1st May 2009
Promotion: Norfolk becomes more gay-friendly 5
5:50 PM — Norfolk's first gay festival will be launched in Norwich on July 24th and July 25th. The event will be called Norwich Pride and will include a parade, a church service and an afternoon of live music. It is also set to feature stalls, lectures and workshops.
Campaigners prepare for international day against homophobia and transphobia 5
5:43 PM — The fifth annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is to be held on May 17th. The date marks the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.
Carol Ann Duffy: ‘Sexuality is a lovely, ordinary, normal thing’ 2
5:32 PM — The new Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has said it "fantastic" that she is an openly gay writer.
Moscow authorities to clamp down on gay Pride events 5
5:18 PM — Authorities in Moscow have said they will deal "firmly" with any attempts to hold gay Pride events in the city this month.
Exclusive: Chris Bryant criticises Tories over support for anti-gay Catholic adoption agencies 51
4:36 PM — The Openly gay Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Rhonda MP Chris Bryant, has criticised the Conservative party over a poll which suggested that 71 per cent of Tory candidates for the next election support the right of religious adoption agencies to refuse gay couples.
HIV patients ‘still facing discrimination’ in Wales
4:05 PM — A sexual health doctor in Wales has claimed that some patients with HIV are still victims of prejudice and are being denied treatment by GPs for everyday illnesses.
Evangelical group forced to apologise over gay slurs against minister 13
2:47 PM — An Evangelical group which spread false rumours about a gay minister has been forced to apologise. Forward Together told its members that Scott Rennie left his wife and young daughter to live with another man.
Gay lawyer sues Miami firm for discrimination 1
12:16 PM — A gay man is suing a law firm for discrimination, claiming he had been passed over for promotion and denied holiday requests.
Gay marriage becomes legal in Sweden today 8
11:53 AM — A gender-neutral marriage law in Sweden has come into force today, meaning gay couples can now marry in the country in religious or civil ceremonies. However, they cannot yet get married in church ceremonies.
Man charged with murder of shooting of gay couple
11:34 AM — A man has been charged with murder after a gay couple were shot in their home in Bradford. Neville Corby, 44, died in the "execution-style" attack, while his partner Craig Freer, 31, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Church of Scotland group calls for HIV training for ministers
11:20 AM — A Church of Scotland group has said that HIV education should be part of the training for new recruits to the ministry.
Carol Ann Duffy is the first lesbian Poet Laureate 15
10:14 AM — Carol Ann Duffy is to be named as the first lesbian Poet Laureate today. Culture secretary Andy Burnham is expected to hold a press conference in Manchester at midday to confirm her appointment as the successor to Andrew Motion.