23rd February 2012
Regional helpline closes now ‘things are easier for gays’ 22
12:44 PM — The Bristol Lesbian and Gay Switchboard will close its offices after nearly 40 years and redirect calls to a London centre, saying demand for its phone services has fallen as life has become "much easier for gay people".
Downing Street hosts summit on homophobia and racism in football 14
11:44 AM — The Prime Minister hosted a summit yesterday aimed at tackling homophobia in football in a week which has seen the FA fine Ravel Morrison £7,000 for a homophobic tweet and the former Chelsea coach José Mourinho severely criticised for using a gay slur.
21st February 2012
Gove urged to clarify position on anti-gay texts in schools 61
12:12 PM — Michael Gove's reported response to an enquiry about homophobic leaflets being shown to schoolchildren in Lancashire has prompted confusion over when pupils can legally be shown anti-gay texts.
20th February 2012
Comment: Paddy Power thinks it’s fun to play ‘spot the trans lady’ – want to bet? 57
5:40 PM — Irish bookmakers Paddy Power's latest advert asks viewers to “spot the transgendered [sic] ladies” at the Cheltenham Festival. Paris Lees says the problem with “spot the trans lady” is that, for one person in the game, it’s really not that fun.
Five-year-old may be youngest trans person in UK 39
3:15 PM — A five-year-old may be the UK's youngest transgender person recognised by the NHS, with parents who say they will "leave it up to him to decide what he wants to do".
16th February 2012
Police appeal over anti-gay Birmingham train abuse 63
5:26 PM — British Transport Police are appealing for information after a rail passenger shouted homophobic abuse at a another man in a Birmingham train station.
Christian hoteliers’ business ‘down by two thirds’ 237
11:25 AM — The Christian hoteliers who discriminated against a gay couple in refusing them a room have said occupancy had fallen from 75% to 25% since the case started.
Builder fined for taunting man with cement penises 48
10:29 AM — A builder has been fined after subjecting a Bristol man to homophobic abuse and leaving cement penises on a wall outside his house.
15th February 2012
Social network aims to connect rural gays 15
3:21 PM — A new social network has been launched to help geographically isolated gay and trans people socialise with other members of the LGBT community.
FA charges Ravel Morrison on anti-gay tweet 35
11:47 AM — New West Ham player Ravel Morrison has been charged by the FA after a tweet appearing on his account earlier this month included a gay slur.
14th February 2012
Stonewall publishes draft marriage equality bill 58
5:39 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has published a draft marriage bill which it says contains the provisions necessary to extend equal marriage rights to same-sex couples.
8th December 2010
Battle for UK gay marriage equality continues 27
5:25 PM — The fight for marriage equality in the UK continued today when a straight couple were barred from a civil partnership in north London.
2nd December 2010
Another gay couple barred from marriage in Greenwich 8
2:36 PM — A second gay couple have been barred from applying to marry in Greenwich, south-east London. David Watters and Richard Hull's rejection follows the Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel being denied a marriage at Woolwich registry office last month.
1st December 2010
Lesbian couple have marriage bid rejected 20
11:05 AM — A lesbian couple were turned away from a registry office yesterday when they tried to apply to marry. Colette French and Katie Green, both 21, were turned away from Petersfield Register Office in Hampshire and refused a letter of rejection, which is usually given to couples denied a marriage.
26th November 2010
UK HIV diagnoses remain high among gay men 6
10:33 AM — New figures show a slight decline in the number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV but campaigners estimate that one in four with the disease are unaware they have it.
24th November 2010
Queer book prize seeks submissions
4:04 PM — The Polari First Book Prize is seeking submissions for its third contest. The award is open to any first book which "explores the queer experience" and has been published in the UK within twelve months of the February 1st 2011 closing date.
New Tory head in Europe accused of ‘trying to block gay equality’ 27
2:20 PM — The new head of the Conservatives in the European Parliament has been accused of trying to block a motion to call for recognition of civil partnerships across Europe.
23rd November 2010
Government asked to ensure national HIV strategy 11
2:31 PM — The National AIDS Trust is calling on the government to fulfil the UK's UN commitment and ensure that a national HIV strategy is in place from 2011. According to the charity, the current HIV and sexual health strategy expires next month.
22nd November 2010
Islamic schools ‘teaching pupils that gays should be executed’ 64
10:23 AM — Around 5,000 children at Islamic weekend schools are being taught homophobic and anti-semitic views, it has been claimed. According to a BBC Panorama investigation to be screened tonight, the Sharia law classes use textbooks which tell children that the penalty for gay sex is execution, that "Zionists" are plotting to take over the world for the Jews and the correct way to cut off the hands and feet of convicted thieves.
19th November 2010
Featherstone says government is ‘committed’ to tackling transphobia 11
5:17 PM — Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has said the government is committed to tackling hate crime against trans people. She was speaking ahead of Saturday's annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.