25th May 2010
BBC to screen life story of Britain’s ‘first modern lesbian’ ths weekend 26
12:58 PM — This weekend, BBC2 will screen The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, starring Maxine Peake in the title role. Based on the heavily coded diaries of Lister, which were not deciphered until the 1930s, nearly a century after her death, the drama tells the story of her life as an openly lesbian, 19th-century industrialist and Yorkshire landowner.
Trans woman refused NHS breast operation 81
11:00 AM — A trans woman from Reading has lost her High Court battle to have an NHS-funded operation to augment her bust, which failed to develop properly following hormone treatment.
24th May 2010
Protest to be held in London over imprisonment of Malawi couple 14
5:23 PM — A protest is to be held this Saturday 29 May in solidarity with Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the gay couple recently sentenced to 14 years in prison with hard labour in Malawi.
Anglican activist calls for boycott of Christian festival after Tatchell invited 49
1:04 PM — Dr Lisa Nolland, a leading consultant with Anglican Mainstream, the traditionalist and conservative wing of the Church of England, has called for a boycott of Greenbelt, the Christian arts festival which takes place in Cheltenham in August, after leading LGBT and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell accepted an invitation to speak there.
Stonewall uncover ‘institutional homophobia’ in asylum system 52
12:18 PM — New research by Stonewall has revealed that lesbian and gay asylum seekers are being routinely deported because of institutionalised discrimination within the system.
Shock figures on homophobic bullying in schools revealed by NUT surveys 7
11:30 AM — Prevalance of Homophobia surveys conducted in the north-west of England by Oldham National Union of Teachers have revealed shock figures relating to homophobic bullying in schools.
14th May 2010
Police drop charge against ‘homophobic’ street preacher 14
4:32 PM — A street preacher arrested for describing homosexuality as a sin has had the charge against him dropped. Dale McAlpine, 42, of Yeowartville, Workington, was charged last month with a public order offence after he told a passerby that homosexuality was a "sin".
10th May 2010
Defendant uses ‘gay panic defence’
3:45 PM — A man charged with the murder of a gay man has claimed he "flipped" after the victim touched his leg. Rodney Greenland, 47, of Ipswich, stabbed 36-year-old Simon Amers to death last July, Ipswich crown court heard.
5th May 2010
Defendant ‘hit gay man to protect girl’
2:28 PM — A student accused of the manslaughter of a gay man says he hit the victim because he thought he was attacking a girl. Ian Baynham, 62, died last October 18 days after he was assaulted in Trafalgar Square.
4th May 2010
David Cameron backs Philippa Stroud over ‘gay cure’ allegations 50
8:00 PM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron has given his support to a Tory candidate accused of trying to "cure" gay people. He said Philippa Stroud "believes in gay equality".
21st April 2010
Brighton Police launch summer hate crime drive 3
1:44 PM — Police in Brighton have launched their annual summer operation to tackle homophobic hate crime. The area has a large lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans population of around 35,000 people, with this number increasing in the summer due to the city's popularity as a gay tourism hotspot.
19th April 2010
Man jailed for trying to blackmail gay priest 19
11:54 AM — A Birmingham man has been jailed for 18 months after he threatened to out a Roman Catholic priest. Towlys Pericleous, 28, had a relationship with the Birmingham-based victim but blackmailed him when he tried to end the affair.
14th April 2010
Video: Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling says B&Bs shouldn’t ban gay couples and he supports gay adoption 59
10:59 PM — Two weeks ago the Observer published a secret recording of Conservative shadow home secretary Chris Grayling where he appeared to support bed and breakfast owners turning away gay couples. Now Mr Grayling has said he does not support bans and that he now supports gay adoption.
Police arrest two men over Southampton gay murder 3
6:04 PM — Police investigating the murder of a gay man who was found on Southampton common have arrested two men in connection with the murder. Nigel Price, 58, was found on Southampton Common on Saturday November 14th 2009 with severe head injuries. He had been at a local pub the night before and police believe he was attacked before 9.30pm.
No one to be charged over homophobic attack on trainee policeman James Parkes 23
5:59 PM — It has emerged that no one is to be charged by police in relation to the homophobic attack on gay trainee policeman James Parkes. Mr Parkes suffered fractures to his skull, cheekbone and eye socket during the October 25th attack, in which he was set upon by up to 20 youths in Stanley Street, part of Liverpool's gay village. He had been leaving Superstar Boudoir with his boyfriend and friends.
Gay swans with a tendency for hissy fits set-up nest in Weymouth 57
12:54 PM — A pair of gay swans have set-up nest at Abbotsbury Swannery in Weymouth, and despite their long relationship, staff say they are liable to have hissy fits when they fight with each other.
12th April 2010
Leicester may get a gay village 16
2:34 PM — The city of Leicester may soon have its own gay village if a nightclub entrepreneur's plans are successful. Businessman Paul Giles hopes that local gay people will be encouraged to own shares in gay businesses.
4th April 2010
Comment: Chris Grayling’s comments create serious doubts about the Tory party’s commitment to gay rights 25
10:28 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell argues that the comments made by shadow home secretary Chris Grayling where he argues for bed and breakfast owners to be entitled to turn away gay couples call into question the Conservative party's commitment to LGBT rights
Top Tory backs rights of bed and breakfast owners to turn away gay couples 182
12:09 PM — One of the most senior Conservative politicians, the shadow home secretary Chris Grayling has come under fire for backing the right of bed and breakfast owners to bar gay couples.
31st March 2010
Call for artists to join gay art festival 13
5:35 PM — London's annual LGBT cross-arts festival is seeking submissions. GFEST, organised by arts charity Wise Thoughts, showcases work including short film, performances and visual art and contributions are open to all.