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July 3, 2014

'All through my career it (being gay) was a huge issue'

Rupert Everett is, once again, saying that his being openly gay limited his career in Hollywood films.

The 55-year-old actor, who appears next on the London stage in Amadeus, had major roles in My Best Friend's Wedding, An Ideal Husband, Inspector Gadget and The Next Best Thing and also voiced the Shrek sequels.

January 28, 2014

Daily Telegraph publishes rant by UKIP donor Demetri Marchessini claiming there is no such word as 'homophobic'

A British newspaper has printed a ‘bizarre’ advert attacking a columnist for her pro-gay views.

The Daily Telegraph published the open letter from UKIP donor Demetri Marchessini about Times writer Libby Purves, who discussed her views about Russia’s gay propaganda laws in a recent column.

‘What Miss Purves and many others cannot grasp is the fact that when our government made homosexuality legal, it did not make it moral,’ Marchessini argues.

‘How can anybody, less alone Miss Purvis (sic), tell people what they should think about homosexuality?’

January 28, 2014

Daily Telegraph publishes rant by UKIP donor Demetri Marchessini claiming there is no such word as 'homophobic'

A British newspaper has printed a ‘bizarre’ advert attacking a columnist for her pro-gay views.

The Daily Telegraph published the open letter from UKIP donor Demetri Marchessini about Times writer Libby Purves, who discussed her views about Russia’s gay propaganda laws in a recent column.

‘What Miss Purves and many others cannot grasp is the fact that when our government made homosexuality legal, it did not make it moral,’ Marchessini argues.

‘How can anybody, less alone Miss Purvis (sic), tell people what they should think about homosexuality?’

December 16, 2013

Religious marriages or ‘nikahs’ are already available to gay Muslims, so for one LGBTQI group, marriage equality is not the most urgent priority

It’s an exciting time for marriage equality campaigners all over the world now, including in the UK.

In May 2013, the House of Commons passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales with 366 votes in favor and 161 against. In June, the House of Lords backed equal marriage by rejecting an amendment aimed at wrecking the Bill by 390 votes to 148.

The Equalities Minister, Maria Miller, has now announced that the first same-sex weddings can take place from 29 March 2014.

December 16, 2013

Religious marriages or ‘nikahs’ are already available to gay Muslims, so for one LGBTQI group, marriage equality is not the most urgent priority

It’s an exciting time for marriage equality campaigners all over the world now, including in the UK.

In May 2013, the House of Commons passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales with 366 votes in favor and 161 against. In June, the House of Lords backed equal marriage by rejecting an amendment aimed at wrecking the Bill by 390 votes to 148.

The Equalities Minister, Maria Miller, has now announced that the first same-sex weddings can take place from 29 March 2014.

September 30, 2013

UK Prime Minister has refuted claims he had regretted pushing forward on same-sex marriages after it divided the Conservatives, lost him party support and created a 'furore'

David Cameron has denied claims he regretted his decision to fight for same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

The UK prime minister said Britain is now better because of the new law but admitted he did not expect the ‘furore’ over the legislation.

September 30, 2013

UK Prime Minister has refuted claims he had regretted pushing forward on same-sex marriages after it divided the Conservatives, lost him party support and created a 'furore'

David Cameron has denied claims he regretted his decision to fight for same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

The UK prime minister said Britain is now better because of the new law but admitted he did not expect the ‘furore’ over the legislation.

September 21, 2013

Nearly all UK premier league football clubs snub Stonewall and Paddy Power's 'Right Behind Gay Footballers' campaign

Nearly all premier league football clubs in the UK have snubbed a campaign to show support for gay footballers.

Gay rights group Stonewall UK and bookmakers Paddy Power called on footballers to wear rainbow-colored shoe laces for today's matches to show they are against homophobia in the sport.

Everton, who are an official partner of Paddy Power, was the only premier league club to publicly back the campaign. Others said it was up to individual players' choice.

September 21, 2013

Nearly all UK premier league football clubs snub Stonewall and Paddy Power's 'Right Behind Gay Footballers' campaign

Nearly all premier league football clubs in the UK have snubbed a campaign to show support for gay footballers.

Gay rights group Stonewall UK and bookmakers Paddy Power called on footballers to wear rainbow-colored shoe laces for today's matches to show they are against homophobia in the sport.

Everton, who are an official partner of Paddy Power, was the only premier league club to publicly back the campaign. Others said it was up to individual players' choice.

August 2, 2013

A church billboard telling Christians to get over the fact that some people are gay in the Australian city of Gosford has gone viral on the internet and made international news headlines

When Gosford Anglican Church’s Father Rod Bower put up a gay affirming message on his church’s billboard he probably didn’t expect to make headlines as far away as the United States and Canada.

But when he posted a photo of the billboard on Facebook, which read, ‘Dear Christians, some people are gay – get over it – love God,’ on 24 July it quickly went viral, with over 7,200 people ‘liking’ the photo and over 3,700 sharing it.

