion of gay marriage in Lithuania comes into power on Monday. The law was amended in December after international criticism. Before, it prohibited the “public dissemination” of any materials which could be seen to promote homosexuality.
South African school dormitory closed ‘over lesbian relationships’ 13
5:36 PM — A girls' dormitory at a South African boarding school has reportedly been closed over allegations of lesbian relationships. Nearly 30 girls have been expelled, local reports said.
Police reassure gay businesses and visitors in Soho 7
4:56 PM — Members of the Metropolitan Police Equalities Unit have met with LGBT businesses and the gay media in London. Today's meeting was part of a new initiative to improve the relationship between the police and minority groups.
Turkey urged to prevent attacks on trans people 6
4:22 PM — Human rights activists have called on Turkey to do more to prevent violence against trans people. According to Human Rights Watch, eight trans people have been murdered in Istanbul and Ankara since November 2008 and two trans women have been killed this month.
Surveys find new Tories are Thatcher’s children but support gay rights 188
2:40 PM — Two surveys of Conservative candidates have found that the majority support equal gay rights. Between a third and three-quarters said they supported giving gay couples the same rights as heterosexuals.
Marines chief says US military gay ban ‘is working’ 30
12:02 PM — The commandant of the Marine Corps said yesterday he did not agree with lifting the ban on gay US soldiers being open about their sexuality. General James Conway told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that he believed that the "current policy works".
25th February 2010
Push to recognise British civil partnerships across Europe 25
8:07 PM — Foreign minister Chris Bryant said today that the British Foreign Office was encouraging other countries in the EU to recognise civil partnerships performed in the UK. He also said he did not believe aid should be cut to countries which fail to protect gays and lesbians.
Homophobic and anti-Semitic preacher invited to London university 27
7:20 PM — A Muslim cleric who has called Jews "filth" and gay people "sick" has been invited to speak at a London university tonight (Thursday). Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick will be speaking at the Strand campus of Kings College tonight on "Islamic solutions to environmental problems", as part of the university's green week.
Gay foreign minister Chris Bryant to wed in parliament next month 40
7:12 PM — Europe minister Chris Bryant has confirmed he will tie the knot with his partner in parliament next month. Mr Bryant is expected to become the first MP to take advantage of changes which mean gay MPs and their families can celebrate their ceremonies in the same way as heterosexuals.
Australian Senate rejects gay marriage bill 13
2:57 PM — The Australian Senate today rejected a bill to give equal marriage rights to gay citizens. The bill was introduced by the Greens but was defeated 45-5, just days before the world's biggest gay celebration, Sydney Mardi Gras.