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January 24, 2015

Figures released by the Department of Education show 300+ kids went to live with same-sex parents last year

The number of children formally adopted by same-sex parents in the UK has sharply increased over the last four years, according to reports from the Department of Education.

The figures show that 180 children were adopted by gay couples last year, while 150 went to live with lesbian parents.

This is up from the total of 120 children who were adopted by same-sex couples in 2011, according to The Telegraph.

January 21, 2015

'Most of my life to date has been as a straight man, but who knows what will happen next?'

British actor Freddie Fox, currently starring in the comedy series Cucumber, has so far lived his life as a straight man but he's not sure that will always be the case.

'I’ve had girlfriends, but I wouldn’t wish to say "I am this or I am that," because at some time in my life I might fall in love with a man,' the 25 year old tells The Telegraph.

January 16, 2015

Execs from Google, Sky, Barclays, Tesco, Burberry and more make the cut

Britain’s top 50 LGBTI business people have been named in a new list out today.

Executives from household names like Barclays, IBM, EY all make the grade. And in poll position is Antonio Simoes, chief executive at HSBC UK.

All of them have helped increase visibility of LGBTI people in the workplace.

Appropriate list judges were all openly gay or lesbian.

December 16, 2014

Government also proposes scholarships and pensions for transgender people

Low income families with transgender could soon receive child support and study allowances under a new scheme drawn up by the Indian government.

The draft plan also includes skill-development aid and pensions for transgender people from the ages of 40 to 60.

To receive the Rs1,000 ($15.8) a month subsidy, parents have to certify their child shows 'gender non-conforming behavior.'

December 4, 2014

Out at Work Top 50 will reveal Britain’s rising LGBTI business heroes

Just two weeks remain for you to nominate the UK’s most influential LGBTI people in business and enterprise.

The Out at Work Top 50 list will be published in January.

The judging panel who will choose from your nominations is led by two gay peers – Lord Guy Black, executive of the Telegraph Media Group, and politician Lord Michael Cashman – and lesbian diversity and inclusion expert Linda Riley.

August 16, 2014

The former boxing promoter, who recently came out as a trans woman, has a history of anti-gay views

Former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, who recently came out as a trans woman, does not believe same-sex families should raise children.


April 8, 2014

The clothing designer and movie director tied the knot with Buckley after 27 years together

Tom Ford didn't send out any big announcements to let the world know that he had gotten married.

He just casually mentioned during an appearance at an Apple Store in London that he and his longtime partner, Richard Buckley, are now wed.

'We are now married, which is nice,' Ford said according to The Telegraph.

'I know that was just made legal in the UK, which is great, but we were married in the States.'

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.

March 23, 2014

Inquest hears Ben Cowburn was showered with gifts by the gay celebrity before he committed suicide in 2010

A British teenager committed suicide after reportedly having an affair with a gay TV comedian, an inquest has said.

Ben Cowburn, 18 at the time of his death, committed suicide in December 2010 and an investigation has been attempting to find out the cause of his suicide.

Cowburn moved to London from his hometown of Truro, Cornwall to study at the Fashion Retail Academy when he met the comedian and they formed a relationship.

February 23, 2014

700-year-old laws to be amended as Same-Sex Marriage Act comes into force next month

As England and Wales prepare for the new Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act to come into effect on 29 March, civil servants have identified a list of statutes and regulations dating as far back as 1285 to be amended.

February 15, 2014

New rules state gay priests are banned from getting married and gay couples will be refused official Church blessings

Gay priests have been banned from same-sex marriage and gay couples will only be able to receive informal prayers from priests, not official blessings, a new report from the Church of England has stated.

The Telegraph reports the Church of England’s House of Bishops yesterday (14 February) released new ‘pastoral guidance’ outlining strict rules on LGBTI clergy and congregation.

February 7, 2014

Book with gay-friendly accommodations Further Afield for Valentine’s Day specials, or just to spend time basking in the most sensual beds, tubs and spas around

Butter up your special someone this Valentine’s Day, or any day of the year, with these gay-friendly stays exuding sensuality and calm.

Further Afield, who specializes in hand picking gay-friendly hotels and B&Bs around the world, also locates accommodations with deals just for two.

Ahead of Valentine’s day, some hotels offer complimentary drinks upon arrival while others pamper you and a guest in candle-lit massages.

August 9, 2013

From tyrannical leader to shirtless hunter, we explore the hidden gayness inside of Russian President Vladimir Putin

Type in ‘Putin’ on Google images and you’re bombarded with delightful images of the shirtless Russian leader, a far cry from the cold persona of an anti-gay activist.

Nothing says ‘gay’ like taking your clothes off at any given opportunity. Shirtless hunt anyone? British newspaper The Telegraph, not known for their homoerotic humor, have made Putin into the next Rambo, flashing the flesh in the wilderness.

