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March 23, 2015

The online travel firm offered Twitter users the chance to win a ‘romantic getaway’ to Great Britain and illustrated their tweet with an interracial gay couple

Online travel booking company Expedia has prompted a storm of reaction on Twitter with a competition to win a trip to the United Kingdom.

The reason? The tweet advertising the compeition – ‘Win a romantic getaway to Great Britain’ – featured a photo of a gay male couple.

The tweet was posted last Thursday, since which time it has received hundreds of comments, with some Twitter users outraged by the imagery and others praising the company for its choice of models.

November 10, 2014

Transgender bride cannot change her gender on offical documents so the union is legal

Two women have become the first gay couple to register their marriage in Russia despite laws banning same-sex unions.

Alyona Fursova and Irina Shumilova arrived at a St Petersburg registry on Friday both wearing white wedding dresses and carried bouquets.

The Family Code of Russia states that marriage is 'a voluntary consent of a man and a woman' but the couple found a loophole in the law.

Fursova is transgender and on hormone therapy and despite looking and living as a woman, she is unable to change her gender on legal documents.

August 17, 2014

The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson also criticised Christian homophobia in a debate at St John's Church, Kidlington

The Bishop of Buckingham has shown his support to same-sex marriage.

The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, already known as a supporter for LGBTI rights within the Church of England, gave his support during a debate at St John’s Church in Kidlington concerning marriage equality.

Speaking to worshippers at the church, Dr Wilson said ‘The root of marriage is not sex but companionship.

March 30, 2014

Bishop Alan Wilson urged gay clergy to take a stand and marry their partners, despite the Church of England banning gay clergy from marrying

A UK bishop has slammed the Church of England’s stance on gay marriage, saying that gay clergy should defy the Church and marry their partners.

Rt Revd Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, believes LGBT clergy can find their way around the Chruch restrictions on gay marriage, the Telegraph newspaper reports.

‘For them to get married is following a deeply conscientious path’ he said.

October 18, 2013

High-profile allies go purple to show support for LGBT youth on Spirit Day

On the fourth observance of Spirit Day - a day to take a stand against bullying and show support for LGBT young people - a collection of high-profile allies got into the act.

August 22, 2013

US journalist James Kirchick spoke out against Putin’s anti-gay laws during a Chelsea Manning section while wearing 'gay pride' suspenders

A gay reporter is claiming a Russian TV station tried to throw him out of a taxi after he spoke out against 'gay propaganda'.

On 21 August, James Kirchick was invited to appear on a news broadcast RT via satellite link from Sweden to discuss Chelsea Manning’s sentencing, following his article ‘Bradley Manning gets off easy’ published at the end of July.

August 21, 2013

Must watch video: US pundit gets cut off by network after he tries to speak out against the rising homophobia in Russia

A reporter has gone on Russian television, wearing ‘gay pride’ suspenders, to protest propaganda laws.

James Kirchick, a journalist and columnist, went on the English-speaking Russian network RT to take a stand.

‘Being here on a Kremlin-funded propaganda network, I’m going to wear my gay pride suspenders and speak out against the horrific anti-gay legislation.

‘It effectively makes it illegal to talk about homosexuality in public. But as you see the violent attacks on gay people…’

May 30, 2013

In a letter to a gay Muslim member of the UK's House of Lords, Bishop Nicholas Holtam says supporting gay marriage will strengthen marriage as an institution

A senior Church of England bishop has told opponents of gay marriage they are like supporters of the former racist regime in South Africa.

The Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, has urged Christians to ‘rethink’ their attitude to homosexuality and change their interpretations of the Bible.

September 14, 2012

Russian state media hailed the country’s Supreme Court ruling as a blow to discrimination of LGBT people, yet its decision actually strengthens gay events ban

The Supreme Court of Russia has ruled that some LGBT events are not classified as ‘homosexual propaganda’.

The Supreme Court’s ruling, passed this Thursday (13 September), concerned the recent legal ban on ‘gay propaganda’ to minors issued by legislature in North Russia’s Arkhangelsk Region.

Nikolai Alexeyev, an LGBT rights advocate contested the ruling in both the lower courts and the European Court of Human Rights.

January 30, 2012

Gay Coronation Street star denies rumours that he and co-star have fallen out

Gay Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton has put to rest rumours that he and co-star Jack P Shepherd have fallen out following a pretend spat on Twitter.

The so-called argument began when Shepherd accused Cotton of bragging about his celebrity friends, tweeting: 'RT this if you think @antonycutton is cringe on twitter! Haha.'

Cotton cattily responded, calling Jack a 'little irritant', telling him 'you need the money more than me.'

January 30, 2012

A Christian therapist who was found guilty of professional misconduct for using 'gay cure' method has found support from the Church

Church of England bishops have supported a Christian counsellor who tried to 'cure' an undercover journalist who asked to be treated for his homosexuality.

Former archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, Bishop of Chester the Rt Rev Peter Forster and Bishop of Lewes the Rt Rev Wallace Benn are among senior church figures who have signed a letter of support for the 60-year-old psychotherapist Lesley Pilkington.