15th June 2009
Two men jailed for attack on gay man in Reading squat 1
2:41 PM — Two men have been jailed for an attack on a gay squatter in Reading. Jonathan Wicks and Neil Warner, both 21, were sentenced last week for the attack on squatter Kieran Dulai on April 24th 2008.
12th June 2009
Ann Widdecombe to stand as Commons Speaker 62
3:14 PM — Ann Widdecombe, the Conservative MP for Maidstone and the Weald, has announced that she will stand to become Speaker for the House of Commons.
First trans man to play competitive football in Australia 6
1:26 PM — Next season, a 25-year-old trans man will become the first to play competitive football in a men's team in Australia. Will, who did not want to give his full name, has been living as a man for the last two years.
10th June 2009
Hampshire police chief constable to march in Brighton Pride 7
5:46 PM — The chief constable of Hampshire Police, Alex Marshall, is to join Brighton Pride this year. He will be the most senior officer from the force to join the parade and will be marching in full uniform with officers from across the UK on August 1st.
Fired lesbian editor loses in Finnish court 1
4:54 PM — A lesbian editor who claimed she was fired from her job due to her sexuality has lost her case for damages in a Finnish court. Johanna Korhonen was fired from Finnish daily paper Lapin Kansa last year after less than a month in the job.
New Doncaster mayor grilled over Pride funding cut 31
2:16 PM — The new mayor of Doncaster, who has vowed to cut funding for the town's annual Pride, has been forced to admit he has no idea how much revenue it generates. Peter Davies was grilled on his controversial policies in an interview with BBC Radio Sheffield on Monday.
9th June 2009
Adam Lambert now officially gay 31
5:55 PM — Adam Lambert, the runner-up of American Idol, has officially come out. After weeks of speculation, the star confirmed he is gay in an interview, adding: “I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that.”
Terrence Higgins Trust launches new HIV workshops for gay men 1
4:23 PM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a series of free workshops for gay men living with HIV in London. The sessions will begin on Wednesday June 17th from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in Ladbroke Grove and run each subsequent Tuesday for seven weeks.
BNP ‘to face legal challenges over discrimination’ 25
3:31 PM — The British National Party is likely to face a number of legal challenges relating to issues such as discrimination, employment law and even criminal offences, legal experts have said.
Russian activists plan picket for Obama’s visit to Moscow 2
12:42 PM — Gay rights campaigners are planning to stage a picket during US President Barack Obama's visit to Moscow in July to highlight his pledge to increase rights for same-sex couples.
8th June 2009
Sir Elton John speaks out on ‘untrustworthy’ politicians 5
4:58 PM — Sir Elton John has criticised the current state of the UK government, branding politicians “untrustworthy”. The singer said: “Its tragic when you lose faith in everybody that’s a politician."
BNP wins two seats in European elections 26
2:12 PM — The British National Party won two seats in last week's European elections, with one seat in the north-west going to party leader Nick Griffin. The other, in Yorkshire and the Humber, was won by Andrew Brons, a former National Front chairman.