10th February 2010
Valentine’s Day protest over Pope’s UK visit 10
2:53 PM — A protest against the Pope's visit to the UK is to take place in central London this Sunday. It is being planned by the Central London Humanist Group in partnership with the British Humanist Association, the National Secular Society and gay equality group OutRage! among others.
9th February 2010
Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell ‘disappointed’ with FA decision 11
3:46 PM — Peter Tatchell of the LGBT rights group, OutRage! claims today that the FA’s decision to cancel the screening of an anti homophobia film, “Has thrown the Football Association’s commitment to tackling homophobia into disarray”
8th February 2010
‘Kick it Out’ director defends anti-homophobia film 7
7:19 PM — ‘Kick it Out’, the body responsible for tackling homophobia and racism in football, has responded to the FA’s decision to postpone the showing of a short film aimed at tackling homophobia.
5th February 2010
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".
3rd February 2010
7,000 sign protest against Pope’s visit 38
1:17 PM — More than 7,000 people have signed a petition against the Pope's state-funded visit to the UK. The petition was set up two days ago by the National Secular Society, which estimates the Pontiff's four-day visit in September will cost the UK £20 million.
2nd February 2010
Gay and straight couples needed to challenge UK gay marriage ban 14
3:17 PM — A heterosexual couple are seeking allies to help them mount a legal challenge against the UK's ban on gay marriage. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle need two more straight couples and three gay couples to join their case.
29th January 2010
Gareth Thomas ‘invited closeted star’ to coming out party 31
9:27 AM — Gay rugby player Gareth Thomas hosted a coming out party last night in central London to thank friends for their support. The player and a number of high-profile gay figures partied at Movida, best known as a celebrity hang-out.
26th January 2010
Tatchell ‘surprised’ at third of British people who still believe homosexuality is wrong 24
5:23 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has expressed surprise at the results of a survey into social attitudes, saying he expected a greater change in the numbers who accepted homosexuality.
Social attitudes survey finds far greater acceptance of homosexuality 40
11:37 AM — A government-backed survey has found that people have become much more tolerant of homosexuality in the last 30 years.
25th January 2010
Moscow mayor repeats claims of ‘satanic’ gay Pride marches 9
4:15 PM — The mayor of Moscow has repeated his claims that gay Pride marches are "satanic". Yury Luzhkov attacked gay-themed events in 2007 as "satanic" in 2007 and banned gay rights campaigners from holding such an event.
22nd January 2010
BBC to address portrayal of gays and lesbians 28
1:21 PM — The BBC announced today it was undertaking a new project to improve how gays, lesbians and bisexuals are portrayed on television, radio and online. The corporation was condemned last month for an online debate on whether gays in Uganda should be executed.
14th January 2010
MPs sign motion to condemn Uganda’s gay execution bill 8
1:05 PM — Twenty MPs have signed an early day motion to attack Uganda's plans to introduce the death penalty for gays. The motion was tabled by Labour MP Harry Cohen and calls for the British government and European Union to press Uganda not to proceed with the law.
12th January 2010
‘No right to not be offended’, says Tatchell 59
1:11 PM — Peter Tatchell has spoken out in defence of five Islamic extremists convicted of abusive language at a march in Luton last year. He acknowledged their homophobia but said free speech must be defended.
7th January 2010
Tatchell says Iris Robinson is a ‘hypocrite’ 16
3:33 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has accused Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson of being a hypocrite for having an affair. He expressed sympathy over her suicide attempt and mental breakdown but said she had offered no apology for her comments about gay people.
6th January 2010
Amnesty International joins calls for release of gay Malawi couple 4
5:15 PM — Human rights organisation Amnesty International has joined the calls for a gay couple in Malawi to be released from prison. The group said that Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who were arrested on December 28th, were "prisoners of conscience".
5th January 2010
Malawi gay marriage trial expected next week 6
4:28 PM — The trial of two gay men arrested for holding a wedding party in Malawi is expected to begin on January 15th. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza are being held in custody in Chichiri Prison and were denied bail by a judge yesterday.
30th December 2009
Gay Malawi couple plead not guilty to indecency charges 5
2:12 PM — A gay couple in Malawi who held a wedding ceremony last weekend have denied charges of gross public indecency. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza had a traditional ceremony in the south African country on Saturday.
28th December 2009
Comment: Quentin Crisp was no gay rights hero 77
1:16 PM — Ahead of ITV's broadcast of 'An Englishman in New York', a drama based on the life of gay writer Quentin Crisp, Peter Tatchell argues that he was a homophobe and reactionary
17th December 2009
Tatchell says BBC ‘invited’ homophobia 10
1:11 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised the BBC for allowing online readers to debate whether gays should be executed. He praised open debate but said the BBC put forward a "weak" argument against the question.
16th December 2009
Brain injuries force Tatchell to stand down as Green candidate 18
11:46 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has announced he is standing down as a Green Party candidate for Oxford East. He said injuries sustained while fighting for human rights meant he could not do the job.