Hate crime vigil to be held in Trafalgar Square
Hundreds will gather in Trafalgar Square from 8pm on Friday 28th October to take part in a two-minute silence for victims of homophobic hate crime. Similar vigils will also be taking place in Brighton, Kettering, Norfolk, Norwich, Reading and Stoke.
October 27, 2011
Gay-friendly jobs website launched by Stonewall
The new website lists jobs with companies such as Barclays and BP who are members of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.
October 21, 2011
North Wales Police displaying rainbow stickers
The force is displaying the stickers at front counters in a bid to make LGBT victims feel more comfortable when attending a police station to report a crime.
October 14, 2011
Report raises concerns about homophobic bullying in Northern Ireland
A new report has indicated that lesbian, gay and bisexual inequality is severe in schools and that homophobic bullying is rife in Northern Ireland.
October 12, 2011
Song altered to accommodate lesbian and gay weddings
Some lyrics from ‘Sunrise, Sunset’ have been changed by the lyricist following a request from a minister officiating at New York weddings.
October 4, 2011
Nigerian senate moves against same-sex marriage
The law proposes that anyone seeking to contract a same-sex marriage should face up to three years in prison and anybody aiding the plan should serve up to five years or pay a large fine.
September 28, 2011
Croatian LGBTs called on to void election votes
Croat lesbian and gay associations have encouraged LGBT citizens to visit the polls but to spoil their ballot papers when they get there.
September 27, 2011
Swimmer Nyad again defeated in attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida
Diana Nyad had to give up on her latest attempt to swim the 103 miles without a shark cage after she was stung by a dangerous jellyfish.
September 26, 2011
Thousands protest Pope Benedict’s visit in Berlin
The pope told Christians to unite behind the idea that marriage should be between one man and one woman during the visit to his native Germany.
East London Pride taking place this weekend
The event will go ahead on 24 September after some confusion in recent weeks about whether it would proceed during a ban on marches in that part of the city.
September 22, 2011
American woman blogs about her fear of homosexuality
Stacy Trasancos explained in a blog that she is scared of leaving the house in case she encounters homosexuals in public places.
September 20, 2011
Gays and lesbians at risk of a lonely old age
A YouGov survey, commissioned by campaign group Stonewall, predicts health and housing problems in the future for the lesbian, gay and bisexual population.
September 14, 2011
Lesbian and gay Iranians launch Facebook campaign
The group on the social networking site features Iranians both in and out of the country talking about their sexuality.
Nominees for Stonewall Awards 2011 announced
The Stonewall Awards 2011 will take place at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on 3 November.
September 9, 2011
Kristin Chenoweth explains her liberal Christianity
The American singer and actress has explained how she reconciles her religious faith with her support for LGBT equality.
September 7, 2011
Expelled Ugandan bishop speaks of compassion for gay people
Bishop Christopher Senyonjo was shunned after he disagreed with the hardline stance of Uganda’s Anglican Church.
September 2, 2011
Straight authors again eligible for Lambda Literary Awards
Two years ago participants became eligible for the prize only if the authors self-identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. This has been altered to make all books with LGBT subject matter once again eligible.
September 1, 2011
Tatchell wants LGBT rights on Commonwealth agenda
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell wants the Commonwealth to discuss LGBT human rights issues at their meeting in October.
August 31, 2011
Cyndi Lauper opening LGBT youth home in New York
The singer has announced plans to launch a safe haven for homeless LGBT youth in Harlem, New York.
August 25, 2011
LGBT students rate colleges ‘welcoming’ places to learn
A new survey of 450 students found that, on average, they rated colleges 7.5 out of 10 where 10 is “extremely welcoming”.
August 19, 2011
American bridal shop denies service to lesbian
The owner of the shop in New Jersey said that the company did not support “illegal actions” such as gay marriage.
August 18, 2011
Jackie Crozier stepping down from Manchester Pride
The director of the annual event has announced her decision to step down after six years in post.
August 17, 2011
Coronation Street supporting Manchester Pride once again
For the second year running the soap’s cast, crew and producers will display a float in the parade to be held on 27 August.
August 16, 2011
Report stresses need for courses to reflect diversity
The report from the National Union of Students (NUS) claims that diversity should be included in course content in subjects as wide-ranging as science, maths and engineering.
August 12, 2011
American lesbian is defeated in bid to swim from Cuba to Florida
The 61 year-old first attempted the feat thirty years ago but was forced to give up this attempt around half-way through.
August 11, 2011
Ghana church aims to convert homosexuals
The Presbyterian Church of Ghana is increasing promotion of reparative therapies which claim to convert homosexuals to heterosexuality.
August 10, 2011
Teacher quits job to set up charity against homophobia
A teacher in London has left her job and plans to take inspirational role models into schools to challenge stereotypes and prejudices against lesbian and gay people.
August 5, 2011
Recognising Liverpool’s “gay village” could boost economy
A new report recommends that Stanley Street and the surrounding area should be officially recognised as the “Stanley Street Quarter”.
August 4, 2011
Emmerdale to get new lesbian couple
The soap’s new characters will be played by Shameless star Kelli Hollis and Alicya Eyo, famous for her role as Denny Blood in Bad Girls.
