25th November 2010
Anti-gay groups upset at being called ‘hateful’ 38
1:53 PM — US anti-gay organisations have hit back after being included on a list of 'hate groups'. The Family Research Council and National Organization for Marriage were named by a civil rights body as two of 18 groups which "demonise" gay people and propagate "known falsehoods".
19th November 2010
Tory councillor suspended after being accused of homophobia 84
12:43 PM — A Bristol Tory councillor who criticised gay actor Ian McKellen’s visits to schools has been suspended by his party. Chris Windows, who represents Henbury ward, has agreed to be "voluntarily suspended", the Conservative Party said.
Tory councillor accused of homophobia to meet gay rights group 3
10:45 AM — A Tory councillor in Bristol who was accused of homophobia for criticising gay actor Ian McKellen's visits to schools is to meet gay rights group Stonewall.
18th November 2010
Britain’s first out gay MP Chris Smith honoured 2
1:46 PM — Lord Chris Smith, who was Britain's first out gay MP, has been honoured by Islington council. The former Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury, who came out 25 years ago, was awarded Freedom of the Borough.
17th November 2010
Christian doctor loses gay adoption case 34
2:15 PM — A Christian doctor who claimed she was a victim of religious discrimination has lost her case against Northamptonshire County Council. Dr Sheila Matthews said homosexuality was "not God's will" and that children do better with heterosexual parents.
1st November 2010
Bishops say gay rights laws damage Christian freedoms 60
12:20 PM — Leading Church of England bishops have claimed that equality laws mean gay rights are being "privileged" over the rights of Christians. The figures, including former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey and Bishop of Winchester Michael Scott-Joynt, said that gay rights supporters are able to "suppress all disagreement or disapproval and 'coerce silence'."
Anti-gay Christian couple to challenge fostering ban at High Court 120
11:08 AM — A Christian couple who were barred from fostering children after they admitted that they believe homosexuality is unacceptable are to challenge the ban at the High Court.
25th February 2010
Iris Robinson’s gay cure therapist reported to GMC 22
1:19 PM — A psychiatrist who worked with shamed former MP Iris Robinson has been reported to the General Medical Council for his work in trying to "cure" gay people.
17th February 2010
London gay charity may have to cut services over rent increase 5
3:31 PM — One of London's oldest LGBT charities may have to cut its services after being hit with a 21 per cent rent increase. London Friend, founded in 1972, offers counselling and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and receives little state support.
11th February 2010
UK’s only gay bookshop hit by huge rent rise 17
11:05 AM — The UK's only bookshop catering exclusively for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people has been hit by a 25 per cent rent increase. The manager of London-based Gay's The Word, Jim MacSweeney, said he was "appalled" by Camden council's decision.
8th February 2010
Tory Councillor defends ‘Queen team’ jibe 48
1:42 PM — Conservative Councillor Keith Parker has refused to back down on comments made at a scrutiny board meeting, despite admitting referring to gay men as the “queen team.”
25th January 2010
Brighton hopes to entice gay American tourists 10
4:55 PM — Brighton and Hove city council has joined a campaign to attract more gay US tourists to Britain. The city is thought of as the top LGBT tourist destination in the UK and local tourism bosses are keen to hold onto this position.
20th January 2010
Funding secures future of Brighton Pride 6
6:26 PM — A £20,000 loan from Brighton and Hove city council has secured the future of the struggling Brighton Pride festival. The festival announced a £50,000 deficit last year and was forced to cancel its winter event.
8th January 2010
More allegations emerge over Iris Robinson’s teen lover 100
11:26 AM — Homophobic MP Iris Robinson allegedly solicited £50,000 from two property developers to help her 19-year-old lover set up a business. The Northern Ireland MP broke parliamentary rules by not declaring her interest in the business, despite sitting on the council which awarded the money to Kirk McCambley, it was claimed.
Iris Robinson may face questions over financial dealings with 19-year-old lover 33
12:01 AM — Homophobic Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson's lover was 19 when they had an affair, it has been reported. He was named tonight as Kirk McCambley, who is now 21.
7th January 2010
Social worker struck off for abusing trans child 6
2:18 PM — A social worker has been found guilty of shouting homophobic abuse at a child in his care. Stan Lansdell, 52, was struck off today for "gross abuse" of his position. He worked for Bradford council at the time of the offences.
6th January 2010
Canterbury’s only gay bar closes 16
4:35 PM — The only gay bar in Canterbury, a city which was condemned by a local Pride group for not being gay enough, has closed. O2 was opened six months ago on King Street but is closing because of a lack of business.
18th December 2009
Man who killed gay council worker has sentence reduced 13
11:41 AM — A man who murdered a gay council officer has had his prison sentenced reduced by two years. David Meehan, who was 19 at the time, admitted murdering James Kerr, 51, in a public park and leaving him for dead while he and his accomplices went to a party.
16th December 2009
Groups welcome Ladele ruling over civil partnerships 10
4:48 PM — Secular and libertarian groups have welcomed the Court of Appeal ruling yesterday that a council did not discriminate against a Christian registrar who refused to perform civil partnerships.
15th December 2009
Washington DC council votes to legalise gay marriage 10
9:45 PM — As predicted, the Washington DC council has voted 11-2 to legalise gay marriage in the district. Mayor Adrian Fenty has promised to sign the bill when it reaches his desk, which is the next stage.