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As the Sochi games approach, Lush stores around the world will be running a Valentine’s campaign in defence of equal love

Police seize protesters in the capital, Baku

Protesters bundled away on eve of Eurovision

Rights activists in Azerbaijan are hoping for support this evening

Archbishop of Canterbury backs campaign against same-sex marriages

David Cameron is to face a mass petition opposing plans to launch a "hostile strike" on the traditional view of marriage, campaigners said today.

Owen Jones: Gay people have come a long way – but hatred is still out there

Outright bigotry is in retreat, but a substantial chunk of the population still has a problem

Calls to lift ban on gay men giving blood

Ministers are dragging their heels to end the restriction despite advice from medical experts

Diary: Revenge on our Hugh

Wily swordsman Hugh Grant doubtlessly thought he was a right old clever dick when he pulled a fast one over that tabloid weasel Paul McMullan the other week.

Prince William urged to back gay marriages

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell today delivered an early wedding card to Buckingham Palace calling on Prince William and Kate Middleton to "express their support" for same-sex marriages.

Free kicks: 20 years of Stonewall FC

Stonewall Football Club has been tackling homophobic prejudice for 20 years – and now even the Queen is paying attention

At last, the stigma of 50 years is removed

Gay men convicted for something no longer an offence win right for criminal records to be expunged

Ugandan woman wins last-minute deportation victory

A woman fighting deportation to Uganda on the grounds she is a lesbian won a last minute reprieve last night in her battle to stay in the UK. Her legal team won an injunction against deportation shortly before a plane was due to take off from Heathrow.

Joan Smith: Even the ancient Romans had different forms of marriage

In retrospect, Blair's eagerness to reduce (but not eradicate) discrimination against gay people created a situation that is unfair and unsatisfactory all round

Gay marriage ban challenge delayed

A plan to test the UK's ban on gay marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships has been stalled by a local government council incorrectly replying to one of eight English couples set on arguing the twin bans are unlawful and should be reversed.

Letters: Can bid failure help restore sanity to English football?

The failure of our World Cup bid may finally bring reforms that restore sanity to English football (report, 3 December).

Once Aids was a death sentence. Now it's become a way of life.

Michael Hardwicke plans to marry his partner of nine years next August, on his 40th birthday. By then he will have spent more than half his life with HIV, and the past 11 years on drugs to hold the disease in check.

Strasbourg rules Russian ban on gay marches 'illegal'

Russia was told by the European Court of Human Rights yesterday that its ban on gay marches is illegal.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: The forces of hate are still with us

The powerful appear now to be entirely focused on the white working and workless classes. As if there is room for only one injustice in the collective conscience
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