19th May 2009
Police stations fly the rainbow flag 17
1:42 PM — Four police forces flew the rainbow flag this week to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Vigilante who filmed men cottaging is spared jail 27
11:04 AM — A self-styled 'protector of morals' who filmed gay men having sex in a woodland was spared jail yesterday. Colin Haw, 47, led a group of men who dressed in balaclavas and combat kit to patrol a wood near Sleaford in Lincolnshire.
Gay Chief Whip claimed £18,880 for food without submitting receipts 18
10:33 AM — Nick Brown, the openly gay Chief Whip and Labour MP, claimed £18,880 for food expenses between 2004 and 2008 without submitting any expenses.
Partner of gay comedian Frankie Howerd dies 7
10:00 AM — Dennis Heymer, the former partner and manager of comedian Frankie Howerd, has died. Mr Heymer died aged 80 last Friday in the arms of Chris Byrne, who the couple unofficially adopted as a teenager.
18th May 2009
Jacqui Smith defends UK ban on anti-gay shock jock 19
6:07 PM — Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was today forced to defend her decision to ban US shock jock Michael Savage from entering Britain.
Gay man stabbed to death in north London
5:51 PM — A gay man was stabbed to death at an address in Tottenham, north London on Saturday. Daryl Phillips, 39, had been stabbed in the leg and was treated at the scene at Avenue Road, but was later pronounced dead at 3.35am.
Ex-wife of gay minister offers public support 5
5:42 PM — The former wife of openly gay Rev Scott Rennie, whose ordination is threatening to create a schism in the Church of Scotland, has spoken out in his defence.
Fergie follows Megan Fox as the latest star to come out as bisexual 11
4:37 PM — Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie is the latest celebrity to come out as bisexual. The star, who married Josh Duchamel in January, told the Sun: “Put it this way, I’ve experimented definitely, but I have never had a steady girlfriend.”
California appeals court upholds sentences for men who killed trans teenager 2
3:17 PM — California’s First District Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the second-degree murder convictions of two men who killed a 17-year-old trans woman.
Uruguay lifts military gay ban 4
2:09 PM — Uruguay has opted to lift a ban on gays serving in its military. The ban was imposed under the 1973-85 military dictatorship. Under it, people with "open sexual deviations", which includes homosexuality, were banned from entering the military academies.
Lindsay Lohan is the most-Googled gay
1:41 PM — Lindsay Lohan has topped a list of the most-Googled LGBT celebrities. The bisexual star, who has rarely been out of the headlines recently following her failed romance with DJ Samantha Ronson, was the LGBT celebrity most searched for in a list revealed by Advocate.com.
Gay MP Chris Bryant forced to move house after homophobic attacks 44
11:50 AM — Chris Bryant, the openly gay Labour MP for Rhondda, has said the reason he 'flipped' his second home was to escape homophobic thugs who daubed lewd messages on his main constituency property.
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon announces engagement 7
11:15 AM — Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda in Sex and the City, announced her engagement to long-term girlfriend Christine Marinoni yesterday.
Sydney marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 6
10:57 AM — The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) was marked in more than 50 countries yesterday, May 17th 2009.
16th May 2009
Moscow: Tatchell released from custody 45
4:57 PM — Peter Tatchell has been released from police custody following his arrest this morning at Slavic Pride in Moscow.
Peter Tatchell among protesters arrested at Slavic Pride in Moscow by ‘violent’ anti-riot police 57
11:45 AM — Around 40 activists including gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell have been arrested at Slavic Pride in Moscow by anti-riot police, reports indicate. Violence was allegedly used to break up the peaceful march, which had been banned by Moscow authorities.
15th May 2009
Finland allows gay couples to adopt partner’s children 5
5:53 PM — The Finnish parliament today voted to allow gay couples in registered partnerships to adopt the biological children of their partners.
Anti-gay MP Iris Robinson and husband tried to claim twice for same expenses bill 23
5:37 PM — Northern Ireland MPs Iris Robinson and her husband Peter tried to claim twice for the same £1,223 expenses bill on the same day.
Comment: Sex education can help stop the rise of HIV in young gay men 10
4:35 PM — Deborah Jack, chief executive of the National AIDS Trust (NAT), argues that rising HIV rates in young gay men means the government must ensure all schools provide sex education for gay students.
Boy, 14, found guilty of chanting homophobic abuse at footballer Sol Campbell 8
4:15 PM — A 14-year-old boy and a 42-year-old man were today found guilty of shouting "disgusting" homophobic abuse at footballer Sol Campbell at a match in September last year.