8th October 2010
Ozzy Osbourne ‘disgusted’ by anti-gay church’s use of his music at protest 29
3:20 PM — Ozzy Osbourne has hit out at the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church after discovering that they had used one of his hits at their recent protests at the US Supreme Court in Washington DC.
4th October 2010
Megachurch pastor accused of seducing young men says faith has been strengthened
5:25 PM — Eddie Long, the American megachurch pastor accused of seducing young men, says his faith has been strengthened. In his second Sunday sermon since the allegations broke, the Atlanta pastor made no explicit reference to the four lawsuits against him.
1st October 2010
Gay vicar forced to postpone civil partnership 19
4:51 PM — A gay vicar who hopes to tie the knot with his Nigerian fiance has postponed the ceremony because the Home Office has not yet approved his residency in the UK.
27th September 2010
Anti-gay pastor Eddie Long vows to ‘fight’ gay sex claims
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
Archbishop of Canterbury: Gay bishops are fine, so long as they are celibate 87
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.
23rd September 2010
Anti-gay megachurch preacher denies sex with young men
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.
19th September 2010
Video: Pope beatifies Cardinal Newman on final day of state visit 21
5:19 PM — At an open air mass in Birmingham earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman, a British convert to Catholicism who some claim was in a gay relationship with fellow convert Ambrose St. John. The beatified process brings the former Anglican cleric a step closer to sainthood.
Video: 20,000 protest over Pope Benedict XVI’s views on homosexuality and the spread of HIV/ AIDS 34
1:30 AM — Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in central London on Saturday with banners and blown-up condoms, angered at the Pope's response to the child abuse scandal, his homophobic comments about gay relationships and his claims that condoms spread rather than prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS.
17th September 2010
Comment: Our leaders must question the Pope’s teachings in person 73
3:17 PM — While many in the UK are angry at the Pope's poor record on gay rights and outrageous statements on HIV prevention, our political leaders appear to be showing him undue reverence. This publication believes that they have a golden opportunity to argue that the Vatican must adapt and respond to the changing beliefs and social identities of its 1.1 billion believers.
Half-naked male models greet Pope’s visit to Twickenham 70
1:44 PM — Pope Benedict XVI visited Twickenham, west London, as part of his tour of the UK today. The models, hired by Gaydar, stood alongside protesters from Richmond LGBT Forum and gay rights activist Peter Tatchell.
16th September 2010
Video: Pope attacks ‘aggressive secularism’ as he arrives in UK 37
2:16 PM — Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Britain today for a four-day tour. As he delivered a speech outside Holyrood House in Edinburgh after meeting the Queen, he warned the UK to beware of "aggressive forms of secularism" and urged people to retain traditional values while becoming a modern and multi-cultural society.
15th September 2010
Stephen Fry and Richard Dawkins say Pope should not be given ‘honour’ of state visit 32
2:03 PM — A letter signed by more than 50 public figures says that the Pope should not be given the "honour" of a state visit to the UK. The letter, published today in the Guardian newspaper, argues that while the Pope is free to visit his British followers, his teachings on sexual issues mean he should not be accorded a state visit.
14th September 2010
March to protest against Pope’s visit will be held this weekend 9
11:16 AM — Hundreds of people are expected to join a march protesting against the Pope's visit to the UK in central London this Saturday. The Pontiff arrives in the UK on Thursday for a four-day visit and the march has been organised by campaigners angry at state funding of the trip.
13th September 2010
Survey suggests British Catholics disagree with Pope’s teaching on sexuality 11
11:53 AM — A survey has suggested that most British Catholics disagree with the Pope's teachings on homosexuality, abortion and contraception. According to an online YouGov poll of 1,636 Catholics, only 11 per cent believed gay sex was morally wrong, while 41 per cent said that both straight and gay relationships should be celebrated.
9th September 2010
Peter Tatchell’s Pope documentary to be screened next week 16
10:52 AM — A documentary about Pope Benedict XVI by gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will be screened on Channel 4 next Monday evening. The Trouble with the Pope will be shown three days before the Pope arrives in Britain for a four-day tour.
8th September 2010
Italian Protestants agree to same-sex blessings 11
2:59 PM — New decision opens doors to LGBT couples in certain Italian churches
7th September 2010
Vatican dignitary says gay marriage is ‘like decaffinated coffee’ 46
4:38 PM — A Vatican official travelling in Mexico has condemned the country's capital for legalising same-sex marriages, saying that such unions are only an imitation of heterosexual marriages.
Serbia to hold first Pride Parade since 2001 4
3:35 PM — Serbian gay rights groups are in the process of planning a gay Pride Parade in Belgrade next month. It will be the first such parade to take place in nearly a decade.
Faroe Islands MP refuses to dine with Iceland’s gay prime minister and her partner 27
3:04 PM — An MP from the Faroe Islands has refused to attend a state banquet held in honour of Icelandic prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir's official visit.
Hundreds of gay couples marry in Mexico 8
11:47 AM — Approximately 400 same-sex couples have married in Mexico, six months after the law permitting gay marriage came into effect.