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Matt Dunham, APSean Adl-Tabatabai, left, and Sinclair Treadway kiss each other as they are announced officially married during a wedding ceremony in the Council Chamber at Camden Town Hall in London, minutes into Saturday, March 29, 2014.

At midnight hour, first same-sex weddings take place in United Kingdom

Friday, March 28, 2014
LONDON -- Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, it took just a few minutes to make history. [ Read more → ]
Queen Elizabeth II

A royal first: Queen Elizabeth II marks anniversary of LGBT group

Friday, March 7, 2014
LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday congratulated one of Britain’s oldest LGBT charity and advocacy groups, the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, in what royal watchers say is the first time 87-year-old Monarch has recognized an LGBT advocacy group in her 62 years on the British throne. [ Read more → ]
Competing ads: Stonewall UK's message (top) that "some people are gay;" Core Issues Trust's ad (below) that some people are "ex-gay" and proud.

London ban on anti-gay bus ad put in doubt by court of appeal ruling

Monday, January 27, 2014
LONDON -- A ban on a Christian charity's bus advertisements suggesting that gay people can “cured” was put in doubt on Monday by a court of appeal judgment. [ Read more → ]
Peter and Hazelmary Bull

UK bed and breakfast owners lose appeal in gay discrimination case

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
LONDON -- The Christian owners of a hotel in southern England have lost a U.K. Supreme Court appeal over whether their refusal to let a gay couple stay amounted to discrimination. [ Read more → ]
Geraint Davies

British lawmaker to introduce bill to ban conversion therapy in the U.K.

Monday, October 21, 2013
LONDON -- A British parliamentarian from Wales has announced plans to introduce legislation that would ban licensed therapists from performing controversial gay-to-straight reparative therapy in the United Kingdom. [ Read more → ]
Stonewall UK bas advertisements

Christian group files suit seeking removal of pro-gay ads from London buses

Thursday, October 17, 2013
LONDON -- An anti-gay Christian group which advocates for gay-to-straight conversion therapy has lodged a legal challenge against a London transportation company for displaying advertisements that read "Some People Are Gay, Get Over It!" [ Read more → ]
ITVLeo Waddell

UK transgender youth denied hormone treatment to prevent puberty

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
LONDON -- A 12-year-old transgender boy has been denied hormone blockers by his general practitioner that he hopes would halt the onslaught of puberty on his biologically female body. [ Read more → ]
Sonewall UKDemonstrators outside the British Parliament celebrate after the House of Lords backs same-sex marriage.

UK House of Lords backs same-sex marriage bill in third reading

Monday, July 15, 2013
LONDON -- The upper chamber of the British parliament, the House of Lords, voted Monday to back the government plans to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales. [ Read more → ]
Michael Black (left) and John Morgan.

U.K. court rules in favor of gay couple over anti-gay Christian innkeeper

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
LONDON -- A British court has upheld a ruling that a gay couple from Cambridgeshire were unlawfully discriminated against when a guesthouse owner wouldn't let them share a double bed. [ Read more → ]

Same-sex marriage bill clears UK House of Commons

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
LONDON -- Britain's House of Commons has passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales. [ Read more → ]
Robert HayeNev Ayling, via The Guardian

British court upholds ban on teacher for telling students gays are ‘disgusting’

Monday, April 15, 2013
LONDON -- Britain's high court has upheld a teaching ban on a Christian educator who told pupils lifestyle of gay people was "disgusting and a sin." [ Read more → ]
Competing ads: Stonewall UK's message (top) that "some people are gay;" Core Issues Trust's ad (below) that some people are "ex-gay" and proud.

Britain’s High Court says London mayor acted lawfully in banning anti-gay ads

Friday, March 22, 2013
LONDON — Britain's High Court ruled Friday that the mayor of London acted lawfully when he banned bus ads from a Christian group suggesting that homosexuality can be cured. [ Read more → ]
Cardinal Keith O'Brien

UK’s Cardinal O’Brien admits to sexual misconduct following allegations

Sunday, March 3, 2013
LONDON — The cardinal who until recently served as Britain's highest-ranking Catholic leader on Sunday acknowledged unspecified sexual misbehavior and promised to play "no further part" in the public life of the church, an admission which comes at an awkward time for the Vatican. [ Read more → ]
Competing ads: Stonewall UK's message (top) that "some people are gay;" Core Issues Trust's ad (below) that some people are "ex-gay" and proud.

