21st June 2010
Rainbow circus theme for Liverpool’s first Pride 8
3:26 PM — Liverpool is to hold its first Pride festival on Saturday August 7th. Until this year, it was the largest city in the country not to hold a Pride celebration and had been marred by several violent attacks on gay people.
9th June 2010
Coronation Street stars to join Manchester Pride 2
5:04 PM — Cast and crew from Coronation Street will join Manchester Pride this year on a Corrie float. They will join the gay celebrations in August as part of the show’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
6th June 2010
Punch Taverns begins investigation over homophobia row with Labour gay group 39
10:20 PM — Punch Taverns says it has begun an internal investigation after the deputy manager of its Greencoat Boy pub in Westminster allegedly told the Labour Party's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) group that he would not have accepted the group's booking had he have known they were gay.
Pub that allegedly said it would have banned gay Labour group reported to police 26
2:04 AM — A London pub has been reported to the police following an alleged homophobic comment made by its manager to the Labour Party's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) group. The comments have sparked widespread condemnation by senior labour figures including leadership candidate Ed Balls and Sarah Brown, the wife of former prime minister Gordon Brown and former deputy prime minister John Prescott.
28th May 2010
Pentecostal church leader denies allegations of homophobia 153
4:10 PM — Amended May 1st, 3.10pm. Bishop John Francis, head of the Ruach Christian Ministry in Brixton, south-west London, was reported to have allegedly linked homosexuality to paedophilia and rape in his sermon delivered on Sunday 23 May.
Simon Hughes MP runs for deputy leadership of Liberal Democrats 13
3:36 PM — Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey, today launched his bid for the role of deputy leader of the party. He also admitted to Sky News today that there were "risks" to the new coalition government.
London Borough of Camden has new gay mayor and mayoress 8
2:52 PM — Councillor Jonathan Simpson, Camden borough's first openly gay mayor, was last night confirmed in his role at a ceremony in Camden Town Hall. In his new position, Councillor Simpson pledged to retain the "rock 'n' roll" spirit of Camden, a major landmark on Britain's musical map.
27th May 2010
Gay superhero comic up for major award 6
4:40 PM — A new comic called Spandex, about a gang of gay superheros, has been nominated for an Eagle Award, the comic world's equivalent of an Oscar. It is being put forward in the category of Best British Colour Comic Book.
Hundreds expected to turn out for Malawi protest this Saturday in London 13
1:44 PM — A vast crowd is expected to turn out for Saturday's protest at London's Malawi High Commission, in a show of solidarity for Malawian prisoners Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.
Christian street preacher to sue police over arrest for allegedly homophobic public sermon 48
11:23 AM — A Christian street preacher who was arrested last month for expressing his allegedly homophobic views is to take legal action over the incident.
Malaysian trans woman makes asylum bid 7
9:50 AM — A trans Malaysian woman who has recently married a Derby man has lodged an appeal for asylum after three failed attempts to become a permanent UK resident.
26th May 2010
Manchester Pride 2010 lineup announced
12:12 PM — Manchester Pride have revealed their Big Weekend line-up for this summer. Artists set to perform include 1980s stars Belinda Carlisle and Heaven 17, soul singer Beverly Knight, electro outfit May 68 and local indie band The Sticks.
Matt Lucas accepts damages from Daily Star 9
9:35 AM — The comedian Matt Lucas has accepted undisclosed damages from the Daily Star over articles published in the paper about his late former civil partner, Kevin McGee.
25th May 2010
Gaydio to launch on 18 June 7
5:24 PM — Gaydio, a brand-new Manchester-based radio station dedicated to LGBT listeners, will launch on Fri 18 June.
BBC praised over documentary on homophobia in sport 7
4:30 PM — Last night's BBC documentary on homophobia in the sporting world, called Inside Sport - The Last Taboo, has been praised by the Justin Campaign.
Queen discusses Pope’s controversial visit in coalition speech 20
2:57 PM — In her speech today, the Queen outlined the Pope's planned religious activities for his state visit in September. His visit will be the first Papal one ever in the UK, that of Pope John Paul II in 1982 being a papal one. Britain's welcoming of the Pope has not gone down well with the LGBT population.
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.