August 3, 2013

Gay Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham offers harsh words for the anti-LGBT policies of Russia, the home of next year's Winter Olympics

June 10, 2013

Labour MP Chris Bryant is hoping the Church of England chapel in Parliament could become multi-faith to allow same-sex couples to marry there

The UK parliament has asked Queen Elizabeth II to allow gay couples to marry in a royal chapel.

Members of parliament are hoping the St Stephen’s Chapel, the main place of Christian worship in the Palace of Westminster, could become a multi-faith venue that would allow same-sex couples to get married once it is legal in England and Wales.

Gay Labour MP and former Anglican vicar Chris Bryant has suggested allowing leaders of other faiths to conduct same-sex marriages in the chapel, such as the Quakers.

June 3, 2013

As a two-day debate on UK marriage equality goes underway in the House of Lords, senior church officials fear a backlash if too many bishops vote against the bill

The future of gay marriage in England and Wales will be debated in the House of Lords today and tomorrow.

As the Lords argue the merits of the bill over two days that will culminate in a crunch vote at around 5pm on Tuesday (4 June), bishops have been told to abstain from voting to avoid being singled out and blamed should the bill not pass.

June 1, 2013

UK religious leaders have formed an 'unprecedented' alliance to urge Prime Minister David Cameron to halt the marriage equality bill

53 religious leaders from different faiths including Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism have written to PM David Cameron opposing gay marriage.

British newspaper The Telegraph reports that Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist leaders have joined in submitting an open letter to the British Prime Minister denouncing his plans for same-sex marriage to be debated in the House of Lords next week.

May 21, 2013

Following its screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Behind the Candelabra, the gay Liberace biopic has received nothing but praise

Michael Douglas performance as Liberace is being named is greatest ever perforamance.

Douglas, who stars in Behind The Candelabra with fellow Hollywood actor Matt Damon, is being applauded by the critics.

The Telegraph's Robbie Collin regards Michael Douglas’ extraordinary portrayal of Liberace as 'one of the greatest performance the actor has ever given.'

May 20, 2013

Muslim leaders in Britain have claimed introducing gay marriage would undermine traditional families and take away parents’ and teachers’ rights

Gay Star News yesterday (19 May) reported Muslim leaders representing tens of thousands worshippers in the UK have banded together against gay marriage.

In what British right-wing newspaper The Telegraph calls ‘an unprecedented intervention from the British Muslim community,’ over 500 imams have signed a letter to express ‘serious misgivings’ about Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s gay marriage bill.

May 19, 2013

Hundreds of Muslim leaders throughout the UK have signed a letter in a unified protest against the government’s same-sex marriage bill

Muslim leaders representing tens of thousands worshippers in the UK have banded together against gay marriage.

In what British newspaper The Telegraph calls ‘an unprecedented intervention from the British Muslim community,’ over 500 imams have signed a letter to express ‘serious misgivings’ about Cameron’s gay marriage bill.

May 6, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron is urged his own Tory MPs to drop the gay marriage bill to secure Conservative seats in next year’s elections

British Prime Minister David Cameron has been told by his own party members to scrap the gay marriage bill.

According to According to British newspaper The Telegraph, former defense minister Sir Gerald Howarth urged Cameron to drop the gay marriage bill in order to appease Tory members considered at risk of switching support to leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage.

April 30, 2013

Critics are divided about the new ITV sitcom starring two of the biggest names in British acting

Critics have slated Sirs Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi’s new gay sitcom Vicious.

The first episode saw older gay couple Freddie and Stuart, who have lived together for 48 years, hosting a wake and meeting their sexually ambiguous young neighbor.

A call back to a classic kind of comedy filmed in front of a live audience, the show worked well when showing off its camp one-liners about age and relationships.

April 28, 2013

Openly gay Dr. Jeffrey John could become the next Bishop of Durham, the third-most powerful position in the Anglican Church

An openly gay bishop could become the third-highest ranking cleric in the Church of England.

Dr. Jeffrey John, Dean of St. Albans, is being considered for the role of Bishop of Durham, a position previously held by the now-leader of the Anglican Church Archbishop of Canterbury Rev. Justin Welby.

According to British newspaper The Telegraph, the panel responsible for appointing the next Bishop of Durham was told on Friday (26 April) that the new appointee should be able to establish ‘positive relationships’ with gay Anglicans.

April 24, 2013

British columnist caused controversy by calling trans people 'dicks in chicks' clothing' and 'shemales'

British police have recorded a transphobic columnist’s article as a hate incident, but have decided to not take further action.

In January, Julie Burchill caused controversy by writing a comment piece in The Observer referring to trans people as ‘shemales’, ‘shims’ and ‘bedwetters in bad wigs’.