18th May 2010
Jury retires over death of gay man in Trafalgar Square
2:46 PM — The jury in the case of three teenagers accused of killing a gay man in Trafalgar Square has retired to consider its verdict. Ian Baynham, 62, of Beckenham, Kent, died last October of head injuries after he was attacked while on a night out in London.
Ed Balls ‘most gay-friendly’ of Labour leadership contenders 18
1:56 PM — Former schools secretary Ed Balls has the best voting record on gay rights issues among the contenders for the Labour leadership. Analysis of his voting record shows the strongest support for gay equality measures.
Killer who claimed ‘gay panic defence’ jailed for 18 years 9
12:08 PM — An Ipswich man who killed a gay hairdresser and claimed the victim touched him has been jailed for 18 years. Rodney Greenland, 47, of Manchester Road, Ipswich, stabbed 36-year-old Simon Amers to death last July.
Doncaster Pride secured by £24,500 grant but will charge entry 3
11:11 AM — Doncaster Pride has been given a £24,500 grant by the National Lottery but will charge visitors £3 entry for this year's event. The festival will be held at Doncaster Racecourse this summer, which organisers say has resulted in "significant increases in costs".
Malawi gay couple found guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency 47
11:00 AM — The gay Malawian couple arrested in December have been found guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency. Blantyre Chief Resident Magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa issued the verdict today, Associated Press reports.
Portugal’s president reluctantly approves gay marriage law 40
10:23 AM — Portugal is the sixth country in Europe to legalise gay marriage after its president approved legislation. The Catholic country's parliament passed a bill allowing gay couples to wed in January and it was ratified by President Anibal Cavaco Silva yesterday.
17th May 2010
UN report finds gay men in Asia ‘denied HIV care’ 2
5:54 PM — Up to 90 per cent of gay men in Asia cannot access HIV care and advice, a United Nations-backed report has found. It said rates of the disease had reached alarming levels among gay men on the continent and repressive laws in many countries are making the situation worse.
New Foreign Office minister marks IDAHO 5
5:28 PM — New Foreign Office minister for Europe David Lidington has released a message to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The Conservative MP said the Foreign Office was "committed to promoting British values" abroad, including LGBT rights.
Belarus police break up Slavic Pride 2
5:03 PM — A group of 20 marchers who defied a ban on Slavic Pride was forcefully broken up by Belarus police on Saturday morning. The event was cancelled by Minsk city officials but a small group decided to march anyway.
David Miliband officially launches Labour leadership bid 4
4:19 PM — Former foreign secretary David Miliband officially launched his bid to lead the Labour party today. He announced his intention to run for the leadership last Wednesday with a press conference but formally launched it in his South Shields constituency today.
Austrian straight couple fighting for civil union 5
3:33 PM — A straight couple in Austria who reject traditional marriage are fighting to be allowed to have a civil union. Helga Ratzenboeck and Martin Seydl believe the law should be blind to gender and sexual orientation.
Gay couple to sue over being barred from bed and breakfast 27
2:05 PM — The gay couple who were barred from a Christian-run bed and breakfast in March have decided to sue the owners. Michael Black, 62, and John Morgan, 56, will take legal action against Susanne and Mike Wilkinson, owners of the Swiss B&B in Berkshire.
Sir Ian McKellen and Antony Cotton support anti-homophobia campaign 6
11:54 AM — Sir Ian McKellen and Coronation Street star Antony Cotton have given their support to a Lesbian & Gay Foundation initiative against homophobia.
US lesbian bishop Mary Glasspool is ordained 9
11:14 AM — The second out gay bishop in the US has been ordained. Mary Glasspool, 56, was ordained as assistant Los Angeles bishop at a ceremony in California on Saturday.
Theresa May releases message for International Day Against Homophobia 50
10:33 AM — Home secretary and equalities minister Theresa May has released a message in support of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). Mrs May, who was appointed to the roles last week in the coalition government, has faced some criticism of her voting record on gay issues.
16th May 2010
Philippa Stroud appointed special advisor at Department for Work and Pensions 34
12:49 PM — Philippa Stroud, the former Conservative Parliamentary candidate who allegedly tried to "cure" gay people of demonic possession has been appointed as a special advisor to work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.
15th May 2010
Video: Ed Miliband announces that he’ll fight brother David Miliband for Labour leadership 13
12:42 PM — The former energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband has confirmed in a speech this morning that he is to challenge his brother, former foreign secretary David Miliband for the leadership of the Labour Party.
43,000 people call for David Cameron to sack Theresa May over poor gay voting record 51
1:41 AM — More than 43,000 people have joined a Facebook group that calls on the prime minister David Cameron to relieve Theresa May of her job as equality minister. Mrs May, who is also home secretary, has consistently voted against LGBT rights.
Ed Miliband to fight his brother David for the Labour leadership 8
12:16 AM — Ed Miliband, brother of former foreign secretary David is to enter the race to be the next leader of the Labour party later today according to reports. David Miliband has already declared that he will stand to be Labour leader, meaning the two brothers will go head to head to lead Britain's main opposition party.
14th May 2010
Chris Grayling demoted to junior pensions role 11
4:47 PM — Chris Grayling, the former shadow home secretary, has been demoted to junior pensions minister. He was expected to be pushed down the party ranks after making a number of gaffes in the last year, including saying that B&B owners should have the right to bar gay couples.