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Peter Tatchell

  • 6th December 2010

    Gay football group to boycott 2022 Qatar World Cup 10

    The GFSN said gay fans would be unable to visit Qatar for the World Cup

    5:42 PM — The Gay Football Supporters' Network says it will boycott all activities related to the 2022 World Cup because host country Qatar is homophobic.

  • Straight couple don’t want ‘patriarchal’ marriage 14

    The couple say they do not want to marry

    5:41 PM — A straight couple will be next to challenge the UK's ban on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships. Andrew O'Neill, a comedian, and Stephanie Munro, an administration manager, say that marriage is patriarchal and they do not want to be part of an institution which bars gays and lesbians.

  • 3rd December 2010

    Gay groups’ anger at ‘homophobic’ World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar 24

    Russia and Qatar will hold the 2018 and 2022 World Cups

    2:47 PM — Gay groups have said they are "deeply concerned" by FIFA's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and can be punished with lashes and jail, while the Russian capital of Moscow has banned gay Pride marches for years.

  • 2nd December 2010

    Another gay couple barred from marriage in Greenwich 8

    Gay couples cannot currently marry in the UK

    2:36 PM — A second gay couple have been barred from applying to marry in Greenwich, south-east London. David Watters and Richard Hull's rejection follows the Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel being denied a marriage at Woolwich registry office last month.

  • 1st December 2010

    Lesbian couple have marriage bid rejected 20

    11:05 AM — A lesbian couple were turned away from a registry office yesterday when they tried to apply to marry. Colette French and Katie Green, both 21, were turned away from Petersfield Register Office in Hampshire and refused a letter of rejection, which is usually given to couples denied a marriage.

  • 30th November 2010

    Elton John recruits famous friends for World AIDS Day Independent 8

    Elton John will guest-edit tomorrow's Independent and i

    10:38 AM — Sir Elton John is to guest-edit the Independent and spin-off i tomorrow for World AIDS Day. He has reportedly asked Bill Clinton, Elizabeth Taylor and Kanye West to contribute to the edition.

  • 29th November 2010

    Lesbian couple demand the right to marry 10

    The couple expect to be turned away from registering a marriage tomorrow

    2:20 PM — A lesbian couple in Hampshire will attempt to register a marriage tomorrow. Colette French and Katie Green, both 21, say that civil partnerships were created to deny gay couples equality.

  • 24th November 2010

    Vatican says everyone can use condoms to prevent HIV 22

    The Pope says condom use to prevent HIV is a "first step" towards responsibility

    10:17 AM — After the Pope said last week that gay male prostitutes may use condoms to prevent HIV, the Vatican now says the u-turn applies to heterosexuals and trans people.

  • 23rd November 2010

    Straight couple’s civil partnership application rejected 5

    The couple say they will go to court over the ban (Photo: Chris Houston)

    3:52 PM — A straight couple who were barred from having a civil partnership say they will fight the ban in court. Ian Goggin and Kristin Skarsholt, of Bristol, said they were disappointed to have been rejected by Bristol register office because they are straight but hope that their attempt would help change the law.

  • 22nd November 2010

    Straight Bristol couple next to demand a civil partnership 7

    The couples are challenging the bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships (Photo: made-underground)

    11:18 AM — A heterosexual couple from Bristol will attempt to get a civil partnership tomorrow morning. Ian Goggin and Kristin Skarsholt say the ban on straight civil partnerships is "unjust, discriminatory and offensive".

  • 21st November 2010

    Pope says male prostitutes could use condoms as first step in their ‘moralisation’ 27

    A mock-up of a Pope sponsored condom

    5:05 PM — Sexual health charities, politicians and gay rights campaigners have welcomed what appears to be a relaxation in Pope Benedict XVI's opposition to the use of condoms. In an interview for a book that is due to be published this week, the Pontiff argued that in some cases, the use of condoms can be the first step in the direction of "moralisation" of an individual.

  • 19th November 2010

    ‘Shameful’ UN vote ‘may lead to more gay executions’ 28

    The UN vote removed reference to gays and lesbians in the resolution

    11:06 AM — A United Nations panel’s decision to remove sexual orientation from an anti-execution resolution is “shameful” and may encourage murders of LGBT people, gay rights campaigners say.

  • 16th November 2010

    Film chronicles Israel’s gay revolution 2

    Gay Days will be screened on Thursday at the ICA

    3:41 PM — From 1985 to the present day, Israel's gay community has undergone dramatic changes. A film chronicling how the community found its feet will be shown during the UK Jewish Film Festival this week in London.

  • 15th November 2010

    Gay Northampton couple attempt to marry 17

    Gay couples cannot currently get married (Photo: Matthias Homberg)

    3:55 PM — A gay couple in Northampton will attempt to marry tomorrow as part of a campaign to open up marriage and civil partnerships to both straight and gay couples.

  • 9th November 2010

    Straight couple denied civil partnership again 34

    Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle were refused a civil partnership

    5:36 PM — A straight couple from London have once again been denied a civil partnership. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, both 26, expected to be turned away from Islington registry office this morning but said they would take legal action over the refusal.

  • 2nd November 2010

    Equal Love campaign: First gay couple denied marriage 21

    All eight couples will file a legal challenge (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    4:46 PM — The first of eight gay and straight couples to challenge the UK's marriage laws have been denied a marriage at a London registry office, as expected. Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel, the lead gay couple in the Equal Love campaign, were denied permission to marry this morning in Greenwich.

  • 1st November 2010

    Gay and trans campaigners cancel Stonewall awards protest 12

    The demonstration has been cancelled

    10:39 AM — A demonstration planned for the Stonewall awards this Thursday has been cancelled. Around 100 people were expected to protest outside the ceremony in central London over the gay charity's stance marriage equality and because it does not lobby for trans issues.

  • 29th October 2010

    Universities ‘should employ watchdogs against discriminatory extremism’ 17

    The report said student unions should use watchdogs to curb extremism

    4:03 PM — Universities should employ watchdogs to guard against religious extremism, a report has said. It accused some members of the Islamic society at City University of intimidating gay, female and Jewish students, as well as those who worked on the student newspaper.

  • 28th October 2010

    Campaigners welcome Stonewall’s support of gay marriage 16

    Campaigners welcomed Stonewall's support of marriage equality

    11:42 AM — Marriage equality campaigners have welcomed Stonewall's support of civil marriage for gay couples. The charity announced yesterday that after surveying its supporters, it would add the issue to its campaigning objectives.

  • 27th October 2010

    Stonewall says it will campaign for gay marriage 50

    Stonewall said it was "pleased" to be widening its campaign objectives

    3:10 PM — Gay lobbying charity Stonewall says it will campaign for lesbian and gay couples to have civil marriages in the UK. The charity has come under pressure in recent months from several of its co-founders and other gay campaigners to widen its remit on the issue.

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