18th May 2010
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.
17th May 2010
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.
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.
14th May 2010
Kiss-ins planned around the world for IDAHO 1
4:40 PM — Fifty cities around the world will see kiss-in events this weekend to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).
New equality minister Lynne Featherstone says government not diverse enough 19
4:12 PM — Newly-appointed junior equality minister Lynne Featherstone has criticised the coalition government for not having enough women. She said she was "very disappointed" at the lack of female representation.
Graham Norton takes over Jonathan Ross’ radio show 5
11:33 AM — Graham Norton is taking over Jonathan Ross' Satuday morning BBC Radio 2 show. The gay presenter was tipped as the most likely successor to Ross, who is leaving the BBC after 13 years.
Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan appointed international development minister 12
11:08 AM — Out gay Conservative MP Alan Duncan has been appointed international development minister in David Cameron's new coalition government.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan ‘outed by softball photo’ 7
10:35 AM — An American newspaper has been accused of outing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan by publishing a photograph of her playing softball as a student.
13th May 2010
Gay marriage a ‘dangerous threat’, Pope warns 56
6:30 PM — Pope Benedict has called gay marriage and abortion "dangerous threats to the common good" during a visit to Portugal. The pontiff is on a four-day visit to the country and gave a Mass today to 500,000 people at Fatima, which is considered the Portuguese Lourdes.
Lesbian teenagers attend prom in rainbow bus 10
5:56 PM — Two lesbian friends at a school in Milton Keynes will arrive at their prom in proud style tonight in a rainbow bus. Amy Stimpson and her friend Topaz Sattaur were inspired by the story of US student Constance McMillen, who challenged her school's gay prom ban.
Theresa May defends equalities role 17
4:54 PM — New home secretary and equality minister Theresa May has said it is right for her to take responsibility for equality despite her poor voting record. She said tackling homophobic bullying would be a priority.
Gay Tory MP Nick Herbert appointed policing minister 20
4:27 PM — Nick Herbert was appointed policing minister today after missing out on a place in the coalition cabinet. Mr Herbert was shadow environment secretary previously, and before that was shadow minister for police reform.
Labour MP accused of shouting ‘homophobic abuse’ at footballer 64
12:04 PM — Labour MP Stephen Pound has been accused of shouting anti-gay abuse at a football match. Mr Pound, 61, was who re-elected last week for Ealing North, was watching Arsenal play against Fulham while in an executive box at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.
Video: Laura Bush reveals she supports gay marriage and abortion rights 15
11:48 AM — Laura Bush, the wife of former US president George Bush, has announced she supports same-sex marriage and believes abortion should remain legal.
Man jailed for 99 years for murder of Puerto Rican gay student 4
10:58 AM — A Puerto Rican man has been jailed for 99 years after pleading guilty to the first-degree murder of a gay student. Juan Martinez Matos, 26, admitted killing 19-year-old Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado in November.
12th May 2010
Peer who said schools ‘promote homosexuality’ becomes first female Muslim cabinet member 41
7:13 PM — Sayeeda Warsi has been announced as the Conservative Party's chairman, becoming part of the cabinet. She is the first Muslim woman to hold such a powerful position.
Glee creator calls for boycott of ‘bigoted’ magazine column 6
7:01 PM — The creator of gay-friendly comedy Glee has urged a boycott of Newsweek magazine over a "bigoted" column. Ryan Murphy said that an article questioning whether gay actors could play straight characters was "needlessly cruel and mind-blowingly bigoted".
Trans woman launches legal challenge after being denied breast surgery 6
2:25 PM — A trans woman has launched a legal challenge after her primary care trust decided she could not have breast implants funded by the NHS.
11th May 2010
Talks between Labour and Lib Dems ‘have failed’ 15
5:36 PM — Sources say that coalition talks between Labour and the Liberal Democrats have failed. The two parties began formal talks yesterday after Gordon Brown announced he would stand down as party leader by autumn.