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July 31, 2012

British civil partnerships prove far more popular hinting that UK gay and lesbian couples will want to use promised marriage law

More British gay couples are having civil partnerships despite the government’s pledge to bring in full marriage equality

New figures published by the UK’s Office of National Statistics today (31 July) show that the partnerships, which offer the same rights as full marriage to same-sex couples but are not equal to it, remain popular.

And the massive popularity of the partnerships indicate that gay marriage is likely to prove very popular when it is introduced.

June 14, 2012

Gay and bisexual men around the world are still banned or restricted from giving blood, even when risk is low

Campaigners are marking World Blood Donor Day by calling for the ban and restrictions on gay men giving blood to be lifted globally.

Today (14 June), the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging people to be a 'hero' and give the 'life-saving gift' of blood.

On its website, the UN agency states that 'every one of us can become a hero simply by giving blood'.

However, gay and bisexual men in most countries around the world are banned entirely from donating and in many where it is allowed, are required to abstain from sex for at least a year.

June 8, 2012

A ComRes report reveals most gay, lesbian and bisexual Britons are against a ban on same-sex marriage despite doubt cast by some figures

A survey has revealed the majority of gay Britons are against a ban on gay marriage, despite reports that there is a general apathy for a change in the law.

The ComRes poll of 541 lesbian, gay and bisexual adults, commissioned by Catholic Voices, revealed that 77% believed marriage should not be exclusively for straight couples.

June 1, 2012

Police and campaigners slam local British politician who left AIDS phone message on bisexual councilor’s phone

Campaigners have condemned a local British councilor who left a message on another councilor’s phone saying ‘with a bit of luck you'll get AIDS’.

Police have cautioned Conservative Ken Gregory, a member of Thanet council in Kent, for his ‘malicious communication’ against independent bisexual councilor John Worrow.

The phone call dates from the start of May but Gregory was confirmed by Kent Police to be the personal responsible this week.

May 16, 2012

GSN investigates what London’s Olympic organizers have done to involve LGBT people, give them a presence at the games and leave a legacy for gay sport

‘Hard to spot and easy to miss,’ that’s veteran activist Peter Tatchell’s take on the LGBT presence at the London Olympics.

If he’s right, it’ll be a sad irony. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people seem to have been integral to winning the games for London (diversity was a key part of the bid to the International Olympic Committee) and gay individuals and businesses will also play a big role in delivering the games.

April 11, 2012

Rights groups concerned over mosque in Birmingham, England, where preachers were secretly filmed allegedly preaching gay hate

A UK mosque where scholars were accused of preaching gay hate will open a boys school.

The Green Lane Masjid Independent Boys School in Birmingham will offer pupils, aged 11 to 16, lessons on the Koran and Arabic, in addition to the traditional subjects of maths, English and science.

The school, which charges £3,500 a year, will open its doors in September 2012.

However, the mosque was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary in 2008 which showed secret footage of Islamic clerics allegedly preaching hate against gays and non-Muslims.