1st April 2012
Schwarzenegger to replace Mickey Rourke as gay rugby player Gareth Thomas in film 40
12:01 AM — Following Mickey Rourke's decision to pull out of his role as gay Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas in a new biopic, Arnold Schwarzenegger has emerged as his replacement to star in the film. The film charting the life of Britain’s first openly gay rugby player was dreamed up by Rourke in a London pub after he lost an arm wrestling challenge with some gay rugby players. Rourke said: “There was an article about Gareth Thomas. I met Gareth and said [to him] I wanna make your life story”.
29th March 2012
Welsh vicar resigns over Church’s homophobic attitudes to gay couples marrying 32
9:47 AM — A vicar in Monmouthshire, Wales, has stepped down from his position over what he says is the Church's homophobia surrounding gay couples marrying.
28th March 2012
Christian group pledge support for gay couples marrying 52
1:20 PM — The Progressive Christianity Network (PCN) is the latest British faith-based group to come out in favour of legal recognition of gay marriage.
27th March 2012
Comment: Biased BBC skews the debate on LGBT issues 140
10:36 AM — The BBC's reporting on marriage equality proposals is more proof the corporation does not take LGBT issues seriously. Stupid questions, a megaphone to fanatics, fawning deference to faith and giving no time to the voices from our communities: it’s time BBC stopped treating its LGBT licence payers with contempt.
26th March 2012
Mickey Rourke pulls out of Gareth Thomas biopic 30
12:07 PM — Mickey Rourke has pulled out of his role as gay Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas in a new biopic after suffering problems during his stunt training for the film.
18th January 2012
Gareth Thomas in ‘£7m shandy takeover’ 15
11:54 AM — Gay rugby icon Gareth Thomas has reportedly taken over a Welsh drinks company along a former team-mate after deliberations about his career. The manufacturer says the drink is taking the club world "by storm".
9th January 2012
Homophobic Welsh crime rate up on “improved victim confidence” 9
4:33 PM — A 40% rise in reported homophobic crime over the last three years in South Wales has been attributed to the increased confidence of gay people to come forward. 401 homophobic incidents were reported to South Wales Police in 2011, up significantly on the 289 in 2008.
17th November 2011
Ospreys will investigate Kristian Phillips’ alleged gay slur tweet 21
9:54 AM — Ospreys will investigate tweet from player's account which appeared to call a Big Brother contestant a "faggot".
25th October 2011
Gareth Thomas announces he’s retiring from rugby 14
4:22 PM — Gareth Thomas has announced he is retiring from rugby with immediate effect. The Wales international said he could no longer give "100 per cent" to the sport.
20th October 2011
Swansea nightclub accused of throwing couple out for gay kiss 80
3:35 PM — A nightclub in Swansea has been accused of throwing a gay couple out for sharing a quick kiss. According to witnesses, the incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning at Reflex on Wind Street.
14th October 2011
North Wales police to display rainbow flag in stations 41
4:43 PM — North Wales police are to display rainbow flag stickers in stations to encourage gay people to report homophobic crime. Diversity leaders at the force believe the stickers will reassure gay people that they will be treated sensitively and respectfully.
16th September 2011
Welsh clerics to consider pensions for gay partners 9
10:13 AM — The Church in Wales is to consider giving pensions to the partners of gay clergy. Currently, surviving partners of gay clergy can claim a pension calculated from 2005, when civil partnerships became legal.
13th May 2011
Man jailed for conning gay prostitutes – again 113
11:50 AM — A man jailed for conning male prostitutes has been handed another prison sentence for the same offence. Michael Goldsmith, 40, of Menai Bridge, Wales, was caught out when he tried to con an earlier victim again.
3rd May 2011
PinkNews.co.uk poll: Gay voters back AV, huge drop in Lib Dem support 83
12:19 PM — A PinkNews.co.uk poll suggests that the UK's LGBT community will back the alternative vote system in Thursday's referendum. The results also showed a massive drop in support for the Liberal Democrats.
18th April 2011
Stonewall Cymru holds hustings for Welsh Assembly elections 6
5:11 PM — Voters in Wales will have the chance to quiz the four main parties on their views on gay rights. An election hustings event is being held by Stonewall Cymru tomorrow evening at Cardiff University, ahead of the May 5th elections.
31st March 2011
Welsh teenager in court for anti-gay Facebook messages 48
2:52 PM — A Welsh teenager ended up in court last week for sending homophobic messages on Facebook. Jordan Campbell McKenzie, 18, of Flint, was told by a judge that his offence was a hate crime, the Flintshire Chronicle reports.
3rd March 2011
Charlotte Church sings karaoke at Clapham gay club 9
3:14 PM — Charlotte Church surprised customers at the Two Brewers gay club in Clapham by kicking off her shoes and singing a rendition of Alannah Myles's Black Velvet.
24th February 2011
Customers of oldest gay pub in Wales lose battle to save venue 8
11:43 AM — The oldest gay pub in Wales, Cardiff's Kings Cross is to be closed and converted into a gastropub despite a campaign supported by gay rugby star Gareth Thomas to save it.
10th February 2011
Mickey Rourke to watch Gareth Thomas match 13
2:33 PM — Mickey Rourke is set to watch gay rugby star Gareth Thomas play in Wales this weekend as preparation for a film about the player's life.
20th January 2011
Man jailed for sexually assaulting lesbian 13
3:54 PM — A Cardiff man has been jailed for two years for climbing into bed next to a sleeping woman and sexually assaulting her. Darren Hogan, 25, said he was unaware that the woman was a lesbian and Cardiff crown court heard that his unwanted attention had been particularly distressing for her.