July 29, 2011
New Zealand couple forced from home after homophobic attacks
The latest in a string of homophobic insults has forced the couple to move from the town of Mangawhai Heads where their business used to be based.
July 28, 2011
DUP shun Belfast Pride event
Representatives from all other political groups attended at The Pride on the Hill event but the Democratic Unionist Party failed to offer a representative.
July 26, 2011
New York to hold lottery for first gay marriages
Due to overwhelming demand, the mayor of New York City has announced that couples permitted to marry on the first day that lesbian and gay marriage is legal will be chosen by a lottery.
July 20, 2011
DC Comics explain Batwoman prominence
Rejuvenated comic series will have a distinct focus on LGBT characters.
July 19, 2011
Jersey approves civil partnerships
The new law means that people in same-sex relationships can enter into partnerships giving them similar rights to married couples.
July 13, 2011
Lesbian football team acts as a ‘haven’ for players
The Belfast Braves were formed last year and includes players who previously participated in the Northern Ireland Ladies’ Football Association league.
July 8, 2011
MP criticises council for allowing anti-gay preacher to hold rally
Richard Burden, Labour MP for Northfield, has also written to the Home Secretary to ask why one anti-gay speaker is banned while another is allowed into the UK.
July 7, 2011
Tribunal rules Jamaican lesbian can stay in UK
The woman was initially refused residency in the UK but her case was reconsidered by the Upper Tribunal’s Immigration and Asylum Chamber.
Longlist for Polari book prize announced
The Polari First Book Prize longlist was released at the London Literary Fesitval last night.
July 5, 2011
East London Mosque breaks word after a few weeks
Despite pledging that homophobic clerics would no longer be tolerated at the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre in Tower Hamlets they are welcoming another homophobic organisation.
June 27, 2011
London charity potentially saved from closure
After months of disquiet Islington Council have announced that leading LGBT charity London Friend can buy their premises.
June 23, 2011
Nigerian football team reportedly expels lesbians
A Nigerian newspaper has published comments from the coach of the national women’s football squad suggesting that lesbianism has been stamped out within the team.
June 22, 2011
Irish organisation secures funding to help LGBT refugees
The European Refugee Fund has given an Irish youth organisation €200,000 to educate asylum services on LGBT refugees.
June 21, 2011
Liechtenstein to allow civil partnerships
The result of the small country’s referendum on the issue of same-sex partnerships was overwhelmingly in favour of the new law.
June 20, 2011
Australian PM faces interrogation at a charity dinner
Three gay couples will have dinner with Julia Gillard after a campaign group successfully bid on the opportunity to have dinner with her.
June 17, 2011
East London Mosque urged to ban homophobic clerics
Campaigners want mosque leaders to ban clerics with homophobic views from using their premises.
June 9, 2011
Christian writer embarking on 160 mile walk to repent homophobia
Symon Hill will walk from Birmingham to London between 16 June and 1 July giving talks challenging homophobia.
June 8, 2011
Atos Healthcare doctor subjects lesbian to homophobic rant
An attendee at a compulsory medical assessment has alleged that the doctor she saw was openly homophobic.
June 1, 2011
Sacha Parkinson to leave Coronation Street
The actress has decided not to renew her contract and will apparently leave the soap in early 2012.
May 31, 2011
Ugandan branded by iron faces deportation
Immigration authorities have refused the asylum claim of a woman branded with a hot iron because of her sexuality.
Anne Lister’s diaries win top heritage prize
The 27 volumes which chart the life of the 19th century lesbian have been recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
May 25, 2011
Montenegro Pride event suspended following violence
Anti-gay protesters threw tear-gas at crowds attending a concert to honour the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May.
May 23, 2011
Doncaster Pride appeals for help
The festival, set for 20 August at Doncaster Racecourse, has asked for funding assistance.
May 18, 2011
New gay rights group formed in Czech Republic
The new group will officially be launched today to coincide with International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
May 17, 2011
Belarus equality marchers rejected 100 times
Authorities in the country’s capital, Minsk, have refused permission for a March for Equality to be held in the city.
May 13, 2011
NHS Wirral launches health survey
The survey launched this week is designed to learn more about the health needs of the LGBT community in the borough.
May 12, 2011
Liechtenstein to hold voter referendum on partnership law
The law passed recently by parliament now has to be given voter approval.
May 5, 2011
Coronation Street criticised for having too many gay characters
Ex-stars have criticised the potential arrival of another gay couple on the cobbles, alongside the current lesbian and gay characters.
May 2, 2011
Claims of gay asylum seekers still not counted
Despite a pledge to allow gay and lesbians at risk of persecution to stay in the UK, the data has not been collected.
Rise in faith schools could see more ‘endemic’ homophobia
Delegates at the National Union of Teachers’ (NUT) conference warned that failure to act against homophobia could send out the wrong message to lesbian and gay pupils.
April 26, 2011
Scottish helpline appeals for assistance
Strathclyde Gay and Lesbian Switchboard (SGLS) has been hit by funding cuts and is facing the prospect of closure as early as September.
