News Lush often uses its front windows to campaign against social injustice

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

Battle for pink vote gets poisonous

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw claims Tory conversion to gay rights is ‘skin-deep’ / Conservatives hit back and accuse Labour of stirring up hatred and division

Peter Tatchell: 'Brüno will both incite homophobia and make bigots squirm'

Sacha Baron Cohen's movie Borat was a masterpiece of comedy; arguably the most inventive satire for many years. Its unique genre of wicked, sophisticated parody set the bar very high; so high that Cohen's latest comedic outing, Brüno, is something of a letdown. After all the hype, I feel cheated.

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Homosexuality happens everywhere, so gays fight to be themselves everywhere

Pandora: Why aren't I invited? Tatchell's No 10 'snub'

Further drama ahead of this year's Gay Pride rally, which is rapidly becoming the most contentious in the event's history.

Rob Sharp: End of the road for an iconic champion of gay rights

Think free-sheet and you think of multi-coloured commuter-fodder littering public transport, not necessarily about one of the country's most community-cohesive, progressive publications. But the Pink Paper, the country's only gay national newspaper, has long championed the threats and triumphs facing Britain's gay community with a cover price totalling a big round zero.

Grey day for gay media as 'Pink Paper' folds its print edition

After 20 years fighting for the cause, the newspaper withdraws to the web

Pandora: Bell puts pen to paper on expenses

Further indication, now, of Martin Bell's (imminent, surely?) return to the political fray.

Flying the flag: Why Pride is still relevant

With prejudice rife across Europe, Peter Tatchell believes there is a need to return to Pride's human-rights focus.

Peter Tatchell: A long slog to the promised land of equality – and love

My friend Robin Tyler likes to joke that there is no such thing as same-sex marriage, because after marriage sex is never the same. Witticisms aside, she and her long-time partner Diane Olson were the original plaintiffs who bought the successful legal action that overturned the ban on gay marriage in California last year.

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Claiming for interest on paid-off mortgages and for council tax on first-turned-second homes or evading capital gain tax on second-turned-first homes is, in parliamentary speak, "an error of judgement". For the rest of us, it is a criminal offence, since, in the notorious words of the late American billionaire Leona Helmsley (charged – and convicted – of tax evasion in 1989): "Only the little people pay taxes."

Riot police arrest Tatchell at gay march in Moscow

Protest to coincide with Eurovision is banned to prevent 'moral degradation'

Kitsch song contest is Russian gays' secret weapon against hatred

Moscow's persecuted homosexual population hope that Eurovision will highlight the prejudice they experience

The top gay icons (straight up!)

There are some surprisingly heterosexual inclusions in the National Portrait Gallery's new exhibition. Arifa Akbar reports

Anti-gay preachers banned from UK

Two American hate preachers have been banned from entering the UK where they planned to picket a play by a gay youth group, the Home Office said today.

Coming to Britain, church with a mission to demonise homosexuals

American sect plans first demonstration in UK over play about gay murder victim
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