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December 15, 2014

Proposed to Julia Lemigova at the US Open - they have been together since 2006

Martina Navratilova got married on Monday (15 December) to her longtime partner Julia Lemigova.

'I'm 58 years old - I got married for the first time,' Navratilova told the BBC shortly after the ceremony. 'It's about time. Growing up as a gay woman you just don't ever thing about that.'

Navratilova proposed to Lemigova during the US Open where she was doing commentary for Tennis Channel.

During a break, she turned to Lemigova, got on one knee, and popped the question.

December 12, 2014

The National Examiner newspaper has claimed that Barack Obama hid his ‘gay lifestyle’ to be president and that he had an affair with One Direction’s Harry Styles behind his family’s back

The members of One Direction have responded to a bizarre rumor printed by a US tabloid which claimed this week that band member Harry Styles had had an affair with US President Barack Obama.

The National Examiner ran with a front page headline this week, claiming ‘Obama hid gay lifestyle to be President!’ adding that his ‘marriage to Michelle is a sham.’

The tabloid also included a photo of Styles with an arrow pointing towards him, claiming that the President of the United States ‘had sex with this man.’

December 10, 2014

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British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has just appeared to have outed his version of Sherlock Holmes.

The Imitation Game star, who stars in the BBC series Sherlock, has compared the differences between his show and the other Steven Moffat-ran programme Doctor Who.

He was being interviewed on The Nerdist podcast when host Chris Hardwick suggested both shows and lead characters were very similar.

'One uses a sonic screwdriver and time travel and the other uses his brain and isn't 900 years old and isn't reincarnated,' Cumberbatch said.

December 10, 2014

Jaymi Hensley reveals the funny story of how he came out

Gay star Jaymi Hensley has said he was forced to come out to his dad as his boyfriend at the time was so camp.

The 24-year-old British singer, who competed on The X Factor in 2012, revealed the way he came out to his family on BBC Three's Sweat The Small Stuff.

He said: 'I started dating this guy and we went for dinner in this restaurant.

'I wasn't out then, so I was just trying to be like we're just friends, sit next to me, don't sit opposite me. Then my dad came to the restaurant with his girlfriend and sat on the table next to us.

November 28, 2014

The BBC presenter has told the Evening Standard newspaper of a late-night encounter with a London black cab driver who wanted to offer him more than a lift home

The newspaper approached several London figures in the wake of an incident this week when a politician was recorded swearing and arguing with a taxi driver.

Former Conservative cabinet minister David Mellor swore at the driver when they argued over the quickest route from Marylebone High Street to St Katherine’s Docks, East London. He has since said that he regretted losing his temper.

The Evening Standard asked celebrities about their most memorable rides in London taxis.

November 12, 2014

'I just want people to finally see me the way I see myself'

The BBC will be airing a film about a transgender teen on a children's TV channel next week.

The film will star Leo, a 13-year-old guy, will tell the story of his life interchanged in a sequence of moving diary sequences.

Called 'My Life: My Name Is Leo', he will explain the bullying he's encounted from people who could not accept who he is.

The film is set across seven months, following Leo and his family as he undergoes hormone therapy, meet other trans kids and eagerly waiting for a new passport that confirms his real identity to the world.

November 11, 2014

Arrests were made in the Muslim north where gay sex is punishable with death by stoning

The Vigilante Group of Nigeria said it has arrested 25 gay men in the Muslim north in the last year and handed them over to the authorities for prosecution under Sharia law.

Leader of the Kebbi state command, Sanusi Ibrahim Geza, announced the arrests last week at a press briefing to mark the first anniversary of his group.

'Some of them were flogged while others were taken to court to face other punitive measures,' he told BBC Hausa.

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

November 3, 2014

Will the universe’s most famous Time Lord transition to female? And if the next Doctor is a woman, what does that mean for the trans community?

With the timeless Time Lord now in his 12th – or is it 13th? – regeneration the transgenderated Doctor has yet to arrive. Yet a new twist to the BBC series, heavily hinted at, and confirmed on Saturday, has at last placed gender transition center stage.

For the Doctor’s oldest and most persistent single adversary, the Master, has returned – only this time, she has regenerated as the Mistress (or ‘Missy’ for short).

November 3, 2014

Former BBC commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest opposes a drag queen winning the show

Irish TV personality Terry Wogan has called the Eurovision Song Contest Conchita Wurst a 'freak'.

The 76-year-old, who has appeared on numerous British and Irish television and radio shows, used to be the BBC's commentator for Eurovision until 2008.

Following this, gay Irish TV host Graham Norton took over the role.

To pay tribute to this, Wogan was asked by the Irish Times to review Norton's new book The Life and Loves of a He-Devil.

'The inspired, logical choice for my replacement was Graham,' Wogan says.

October 22, 2014

The original members of the hit-making British pop band will be performing together again for the BBC’s annual charity fundraiser

Pop group S Club 7 have announced that they are to perform together again for the first time in over a decade.

The group – featuring the original line-up of Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O'Meara, Hannah Spearritt and Rachel Stevens – will be performing a medley of past hits for this year’s annual BBC fundraiser, Children in Need.

