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April 23, 2015

But who is his replacement?

Gay dancer Robin Windsor will not be returning to this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

The fan favorite, who was ruled out of the last series after undergoing back surgery, confirmed he will not appear on the upcoming BBC One series.

'Sadly I will not be returning to @bbcstrictly this year,' he tweeted. 'I have had a fantastic five years and wish everyone the best of luck!'

The BBC confirmed the professional dance line-up for the 13th series, but made no mention of Windsor's departure.

April 22, 2015

Jaymi Hensley, the gay member of Union J, appears to think LGBTI people shouldn't find words like 'faggot' offensive

Almost half of young British people think 'that's gay' is acceptable.

Three thousand 18-29-year-olds were surveyed about what they consider offensive in terms of sexuality.

The slurs 'dyke', 'lezza', 'queer', 'faggot', 'bender', 'that's gay', 'queen', 'fairy' as well as less offensive terms like 'homosexual', 'straight' and 'camp' were put to the interviewees.

They were asked how often they used the words, whether they were acceptable on TV or in songs, and how offensive they found them.

April 14, 2015

Gay comic was forced to quit the social network after bookmakers made her favorite to replace Jeremy Clarkson

Sue Perkins has been forced to quit Twitter after receiving death threats over Top Gear.

The gay British comic was named by bookmakers as the most likely to take over from Jeremy Clarkson on the BBC motoring series.

While she denied being interested in it, she received a huge amount of sexist and homophobic messages on Twitter.

'Guys, post the utterly fabricated story about me & Top Gear, my timeline has been full of blokes wishing me dead,' she said..

'This morning, someone suggested they'd like to see me burn to death.

April 14, 2015

Gay comic was forced to quit the social network after bookmakers made her favorite to replace Jeremy Clarkson

Sue Perkins has been forced to quit Twitter after receiving death threats over Top Gear.

The gay British comic was named by bookmakers as the most likely to take over from Jeremy Clarkson on the BBC motoring series.

While she denied being interested in it, she received a huge amount of sexist and homophobic messages on Twitter.

'Guys, post the utterly fabricated story about me & Top Gear, my timeline has been full of blokes wishing me dead,' she said..

'This morning, someone suggested they'd like to see me burn to death.

April 10, 2015

'What should we do with boys who like pink frocks and girls who live in dungarees?'

BBC radio show Woman's Hour is being condemned for its debate on trans children.

Presenter Jenni Murray instigated the talk by referring to recent reports that said puberty blockers were being given to trans children under the age of 11.

She announced it by saying: 'What should we do with boys who like pink frocks and girls who live in dungarees?'

Speaking to feminism activist Dr Finn Mackay and psychotherapist Michelle Bridgman, they were asked to agree or disagree whether trans children should be given medical treatment.

April 10, 2015

Lesbian comic, who also presents Bake Off, is now favorite to take over the driving seat

Sue Perkins is now the favorite to present Top Gear.

With her now at even odds among the bookmakers, it looks very likely that Jeremy Clarkson's replacement will be a gay woman.

Considering the BBC driving show is the most watched factual TV programme in the world, it would be a huge step towards visual representation for LGBTI people on television.

But there are those who don't think Perkins, who also presents The Great British Bake Off with comedy partner Mel Giedroyc, should take the driving seat.

April 10, 2015

Lesbian comic, who also presents Bake Off, is now favorite to take over the driving seat

Sue Perkins is now the favorite to present Top Gear.

With her now at even odds among the bookmakers, it looks very likely that Jeremy Clarkson's replacement will be a gay woman.

Considering the BBC driving show is the most watched factual TV programme in the world, it would be a huge step towards visual representation for LGBTI people on television.

But there are those who don't think Perkins, who also presents The Great British Bake Off with comedy partner Mel Giedroyc, should take the driving seat.

April 2, 2015

Plus her top beard tip

Conchita Wurst is coming to the end of what will almost certainly be the busiest and most exciting year of her life.

This time last year, she was a relatively unknown Eurovision Song Contest hopeful. Winning the competition transformed her overnight into the best-known drag queen in the world.

Now Vienna, Austria is preparing to host the 60th Eurovision on 23 May and Conchita’s reign will come to an end.

But her incredible journey is far from over. We caught up with her to find out more.

April 1, 2015

UK prime minister says Alan Turing is 'amazing' but that's not his choice

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has named Clare Balding as the LGBTI person he admires most.

The Conservative leader said while World War Two code breaker Alan Turing was 'an amazing man,' he chose the BBC sports presenter because of 'her enthusiasm [and] zest for life.'

April 1, 2015

Will dance for first time with partner, X Factor star Marcus Collins, at his new event

Gay Strictly Come Dancing Star Robin Windsor has said he would love the BBC show to feature a same-sex pairing.

But he doesn’t think it will happen any time soon because Britain is not yet ready.

That hasn’t stopped him starting his own scheme to get a new generation of gays and lesbians couples into ballroom.

His same-sex ballroom classes will see him dance with his boyfriend – X Factor star Marcus Collins – for the first time.

March 31, 2015

But does the British actor agree?

Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock is 'not gay, but not straight either', according to the co-creator of the BBC series.

Steven Moffat, who also is the show-runner for Doctor Who, has insisted the character is more asexual than anything else, insisting Holmes is 'not interested in sex'.

‘We walk into that one all the time,’ Moffat told Entertainment Weekly.

