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August 22, 2014

Could Rebecca Root become Britain's answer to Laverne Cox?

A transgender actress is to star in Britain’s first sitcom featuring a transgender character.

Rebecca Root has already filmed Boy Meets Girl's pilot, a romantic comedy that follows the developing relationship between 26-year-old Leo and 40-year-old Judy.

And Judy, like Root, will be transgender.

Created by Elliott Kerrigan, the script was discovered through the Trans Comedy Award.

The 2013 BBC talent search offered comedy writers up to £5000 ($8300, €6200) for the best script that promoted a positive portrayal of transgender characters.

August 21, 2014

Evan Davies is tipped to win Journalist of the Year at the annual event held in London

New BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davies is expected to win big at the European Diversity Awards.

The gay journalist is among the many names hoping to win one of the coveted awards.

Jane Hill, a BBC newsreader, will host the awards on 2 October in London.

‘’The European Diversity Awards recognize the efforts of people and organisations who are building a society across Europe which embraces all citizens,’ she said.

‘I'm proud to be taking part and highlighting some of the excellent work that is being done to make a lasting difference.’

August 20, 2014

Your gender doesn’t mean you are Bruce Willis or Barbie, so why are trans people forced to defend their gender identity?

I can’t remember how old I would have been when I realized that telling people I wanted to be a girl was not a wise thing to do.

Certainly I knew before I was seven. When the whole world is telling you that you’re a boy simply based on what’s between your legs, it takes a very strong-minded child indeed to stick to your convictions.

I wasn’t that strong-willed, and the physical evidence was hard to ignore. It’s why I’m so much in awe of those children who identify as trans and their parents who act constructively on it.

July 21, 2014

Dragons' Den presenter will front the BBC's flagship current affairs programme ending months of speculation

Gay host Evan Davis is replacing Jeremy Paxman on BBC’s current affairs show Newsnight.

Confirmed today by the BBC, it ends months of speculation about who might replace the most feared political interviewer on British TV.

The nemesis of several politicians over the years, Paxman’s final edition was shown on 18 June.

Director general Tony Hall described Davis, currently a presenter on Radio 4’s Today and host of BBC2’s Dragons’ Den, as ‘outstanding’.

Hall said: ‘Evan is an extraordinarily clever and intelligent interviewer.

July 17, 2014

Footballing partners Casey Stoney and Megan Harris will become moms later this year

England footballer Casey Stoney has used her regular BBC Sport online column to announce that she and her partner, fellow footballer Megan Harris, are expecting twins.

‘Until last season my partner, Megan Harris, was a footballer and we played together at Lincoln Ladies,’ said Stoney.

‘But her desire to be a mum far outweighed her ambitions in football so she is the one who is pregnant.’

July 12, 2014

Ahead of a review of the rules regarding ballroom dance competitions in the UK, dancers demand to be able to compete with same-sex partners if they choose

The world of competitive ballroom dancing has more to it than sequins and perfect scores, as a recent row in the UK has seen dancers demand to be allowed to dance in same-sex pairs.

The current legislation laid out by the British Dance Council (BDC) stipulates: ‘This Council recognizes a partnership to be one man and one lady in all adult amateur and professional competitions and championships unless otherwise stated.’

June 26, 2014

Janis Hetherington became the first open lesbian to be inseminated in the UK on 12 May 1971. Now her child Nick has grown into a man. Here is their incredible story

When filming a small documentary for the prestigious BBC Tonight Program, which was picked up and enhanced by NBC in early 1978, I was told by the US producer, Peter Poor: ‘You know after this you may be responsible for a second Baby Boom?’

I was a product of the first baby boom myself having been conceived just after the Second World War but before the affluence of the 50s and the restrictive contraception availability of the 60s brought the reproductive rate of most Western countries to an all-time high.

May 18, 2014

Irish bishop Dr Paul Colton has said the church of Ireland is ‘not at all up to pace with the debate’ on gay marriage 

A Church of Ireland bishop has come forward and said he supports same-sex marriage.

Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, was speaking to BBC Radio Ulster's Sunday Sequence programme about his views on gay marriage.

‘The events in society are moving very rapidly and the church is not at all up to pace with the debate’ he said.

