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  • 8th June 2010

    Police told not to say gay people ‘bat for the other side’ 28

    Police have been told to only use "factual" language about gay people

    11:35 AM — A guide on "appropriate language" tells police not to use expressions such as "batting for the other side" and "lesbian tendencies". Officers at Lothian and Borders Police in Scotland have received the booklet, which is similar to others distributed to forces in the UK.

  • Children of lesbian couples ‘have fewer behaviour problems’ 15

    The study followed the children of lesbian parents for 17 years

    10:59 AM — A 17-year study into families headed by lesbian parents has found that their children have fewer behavioural problems, get better results and are more psychologically sound than children brought up by straight parents.

  • 7th June 2010

    Lady Gaga honoured with GLAAD award

    Lady Gaga was honoured for her campaigning

    5:48 PM — Lady Gaga was given the award for Outstanding Music Artist at Saturday's GLAAD awards in San Francisco. The yearly awards celebrate equality campaigning for LGBT rights and are hosted by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

  • EM Forster ‘stopped writing because he had gay sex’ 21

    EM Forster stopped writing after he lost his virginity

    4:18 PM — The novelist EM Forster stopped writing in his forties because having gay sex killed his creative drive, a scholar claims. The author of works such as A Room With A View and Howards End stopped writing in 1924, after he published A Passage To India. He lived until 1970.

  • Elton John performs at US shock jock Rush Limbaugh’s wedding 34

    Elton played at Rush Limbaugh's wedding

    2:30 PM — Gay singer Elton John reportedly earned $1 million for singing at the wedding of US gay marriage opponent Rush Limbaugh at the weekend. The conservative commentator, 59, is against gay marriage and has been accused of homophobia and racism.

  • Gay journalist receives award nod for ‘gay cure’ expose 3

    Patrick Strudwick said he was "thrilled" at being shortlisted

    2:10 PM — A gay journalist who underwent 'gay cure' therapy to expose the therapists who practise it has been nominated for a mental health's charity's media awards.

  • Brian Paddick would ‘definitely consider’ becoming a Lord 18

    Brian Paddick said he would consider becoming a Lord

    11:55 AM — There has been speculation recently he will be asked to become a peer of the realm - and Brian Paddick said today he would "definitely consider" the post if asked. The gay former police chief, candidate for mayor of London and I'm a Celebrity contestant is reportedly on a shortlist of 60 Liberal Democrat candidates for a peerage.

  • Emmerdale ranked best soap for dealing with gay characters 5

    Gay Emmerdale character Aaron Livesey, played by Danny Miller

    10:41 AM — Emmerdale has been ranked top of the main three soaps for its depiction of gays and lesbians. Gay charity Stonewall polled more than 1,000 supporters on the issue. Forty-four per cent said Emmerdale was the best, while EastEnders came second on 43 per cent. Coronation Street came last with 13 per cent of the vote.

  • 6th June 2010

    Punch Taverns begins investigation over homophobia row with Labour gay group 39

    The pub say they often hang LGBT pride flags in their window

    10:20 PM — Punch Taverns says it has begun an internal investigation after the deputy manager of its Greencoat Boy pub in Westminster allegedly told the Labour Party's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) group that he would not have accepted the group's booking had he have known they were gay.

  • Pub that allegedly said it would have banned gay Labour group reported to police 26

    The Greencoat Boy is owned by Punch Taverns

    2:04 AM — A London pub has been reported to the police following an alleged homophobic comment made by its manager to the Labour Party's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) group. The comments have sparked widespread condemnation by senior labour figures including leadership candidate Ed Balls and Sarah Brown, the wife of former prime minister Gordon Brown and former deputy prime minister John Prescott.

  • 4th June 2010

    US Episcopal leader stands firm in support for gay bishops 8

    Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori supports gay bishops

    4:39 PM — Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the head Episcopal bishop in America, has said she will not bow down to conservative Anglicans who object to gay bishops.

  • Ricky Martin honoured by AIDS research gala 1

    Ricky Martin was honoured at the gala

    3:54 PM — Ricky Martin has been honoured at an AIDS research event. In one of his first public appearance since coming out, Martin attended a gala for amfAR's Aids research in New York City last night.

  • Gay former council leader Stephen Purcell questioned by police over drug claims

    Steven Purcell was questioned by police

    2:44 PM — Steven Purcell, the former leader of Glasgow council, has been questioned by police after he claimed he he took cocaine. He went voluntarily to a police station as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, Strathclyde police said.

  • Grayson Perry estimates at least one MP is a cross-dresser 16

    Grayson Perry called for MPs to be more open (Photo: Kirsteen)

    1:38 PM — The artist Grayson Perry has called politicians to be more open and says he expects at least one MP is a cross-dresser. The potter, who sometimes appears in a dress as his female alter-ego Claire, said more "sparkling characters" could inspire the public.

  • Online survey to question football fans on homophobia 4

    Football fans are being questioned on homophobia

    12:03 PM — University researchers are conducting a study on the attitudes of football fans towards out gay players. Staffordshire University is launching the self-selecting online survey this week and a small pilot study has found positive attitudes to homosexuality.

  • Gay activist Peter Tatchell to present Pope documentary 44

    Peter Tatchell said the programme would be "robustly factual"

    12:01 PM — Peter Tatchell, one of Britain's most famous gay activists, is to present a Channel 4 documentary on the Pope. Catholic figures have questioned whether he is the best person to host the programme, which will be screened ahead of Pope's September trip to the UK.

  • Video: Miley Cyrus’ pretend lesbian kiss with dancer 8

    Miley Cyrus pretended to kiss a female dancer

    10:43 AM — Gay rights supporter Miley Cyrus simulated a lesbian kiss with a dancer while performing on last night's Britain's Got Talent.

  • 3rd June 2010

    Cristiano Ronaldo supports impending introduction of gay marriage in native Portugal 11

    Cristiano Ronaldo playing in a recent football match

    11:43 PM — Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has signalled his support for the impending introduction of gay marriage in his native Portgual. Ronaldo, brought up on the Portuguese island of Maderia said: "“As I am Portuguese, I try to keep myself informed about what is happening in my country.

  • Simon Hughes ‘more gay-friendly’ than Lib Dem deputy leader rival 2

    Simon Hughes is the favourite for the deputy leadership

    5:01 PM — Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat MP, is the most gay-friendly of the two candidates for the party's deputy leadership. Mr Hughes, who is bisexual, is the favourite for the job, having secured the support of 29 of the party's 57 MPs.

  • Peter Mandelson to publish autobiography 7

    Peter Mandelson will release his autobiography this summer

    3:21 PM — Peter Mandelson, the former business secretary, has announced his plans to publish an autobiography this summer. The gay peer promised today that the book would "ruffle some feathers".

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