August 2, 2013

A church billboard telling Christians to get over the fact that some people are gay in the Australian city of Gosford has gone viral on the internet and made international news headlines

When Gosford Anglican Church’s Father Rod Bower put up a gay affirming message on his church’s billboard he probably didn’t expect to make headlines as far away as the United States and Canada.

But when he posted a photo of the billboard on Facebook, which read, ‘Dear Christians, some people are gay – get over it – love God,’ on 24 July it quickly went viral, with over 7,200 people ‘liking’ the photo and over 3,700 sharing it.

June 17, 2013

Right-wing newspaper columnist Piers Akerman says rumors about Julia Gillard's boyfriend Tim Mathieson are going around the capital's press circle

A newspaper columnist questioned the sexuality of the Australian prime minister's boyfriend again on a TV show yesterday.

On Sunday discussion TV show ABC Insiders right-wing newspaper columnist Piers Akerman said 'a lot of people in the Canberra [press] gallery have been saying the same thing [as radio host Howard Sattler]'.

Guests on ABC Insiders were discussing Sattler's live radio interview with Prime Minister Julia Gillard last week, in which he asked if her parter Tim Mathieson is gay.

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.

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.

May 22, 2013

Nigel Farage says UK Independence Party members who likened gay marriage to incest went 'too far' but making them leave the party will end debate in British politics

Nigel Farage, leader of the right-wing UK Independence Party, says he will not expel ‘old-fashioned’ members who say gay sex is ‘disgusting’.

GSN recently reported on UKIP saying it might back gay marriage if UK leaves the European Union.

May 5, 2013

Dame Helen Mirren, dressed as Her Majesty, demands silence from As One in the Park festival drummers

A number of As One in the Park festival drummers were informed by Dame Helen Mirren, dressed up as Queen Elizabeth II, to take their joyful noise away from her theater.

May 5, 2013

Dame Helen Mirren, dressed as Her Majesty, demands silence from As One in the Park festival drummers

A number of As One in the Park festival drummers were informed by Dame Helen Mirren, dressed up as Queen Elizabeth II, to take their joyful noise away from her theater.

April 22, 2013

Liberal city councillor Christine Forster suggests a large rainbow flag in Taylor Square, independent MP Alex Greenwich says the idea should come from the community

Sydney city councillor Christine Forster is suggesting a large rainbow flag to replace a rainbow road crossing that was taken away by the state government due to safety concerns.

Forster, who is the lesbian sister of Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott, said to the Daily Telegraph:

April 22, 2013

Liberal city councillor Christine Forster suggests a large rainbow flag in Taylor Square, independent MP Alex Greenwich says the idea should come from the community

Sydney city councillor Christine Forster is suggesting a large rainbow flag to replace a rainbow road crossing that was taken away by the state government due to safety concerns.

Forster, who is the lesbian sister of Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott, said to the Daily Telegraph:

April 10, 2013

A new report by traditionalists on the doctrinal committee of the Church of England has recommends blessings of gay civil partners

Conservatives in the Church of England have paved the way for the clergy to bless gay and lesbian couples entering civil partnerships.

It comes at a time when Justin Welby, the new Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Anglican Church worldwide, is rumored to be considering formally backing civil partnership ceremonies.

April 10, 2013

A new report by traditionalists on the doctrinal committee of the Church of England has recommends blessings of gay civil partners

Conservatives in the Church of England have paved the way for the clergy to bless gay and lesbian couples entering civil partnerships.

It comes at a time when Justin Welby, the new Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Anglican Church worldwide, is rumored to be considering formally backing civil partnership ceremonies.

April 6, 2013

A conservative Australian opinion columnist says people who want to preserve a gay pride rainbow street crossing on Sydney’s Oxford Street are ‘gay mafia … rule benders’

Conservative Sydney opinion columnist Piers Akerman has attacked people campaigning to make a gay rainbow pride street crossing installed for the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras Festival permanent, labeling them the ‘gay mafia’ and ‘rule benders.’

March 27, 2013

Press self-regulating body rejects 800 complaints about a column that referred to trans people as 'dicks in chicks'

The UK's Press Complaints Commission (PCC), the current self-regulatory body for print media, has decided that a column describing transgender people as 'dicks in chicks' among other slurs was not prejudicial or pejorative.

The PCC received 800 complaints after The Observer published the column written by Julie Burchill in January this year.

March 27, 2013

Press self-regulating body rejects 800 complaints about a column that referred to trans people as 'dicks in chicks'

The UK's Press Complaints Commission (PCC), the current self-regulatory body for print media, has decided that a column describing transgender people as 'dicks in chicks' among other slurs was not prejudicial or pejorative.

The PCC received 800 complaints after The Observer published the column written by Julie Burchill in January this year.