‘I certainly support civil same sex marriage.

April 20, 2014

President of Zimbabwe tells the BBC: 'I pity the one lady I admire, the Queen, that she is in these circumstances, I'm sure down deep she must be groaning [at] the loss of values in Britain'

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has lashed out on Britain claiming it had 'gone to the dogs' and people with 'gay habits' should be ashamed.

In a BBC interview that aired on Saturday night, the 90-year-old president, added that he felt 'pity' for the Queen 'at the loss of values'.

March 27, 2014

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw urges the Church of England to be more clear on whether priests will be punished for marrying their same-sex partners

Church of England is being told it needs to make it clear whether it will sack a priest for marrying a same-sex partner.

Ben Bradshaw, a gay Labour MP, has accused the Church of ‘trying to have its cake and eat it’ by accepting same-sex marriage for members, but not for clergy.

Raising the question in the House of Commons today (27 March), the former cabinet minister asked how the Church would discipline any who disobey its ruling.

March 19, 2014

Wham! singer says unlike the popular phrase these days, after he came out life did not 'get better'

George Michael has dated a man for 13 years, was caught cruising, and looked like this in the 80s.

But that has still not convinced some of his family members who still think he might one day ‘find the right girl’.

The ‘Careless Whisper’ hitmaker came out as gay back in 1998 and has lived openly ever since.

But the 50-year-old says some relatives simply refuse to believe it.

Speaking to the BBC, Michael said: ‘For some strange reason, my gay life didn't get easier when I came out. Quite the opposite happened, really.

March 14, 2014

After a question was asked on BBC3's Free Speech debate show about being gay and Muslim, presenter Rick Edwards said the mosque where the show was being filmed had concerns with that discussion

The BBC has denied censoring a debate about being a gay and Muslim because it was being filmed at a mosque.

The makers of BBC3’s Free Speech have said the topic was pulled over security concerns after threats were received by the religious building where the programme was filmed.

On Wednesday night (12 March), Muslim drag queen Asifa Lahore asked: ‘One question I would like to ask the Muslim community, when will it be right to be Muslim and gay?’

March 6, 2014

Irish actor, most famous for playing Moriarty in the BBC drama hit, reveals how growing up in a country where it was illegal to be gay affected him

Sherlock star Andrew Scott has said that growing up in Ireland made him ashamed to be gay.

The Irish actor most famous for playing Moriarty on the BBC drama was asked for his views on the recent furore surrounding homophobia in Ireland.

Speaking to Hot Press, he said: ‘I don’t think that people are intrinsically homophobic, because otherwise we’d have to give up.

‘I think people are ignorant, and there’s a lot of work to do.’

March 4, 2014

Popular BBC One drama TV show actress decided to put her acting career aside and concentrate on her music

Lesbian favorite Heather Peace has teased a brand new gay anthem on her upcoming album.

The Waterloo Road actress has quit the BBC One school drama show to focus on second record and UK tour.

Peace's last episode of appearing as popular teacher Nikki Boston will be 12 March.

She said: 'I've been two-jobs-Peace for almost 20 years and it felt like time to put my music first.

February 28, 2014

British television drama boss, who is gay himself, laments that LGBTI characters are not being represented properly on television

The BBC’s drama controller has said there are not enough gay characters on television.

Ben Stephenson, a gay executive at the BBC, has called on writers to come forward and pitch him more stories that have more realistic gay characters.

During the BBC’s Reflect and Represent talk at New Broadcasting House, the drama controller said he wanted to ensure the BBC continues to reflect everyday life.

February 28, 2014

British television drama boss, who is gay himself, laments that LGBTI characters are not being represented properly on television

The BBC’s drama controller has said there are not enough gay characters on television.

Ben Stephenson, a gay executive at the BBC, has called on writers to come forward and pitch him more stories that have more realistic gay characters.

During the BBC’s Reflect and Represent talk at New Broadcasting House, the drama controller said he wanted to ensure the BBC continues to reflect everyday life.

February 27, 2014

UK's Talk Sport, the 'world's biggest sports radio station', laughed and repeated transphobic comments about the new pink and yellow Scotland strip

British radio station Talk Sport is being slammed for repeating transphobic comments about the new Scotland away kit, saying it makes the soccer players look like the 'tranny army'.

