10th February 2010
Gay rights activist to challenge Hazel Blears 30
11:37 AM — A gay rights activist and member of OutRage! has been selected to challenge Labour MP Hazel Blears for her Salford and Eccles constituency seat.
9th February 2010
Archbishop of Canterbury ‘profoundly sorry’ for comments on homosexuality 26
7:11 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams apologised yesterday for statements he has made about gay people in the church. He said he was "profoundly sorry" for giving the impression of "ignoring or undervaluing" human realities.
Pope admits priests ‘violated’ the rights of children 18
5:53 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has admitted in a speech that certain members of the church “violated rights” of children.
Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell ‘disappointed’ with FA decision 11
3:46 PM — Peter Tatchell of the LGBT rights group, OutRage! claims today that the FA’s decision to cancel the screening of an anti homophobia film, “Has thrown the Football Association’s commitment to tackling homophobia into disarray”
David Cameron makes hijab joke to gay magazine 50
1:26 PM — Conservative leader David Cameron had to backtrack over a joke he made in an interview with popular gay magazine Attitude. In an hour long interview with the Tory leader, tipped to become Britain’s next Prime Minister, Cameron was questioned about being inclusive of minority groups.
Judge overseeing Prop 8 trial ‘outed’ by US media 9
12:19 PM — Vaughn Walker, the Chief US District Judge overseeing the Proposition 8 trial, has been outed by a leading American newspaper.
8th February 2010
Browne: Being gay in business “was simply unacceptable” 12
3:20 PM — In his first major interview since being ‘outed’ by a Sunday newspaper, former BP CEO Lord Browne has spoken about the difficulties that gay men face in business. In a wide ranging interview with The Sunday Times, the 61 year old spoke openly about his years in the closet and how he has used his experiences to help others.
Human rights group urges government to stop gay deportation 7
2:13 PM — Human rights groups have called on the British government to intervene in an asylum case which could see openly gay Alvin Gahimbaze deported to Burundi.
Tory Councillor defends ‘Queen team’ jibe 48
1:42 PM — Conservative Councillor Keith Parker has refused to back down on comments made at a scrutiny board meeting, despite admitting referring to gay men as the “queen team.”
5th February 2010
Pope to include Scotland in UK visit 38
6:39 PM — Pope Benedict XVI said today he would also be visiting Scotland when he comes to the UK later this year. He made the announcement to Scottish bishops visiting the Vatican.
No gay marriage for Albania 11
4:52 PM — A gay rights law passed in Albania yesterday will outlaw homophobic discrimination but will not allow same-sex marriage, despite support for it from the prime minister.
First investment advisory management unit for gay businesses
4:36 PM — Galileo Capital Management has announced the launch of LGBT Capital, the first corporate advisory and investment management unit exclusively for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans market.
Brazilian general says gay soldiers can’t command troops 10
3:56 PM — A Brazilian general told a hearing this week that gay soldiers should not be allowed to command troops because they would be disobeyed by other officers.
Harriet Harman confirms climbdown over gay church employees 28
1:01 PM — Equality minister Harriet Harman yesterday confirmed that the government will not attempt to force through clarifications on who churches must employ.
Ugandan minister says anti-gay bill is likely to be changed 19
11:59 AM — Uganda's deputy foreign minister Henry Okello Oryem has said his country's anti-homosexuality bill is likely to be changed before it passes into law.
4th February 2010
Gay bishop Pat Buckley to have a civil partnership 51
6:43 PM — Northern Ireland Bishop Pat Buckley has announced he will wed his boyfriend in a civil partnership ceremony next week.
Obama denounces Ugandan anti-gay law at prayer breakfast 21
5:11 PM — US President Barack Obama described a proposed Ugandan law against homosexuality as "odious" at the National Prayer Breakfast today.
Retrial for man accused of killing gay pensioner
4:31 PM — The judge in the case of a Polish labourer accused of the murder of Edward Highwood has ordered a retrial after the jury could not come to a verdict.
Benefits victory for British gay couples in France 17
1:25 PM — British civil partners living in France are now entitled to the same tax and inheritance benefits as their French counterparts. A legal anomaly previously meant they were treated like any other unmarried couple.
Colin Powell says Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should be repealed 14
12:59 PM — Former US secretary of state and joint chiefs of staff chairman Colin Powell has said he thinks the military gay ban should be repealed. Powell was previously in favour of the 1993 ban and helped pass the legislation.