11th March 2011
Gay hotel couple say they won’t fight for more compensation 45
11:21 AM — A gay couple who won £3,600 in compensation after being barred from a hotel say they won't fight for more money. The Equality and Human Rights Commission, acting for Steve Preddy and Martyn Hall, "mistakenly" filed an appeal for more damages but withdrew it this morning.
9th March 2011
Ken Livingstone defends anti-gay Muslim cleric 65
4:31 PM — London mayoral hopeful Ken Livingstone has defended a Muslim cleric who has supported the death penalty for gays and lesbians. He was asked at a community meeting in north London why he had invited Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi to City Hall while London mayor in 2004.
8th March 2011
David Cameron says Christians should be ‘tolerant’ of homosexuality 251
10:39 AM — Prime minister David Cameron has said that Christians should be "tolerant" and "welcoming". He was referring to a recent High Court decision to uphold a ban on a Christian couple becoming foster parents after they admitted that they would refuse to tell a child that homosexuality is acceptable.
4th March 2011
Homophobia ‘growing’ in Lutfur Rahman’s East London council chambers 298
12:52 PM — Councillors in the East London borough of Tower Hamlets say that the public gallery in the council chamber is becoming increasingly filled with supporters of Mayor Lutfur Rahman, who are shouting homophobic abuse.
3rd March 2011
Homophobia reportedly widespread in UK African communities 9
5:39 PM — According to Mambo, the African healthier lifestyle magazine published by Terrence Higgins Trust, hostile attitudes towards gay men and lesbians within UK African communities is on the rise.
Sarah Palin slams US Supreme Court decision on ‘God Hates Fags’ church 37
5:00 PM — Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has slammed the US Supreme Court's decision to allow members of the Westboro Baptist Church to protest against homosexuality by picketing military funerals.
1st March 2011
Christian couple ‘extremely distressed’ at fostering ban 175
10:43 AM — A Christian couple who said they would not tell a child that being gay is okay have said they are "extremely distressed" at being banned from fostering.
Anti-gay Christian pastor arrested for ‘masturbating in park’ 20
12:55 AM — Christian fundamentalist Rev. Grant Storms, 53, who protests at the largest gay event in New Orleans, was arrested on Friday afternoon for allegedly masturbating in his van while watching children.
28th February 2011
Website blaming gays for Christchurch quake shut down 23
9:19 PM — A website that blamed the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, on gay people, has been shut down by its Utah-based web hosting provider, BlueHost. It follows complaints from the readers of PinkNews.co.uk and other LGBT media.
Gay priest fired from Philadelphia Catholic university 19
4:14 PM — An openly gay priest has been fired from teaching at a Catholic university in Philadelphia because he has been in a relationship with a man for the past 15 years.
Court upholds foster ban on couple who oppose homosexuality 390
2:52 PM — The High Court has upheld a council's decision to bar a couple from fostering children because they oppose homosexuality.
27th February 2011
Archbishop of Canterbury says Church will fight moves to introduce gay marriage 236
3:17 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has told a private meeting of influential MPs that he is not prepared to allow Church of England buildings to host religious civil partnerships.
25th February 2011
Gay journalist Johann Hari calls for open debate on ‘Muslim homophobia’ 199
5:33 PM — There should be an open discussion on homophobia amongst Muslims, gay journalist Johann Hari says. The Independent columnist lives in east London, close to where anti-gay stickers were plastered around streets earlier this month.
24th February 2011
Christian website blames Christchurch Quake on gays 92
12:13 PM — Members of the LGBT community in New Zealand have denounced a US-based Christian website for blaming the Christchurch earthquake on vengeance from God because of the "amoral" behaviour of gays and lesbians.
23rd February 2011
Comment: Stephen Twigg on the parallels of homophobia and antisemitism 25
4:40 PM — Similarities between homophobia and antisemitism mean LGBT and Jewish campaigns should work together to learn and share successes, Labour MP Stephen Twigg says.
New book claims Jesus can ‘cure’ gays and lesbians 82
11:09 AM — Jesus can cure homosexuality, a new book claims. 'Where is your brother?', by Canadian author Marion Heath, is being published in the UK and tells the story of a gay couple who split up when one has a "dramatic experience".
22nd February 2011
Catholic Archbishop of Southwark: Religious civil partnerships not ‘necessary nor desirable’ 61
10:01 PM — The archbishop of Southwark, the Most Rev Peter Smith, has claimed it is not "necessary nor desirable" for gay couples to have civil partnerships conducted in churches and other religious buildings.
First UK national forum for LGBT Jews formed 13
1:12 PM — A national forum has been launched for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Jews. Keshet UK, which means 'rainbow', hopes to challenge prejudice, tackle anti-gay bullying and support Jewish LGBT people in schools, synagogues and social care.
21st February 2011
The Queen’s composer hits out at ‘gay-bashing thugs’ in Church of England 6
12:38 PM — The Queen's composer has attacked "gay-bashing fundamentalists" in the Church of England for refusing to allow civil partnerships. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, 76, hit out at clerics for refusing to officiate gay couples' ceremonies.
20th February 2011
Preview: BBC investigates religious gay Muslim marriages being held in the UK and USA 22
11:26 AM — Less than a week after the government announced the process for religious civil partnerships, BBC Radio 5 Live are to broadcast an investigation into the growing numbers of gay Muslims seeking Islamic marriages.