On the Alan Brazil breakfast show this morning (27 February), the hosts were laughing about the response over the new pink and yellow strip.

Brian Moore, former rugby union player and now pundit for BBC Sport and Talk Sport, was looking through the comments made on Scottish newspaper The Daily Record.

February 26, 2014

London’s newest LGBT chamber choir will celebrate the new gay marriage law coming into force with a concert at the Old Finsbury Town Hall

A brand new LGBT choir will be singing in praise for same-sex marriage on Friday (28 February).

The Fourth Choir will do a performance, called Love and Adoration - the Sacred and Profane, exploring 500 years of choral music on the theme of love.

Aiming to represent the LGBTI community, the choir is also hoping to have a profound impact on the London’s world-class classical music scene.

February 23, 2014

'In the [bid] process it would be helpful. I would like to see it but I also understand it's not that easy'

On the last day of the Sochi Winter Games, tennis legend Billie Jean King hopes the International Olympic Committee changes its charter to specifically declare anti-gay discrimination is prohibited.

'Hopefully [IOC president] Mr [Thomas] Bach and the IOC will think about the next time they give a bid out - I hope that they'll look at discrimination as a big part of it,' she said to the BBC.

'But no country is perfect. America certainly isn't,' King continued. 

February 14, 2014

British 20-year-old actor reacts to playing a gay character, the drunken kiss and coming out to a Cockney dad

British actor and EastEnders star Sam Strike has spoken about the reaction to his character’s coming out storyline for the first time.

After his introduction late last year in the long-running UK soap, he was quickly made center stage as portrayed emotional scenes as he came out to his father Mick played by Danny Dyer.

February 14, 2014

Clare Balding, who has had to defend herself for not boycotting Sochi, jokes the Russian president will enjoy the double luge

Gay sports presenter Clare Balding has given President Vladimir Putin a hilarious dig live on the BBC.

The broadcaster, who is in Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games, was introducing the infamous double luge.

‘Now technically, this could be a mixed pairing. It could be two women,’ she said.

‘But historically it has always been two men because that’s the quickest way to get down the course.

‘Now I’m very much hoping President Putin is going to go up to the Sliding Center to watch this one in person.’

February 14, 2014

Thomas Rob Smith, the acclaimed writer behind Child 44, will be penning the story of a gay spy love drama

An acclaimed gay author will be penning a new drama about a gay spy for the BBC.

Tom Rob Smith, the author of Child 44, will be writing the five-part hour long contemporary thriller London Spy.

The story will look at Danny, described as a ‘gregarious, hedonistic, but ill-equipped spy’ who falls for the ‘anti-social and enigmatic’ Alex.

But as they get closer, Alex disappears leaving Danny to pick up the pieces and track him down.

The drama will be going into production later this year and is expected to be lined up to air in 2015.

February 10, 2014

Casey Stoney, one of the greatest soccer stars in the UK, has spoken about her sexuality publicly for the first time

England’s women football captain Casey Stoney has revealed she is gay.

The Arsenal ladies defender is the latest sportsperson to come out following NFL hopeful Michael Sam, former international soccer star Thomas Hitzlsperger and Olympic diver Tom Daley.

Stoney, inspired by Daley, said she wanted to make it public to help other young people struggling with their sexuality.

‘I feel it's really important for me to speak out as a gay player because there are so many young people struggling with being gay,’ she told BBC Sport.

February 6, 2014

British TV channel goes where Coke, McDonalds and Visa have refused to tread and rebrands itself with rainbow colors for the Winter Olympics

British TV station Channel 4 will be rainbow branded in the colors of the gay pride flag tomorrow (7 February) to mark the start of the Sochi Olympics.

They have also launched a tongue-in-cheek promo with a hairy ‘gay bear style’ cabaret act singing a celebratory ‘Gay Mountain’ song honoring all the athletes.

Channel 4 is the official broadcaster of the Paralympics, while the BBC has the contract for the Olympics themselves.

They will be wishing all athletes at the games, gay or straight, good luck on their TV trail.