‘It’s a funny thing when a character for over 100 years has been saying, "I don’t do that at all." He’s been saying it over 100 years!’

March 14, 2015

The gay-friendly furniture giant says some articles in its Ikea Family Live magazine could be viewed in Russia as gay 'propaganda'

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has announced the closure of the Russian edition of its Family Live magazine to avoid violating the country's anti-gay propaganda law, the BBC reports.

March 13, 2015

'I thought Top Gear was a clothing range for dominant homosexuals'

Openly gay comedian Julian Clary has backed a petition to make him the new lead presenter of Top Gear.

The job at the BBC's hit motoring show may be available after long-standing host Jeremy Clarkson was suspended after a fracas with a producer.

March 13, 2015

'I thought Top Gear was a clothing range for dominant homosexuals'

Openly gay comedian Julian Clary has backed a petition to make him the new lead presenter of Top Gear.

The job at the BBC's hit motoring show may be available after long-standing host Jeremy Clarkson was suspended after a fracas with a producer.

March 9, 2015

Music legends collaborate for Comic Relief

Gay singer Sam Smith is the artist behind 2015's official Red Nose Day single, it was revealed today (9 March).

Taking on the mantle from such groups like the Spice Girls, Girls Aloud and One Direction, he has joined forces with Oscar winner John Legend to record the charity track.

They perform a unique version of Smith's song, Lay Me Down, from his multi-platinum album In The Lonely Hour.

The track is available for download today on iTunes and the single is being sold exclusively at Sainsbury’s.

March 7, 2015

Parents of transgender children speak about how social media can have both a positive and negative effect when used to ‘come out’ about their child’s gender identity 

Renée Fabish was the proud Australian mom who didn’t want her son to become a ‘statistic’, and her video calling for greater acceptance of transgender children quickly went viral.

Through this video, which has now amassed over seven million views on Facebook, more parents of transgender children have decided to share their experiences.

February 26, 2015

Will Tom Daley show?

Dustin Lance Black will lead a line up including Heather Peace, Alica Eyo and Lucy Spraggan at National Student Pride this Saturday (28 February).

The Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter’s appearance at the London event has sparked rumors that his boyfriend, Tom Daley, may also appear but even the organizers have no idea whether this will happen.

February 26, 2015

UK singer gives a soulful performance of Lay Me Down

Sam Smith won two gongs at Wednesday (25 February) night's BRIT Awards in London, just weeks after winning four Grammys.

The UK singer picked up Best Breakthrough Act and the Global Success Award for most international sales. He was nominated in five categories.

But on the red carpet, the Stay With Me singer admitted he was looking for success in another area of his life.

'I’d like a boyfriend if I'm honest. That would be nice,' he told the BBC.

February 2, 2015

Screenwriter of Milk will speak at the end of LGBT History Month in the UK

Dustin Lance Black will share his insights and experience when he talks at Student Pride 2015 on 27 February.

The gay American director, producer and screenwriter will be part of the Attitude Question Time panel at the University of Westminster and join BBC Newsnight and Dragons Den presenter Evan Davis in a discussion on LGBTI representation in film and TV.

Black is best known as the screenwriter of award-winning film Milk and for dating British Olympic diver Tom Daley.

January 27, 2015

UKIP satire helps us relive our childhood

Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub – they will all be there for sure. And Mrs Cobbit the florist is bound to do a roaring trade.

Yes – LGBTI Pride is coming to the most unlikely place in fiction, the ever-so-proper English town of Trumpton.

Trumpton, a stop-motion animation, was first shown on the BBC in the 1960s but repeats meant it entertained and delighted generations of British children.

January 27, 2015

He'll be joined by Cucumber star Beth Black at queer student event

Newspaper columnist Owen Jones, Cucumber star Beth Black have been announced as speakers at this year's National Student Pride.

They will be joined by the BBC's Evan Davis, presenter of Newsnight and Dragons' Den.

The popular events returns for its 10th anniversary from 27 February to 1 March, with activities centered around the University of Westminister's Marylebone campus, as well as club nights at London's Heaven nightclub.

The event will also feature a careers fair, attended by the like of Google, the Royal Navy and Barclays.

January 9, 2015

Listed among the 'mental disorders' that also include fetishism, exhibitionism, compulsive gambling and stealing

Russia has banned transgender people from getting drivers licenses.

The government is blaming too many road accident for the move that lists being transgender as one of the 'mental disorders' that should prevent people from driving.

Other 'disorders' include fetishism, exhibitionism, voyeurism, compulsive stealing, and 'pathological' gambling, according to the BBC.

December 30, 2014

The knighted British actor has spoken about the gay-themed sitcom, the ratings success of comedy-drama Last Tango in Halifax, and suffering a crippling injury whilst on holiday with his partner

In an interview with the Radio Times, Britain’s Sir Derek Jacobi has said that the sitcom in which he stars with Sir Ian McKellen, Vicious, demonstrates that society has come, ‘a long way from when I was young and things were very bad indeed for gay people.’

In the show, which premiered in 2013 and has been commissioned for a second series in 2015, the actors play a bickering gay couple who have been with one another for 48 years.

December 29, 2014

The complaints were among others from viewers that the broadcaster judged not worth investigating further

British broadcaster, the BBC, has issued details of some of the more unusual or bizarre complaints that it has received from viewers over the course of the past two years.

Among these were complaints from three viewers that long-running sci-fi series, Doctor Who, was ‘promoting homosexuality.’