20th September 2011
Obama praises end of military gay ban 15
5:39 PM — President Obama has hailed the end of the ban on openly gay troops. The 1993 law was repealed today and the president said: "As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love."
Lesbian would-be Tory leader Ruth Davidson wants more faith schools 157
5:15 PM — MSP Ruth Davidson, who hopes to become the next leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, says she would back more faith schools.
US military gay ban ends today 23
10:10 AM — The ban on openly gay and lesbian US troops ends today after nearly two decades. The law, known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military if they kept their sexual orientation a secret.
15th September 2011
US authors say publisher told them to ‘straighten’ gay character 28
1:36 PM — Two authors who wrote a young adults' post-apocalyptic novel say a publisher offered them a deal on the basis that they turn 'straighten' a gay character.
9th September 2011
US Christian school ‘asked lesbian student to leave’ 55
5:32 PM — A Christian school in the US state of Connecticut allegedly asked a student to leave because she is a lesbian.
Three gay men attacked in Utah in a fortnight 23
5:08 PM — Three gay men have been been attacked in the US state of Utah in the last two weeks. Early on Thursday morning, 32-year-old Cameron Nelson was attacked in American Fork as he took out rubbish at a hair salon.
8th September 2011
One-year blood donation deferral for UK gay men 64
11:33 AM — The Department of Health has announced it will remove the lifetime blood donation ban on any man who has ever had gay sex. Instead, there will be a one-year deferral period, meaning that men who have not had gay sex in the last 12 months may donate blood.
31st January 2011
Don’t demonise gays and lesbians, Archbishop of Canterbury warns 30
2:50 PM — Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has warned against "demonising" gays and lesbians. The Anglican leader was speaking on Friday, two days after the murder of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato.
30th January 2011
Ugandan lesbian’s asylum appeal rejected because she didn’t read gay magazines 75
1:54 AM — A lesbian asylum seeker who was granted a last-minute reprieve from deportation to Uganda was denied the right to remain in the UK because she didn't own magazines or other literature relating to her sexuality, it has been revealed.
28th January 2011
Three appear in court over anti-gay leaflets
5:14 PM — Three men appeared in court today on charges of distributing threatening written material to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Men charged with anti-gay hatred over execution leaflets
10:50 AM — Two men in Derby are the first to be charged under new laws against stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27, were accused of handing out leaflets called 'The Death Penalty?' outside a Derby mosque.
27th January 2011
Don’t send gays and lesbians back to Uganda, asylum group warns 26
5:34 PM — An LGBT asylum group says the murder of Ugandan gay campaigner David Kato is evidence of the threat gays and lesbians face in the country.
Ian Baynham’s family: ‘His only crime was to stand up for who he was’ 19
3:29 PM — The family of a gay man killed in a homophobic attack say his only crime was to stand up for who he was. Ian Baynham, 62, died in hospital two weeks after he was attacked on a night out in Trafalgar Square in 2009 by teenagers who shouted homophobic abuse at him.
21st January 2011
New Apple boss Tim Cook described as most “powerful gay man in Silicon Valley” 11
3:54 PM — The acting chief operating officer of Apple, Tim Cook, has been deemed the most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley. Cook, who takes over while Steve Jobs takes two years' medical leave, has not spoken publicly about his sexual orientation.
18th January 2011
Gay couple win case over hotel ban 549
10:34 AM — A gay couple have won their case against the owners of a hotel after being refused a double room. Martin Hall and Steven Preddy, who are civil partners, sued devout Christians Peter and Hazelmary Bull for sexual orientation discrimination.
17th January 2011
Ruling expected on gay hotel ban 22
5:09 PM — A judge is expected to rule tomorrow (Tuesday) on whether a hotel can lawfully bar gay couples. Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who own the Chymorvah Private Hotel in Cornwall, are being sued for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation by a gay couple.
13th January 2011
Gay man wins constructive dismissal case against ‘London’s oldest gay pub’ 14
4:09 PM — A gay man who accused London's oldest gay pub of discrimination has also won his case for constructive dismissal.
Public bodies asked to find out about gay and trans staff 17
2:05 PM — Large public employers are being encouraged to find out how represented lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are in their organisations. As part of the Equality Act, all public bodies will be required to publish information about the diversity of their staff from April but the government will not set diversity targets.
7th January 2011
Figure skater Johnny Weir announces he’s gay 28
11:45 AM — The US figure skater Johnny Weir has announced he is gay. The three-time US champion has refused to clarify his sexual orientation until now and previously said he did not want to label himself.
24th November 2010
Figures show decrease in US anti-gay crime 2
5:40 PM — FBI figures for 2009 show that reports of anti-gay hate crimes in the US have decreased. However, a recent study claims that gays are more likely to be victims of violent hate crime than any other minority group.