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May 5, 2015

Mx is already used by government departments, councils and universities throughout the UK

The gender-neutral title Mx may be added to the next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary after it is already in use throughout British public services.

Mx is used throughout the country by high street banks, government departments, councils and some universities; it is also accepted on driving licenses and by the Royal Mail.

Now the Oxford English Dictionary is considering the inclusion of the gender-neutral honorific in the dictionary’s new edition, alongside the traditional Mr, Mrs and Miss.

April 20, 2015

'I don't like muscle boy... a man has to be a man'

Georgio Armani has criticized gay men who 'dress homosexual.'

The 80-year-old fashion designer, who has never denied that he is gay, said 'a man has to be a man.'

'A homosexual man is a man 100%. He does not need to dress homosexual,' he told the Sunday Times.

'When homosexuality is exhibited to the extreme - to say, "Ah, you know I'm homosexual," - that has nothing to do with me. A man has to be a man.'

The Italian also condemned men who work out too much.

'I don't like muscle boy,' he said.

November 3, 2014

UK government department looking after schools clarifies 'bizarre' tweet that many took to be homophobic

The Department for Education has learned that 140 characters is perhaps not enough to clarify incorrect stories in the press.

The UK government schools body made an attempt to respond to a Sunday Times headline about the newspaper's interview with Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

The headline read: 'Faith Schools "Must Teach Gay Rights".'

The DfE posted a Twitter message, saying it was 'nonsense to say schools must teach gay rights. We want schools to teach broad curric based on British values.'.

January 14, 2013

A South African Christian arts academy in Bloemfontein may be breaking the law by advertising that it can ‘cure’ gay students, and if ‘treatment’ is refused, they can be expelled

The South African Sunday Times reported that the Creare Training Centre’s prospectus claimed it could ‘convert’ gay students into ‘straight’ through ‘rehabilitation’.

Gay rights activists had slammed this as ‘tragic, shameful and deeply hurtful’, according to the report.

December 2, 2012

Weeks before a draft marriage equality bill is released, ministers decide to allow judges define 'gay consummation' and 'gay adultery'

Civil servants are currently lost for words as they attempt to draft the marriage equality bill for the UK government.

In a draft proposal, they cannot decide what constitutes consummation of a gay or lesbian relationship.

Weeks before the government has said it will publish its proposals for same-sex marriage, ministers have opted to leave the matter to judges to define, the Sunday Times reports.

November 12, 2012

Equalities Minister Maria Miller has said there will be primary legislation preventing gays from using European law to sue

British gay couples will be barred from using European human rights laws to demand a church marry them.

According to Maria Miller, the equalities minister and culture secretary, the new safeguards will prevent couples from suing churches by saying they must abide by the European Convention on Human Rights.

September 16, 2012

The 53-year-old says he cannot think of 'anything worse than being brought up by two  dads'

Gay actor Rupert Everett has ridiculed the idea of two men raising a child.

In an interview with the Sunday Times today (16 September), he said: ‘I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads.’

The 53-year-old actor, who is well known for playing a gay man who made Madonna pregnant in The Next Best Thing, said the gay community should not be offended as he does not consider himself a role model.

July 3, 2012

Reports in the press are taking the surprise out of plans for the Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, says East London lesbian and campaigner Linda Wilkinson

Like many people I didn’t get tickets for the London 2012 Olympics. Living in an Olympic borough, where my family have lived for a few hundred years, and being an ex-athlete I volunteered to get into the Opening and Closing ceremonies. The thousands of us who actually made it through the selection process are sworn to secrecy. So to put it bluntly we are all pretty pissed off with the leakages about the event.

Then there are the helicopters, flying low enough to give us crew cuts, filming a work in process that is not ready yet for general consumption.

May 6, 2012

British PM reportedly says it is 'not the time' to legalise gay marriage after poor election results

Prime Minister David Cameron is reportedly ready to back down from legalising gay marriage in an effort to appease Conservative backbenchers.

After many party councillors lost their seats in the local election vote held last Thursday (3 May), removing the gay marriage policy is a concession to appeal right-wingers.

The Conservative party lost 405 seats and 12 councils in last week’s election.

Sources from the British Prime Minister’s political office say he cannot push ahead with controversial proposals in a heated political climate.

January 24, 2012

Maltese gay rights activists ask government to extend hate crime legislation to include violence against LGBT people

The Malta Gay Rights Movement calls for gay hate crime to be included in Maltese law following the assault of a 16-year-old lesbian and her girlfriend in Hamrun.

On 13 January, the teenager was admitted to a health centre with a fractured nose, facial grazing and bruised breasts after being attacked by two teenage boys in a public park.

The teen, who preferred not to be identified, told Malta's Sunday Times: 'It was a horrible experience... All of a sudden one of the boys picked me up and punched me in my eye.