7th July 2009
Gay killing ‘was self-defence’
2:56 PM — A teenager who beat a gay man to death was acting in self-defence, the Old Bailey heard yesterday. Mossab Belhocine, 19, of Forest Road, Walthamstow, admitted punching and kicking David Cooper, 28, but denied murdering him, claiming he was trying to protect himself from rape.
Lesbian couple win £22,000 over sexual harassment at work 9
11:40 AM — A lesbian couple who were harassed by colleagues over their sexuality have won £22,000 in compensation. Beth Moules and Sharleen Amos told an employment tribunal in Bristol that they had been ridiculed and humiliated by comments from colleagues over their relationship.
Brighton council halts gay foster case 35
11:01 AM — Brighton and Hove council has halted the fostering of a ten-year-old boy by a male gay couple. His Catholic mother, who was unable to look after him, planned to take legal action over the case, saying the child could be "encouraged" into a lifestyle which is against her beliefs.
6th July 2009
Comment: How very dare he! Woolas claims UK fair on LGBT asylum 10
5:56 PM — In a shameless piece of bandwagon climbing, immigration minister Phil Woolas has published a piece on LabourList claiming that his department is fair on LGBT asylum. He says he is “proud” that people were at Saturday’s London LGBT Pride march who have won asylum.
Queen sends message of support to homophobic church movement 124
4:27 PM — The Queen has extended her support to a church movement which denounces homosexuality. The monarch sent two letters of support to the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, which fights against the preaching of "false gospels" of homosexuality and other "immoral" sexual behaviour.
Police appeal after homophobic attack in London 20
2:03 PM — Police are appealing for witnesses after a homophobic attack on three men on a bus in London. The incident happened on the N94 bus from central London to Shepherd's Bush, at about 4am on Sunday, June 7th.
Colin Powell: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should be reviewed’ 8
11:46 AM — Former US secretary of state and joint chiefs of staff chairman Colin Powell has said the military gay ban should be reviewed. He had previously supported the policy.
5th July 2009
Senior Church of England Bishop says gays must “repent and be changed” 313
3:42 AM — While just over a million people turned out in London for gay pride, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester called on gay people to "repent and be changed" saying the Church of England must not be "rolled over by culture." Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell called on the Bishop to "repent his homophobia."
4th July 2009
Gay Tory MP attacks new expenses story 3
6:05 PM — Openly gay Conservative MP Alan Duncan has attacked the Daily Telegraph over the latest story on his expense claims. According to the newspaper, Duncan claimed £63,000 by "flipping" a mortgage to a property he had owned outright for ten years.
Gay Tory MPs miss London Pride 13
11:57 AM — Gay Conservative MPs Alan Duncan and Nick Herbert will not attend London Pride today. Instead, shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is not even gay, will attend in their place. He is to make a speech at Trafalgar Square this afternoon.
Gay Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant writes to ambassadors attacked over LGBT rights 4
10:17 AM — Openly gay Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant has extended his support to two British ambassadors who were criticised for their support of gay rights.
3rd July 2009
Gay charities condemn ‘weak-minded’ decision to change teachers’ code on gay issues 10
5:46 PM — Two gay charities have attacked the General Teaching Council for England (GTC) for rewording a teachers' code of conduct after faith groups complained they would have to "promote" homosexuality.
Exclusive: Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan calls Labour’s homophobia accusations ‘a sick scare story’ 31
5:03 PM — Gay Conservative MP Alan Duncan has responded to attacks from Labour MPs who called the opposition party 'homophobic'.
Poll finds 62 per cent of Tory candidates support equal rights for gays 24
4:12 PM — A poll of 144 Conservative Party candidates has found that just under two-thirds support giving same-sex couples the same rights as straight married couples.
Gay politicians pitch for your votes 12
1:52 PM — Leading Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem MPs took part in a special Pride London event at the National Portrait Gallery last night.
Man who killed gay lover with a fire extinguisher jailed for life 2
1:42 PM — A man who murdered his gay lover by beating him to death with a fire extinguisher has been told he can expect to serve 25 years in jail.
Lesbian jailed for conning chatroom users out of nearly £100,000 6
12:13 PM — A lesbian conwoman who targeted users on gay internet forums has been jailed for four and a half years. Joann Wood, 53, duped her victims out of almost £100,000 by claiming she was dying of cancer and needed money for life-saving treatment.
Exclusive: Equality minister Harriet Harman warns gay voters ‘should not be fooled’ by Cameron’s Section 28 apology 37
10:10 AM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, leader of the House of Commons and minister for equality Harriet Harman has echoed gay Labour MPs' views that the Conservative Party is homophobic.
Openly gay Labour ministers accuse Tories of homophobia 18
9:24 AM — Just days after Conservative leader David Cameron apologised for Section 28, openly gay Labour ministers have attacked the opposition for being homophobic.
2nd July 2009
Exclusive: Gay Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant welcomes Delhi court decision on decriminalising homosexuality 3
8:22 PM — In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the openly gay Foreign Office Minister Chris Bryant has welcomed the Delhi High Court's judgement that homosexuality should be decriminalised.