14th July 2014
UK: Home Office suspends worker over ‘interrogation’ of gay passport applicant 34
10:36 AM — The Home Office has ordered an investigation into allegations that a gay passport applicant was subject to invasive personal questions about his family life.
12th July 2014
Ballroom dance champion: Banning same-sex couples would be discrimination 1
1:02 PM — A ballroom dance champion has spoken out against a proposed ban on same-sex couples dancing in mixed events.
8th June 2014
Hong Kong: British consulate banned from performing same-sex marriages 24
8:45 PM — The British consulate in Hong Kong has been banned from performing same-sex marriages by the local government.
24th May 2014
UK: Gay miners’ strike film wins Queer Palm award at Cannes 16
1:38 PM — A British film about gay activists supporting the miners' strike has been awarded the unofficial 'Queer Palm' award at Cannes Film Festival.
2nd May 2014
Archbishop of Canterbury rules pair’s 23-year marriage ‘invalid’ over birth certificate error 40
4:30 PM — A British woman whose birth certificate incorrectly said she was male says the Archbishop of Canterbury intervened to void her marriage.
11th July 2013
Andrew Garfield: I want to play a gay Spider-Man 28
12:49 PM — British actor Andrew Garfield has revealed that he would want a gay or a bisexual Peter Parker in the forthcoming sequel of the Spider-Man franchise.
27th March 2013
Poll: Only 21% of Brits believe churches are welcoming of gay people 9
11:55 AM — A survey by YouGov shows British acceptance towards same-sex families continues to increase, although perceived tolerance among churches is far lower.
1st December 2011
Video: One in three young people “would fear telling parents about HIV” 43
2:10 PM — A survey by the British Red Cross has found one in three young people in Britain would be scared to tell their parents if they were HIV positive. While 20% of respondents also said their parents would not want them to tell anyone else if they were living with HIV, 69% said they believed their parents would love them either way.
20th October 2011
Gay couple subjected to anti-gay abuse on London train 136
10:36 AM — A gay couple were subjected to a torrent of offensive anti-gay abuse on a London Overground train earlier this month. The incident happened just before 6pm on the 17:38 Hampstead Heath to Stratford service on Saturday October 1st.
30th September 2011
New website lists gay-friendly therapists 35
4:55 PM — A new website allows LGBT people to find sensitive, non-judgemental therapists and counsellors. Soho-based counselling group Pink Therapy says its online directory will help LGBT people avoid therapists who believe they are mentally ill.
19th September 2011
Unitarian church disappointed by ‘discriminatory’ gay marriage plans 33
5:13 PM — The chief officer of the British Unitarian Church says he is disappointed by the announcement of a government consultation on gay marriage. Derek McAuley said it would be discriminatory not to allow religious gay marriages and questioned why the process could not begin before Christmas, rather than the scheduled date of March 2012.
8th February 2011
British Muslim group condemns Bahrain gay arrests 31
10:38 AM — The Association of British Muslims has condemned the arrests of more than 130 gay men in Bahrain. Last Thursday, police raided a 'wedding party' at a sports club in Hidd, arresting guests.
21st January 2011
Gay journalist accuses Christian therapist of smearing his name over ‘intimidation claims’ 72
10:53 AM — The professional trial of a Christian therapist who tried to 'convert' a gay man has been halted after a witness was allegedly intimidated, Christian campaigners say. However, the gay journalist who brought about the trial says that the claims are a "smear campaign" and that the therapist does not have any witnesses.
17th January 2011
Christian therapist may be struck off for trying to turn gay man straight 73
10:49 AM — A Christian 'conversion therapist' may be struck off this week after telling a gay undercover reporter that she could turn him straight. Lesley Pilkington, 60, told gay journalist Patrick Strudwick that his homosexuality was a "mental illness" and she could help him overcome it.
18th January 2010
Former BNP member jailed for bomb factory 4
5:45 PM — A former British National Party member was jailed for 11 years last week for hiding a large cache of weapons in his mother's house. Terence Gavan, 39, had been compared to homophobic Soho bomber David Copeland, who killed three in the Admiral Duncan in 1999.
14th December 2009
Coalition calls on Lords to reject religious exemptions in Equality Bill 12
12:36 PM — A coalition of liberal religious and social justice groups is calling on the House of Lords to reject religious opt-outs from the Equality Bill. The bill is scheduled for its second reading in the Lords tomorrow.
12th December 2009
Gay soldier Ben Rakestrow comes out on return from Afghanistan 40
12:50 PM — A 21-year-old member of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (2RTR) has become one of the first British openly gay soldiers serving in a major conflict.