31st October 2009
Crowds gather in Trafalgar Square to say ‘NO TO HATE’ 20
2:50 PM — Nearly 10,000 people gathered in Trafalgar Square last night for a candle-lit vigil against hate crime. The packed square observed a two minutes silence, after which the names of the victims of homophobic hate crimes were read out. The Prime Minister's wife Sarah Brown attended and spoke exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk
30th October 2009
Gordon Brown voices support for tonights hate crime vigil 18
5:54 PM — Prime Minister Gordon Brown has sent a letter of support to those attending and organising this evenings hate crime vigil. The candle lit vigil, which is expecting to attract up to 10,000 people, will commemorate the life of Ian Baynhan, who was murdered in a homophobic attack two weeks ago.
Labour minister welcomes rise in civil partnerships held at British consulates 10
4:26 PM — Europe Minister Chris Bryant today announced that almost 500 civil partnerships have so far been celebrated in British consulates around the world.
Boris Johnson meets with police chief to discuss the rise in homophobic crime 19
3:53 PM — London Mayor Boris Johnson has sought assurances from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner that everything is being done to tackle the problem of homophobic attacks in the capital.
Glasgow council makes controversial appointment for LGBT centre 55
2:44 PM — Gay rights groups in Glasgow have spoken out against the controversial decision to hand over the running of the Glasgow LGBT centre to one of its senior councillors.
PE teacher resigns over gay porn photo shoot 24
1:49 PM — A PE teacher who was suspended earlier this year over a gay porn photo shoot has resigned. Sam Handley was suspended from Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone in September when explicit photographs of him intended for a gay porn site were circulated by pupils.
Cher’s son gives television interview about sex change 4
1:24 PM — Chaz Bono, son of international star Cher, has spoken candidly for the first time about his sex change, which he started in March this year.
Thousands expected to attend candle lit vigil in Trafalgar Square 7
12:27 PM — Up to 10,000 people are expected to take part in a silent candle-lit vigil against Hate-Crime this evening in Trafalgar Square. The event, organised by the facebook group 17-24-30, is being held to commemorate the homophobic murder of Ian Baynham.
London LGBT Tourist Office welcomes 100th visitor 9
11:22 AM — The London LGBT Tourist Information Office has welcomed it's one hundredth visitor today. The service, which is London's first ever tourist office aimed specifically for the LGBT community, provides help and advice for community projects, as well as information about Soho's vibrant gay scene.
29th October 2009
London’s gay arts festival launched this week 11
8:08 PM — GFest, a month-long festival celebrating LGBT arts in the capital, was officially launched at the Houses of Parliament this week.
George Michael hopes for Christmas number one 4
7:21 PM — Gay singer George Michael will reportedly go head to head with the X Factor winner for the Christmas number one. The star is to release December Song, a remix of a track he gave away free to fans last Christmas.
Kenya to conduct census of gays 9
6:15 PM — Kenya is to conduct a census of gay people in an attempt to control the spread of HIV. The confidential survey will be carried out by the National AIDS/STD Control Programme, starting in January or February next year.
Man admits blackmailing cruisers meeting for sex 15
5:30 PM — A Portsmouth man has admitted posing as a police officer to blackmail men meeting for gay sex. Lee Creamer, 26, admitted extorting hundreds of pounds out of three men who were fearful their families would find out about their activities.
Liverpool’s gay arts festival kicks off next week 4
2:05 PM — Homotopia, Liverpool's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans festival, begins next week. It usually focuses on theatre, comedy, literature and debate but this year, organisers are emphasising the impact of homophobic hate crime with the strapline 'Homotopia not homophobia'.
Gay Halloween party supports Elton John’s AIDS Foundation
2:01 PM — Wilton's - the world's oldest surviving music hall - will play host to an exclusive Halloween party for gay professionals on Saturday night.
Lesbian policewoman sues force for discrimination 4
1:39 PM — A lesbian policewoman is suing the British Transport Police for not allowing her girlfriend to work with her. Sergeant Jasmine Stewart claims that heterosexual couples were allowed to work together at Ashford Police Station.
Ian McKellen on being a second-class citizen 27
12:24 PM — Gay actor Ian McKellen has spoken about the legacy of being a "second-class citizen", saying he had never dreamed of being able to marry and have children.
Former gay charity head jailed for sex attack on baby 137
12:17 PM — The former head of a Scottish LGBT youth charity has been sentenced to serve at least 13 years in prison. James Rennie, 38, was convicted in May of sexually assaulting three-month-old baby. The abuse continued for four years.
28th October 2009
Mother of Matthew Shepard welcomes US hate crimes bill 7
9:23 PM — Judy Shepard, the mother of murdered gay teenager Matthew Shepard, has given her thanks to Congress and President Barack Obama for passing a new law to protect gays against hate crime.
Bisexual workers ‘excluded by lesbian and gay colleagues’ 65
8:15 PM — Stonewall research has suggested that bisexual people face a number of challenges in being open about their sexuality at work, such as feeling excluded by gay and lesbian colleagues.