October 11, 2014

The chat show star recounts his love affair with alcohol and remembers attending AA meetings with Carrie Fisher

British TV chat show host Graham Norton has spoken candidly about his love of alcohol in his soon-to-be-published memoir, The Lives and Loves of a He Devil.

The book, which is published on 23 October, explores Norton’s notion that it is the things we love that make us who we are; and one of the things Norton clearly enjoys his liquor.

October 9, 2014

Google, Sky, BP and BBC are among the exhibitors looking to hire LGBTI employees at a job fair in London

Google, the BBC and the Royal Air Force are among the employers looking to hire LGBTI jobseekers at a careers show next week.

Candidates hoping to be hired by a pro-gay employer can head to the Diversity Careers Show in London.

Aimed at graduates and the experienced, other world-leading companies such as Dell, Tesco, Virgin Media, Sky, the Telegraph Group are among the exhibitors looking to give advice and information to the expected 3,000 attendees.

October 6, 2014

A number of parents were unhappy with measures that the school has taken to highlight diversity and equality at the school

A small number of teachers have had an angry confrontation with Jamie Barry, the head teacher of Welford Primary School in Birmingham, England, over his efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the school.

Around six police officers were called to attend the school on Friday morning (3 Oct) after a number of parents expressed anger at a parents forum meeting in the school hall.

According to the BBC, Mr Barry had to be escorted from the building for his own safety.

October 2, 2014

April Ashley MBE, one of the UK’s first openly transgender people, wins Lifetime Achievement honor

Evan Davis, the openly gay presenter of the BBC’s flagship current affairs show, Newsnight, has been named Journalist of the Year at the European Diversity Awards.

Davis picked up his award at the ceremony in the Natural History Museum, London, tonight (2 October). He shared the honor with Paralympian turned broadcaster Ade Adepitan.

There was special recognition for April Ashley, who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award.

September 26, 2014

Gay TV host and writer admitted to taking the drug in the House of Lords, House of Commons, Windsor Castle, Clarence House as well as BBC Television Centre

Stephen Fry claims he took cocaine during a visit to Buckingham Palace..

The broadcaster, actor and comic also admitting to using the class-A drug in the House of Lords, House of Commons, Windsor Castle, Clarence House, BBC Television Centre as well as several offices of the top British newspapers.

September 24, 2014

The Open Mosque broke a law by not having parking spaces

South Africa's first gay-friendly mosque has been shut down because it violated a by-law by not having any parking spaces.

The Open Mosque in Cape Town only opened last week.

September 23, 2014

‘They get smuttier and smuttier, and it is totally unnecessary'

'Soggy bottoms', 'popping cherries' and 'lovely baps'? Countless phrases like this are sprinkled all over the much loved series Great British Bake Off.

Well it turns out harmless innuendo has got some Brits boiling mad, with some saying the 'smut' has gone too far.

Points of View, the BBC opinion led show, received complaints over the comments in each episode made by gay host Sue Perkins and her comedy partner Mel Giedroyc.

Shirley Fooks, one of the show's viewers, said: ‘They get smuttier and smuttier, and it is totally unnecessary.

September 22, 2014

Authorities say fake gay couples are harder to detect

Gangs in the UK are selling sham gay marriages to illegal immigrants as fake same-sex couples are more difficult to detect.

One such gang organizes sham gay marriages for £10,000 ($16,326).

The gang's leaders, Peter and Ricardo, told an undercover BBC reporter that it was easy to 'fix' weddings and they had done so 'lots of times.'

They offered the female reporter two Romanian brides, both of whom said they were not lesbians but were willing to go through with a fake gay marriage for money.

September 18, 2014

Ben Whishaw will be starring in London Spy, penned by acclaimed gay writer Thomas Rob Smith

Gay actor Ben Whishaw knows one or two things about spies, having starred in James Bond film Skyfall.

But instead of playing around with gadgets as Q, he will lead the cast of BBC Two's new drama series London Spy.

And instead of playing a ladykiller, he will be playing a gay character that gets caught up in the world of espionage.

The five-part thriller, which comes from acclaimed gay author Tom Rob Smith, begins filming next month in London.

Whishaw will play Danny, a romantic, who falls for the antisocial Alex after a chance encounter.

September 10, 2014

Celebrity Big Brother contestant James Jordan rants against same-sex couples participating on Strictly Come Dancing

Ballroom dancer and current Celebrity Big Brother contestant James Jordan has surprised and disappointed LGBT viewers by speaking out against the idea of having same-sex couples on Strictly Come Dancing (the UK equivalent of Dancing with the Stars).

Jordan, 36, made a name for himself as one of the show’s professional dancers but left the show earlier this year. He is married to Ola Jordan, who remains a dancer for the BBC series.

August 30, 2014

A UK lesbian was on holiday when her mother stole her passport and tried to 'cure her gayness', forcing her to flee and seek help

A UK lesbian received a shock on holiday, when her mother stole her passport and kept her captive to try and ‘cure her of her gayness’.

Christina Fonthes, from Manchester, UK, was on holiday with her mother and sister in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) when this happened.

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.’