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  • 19th January 2010

    Day to raise awareness of homophobia in football to be held next month 4

    The day will tackle homophobia, organisers hope

    6:59 PM — The Justin Campaign has announced that an international day against homophobia in football will be held in February. Organisers of the campaign, named after the only out gay footballer, Justin Fashanu, hope it will raise awareness of the problem in the sport.

  • Gay romance expected for Glee 14

    Gay character Kurt is set to get a boyfriend

    3:45 PM — US comedy Glee will reportedly feature a gay romance in its second season. Producers of the comedy, which is currently being aired on UK screens, are casting for three more characters, one of whom will be a love interest for gay student Kurt.

  • 15th January 2010

    UN human rights chief calls on Uganda to shelve anti-gay bill 8

    The UN urged Uganda to drop the anti-gay bill

    4:46 PM — The United Nations called on Uganda to scrap a bill which could execute and imprison gay people. Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said today that the proposed legislation was "draconian" and "blatantly discriminatory".

  • Mr Gay China pageant shut down by police 20

    Mr Gay China was cancelled today

    1:25 PM — China's first gay pageant has been shut down by police for apparently not following the correct procedures. The event was scheduled to begin today in Beijing, with eight contestants fighting for the chance to represent their country at the Mr Gay World competition later this year.

  • 14th January 2010

    MP suggests UK should cut aid to Uganda over anti-gay bill 16

    Uganda's parliament is to consider an anti-homosexuality bill

    7:01 PM — A former Foreign Office minister has called for an audit into aid money granted to countries which "promote homophobia", such as Uganda.

  • 13th January 2010

    China’s state press covers gay wedding 8

    The couple are shown in the top right

    7:20 PM — A state-run Chinese newspaper gave its front page to a gay wedding today. China Daily, an English-language newspaper, featured the wedding of Zeng Anquan and Pan Wenjie, which took place on January 3rd.

  • Nick Clegg calls for faith schools to focus on homophobic bullying 16

    Nick Clegg said he would force faith schools to treat homosexuality positively

    1:16 PM — Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said that faith schools must focus on homophobic bullying. He said his party would make it a requirement for faith schools to teach that homosexuality is normal.

  • IBM rated most gay-friendly employer for the second time 38

    Stonewall's annual Top 100 employers list came out today

    10:08 AM — IT company IBM has been rated the most gay-friendly company to work for by gay rights organisation Stonewall. The firm was rated best employer in the charity's annual Top 100 Employers List.

  • 12th January 2010

    Entry ban on anti-gay US ‘shock jock’ to stay in place 71

    Michael Savage will remain on the blacklist

    6:38 PM — A ban on a US radio presenter entering the UK will be upheld, the government has said. Michael Savage, known for his strong views on homosexuality, Islam and abortion, was barred from entering the country in May last year.

  • 11th January 2010

    Cameron sets out commitment on tax breaks for civil partners 26

    Cameron said gay civil partners would be given the same benefits

    4:16 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has said he will give gay couples in civil partnerships the same tax benefits his party will give to married couples.

  • Pope calls gay marriage an ‘attack on creation’ 129

    The Pope attacked gay marriage

    1:17 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has called gay marriage laws an "attack" on the natural differences between men and women. He was speaking today after Portugal's parliament voted in favour of same-sex marriage.

  • 7th January 2010

    Government appointment of faith advisors attacked as ‘cynical’ 25

    The 13 apppointees will advise on policy

    1:39 PM — The appointment of 13 'faith advisors' to the government has been attacked by the National Secular society as "cynical" and "an insult to non-religious Britons". The charity warned that most people "disregard" religious teachings on issues such as homosexuality and said the appointment was "undemocratic".

  • 5th January 2010

    Malawi gay marriage trial expected next week 6

    The couple's arrest has been widely reported

    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.

  • Anti-gay hate preacher’s march may be banned 85

    Anjem Choudary has not given a date for the proposed march

    12:11 PM — An attempt by an anti-gay Muslim preacher to hold a march in a British town may be blocked by home secretary Alan Johnson. Islam4UK, headed by Anjem Choudary, plans to march through Wootton Bassett, a town famous for honouring soldiers killed abroad.

  • 4th January 2010

    Gay son prevented from donating blood to dying mother 38

    Gay and bisexual men are barred from donating blood

    6:27 PM — A gay man whose mother died from cancer is calling for a change in the law after he was prevented from donating blood to help her. Dij Bentley's mother Christine, 47, died from acute myeloid leukaemia in August last year.

  • Copyright holder baulks at ‘gay’ Sherlock Holmes film 44

    Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes

    2:46 PM — The US copyright holder of the Sherlock Holmes series has threatened to withdraw permission for a film sequel if producers develop a homoerotic storyline.

  • US HIV travel ban lifted today 19

    The ban on HIV-positive people entering the US will be lifted today

    11:28 AM — The ban on HIV-positive people entering the US officially ends today. The 22-year-old law was one of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world for people with HIV but was lifted by President Barack Obama in November.

  • 30th December 2009

    The gay highs and lows of 2009 13

    Will 2010 see a prime minister marching with the Pride parade?

    7:07 PM — A look back at the best and worst moments for LGBT causes in 2009. While sports stars came out and politicians rushed to stand up for gay rights, the year was marred by the death of a much-loved pop star and a string of violent homophobic attacks.

  • Gay Malawi couple plead not guilty to indecency charges 5

    The couple are expected to ask for bail on Monday

    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.

  • 29th December 2009

    Former club drug addict relaunches support website

    Jay Evans has relaunched his support website

    4:41 PM — A man who recovered from addiction to club drug GBL has relaunched his support website for other addicts. Jay Evans has put knowghb.org.uk back online educate and assist those in the UK affected by GHB and GBL.

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