April 21, 2011
Documents show how RAF tried to ‘cure’ lesbians
Newly-declassified documents show that until the 1990s the RAF forced suspected lesbians to undergo treatment for their ‘perversion’.
April 18, 2011
Mugabe condemns ‘gay filth’ in Europe
Zimbabwe president lambasted European tolerance of sexuality while complaining about the travel ban still imposed on him.
April 15, 2011
Liechtenstein passes law for registered partnerships
The change to legislation in the small country, bordering Austria and Switzerland, will come into effect in September 2011.
April 14, 2011
Woman attacks ‘homosexual’ Gauguin painting
A woman attacked the painting entitled “Two Tahitian Women” in the National Gallery in Washington DC.
April 6, 2011
American graveyard to have a ‘gay section’
Crest Lawn Memorial Park in Atlanta has proposed that a section of the cemetery should be devoted to LGBT families.
April 5, 2011
Scottish parliament aims for equality
Gay rights groups believe that the LGB population is still greatly underrepresented in both Scottish and Welsh politics.
April 4, 2011
Suffolk Pride cancelled
The festival due to be held in Ipswich in June has been cancelled due to funding issues.
March 28, 2011
Moldovan activist explains LGBT rights situation
Anti-discrimination laws have recently been brought before the Moldovan Parliament amid protests.
March 25, 2011
Homophobia rife in Northern Ireland workplaces
A new report by the Rainbow Project suggests that one in four LGB people hide their sexuality in the private sector.
Gay Police Association loses funding
All police diversity groups will have funding stopped from next month.
March 18, 2011
Gay civil partnerships legalised on Isle of Man
Royal Assent has been given to the island’s new Civil Partnership Act.
March 17, 2011
East End Gay Pride cancelled
The march planned for 2 April has been cancelled amid controversy about the political ties of the organisers.
March 16, 2011
Organiser of East End Pride resigns over EDL background
An organiser has stepped down from the event after his involvement with the English Defence League was revealed.
March 15, 2011
Israeli rabbi marries lesbians to gay men
11 marriages between observant Jews have taken place, facilitated by a local rabbi in the West Bank.
March 11, 2011
New Zealand arson couple forced to relocate business
After losing their business to arsonists the couple believe it wouldn’t be safe to rebuild it there.
March 10, 2011
UKIP discrimination hearing could be reheard
The UK Independence Party could face another hearing into the treatment of MEP Nikki Sinclaire.
March 2, 2011
Anger over NHS gay leadership course
The Department of Health has been criticised for paying £1000 per person for a training course in Hertfordshire.
February 28, 2011
Journalist calls for debate on Muslim homophobia
In an article for Attitude magazine Johann Hari advocated an open discussion on homophobia in the Muslim community.
February 25, 2011
Labour MP parallels antisemitism and homophobia
Stephen Twigg, MP for Liverpool West Derby, has compared the discrimination against Jews with that against gays.
February 23, 2011
Budapest Pride cancelled by police
The Hungarian festival was banned after police voiced concerns, ostensibly about traffic disruption.
February 18, 2011
Homophobic stickers flyposted in East London
Islamists have ignited anger in East London by flyposting homophobic stickers over the weekend.
February 15, 2011
Former newsreader blasts ‘minority quotas’ at the BBC
Michael Buerk has criticised the fact that political correctness dictates how presenters are recruited.
February 10, 2011
7-year-old donates money to LGBT charity
Given money to donate by his parents, Malcolm decided to split it between the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Centre and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
February 9, 2011
Manchester Pride celebrates milestone with exhibition
An exhibition will be held at The Lowry to celebrate 21 years of Manchester Pride.
February 3, 2011
Former Lord Chancellor defends Christian rights
Conservative Lord Mackay has argued that Christians should be able to bar gays in accordance with their beliefs.
February 2, 2011
LGBT charity launch emergency appeal to buy building
The charity London Friend has six months to raise £200,000 to buy its premises in Islington.
January 31, 2011
Pair charged in first sexual hatred case
Two men have become the first in Britain to be charged under anti-homophobic legislation introduced last year.
January 28, 2011
Italian university offering country’s first gay studies course
A university in Milan has become the first in Italy to offer an accredited gay studies course.
Another Tory comment causes controversy
A week after an MEP was criticised for an offensive remark on Twitter another Tory has been forced to edit a controversial blog post.
January 25, 2011
Hate crime couple in New Zealand receives community support
A community in New Zealand has rallied around a couple targeted in a suspected anti-gay arson attack.
January 24, 2011
Swedish pastor accuses local vicar of discrimination
A lesbian pastor in a central diocese in Sweden has alleged discrimination after being passed over for a job.
January 19, 2011
Hotel chain host conference with anti-gay speakers
The hotel chain Ibis has been criticised by gay rights groups for hosting a Muslim conference with speakers who condone the death penalty for homosexuality.
January 17, 2011
Public sector workers to be asked about sexual orientation
Millions of public sector employees could be asked to disclose their sexual orientation in a new equality drive.
January 14, 2011
Gay rights activist awarded MBE
One of those awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List 2011 was Lisa Power for ‘services to sexual health and to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community’.
January 13, 2011