12th August 2009
Brighton cruising spot sees rise in homophobic attacks 14
10:33 AM — Police say there has been a rise in homophobic attacks at a popular Brighton cruising spot. Dukes Mound, off Madeira Drive, is regularly used as a meeting place for men to have sex.
11th August 2009
Stephen Fry alights Twitter with photograph of his “big cock” 17
7:00 PM — Gay actor and author Stephen Fry has been amusing the social networking website Twitter with jokes about his genitles.
Terrence Higgins Trust runs drugs workshops for gay men 2
4:54 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is running a series of workshops for gay men in London who are concerned about their drug or alcohol use.
10th August 2009
Sir Ian McKellen signs ‘no hate’ pledge 5
4:07 PM — Sir Ian McKellen, the openly gay veteran actor, has added his name to a list of people and organisations condemning all forms of hate crime in the London borough of Tower Hamlets.
7th August 2009
Peter Tatchell calls for a Cornwall parliament 21
1:47 PM — Gay campaigner and Green Party parliamentary candidate Peter Tatchell has compared the fight for LGBT rights with the little-known movement for self-rule for Cornwall.
Royal College of Psychiatrists asked to come out against gay “cure” therapies 21
11:53 AM — The UK's governing body for psychiatry has been asked to advise its members not to refer clients who are confused about their sexuality to therapies that claim to change their sexual orientation.
4th August 2009
London Pride Run to be held in two weeks 2
4:38 PM — Former mayoral candidate Brian Paddick is to fire the starter gun at this year's London Pride Run. The event, organised by gay running group London Frontrunners, will raise money for the London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard.
Liverpool library apologises for banning gay magazine 13
10:28 AM — Liverpool library managers have apologised to a customer after he was told a gay magazine had been banned from his local library.
3rd August 2009
Gay man blackmailed lover for thousands of pounds 19
4:59 PM — A gay man who blackmailed his former lover for thousands of pounds has been jailed for four years. Kriston Cook, 20, threatened to tell the family and friends of his ex-lover about their relationship if his victim did not hand over nearly £2,000.
2nd August 2009
Video: Soho joins world in vigils for victims of the Tel Aviv anti-gay massacre 26
11:40 PM — Organised by Twitter, Facebook and text message, all across the world vigils have been held for the victims of the massacre at an LGBT (lesbian, gay and bisexual) centre in Tel Aviv last night. Benjamin Cohen went to Soho to meet gay Israelis, Jews and those of no faith at all to share in their act of remembrance
London vigil to be held for victims of Tel Aviv massacre 6
3:56 PM — A vigil is to be held this afternoon at 5pm BST (British Summer Time) to honour the victims of the shooting at a gay centre in Tel Aviv last night.
31st July 2009
Rain at Brighton Pride ‘won’t dampen spirits’ 8
2:36 PM — Despite reports of rainy weather for Brighton Pride tomorrow, Pride organisers have said it will not dampen spirits. The forecast is light rain for most of the day.
30th July 2009
Police urge caution after gay chatline muggings 2
11:04 AM — Police have urged users of gay chatlines to take care after two men in Haringey were robbed at knifepoint. The men were robbed after being lured to a private place by someone they met on a gay chat line.
29th July 2009
London’s gay sports day to be held next month 6
11:12 AM — The annual Royal Vauxhall Tavern/GMFA Gay Sports Day is to take place at the end of August. Events include a space hopper obstacle course, a drag relay, the handbag throw and the 50m mince.
Appeal for witnesses after gay man drowns in Manchester canal 6
9:58 AM — Police are appealing for witnesses after a man drowned in a Manchester canal last week. Steven MacDonald, 45, of Openshaw, was found dead on Friday July 24th in the water by Dulcie Street near the Piccadilly 111 complex.
28th July 2009
Police appeal over sex attacks in central London
5:07 PM — Two men have been the victims of alleged sexual attacks after leaving the Heaven nightclub in Villiers Street, London. The alleged attacks were said to have taken place in a car.
Family to hold memorial for murdered gay teen Michael Causer
4:40 PM — The family of Michael Causer, the gay Liverpool teenager who was beaten to death last summer, are to hold a memorial for him on the first anniversary of his death.
Man appears in court over murder of gay pensioner
11:05 AM — A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a gay pensioner. Edward Highwood, 79, who was known as Teddy, was found dead at his home in Greenwich, south-east London, on Saturday July 18th.
22nd July 2009
Gay man, 79, killed in London 8
5:37 PM — A gay man has been found dead in Greenwich, south-east London. Edward Highwood, 79, was found dead at his home in Hollymount Close on Saturday July 18th by his housemate.
10th July 2009
Doncaster mayor’s decision to cut Pride funding brings ‘record interest’ 7
4:30 PM — The decision of new Doncaster mayor Peter Davies to cut funding for the town's annual Pride event has led to record levels of interest, organisers have said.