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  • 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.

  • 26th November 2010

    UK HIV diagnoses remain high among gay men 6

    HIV rates remain high, campaigners say

    10:33 AM — New figures show a slight decline in the number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV but campaigners estimate that one in four with the disease are unaware they have it.

  • 24th November 2010

    Queer book prize seeks submissions

    The prize is for a first work (Photo: Kate Ter Haar)

    4:04 PM — The Polari First Book Prize is seeking submissions for its third contest. The award is open to any first book which "explores the queer experience" and has been published in the UK within twelve months of the February 1st 2011 closing date.

  • New Tory head in Europe accused of ‘trying to block gay equality’ 27

    Martin Callanan is the new head of the Conservatives in Europe

    2:20 PM — The new head of the Conservatives in the European Parliament has been accused of trying to block a motion to call for recognition of civil partnerships across Europe.

  • 23rd November 2010

    Government asked to ensure national HIV strategy 11

    According to NAT, the current HIV and sexual health strategy expires next month.

    2:31 PM — The National AIDS Trust is calling on the government to fulfil the UK's UN commitment and ensure that a national HIV strategy is in place from 2011. According to the charity, the current HIV and sexual health strategy expires next month.

  • 22nd November 2010

    Islamic schools ‘teaching pupils that gays should be executed’ 64

    There are said to be 5,000 pupils in the schools

    10:23 AM — Around 5,000 children at Islamic weekend schools are being taught homophobic and anti-semitic views, it has been claimed. According to a BBC Panorama investigation to be screened tonight, the Sharia law classes use textbooks which tell children that the penalty for gay sex is execution, that "Zionists" are plotting to take over the world for the Jews and the correct way to cut off the hands and feet of convicted thieves.

  • 19th November 2010

    Featherstone says government is ‘committed’ to tackling transphobia 11

    Lynne Featherstone said that the government was committed to tackling transphobia

    5:17 PM — Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has said the government is committed to tackling hate crime against trans people. She was speaking ahead of Saturday's annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

  • ‘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.

  • 12th November 2010

    Gay charity urges gay men to sign up to HIV pledge 44

    The Count Me In campaign

    6:11 PM — London-based gay men's health charity GMFA has begun a new campaign to raise awareness of HIV. 'Count Me In' asks gay men to agree with a five-point pledge about protecting their health and not assuming they know the HIV status of other men.

  • 9th November 2010

    Five Anglican bishops convert to Catholicism over gay bishops and female clergy 31

    The Vatican invited unhappy Anglicans to join Catholicism

    1:59 PM — Five Church of England bishops have announced they are converting to Catholicism over the row about female clergy and gay bishops. The Vatican recently invited dissatisfied Anglicans to convert.

  • Video: Politicians join Stonewall ‘It Gets Better Today’ campaign 14

    Steve Gilbert MP is among the politicians supporting the campaign

    12:19 PM — Politicians from all of the main parties have added their support to a Stonewall campaign to support gay teenagers. The campaign is inspired by the US YouTube campaign It Gets Better and encourages people to record short videos of support.

  • 8th November 2010

    Travel companies ‘need to do more to be gay-friendly’ 16

    Travel companies should do more to prove they are gay-friendly, the survey says

    7:12 PM — Although plenty of travel companies now advertise themselves as being gay-friendly, a survey shows that many need to do more to justify the claim.

  • Gay arts festival GFEST begins today 1

    GFEST director Niranjan Kamatkar with Lynne Featherstone and David Lammy

    6:35 PM — London's only LGBT arts festival begins today. GFEST will run for two weeks and features dozens of short films, exhibitions and performances by a range of artists.

  • 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

    Trans woman crowned UK Scrabble champion 10

    The Scrabble UK championship was held in London

    5:56 PM — A trans woman has been crowned the UK Scrabble champion in London. Mikki Nicholson, 32, only began playing the game five years ago. She beat former world champion Mark Nyman for the UK title.

  • 29th October 2010

    Transgender Day of Remembrance to be held next month 10

    This year's event is on November 20th (Photo: Per Ola Wiberg)

    5:08 PM — The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held on Saturday November 20th. The international event is now in its 12th year and remembers those who died as a result of anti-trans violence.

  • Stonewall launches own message for gay teenagers 33

    Stonewall launched the It Gets Better Today campaign

    2:01 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has launched its own version of the US It Gets Better YouTube campaign for bullied gay teenagers. 'It Gets Better Today' tells young people that they do not have to wait for their lives to improve because the UK already has civil partnerships, out gay soldiers and parental rights for gay people.

  • David Cameron supports gay arts event GFEST 18

    David Cameron sent a message of support to GFEST

    12:02 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has released a message of support for GFEST, London's annual gay arts and culture festival. The two-week festival starts on November 8th and will be held at venues across London.

  • 22nd October 2010

    Iraqi LGBT celebrates fifth birthday with London charity night

    Iraq is a dangerous place for LGBT people

    4:29 PM — Aid group Iraqi LGBT is to hold a fundraising night in central London next week. The group is celebrating five years of supporting persecuted LGBT Iraqis and claims to have helped save the lives of 100 people.

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