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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.

February 5, 2014

O’Grady says he believes Putin is gay as he joins a global day of action against Russia anti-gay hate

Popular gay TV star Paul O’Grady has said he is boycotting Coca-Cola but supporting lesbian BBC Olympics anchor Clare Balding over Sochi.

O’Grady, who made his name as drag queen Lily Savage and is now a TV host, was fronting a protest in London as part of a day of action today (5 February) before the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Around 300 showed up for the protest in London, outside the Prime Minister’s Downing Street home, in the last hour – despite rain and a strike crippling the Tube network.

February 4, 2014

Andrey Ozerny, a 24-year-writer from Sochi, Russia, has written an open letter to the official urging him to open his mind

Dear Anatoly Nikolayevich Pakhomov, the Mayor of Sochi,

I omitted the 'honorable' on purpose – as I have ever felt any respect for you.

Recently in one of your crazy interviews with BBC, you said that there are no gays in the city of Sochi.

At least, you personally didn’t know of any and thought that 'it' was not accepted in the Caucasus.

Of course, you often amuse us with statements that are familiar to us because we know you.

February 1, 2014

Catholic adoption agency found to discriminate against same-sex couples wins appeal to retain charity status after Scottish appeals panel overturns decision

A Glasgow-based adoption agency which was found to discriminate against same-sex couples looking to adopt has won an appeal to retain its charity status.

St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society had been told it would lose its charity status, but that decision has now been rejected by the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel.

St Margaret’s is run by the Catholic Church, and was one of several adoption agencies that resisted new adoption equality laws.

January 27, 2014

Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov says there are no gay people living in his city of 350,000 people – but says they would be welcome so long as they respect Russia’s ban on so-called homosexual propaganda to minors

Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov has claimed there are no gay people living in his city in the lead up to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Pakhomov made the claim despite the fact that there are two gay bars in his city of 350,000 people – but said that gay people would be welcome so long as they ‘respect Russian law’ and ‘don't impose their habits on others’ in an interview with the BBC.

January 26, 2014

Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, presented a spoof weather forecast on BBC One pointing out other political parties also have members with similarly unorthodox beliefs

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage responded to the recent ‘gay floods’ controversy on BBC One’s Sunday Politics show this morning (Sunday 26 January) by presenting his own weather forecast.

UKIP councilor David Silvester sparked the row last week when he claimed recent flooding in the UK was caused by the legalisation of gay marriage, quoting parts of the Bible. He was suspended shortly after he made the claim.

January 22, 2014

Can two toilets be accused of gay propaganda? Apparently so, as Russia now has to defend itself from jokes from its 'intimate' bathroom situation at the Olympics

As if terrorism threats, accusations of corruption and the international furore over homophobic legislation weren’t enough, Russia now has a new problem.

A Sochi Olympics bathroom is being accused of breaking the ‘gay propaganda’ law.

BBC correspondent Steve Rosenberg tweeted the picture of twin toilets in a single men’s cubicle, saying he was ‘seeing double’ at the Olympic Biathlon Centre.

The snap quickly went viral in Russia and around the world.

January 20, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has gay people in his life but claims his country’s ban on homosexual propaganda to minors is necessary because some unnamed countries are considering legalizing pedophilia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that some countries are considering legalizing pedophilia in defending his country’s ban on so-called homosexual propaganda to minors in an interview with the BBC but says he has gay people in his life.

'I myself know some people who are gay,’ Putin told the BBC’s Andrew Marr, ‘We're on friendly terms.'

January 16, 2014

British gay comedian attacked benefits documentary as ‘sacrificial lambs on the altar of light entertainment’

Gay British comic Paul O’Grady has come under fire after attacking UK documentary series Benefits Street.

The 58-year-old working class television host was a guest on BBC's The One Show (14 January) and was invited to discuss the Channel 4 series.

He confessed to the presenters he had not seen much of the show.

‘It’s not the kind of programme that I would want to watch. It would rile me,' he said.

Benefits Street aims to show the lives of Birmingham residents living on a street where the majority of people receive benefits from the state.

January 15, 2014

Conservative politician Sir Edward Leigh claims the Churches, BBC, press, Governments are all complicit in stopping people speaking out against same-sex marriage and divorce

A British member of parliament has suggested there is a mass conspiracy to stop people speaking out against gay marriage and divorce.

Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative MP for Gainsborough, said the breakdown of marriage is a ‘modern plague’ causing ‘not just expense but misery’.

He claims the Church, Government, schools, the BBC and the press are all ‘complicit’ in the view over the past 50 years people are happiest when they can do what they want and are completely liberated.