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.
4th September 2010
Britons apathetic to Pope visit but disagree with state funding 28
1:18 AM — A poll suggests that three quarters of Britons believe the taxpayer should not have to fund part of the cost of Pope Benedict’s forthcoming UK visit. The survey found that only 24 per cent of respondents were actively opposed to the visit, but the majority disliked the idea of state funding for it.
2nd September 2010
Archbishop of Westminster’s aide says gay rights have made Britain a ‘wasteland’ 82
2:42 PM — An advisor to Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, has attacked gay rights and the "feminisation of masculinity". Edmund Adamus, the influential director of pastoral affairs for the Diocese of Westminster, was speaking three weeks before Pope Benedict XVI visit Britain.
1st September 2010
CORRECTED: Liberal church group criticises ‘unhelpful’ protests against Pope’s visit 25
4:21 PM — A Liberal Christian group has criticised secularist plans to protest at the Pope's visit to the UK this month. Ekklesia said that the tactics of some campaigners were "unhelpful and counterproductive".
31st August 2010
Londonderry’s first gay Pride parade a success 4
5:47 PM — The first ever Londonderry gay Pride parade took place in Northern Ireland last Saturday.
‘Ex-Gay’ organisation denied charitable status in New Zealand 10
2:58 PM — The New Zealand branch of an international "ex-gay" organisation which claims to offer "freedom from homosexuality" has been denied charitable status by the country's Charitable Commission.
Lesbian Presbyterian minister plans to appeal against court ruling regarding same-sex marriages
12:16 PM — A retired lesbian minister who officiated at a number of same-sex weddings during the period in which they were legal in California, says she will appeal against the ruling of a Presbyterian court last Thursday which rebuked her for going against the constitution of her denomination.
Australian same-sex adoption bill debate heats up 7
11:28 AM — Approximately 200 people were present in Sydney's New South Wales (NSW) Parliament House earlier today for a Council of Churches meeting and a public protest against the same-sex adoption bill.
Peter Tatchell receives standing ovation at Christian festival 40
10:25 AM — Gay rights and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell received a standing ovation for his speech at the Greenbelt festival this weekend.