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October 13, 2013

Will Young is teaming up with the UK gay right group Stonewall to create a program to train more teachers on how to handlle bigoted  language in schools

Will Young wants teachers and administrators to do more to keep the word 'gay' from being used as an insult in schools.

Sky News interviewed the Pop Idol winner about his concerns.

'Just to say gay when you're growing up is a huge admission,' Young said. 'I had a lot of shame around that and it was compounded by hearing this misappropriation of the word gay.'

August 3, 2013

LGBT Zimbabweans speak anonymously about the fear, harassment and violence experienced under the president’s anti-gay campaign

‘Now the real fear is kicking in,’ said one LGBT Zimbabwean after homophobic leader Robert Mugabe claimed an election victory this week.

Mugabe, who has ruled the country for 33 years, earlier this week claimed a landslide victory after pledging ‘hell for gays’ if he was elected. 

The official result is not due out yet and Zanu PF officials may have breached rules by claiming victory early. 

August 1, 2013

Zanu PF party official claims victory for Mugabe who has threatened gays will ‘rot in jail’ for life during election campaign

President Robert Mugabe’s party is claiming a landslide victory after pledging ‘hell for gays’ if he was victorious.

In June the dictator said he would amend laws, if his Zanu PF party was re-elected, so LGBT ‘offenders’ would ‘rot in jail’ for life.

June 19, 2013

UK's House of Commons Deputy Speaker and not yet been charged and has denied all previous allegations so far

The Deputy Speaker of the UK’s House of Commons was arrested on suspicion of three further sex assaults, it was revealed today (19 June).

Nigel Evans has not yet been charged and has disputed the allegations so far.

The assaults are alleged to have been committed in Blackpool, Lancashire and London between 2003 and 2011 on men in their 20s.

In May, it was revealed Evans was being questioned over two allegations, one of rape and another of sexual assault against two men in their late 20s.

May 5, 2013

Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans, released on bail last night after being arrested for male rape and assault charges, made a live statement today revealing he knows his accusers

Conservative MP Nigel Evans has released a statement regarding his arrest yesterday over male rape and assault charges.

In a live broadcast on SKY News this morning, Evans said: 'Yesterday I was interviewed by police concerning two complaints, one of which dates back four years, made by two people who are well-known to each other and who, until yesterday, I regarded as friends.

'The complaints are completely false and I cannot understand why they have been made, especially as I have continued to socialize with one, as recently as last week.

May 4, 2013

Deputy Speaker of House of Commons Evans in custody being questioned by police. Prime Minister informed

Nigel Evans, one of Britain’s best-known gay Members of Parliament and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, has been arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault of two men.

Sky News broke the story with their crime correspondent Martin Brunt saying: ‘He is being questioned over two allegations, one of rape and another of sexual assault against two men, two men who I understand are in their late 20s.’

April 21, 2013

Australian Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has conceded that he cannot stop his party from eventually supporting marriage equality despite his personal opposition on the issue

The man tipped to be Australia’s next Prime Minister has conceded that he cannot stop his party from eventually supporting marriage equality despite his personal opposition to it.

Australian Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott told Sky News, ‘I can't pretend to bind my party for all time,’ when asked if the Liberal-National Party Coalition might change its stance on gay marriage.

‘It will depend on the view of the post-election party room.’

April 1, 2013

Australian Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is standing firm against giving same-sex couples the right to marry in Australia despite his daughters’ views on the issue

A day after his daughters publicly announced their support for same-sex marriage, Australian Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has doubled down in his opposition to same-sex couples being allowed to wed – saying that he will never allow his MPs a conscience vote on the issue while the party line was to oppose it.

December 10, 2012

Bordeaux and Lille see greatest number of campaigners march against President Hollande's equal marriage and adoption bill

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of cities in France to protest against the government's gay marriage and adoption plans.

Around 20,000 people joined marches across the country yesterday (9 December), with the western city of Bordeaux seeing 7,000 people turn up.

