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.
School apologises for illegally banning student’s presentation on gay rights activist 11
2:35 PM — A California school which illegally censored a sixth-grade student's presentation of gay rights activist Harvey Milk has been forced to apologise.
US State Department condemns killings of Iraqi gays 20
2:05 PM — The US State Department has strongly condemned the reported killings of gay men in Iraq. In a department press briefing on Wednesday, spokesman Ian Kelly confirmed that the US embassy in Baghdad has raised the issue with Iraqi government officials.
LGBT demonstrators protest over alleged police beating 4
1:09 PM — Over 300 LGBT protesters met in Brooklyn to protest over the alleged beating of two lesbians at the hands of police.
11th June 2009
Israeli minister and rabbis call for Pride parade to be banned 18
4:21 PM — The Israeli interior minister has joined calls from rabbis asking for Tel Aviv's annual Pride parade to be cancelled, saying it should be held in a closed area for over 18s only.
Cannibal who killed gay lover fails to have sentence reduced 17
3:33 PM — A chef who killed his gay lover and ate his flesh has failed in his attempt to get his jail sentence reduced. Anthony Francis Morley, of Leeds, was convicted of the murder of Damian Oldfield, 33, last October and given a minimum term of 30 years. He had denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Banned DJ Michael Savage appeals to Gordon Brown 15
3:16 PM — Michael Savage, the shock-jock radio host who was banned from entering Britain, has written to prime minister Gordon Brown to appeal for the ban to be lifted.
British ambassador to Poland criticised for ‘pushing’ gay rights 37
2:39 PM — The British ambassador to Poland has been told by the country's civil rights ombudsman he is "exceeding his authority" by promoting a gay Pride march due to take place in Warsaw this weekend. Ric Todd has also been accused by Catholic groups of "representing the 'homosexual lobby".
UKIP candidate compared homosexuality to paedophila 72
2:13 PM — The UKIP candiate for next month's by-election in Hove's Goldsmid ward was suspended from his job after comparing gays to paedophiles in 2007. Mike Mendoza, a presenter on talk radio station Talksport, was suspended for a week over his outburst.
Prisoners were segregated for ‘looking like lesbians’ 3
1:33 PM — Former inmates at a Virginia women's prison have spoken out about a culture of segregation in which lesbians, and those believed to be lesbian, were specifically housed in a separate area.
Six men jailed over Scottish paedophile ring 12
1:17 PM — Six of the eight men convicted of child abuse offences in a Scottish paedophile ring have received jail sentences. The remaining two, one of whom was a gay rights campaigner, are to be sentenced at a later date for more serious crimes.
China cancels part of Shanghai Pride 8
12:52 PM — Officials in China have cancelled part of Shanghai Pride. Venue owners were reportedly threatened with "severe consequences" if a planned play and a film screening went ahead. The play was to be The Laramie Project, which deals with the murder of a gay teenager.
New appointments in Government Equalities Office 2
10:50 AM — Maria Eagle has been promoted to minister of state at the Government Equalities Office (GEO), a step up from her previous position as parliamentary under secretary of state.
10th June 2009
Campaigners petition for religious buildings to be allowed to hold civil partnerships 31
5:34 PM — A petition has been launched to amend the Civil Partnership Act to allow ceremonies to take place in religious buildings.
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.
Man arrested for urinating on three people at Detroit Pride event 2
3:50 PM — A man was arrested after urinating on people during a Pride event in Detroit, US. The man, who was drunk, faces an assault and battery charge after urinating on one man and spraying two bystanders at the Motor City Pride Festival on Sunday.
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.
Con artist ‘beat gay lover to death with a fire extinguisher’
10:50 AM — A convicted con artist beat his boyfriend to death with a fire extinguisher at a Travelodge hotel in 2007, the Old Bailey was told yesterday.
9th June 2009
Video: BNP leader Nick Griffin pelted with eggs by angry crowd 20
5:36 PM — British National Party leader Nick Griffin was forced to abandon a press conference outside the Houses of Parliament earlier today when he was pelted with eggs by protesters.
Parental rights for lesbian couples ‘are not automatic’
4:11 PM — Lesbian couples who have children together through IVF treatment must be aware that they do not have automatic parental rights if they split up, a legal expert has warned.