24th September 2013
UK: Police destroy DNA records of men convicted of historic consensual sex offences 7
12:01 PM — Greater Manchester Police says it has now destroyed dozens of DNA samples taken from men convicted of historic consensual same-sex sexual offences, following criticism of the practice earlier this year.
23rd August 2013
BBC asks whether tougher bans for homophobic football fans are an ‘overreaction’ 41
12:27 PM — A Twitter question from BBC Newsbeat has asked followers whether bans for football fans who use homophobic language is an "overreaction", and questions whether homophobic chants constitute "abuse", or whether it is just "banter".
New police policy set out to tackle ‘frighteningly often’ occurrences of homophobia at football matches 3
11:47 AM — A new policy for tacking homophobic abuse by football supporters has been set out, which names homophobia as the last major form of discrimination at football mateches, and which, including a "robust prosecution policy" for dealing with both online and offline abuse.
24th January 2013
Peter Tatchell welcomes ACPO response over police DNA sampling of gay men 4
12:59 PM — Peter Tatchell has welcomed a decision by the Association of Chief Police Officers to issue Chief Constables with new guidelines after it was revealed gay men were being forced to give DNA samples to police officers.
18th January 2013
Peter Tatchell: More gay men are being forced to give police their DNA 28
4:22 PM — Peter Tatchell remains concerned by fresh reports of gay men being forced to give DNA samples to police officers.
17th January 2013
Yvette Cooper warns against ‘unfair’ police DNA targeting of gay men 15
6:43 PM — Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says she is concerned by allegations of gay men being forced to give DNA samples to police officers.
4th September 2012
Celebrity Big Brother’s Julian Clary receives homophobic abuse on Twitter 28
11:44 AM — According to Unreality TV, derogatory terms words including “freak”, “faggot” and “arse bandit” have all been posted by trolls to the star's official Twitter account in the past few days.
9th September 2011
Police figures show rise in recorded anti-gay and transphobic crimes 86
3:52 PM — Recorded hate crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland fell by seven per cent last year - but crimes based on sexual orientation, transgender status and disability rose.
2nd February 2011
Police launch new hate crime website 8
11:40 AM — A new website to encourage people to report hate crime has been launched. True Vision gives information on what hate crime is and how to report it.
30th November 2010
Reported hate crime rises by 12.5 per cent 11
2:51 PM — There were 50,000 reported hate crimes across England, Wales and Northern Ireland last year, new figures show. The vast majority concerned racism but almost 5,000 were motivated by homophobia and more than 300 related to transphobia.