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One of the most implacably anti-gay newspapers, the Daily Mail, once again blamed gay people for the problems of its beloved Conservative Party this week. Most political commentators agree that the current leadership of the governing party are facing a complex of issues including European Union, and the allegation that a senior party source described local activists as "swivel eyed loons". However, the Mail decided unilaterally that marriage equality was the reason for the party's crisis and headlined with this story on Monday.
The Eurovision Song Contest was won by Denmark on Saturday night, which means that the next contest will take place in the gay friendly city of Copenhagen. LGBT fans had packed into Malmo, the second city of Sweden, for the extravaganza, which has an enormous gay following. The United Kingdom's Bonnie Tyler did notscore terribly high, but avoided being in last place, as had happend to the UK in some previous contests.
Warnings for Minority Groups Issued as World Marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
The BBC Europe desk reported on the state of LGBT life across the European Union for IDAHOT day last Friday. It said that ninety three thousand people polled across the EU had found some surprising trends. A quarter of respondents said that they had been subject to physical attack or violent threats. Most hate attacks were made by heterosexual males and more than half who had been attacked had not reported the issue to the authorities, believing that no action would be taken.
He was several times voted by gay papers the most beautiful man alive, and even BBC Radio Four’s sedate “Today” programme felt moved to refer to his notably “handsome” face. At 38, footballer David Beckham has announced his retirement from the game. During the last twenty years he has amassed a fortune of over one hundred and thirty million pounds. He married a Spice Girl, and despite the best efforts of the tabloid press, their union has endured. Mr Beckham’s status as a gay icon is disputed by commentators, but he is certainly a gay pin up.
The BBC reports that a lesbian couple from Douglas, on the Isle of Man, were denied a rental agreement on accommodation because they are a same-sex couple. Kira Izzard and Laura Cull have subsequently launched a petition calling for the introduction of the UK's Equality Act 2010, which has garnered over a thousand signatures. The Isle of Man handles its own internal affairs through its Parliament, the House of Keys. The case of Kira and Laura has gained the support of several Members of the House, who have pledged to help reform the Island's laws.