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  • 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.

  • 20th October 2010

    Israel’s only gay MP speaks out for marriage on visit to London 8

    Nitzan Horowitz address a neeting in London last week

    4:30 PM — Nitzan Horowitz, the first openly gay politician to be elected to the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), is a man on a mission. Representing the left of centre, pro-peace New Movement-Meretz party, he has called for Israel to introduce secular marriages for gay and straight couples as well as campaigning for help for LGBT people from neighboring Arab countries who risk death if returned home.

  • 19th October 2010

    Most Scottish people support gay marriage 15

    Many gay campaigners say civil partnerships are not good enough

    5:00 PM — The majority of Scottish people are in favour of allowing gay couples to marry, a poll suggests. According to an Angus Reid poll conducted for the Green Party, 58 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of full marriage equality.

  • Gay Saudi prince guilty of murdering servant 20

    Prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud was found guilty of murder

    4:43 PM — A Gay Saudi prince has been found guilty of murdering his servant in a London hotel room. Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, 34, had beaten and strangled Bandar Abdulaziz, 32, after a campaign of "sadistic" abuse.

  • 25th February 2010

    Iris Robinson’s gay cure therapist reported to GMC 22

    Dr Paul Miller is being investigated by the GMC

    1:19 PM — A psychiatrist who worked with shamed former MP Iris Robinson has been reported to the General Medical Council for his work in trying to "cure" gay people.

  • 23rd February 2010

    US Army will not accept temporary ban on gay firings 7

    Army chiefs said they would not accept a temporary ban

    5:52 PM — US Army chiefs told a Senate hearing today that they would oppose attempts to implement a temporary ban on firings of out gay servicemembers.

  • 22nd February 2010

    Isle of Man to consider civil partnerships for gay couples 8

    The Isle of Man will debate civil partnerships legislation

    5:52 PM — The Isle of Man's House of Keys will debate whether to introduce civil partnerships for gay couples on the island. The Civil Partnerships Bill will have its first reading tomorrow and, if passed into law, will give gay and lesbian couples the same rights afforded to straight married couples.

  • Openly gay soldiers ‘won’t cause disruption’ 4

    Lifting the ban 'will not cause disruption' (Photo: US Army)

    3:24 PM — A new study of militaries around the world has found that changing policy to allow gay soldiers to serve does not cause disruption. Opponents to lifting the US ban argue that it will affect recruitment and morale.

  • Nottingham social worker writes book on gay adoption 16

    Dad David, Baba Chris and Me is designed to teach children about different families

    12:19 PM — A social worker from Nottingham has penned a book to teach children about gay adoptive parents. Ed Merchant, who works part-time at the city council's adoption and fostering unit, wrote Dad David, Baba Chris and Me about an eight-year-old boy who is adopted by a gay couple.

  • 19th February 2010

    Man called Gay changes surname to join the Navy 25

    Mr Gay hopes to join the Royal Navy

    1:00 PM — A man called Tristram Gay is changing his name because he fears he will get bullied in the Navy for it. The 21-year-old, of St James, Hereford said he had been the target of jokes all his life.

  • 17th February 2010

    Pope may be invited on BBC’s Thought for the Day 39

    The Pope may be asked to present Thought for the Day

    5:59 PM — The BBC is in talks with the Pope for him to give the Thought of the Day on Radio 4's Today programme. The Pope is to visit the UK in September and BBC director-general Mark Thompson, a devout Catholic, is understood to have visited the Vatican to discuss BBC coverage of the trip.

  • London gay charity may have to cut services over rent increase 5

    London Friend offers counselling and support to LGBT people

    3:31 PM — One of London's oldest LGBT charities may have to cut its services after being hit with a 21 per cent rent increase. London Friend, founded in 1972, offers counselling and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and receives little state support.

  • Gay Tory Nick Herbert says party has made ‘rapid conversion’ on gay equality 113

    Nick Herbert is to speak in Washington later today

    12:29 PM — Nick Herbert, the shadow environment secretary, has said the Conservative party has seen a "definite change" in its attitudes to gay people. He said the Tories had to be "properly representative" of the whole country.

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