24th February 2009
Video: BBC’s camp comedy Beautiful People sold to US gay network Logo 4
6:41 PM — A hit BBC series about the adventures of a gay teenager in suburban Reading will be shown in America. Beautiful People is based on the best-selling wild childhood memoirs of Simon Doonan.
Lesbian poet is favourite for Royal appointment
5:39 PM — A leading lesbian writer is thought to be on the shortlist for the position of Poet Laureate, the official poet of the monarch.
Police apologise to father of Barrymore pool death man
4:38 PM — The father of a man who drowned in suspicious circumstances at the home of a well-known gay entertainer has received an apology from police for their bungled investigation.
‘Torgay’ announces first Pride event 2
3:21 PM — Torbay council has approved plans for a four-day Pride event, the first in the area. PrideTorbay is backed by local gay businesses who have come together under the torgay.co.uk portal.
23rd February 2009
Evangelical Christians call for acceptance of gay people 7
1:52 PM — A coalition of evangelical Christian groups have called on church organisations condemning an American anti- gay hate group to face up to their own discriminatory policies and behaviour.
Family of murdered gay teen Michael Causer protest at not guilty verdict 6
12:44 PM — A group of more than 100 people protested at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday over the acquittal on Friday of a 19-year-old charged with the murder of a gay teenager.
21st February 2009
Liverpool gay teen murder trial ends with not guilty verdict 15
4:34 PM — A 19-year-old walked free from court yesterday after being found not guilty of the murder of gay teenager Michael Causer. The jury at Liverpool Crown Court spend more than 12 hours considering its verdict.
20th February 2009
Tory MP attacks Kent police’s “politically correct” advice booklet 5
5:43 PM — A guide to the law for immigrants has been criticised by an MP for making his constituency appear homophobic. The booklet, produced by Kent police, explains how to report discrimination but fails to mention the 999 service.
Gay celebs to lead fundraising walk in Brighton 2
4:32 PM — I'm A Celebrity contestant Brian Paddick, entertainer Amy Lamé and other famous gays and lesbians will be taking a walk through the streets of Brighton in May to raise money to fight homophobia.
British evangelical condemnation of God Hates Fags sect questioned 29
2:10 PM — A leading religious commentator has questioned why British fundamentalist Christian groups that oppose gay rights have spoken out against a hate preacher from America.
Fruit TV to provide free original online content for LGBT market 9
1:12 PM — One of the world’s first original online programming platforms is to be launched later this year.
19th February 2009
Jury retires in Michael Causer case
11:34 AM — Jurors at Liverpool Crown Court have retired to consider their verdict in the trial over the killing of gay teenager Michael Causer.
God Hates Fags preacher will be denied entry says UK Border Agency 45
10:03 AM — Two American fundamentalist Christians have been excluded from entering the UK after they threatened to protest in Basingstoke.
18th February 2009
Leading novelist pulls out of Dubai book festival in protest at gay censorship 15
2:54 PM — Novelist Margaret Atwood has announced she will not attend the Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature in Dubai after organisers decided to ban the launch of a book with a gay character.
Labour’s gay group asks for ban on God Hates Fags church members 7
1:22 PM — LGBT Labour has written to the Home Office asking that members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church be refused entry into the UK.
17th February 2009
Home Secretary asked to ban God Hates Fags protesters 18
4:03 PM — A Conservative MP has written to the Home Secretary about a threatened protest in her constituency by an American fundamentalist group.
British Muslims who object to homosexuality could be classed as extremists 21
3:39 PM — New plans to widen the definition of who is an extremist in the eyes of the British government could include Muslims who object to homosexuality.
God Hates Fags church claim they will hold first UK protest 13
11:45 AM — A leading member of a homophobic church group in the US has claimed that they intend to picket in this country. Shirley Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas said it would be their first protest in the UK.
16th February 2009
Fitlads owner unrepentant about Jade Goody comments 49
4:38 PM — The co-owner of one of the UK's largest gay websites has rejected criticism of his comments about Jade Goody.
Minister asks fire services to join Stonewall workplace scheme
3:03 PM — Sadiq Khan, the minister responsibe for Fire and Rescue Services in England, has written to chief fire officers encouraging them to join Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme.