22nd March 2012
Northern Ireland Attorney General: Ban on gay adoption will remain 37
5:43 PM — There are no plans to retract the ban on gay and unmarried couples from adopting children in Northern Ireland, the country’s Attorney General has said.
20th February 2012
Video: Betting ad asks if trans women are ‘stallions or mares’ 97
11:16 AM — Paddy Power, the Irish betting company, has been slammed for a new advert which introduces transgender women to the Cheltenham horse races and asks the viewer to decide whether they are a 'stallion or a mare'.
27th January 2012
‘Gay leper’ conference heads to London 76
10:13 AM — Organisers, who have previously held the conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, have insisted the title is not meant to cause offence, but its beliefs and aims have been described today as "specious" and "deeply insulting".
19th January 2012
Pickets planned at ‘gay leper’ conference 39
1:20 PM — Picketers are planning to target a religious 'ex-gay' conference in Northern Ireland - but organisers of 'The Lepers Among Us' insist they did not mean to cause offence.
15th December 2011
Northern Ireland gay adoption challenge adjourned over “massive mistake” 42
11:28 AM — A judicial review hearing has been adjourned until March after a "massive mistake" was uncovered in a submission made to the House of Lords in 2008.
13th December 2011
High Court challenge of Northern Ireland’s gay adoption rules begins 4
10:00 AM — A human rights body in Northern Ireland has begun arguments at the country's High Court to reverse the ban on unmarried couples adopting children. The Human Rights Commission is challenging laws which it argues are incompatible with those in England, Wales and Scotland, and do not protect the interests of the child in question.
7th November 2011
Lady Gaga and fans honoured at MTV Europe Awards 8
10:57 AM — Star won four gongs, with a male streaker providing an unexpected distraction to award presenter Hayden Panettiere.
27th October 2011
Northern Ireland minister ‘won’t be rushed’ into decision on gay blood ban 18
11:03 AM — Northern Ireland's health minister Edwin Poots says he won't be "rushed, pushed or harassed" into making a decision on lifting the blood donation ban on gay and bisexual men.
12th October 2011
Homophobic bullying ‘rife’ in Northern Ireland schools 38
1:09 PM — Anti-gay bullying is a serious problem in Northern Ireland schools, a new report says. The Rainbow Project report, Left out of the Equation, says gay, lesbian and bisexual pupils suffer severe inequality.
29th September 2011
Gay rights groups accuse NI health minister of ignoring them 14
1:40 PM — Campaigners against the gay blood donation ban have accused Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots of snubbing them. Mr Poots announced last week that he would not lift the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, despite the rest of the UK doing so on November 7th.
23rd September 2011
Northern Ireland minister accused of homophobia over gay blood ban 26
2:32 PM — Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots has come under heavy pressure to lift the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood. He has been accused of homophobia.
22nd September 2011
Northern Ireland health minister refuses to lift gay blood ban 70
10:57 AM — Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland's health minister, has refused to lift the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood. He has said that the current policy “should not be altered” because of safety concerns around HIV transmission.
12th September 2011
Gay campaigners urge Northern Ireland health minister to overturn blood donation ban 2
2:33 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Northern Ireland are pressuring health minister Edwin Poots to overturn the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.
8th September 2011
Man who falsely accused Louis Walsh of sexual assault charged
3:02 PM — A man who accused X Factor judge Louis Walsh of sexual assault has been charged with making false claims. Leonard Watters, 24, initially claimed that 58-year-old Walsh had groped him at the Krystle nightclub in Dublin after a Westlife concert in June.
17th August 2011
Ugandan lesbian campaigner denied entry to UK 42
1:17 PM — A Ugandan LGBT rights campaigner has been denied entry to the UK to speak at a Northern Ireland Pride festival. Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, who faces death threats for speaking out for LGBT rights in her home country, was invited to open the Foyle Pride Festival in Derry next week.
3rd August 2011
Complaints over ‘offensive’ Belfast Pride placards 123
5:01 PM — A hardline unionist MLA has complained about placards at last weekend's Belfast Pride. Jim Allister, who represents Antrim North, says that Belfast Pride organisers should apologise for "offensive" signs at the event.
26th July 2011
DUP criticised for refusing to attend Belfast Pride event 40
2:28 PM — The Democratic Union Party has been criticised for snubbing a Belfast Pride event. The event, held yesterday, was joined by politicians from all major parties - except the DUP.
14th June 2011
Protest held at Northern Ireland ‘gay cure’ conference 49
5:58 PM — Around 50 gay activists held a protest today outside a small 'gay cure' conference held in Northern Ireland. The event, held by the Core Issues Group, featured David Pickup, an American speaker who says gay people can be turned straight.
8th June 2011
Tensions rise again over the Kirk’s position on gay ministers 19
4:14 PM — Tensions are brewing once again at the Presbyterian General Assembly over the Church of Scotland's stance on accepting gay ministers.
Protestant pastor vows to fight against gay sauna in Londonderry 82
11:36 AM — A Protestant fundamentalist pastor has said that he will take his protest against a gay sauna onto the streets of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, after it was given full planning permission this week.