Christian activists: London mayor’s ban on ‘ex-gay’ ads stifling free speech

Monday, February 25, 2013
LONDON -- A christian group that promotes ex-gay therapy is taking the Mayor of London to court this week, alleging he violated their right to free speech when he banned their billboards from London buses and in the city's transportation hubs. [ Read more → ]
Undated image made available Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013 of Stephen Close. In 1983 Close was arrested, jailed, and expelled from of the British army for having sex with a fellow squad mate. Thirty years later, police in the English city of Manchester tracked him down and demanded that he give up a sample of his DNA. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says Close is one of three gay men convicted under Britain’s now-defunct indecency law who have been ordered to supply their genetic material to police. AP Photo

UK police accused of wrongly taking DNA of gay men

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
LONDON — In 1983, Stephen Close was arrested, jailed and expelled from the British army for having sex with a male squad mate. Three decades later, police tracked him down to the northern England city of Salford and demanded a sample of his DNA. Close,... [ Read more → ]

More than 1000 Catholic priests sign letter opposing same-sex marriage

Saturday, January 12, 2013
LONDON -- More than 1,000 Roman Catholic priests have signed a letter voicing fears that legalization of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during “centuries of persecution” of Roman Catholics in England. The letter, published Saturday... [ Read more → ]
Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols

Archbishop orders London church to cease masses for LGBT Catholics

Thursday, January 3, 2013
The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, who also leads the Catholic Church in England and Wales, announced this week that he has ordered the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Central London to stop holding masses that were specifically designed for LGBT Catholics. [ Read more → ]
U.S. women's basketball players awarded their gold medals.

LGBT Watch at the Olympics: U.S. women pulverize France to win gold medal in basketball

Sunday, August 12, 2012
The U.S. women’s basketball team crushed France 86-50 on Saturday at the London 2012 Olympics, winning its fifth consecutive gold medal and again proving to be the best in world competition. [ Read more → ]
Megan Rapinoe sheds tears of joy after the U.S. women's soccer team wins the gold medal.

LGBT Watch at the Olympics: U.S. women win the gold in soccer thriller

Thursday, August 9, 2012
Playing like heavyweight champions, the United States won the gold medal in women’s soccer with a hard-fought 2-1 thriller over Japan on Thursday at the London 2012 Olympics. [ Read more → ]
Carl Hester rides Ethopia to a gold medal in team dressage at London 2012.

LGBT Watch at the Olympics: U.S. women advance to semifinals in basketball

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Spoiler alert: LGBT Watch at the Olympics is a regular feature tracking the nearly two dozen LGBT athletes at the London 2012 Olympics. In the U.S., NBC is tape-delaying much of the games on its local stations, yet live-streaming on the Internet. Some of the... [ Read more → ]

LGBT Watch at the Olympics: U.S. women’s soccer team to play for gold

Monday, August 6, 2012
A gritty United States women’s soccer team would not take “no” for an answer, rallying from behind all match long to defeat a determined Canada team at the 2012 Olympics. The U.S. won 4-3 with just seconds left in extra time, thus avoiding a penalty-kick shootout. [ Read more → ]
Lisa Raymond

LGBT Watch at the Olympics: Lisa Raymond wins bronze in mixed doubles

Monday, August 6, 2012
American tennis doubles star Lisa Raymond won one bronze medal Sunday at the London 2012 Olympics, but lost another opportunity to medal. [ Read more → ]

LGBT Watch at the Olympics: Doubles star Lisa Raymond goes for the bronze

Sunday, August 5, 2012
American tennis doubles player Lisa Raymond, a 39-year-old lesbian from Wayne, Pa., will be playing for two bronze medals on Sunday at the London 2012 Olympics. [ Read more → ]
Megan Rapinoe

LGBT Watch at the Olympics: U.S. women win big in soccer, basketball

Saturday, August 4, 2012
The powerful United States women advanced to the soccer semifinals at the London 2012 Olympics with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Friday in Newcastle, England. Abby Wambach scored the first goal in the 27th minute and Sydney Leroux added the icing on the cake with a beautiful goal in the 87th minute. [ Read more → ]
Judith Arndt

LGBT Watch at the Olympics: First medal is won by an LGBT athlete

Thursday, August 2, 2012
There has been plenty of competition for LGBT athletes at the London 2012 Olympics. Judith Arndt of Germany won a silver medal in cycling in the women’s time trial on Wednesday -- she is the first LGBT Olympian to medal at London 2012. [ Read more → ]
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