17th February 2010
London gay charity may have to cut services over rent increase 5
3:31 PM — One of London's oldest LGBT charities may have to cut its services after being hit with a 21 per cent rent increase. London Friend, founded in 1972, offers counselling and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and receives little state support.
Gay Tory Nick Herbert says party has made ‘rapid conversion’ on gay equality 113
12:29 PM — Nick Herbert, the shadow environment secretary, has said the Conservative party has seen a "definite change" in its attitudes to gay people. He said the Tories had to be "properly representative" of the whole country.
16th February 2010
US man banned from having ‘I’m gay’ numberplate 18
7:08 PM — An Oklahoma student is suing state officials for barring him from getting a personalised car numberplate reading "IM GAY". Keith Kimmel said he was proud to be gay.
Lady Gaga to perform Brits tribute for Alexander McQueen 2
6:34 PM — Gay-friendly singer Lady Gaga has reportedly planned a new, sombre performance for tonight's Brit Awards as a tribute to Alexander McQueen. The star, a fan of McQueen's designs, felt she could not perform one of her usual sets so soon after his death.
Another man arrested in Malawi 5
5:21 PM — Another man has been arrested on homosexuality charges in Malawi. Police spokesman Dave Chingwalu said a 60-year-old man was arrested on Monday and charged with sodomy.
15th February 2010
Sydney Mardi Gras attacked for being ‘too corporate’ 12
4:09 PM — The world's biggest gay festival, Sydney Mardi Gras, has been criticised for being too interested in corporate relationships, rather than community values and local activism.
12th February 2010
Protestors will tell Pope to ‘snog off’ 39
5:36 PM — A 'kiss-in' will be held as part of Sunday's Valentine's Day protest against the Pope's visit to the UK. Demonstrators plan to march from London's Westminster Cathedral to the Italian embassy in Grosvenor Square and those willing are being asked to take five minutes to publicly show their love for their partners.
Survey finds three quarters of Americans support out gay soldiers 3
3:07 PM — A poll has found that nearly 75 per cent of Americans support allowing gay soldiers to be open about their sexual orientation.
Church of England approves pension rights for gay civil partners 7
12:13 PM — The Church of England General Synod yesterday approved giving the civil partners of deceased gay clergy equal pensions rights. This means that they will be given the same pensions benefits as heterosexual widows or widowers.
Top footballers ‘refused to appear in anti-homophobia film’ 21
11:43 AM — Top-ranking footballers turned down requests to appear in the FA's anti-homophobia film because they feared being ridiculed on the pitch, it has been reported.
11th February 2010
Praise for Alexander McQueen’s ‘extraordinary talent’ 3
6:46 PM — Figures in fashion and politics have paid tribute to the talent, creativity and genius of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.
Welsh rugby star sorry for gay joke 39
5:42 PM — A Welsh rugby star and national teammate of Gareth Thomas apologised yesterday for making an off-colour gay joke on his Twitter account.
UK’s only gay bookshop hit by huge rent rise 17
11:05 AM — The UK's only bookshop catering exclusively for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people has been hit by a 25 per cent rent increase. The manager of London-based Gay's The Word, Jim MacSweeney, said he was "appalled" by Camden council's decision.
9th February 2010
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.
5th February 2010
Gavin and Stacey actor to appear in Boy George biopic 11
5:22 PM — Gay singer Boy George will be the subject of a new BBC biopic, it was announced today. The drama will document his early life up to his 1980s heyday and cast members will include Mat Horne, best known for comedy Gavin and Stacey and the flop movie Lesbian Vampire Killers.
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.
FA’s homophobia in football video premiere cancelled 22
1:53 PM — The Football Association has cancelled the premiere of a short video to tackle homophobia in the sport. Today, two of those consulted over the project, Peter Tatchell and John Amaechi, criticised the film. Mr Amaechi described it as an "expletive-laden rant".
4th February 2010
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.
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.
David Cameron refuses to call Polish allies homophobic 87
11:29 AM — Tory leader David Cameron has defended his party's European alliances with the Polish Law and Justice Party but has refused to call them homophobic, saying the Liberal Democrats also have anti-gay allies.