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  • 8th February 2010

    Human rights group urges government to stop gay deportation 7

    Last year the government of Burundi criminalised homosexuality, punishing offenders with up to two years in prison

    2:13 PM — Human rights groups have called on the British government to intervene in an asylum case which could see openly gay Alvin Gahimbaze deported to Burundi.

  • 5th February 2010

    Pope to include Scotland in UK visit 38

    Pope Benedict XVI will visit the UK in September

    6:39 PM — Pope Benedict XVI said today he would also be visiting Scotland when he comes to the UK later this year. He made the announcement to Scottish bishops visiting the Vatican.

  • Ugandan minister says anti-gay bill is likely to be changed 19

    Uganda's law may be changed, a minister said

    11:59 AM — Uganda's deputy foreign minister Henry Okello Oryem has said his country's anti-homosexuality bill is likely to be changed before it passes into law.

  • 3rd February 2010

    EasyJet offers to pay for Pope’s UK flights 37

    EasyJet admitted the Pope was unlikely to take up the offer

    1:37 PM — Budget airline Easyjet has offered to fly the Pope to the UK for free, following controversy over the estimated £20 million cost for his visit.

  • 7,000 sign protest against Pope’s visit 38

    7,000 people have signed a petition against the Pope's visit

    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.

  • Harriet Harman will not continue fight over gay church staff 117

    Harriet Harman will not force the amendment through

    11:58 AM — Equality minister Harriet Harman has backed down over an amendment on who churches can employ. She is thought to have made the climbdown to avoid a continuing dispute with church leaders in the face of the Pope's visit in September.

  • 2nd February 2010

    Gay and straight couples needed to challenge UK gay marriage ban 14

    Katherine Doyle and Tom Freeman are hoping to challenge the gay marriage ban (Photo: PinkNews.co.uk)

    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.

  • Colin Firth says there are ‘invisible boundaries’ for gay actors 38

    Colin Firth said gay actors face barriers

    1:11 PM — Colin Firth has suggested that there are "invisible boundaries" preventing out gay actors from taking leading roles. Firth, a straight actor who played a gay man in Tom Ford's directorial debut A Single Man, said he felt "complicit" in the problem of gay actors losing out on parts.

  • NHS ‘paying for ex-gay therapy’ 101

    Some doctors are apparently referring patients to ex-gay therapists

    12:37 PM — The National Health Service is paying for people to have therapy to turn them straight, it has been claimed. According to an investigation by the Independent, some GPs are referring people to 'reparative' therapists to help them change their sexual orientation.

  • 1st February 2010

    Pope Benedict XVI criticises gay rights in Equality Bill 76

    Pope Benedict XVI said gay equality measures violated "natural law"

    6:37 PM — Pope Benedict XVI criticised the Equality Bill on Monday for violating "natural law". He was thought to be referring to provisions in the bill which would have forced churches to employ gay staff. These were defeated by the House of Lords last week.

  • 27th January 2010

    Survey finds 3 in 4 gay and bisexual men would donate blood 19

    Gay and bisexual men are barred from donating blood

    7:03 PM — A survey of gay and bisexual men has found that 77 per cent of respondents would donate blood if they were allowed to. Currently, men who have ever had sex with another man are barred for life from donating blood due to the risk of HIV.

  • National Trans Police Association criticised over state funding 9

    The police association will offer support to trans members

    3:51 PM — A national body for trans and intersex police officers will be officially launched and recognised by the police service in March. The National Trans Police Association has been running for two years but will be able to apply for state funding once it becomes officially recognised by the UK police service.

  • 25th January 2010

    Brighton hopes to entice gay American tourists 10

    Brighton is a popular LGBT holiday spot

    4:55 PM — Brighton and Hove city council has joined a campaign to attract more gay US tourists to Britain. The city is thought of as the top LGBT tourist destination in the UK and local tourism bosses are keen to hold onto this position.

  • 20th January 2010

    Playgirl vies for Iris Robinson’s toyboy lover 5

    Kirk McCambley has been offered a Playgirl photoshoot

    6:11 PM — The toyboy lover of homophobic Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson is being pursued by Playgirl magazine. The US publication, which famously featured Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin's grandchild, has said it wants Kirk McCambley to agree to a racy photoshoot.

  • Cameron’s election manifesto promises tax breaks for civil partners 24

    The Tories' manifesto promises benefits for marriages and civil partnerships

    1:48 PM — The Conservative Party's election manifesto promises that married couples and gay couples in civil partnerships will receive tax breaks within the first five years of parliament.

  • 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.

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