October 1, 2012

Members of pro-gay female Russian punk band will have to wait to see if their two year jail term can be reduced

A court appeal into the sentencing of three members of Russian female punk band Pussy Riot has been postponed after one of the group's lawyers was fired.

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were found guilty of 'hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred' for singing a pro-gay protest song in Moscow’s central Orthodox cathedral and were jailed for two years.

The trio's appeal hearing today (1 October) was adjourned until later this month after Samutsevich's representative was sacked over an undisclosed dispute.

September 11, 2012

UK Deputy Prime Minister pulls early draft of speech where he said bigots were using economy as an excuse to avoid gay marriage equality

British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has pulled a draft speech in which he branded opponents of gay marriage ‘bigots’, claims Sky News.

The Liberal Democrat Party leader was expected to make the speech at a reception this evening (11 September).

Sky News says the earlier draft released by officials said: ‘Continued trouble in the economy gives the bigots a stick to beat us with, as they demand we “postpone” the equalities agenda in order to deal with “the things people really care about”.’

July 2, 2012

Nick Greiner, Premier of New South Wales from 1988 to 1992, reveals he has a lesbian daughter and supports gay marriage

Former Liberal premier of New South Wales Nick Greiner revealed on a TV discussion show last night that his daughter is a lesbian and he supports gay marriage.

Greiner said it was ‘appalling’ that the leader of the Liberal Party, Tony Abbot, is not allowing his MPs a conscience vote on same-sex marriage.

‘The Liberal Party I've been a member of for 40 years is essentially the party of individual freedom, it's the party that believes in conscience votes,’ said Greiner. ‘If this is not a conscience vote issue then there has never been a conscience vote issue.’

June 11, 2012

Former British defence secretary and Conservative politician says same-sex marriage only priority for 'metropolitan elite'

Former UK defence secretary Dr Liam Fox says gay marriage is not a priority, comparing it to 'social engineering'.

The Conservative MP told Sky News that the government should concentrate on fixing the economy instead of issues which only effect the 'metropolitan elite'.

His comments come just days before a public consultation on legalizing same-sex marriage in England and Wales closes.

'This is a contentious issue but I have to say that I am much more in favour of social mobility than social engineering,' Dr Fox said.

May 15, 2012

Oscar winning actress 'cried every day' wearing fake penis for new TV show Hit & Miss

US actress Chloe Sevigny says she was terrified playing a transgender killer in gritty new television drama Hit & Miss.

The Oscar nominated star plays transgender hitman Mia in the Sky Atlantic show by Shameless creator Paul Abbot.

The 37-year-old told Sky News she was 'terrified' about the role, which requires her to wear a prosthetic penis.

'I cried every day when they put it on,' she said in an interview with Culture magazine.

'You know, I'm ample-chested and I have this on. I felt very exposed.

April 9, 2012

Religious leaders clash as UK gay marriage debate continues

The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has said most people do not understand gay marriage, calling government plans to legalise gay marriage unnecessary.

The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, said he does not see the need to change the definition of marriage.

He told Sky News: ‘He [David Cameron] seems rather intent in taking a step the reason for which quite frankly a lot of people don't understand.

March 16, 2012

LGBTory sets the record straight on MP Peter Bone’s claim gay marriage wasn't in manifesto

The Conservative’s gay and trans group LGBTory has written to one of their own party's MPs, Peter Bone, challenging his opposition to gay marriage.

They say Bone made a mistake in saying in a recent Sky News interview with Dermot Murnaghan program when he suggested there was no mandate for the government to introduce same-sex marriage because it wasn't included in the Conservative Party manifesto at the last election.

December 11, 2011

Tony Abbott tells Sky News marriage is between a 'man and a woman' in attack on PM Gillard

Coalition leader and head of the Opposition in Australia, Tony Abbott told Sky News this morning he wants every one of his party members to back their 2010 election policy that marriage should only be between a 'man and a woman'.

In an attack on Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her recent move to allow a conscience vote on marriage equality last weekend at the Labor National Conference, Abbot claims that unlike his rival, he and his party can't 'break faith with the electorate.'