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.
Bournemouth Pride will feature Big Top fun
2:30 PM — A weekend of Pride celebrations in the seaside town of Bournemouth this summer will have a circus theme. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community will be invited to roll up, roll up, for the Bourne Free Big Top.
Chris Bryant slams Tory record on gay rights 20
12:24 PM — A government minister has said that the Conservative party "haven't changed" when it comes to gay rights. In an interview with Total Politics magazine Tory leader David Cameron said he supports civil partnerships.
David Cameron says Tory party “has work to do” on gay rights 30
9:00 AM — The leader of the Conservatives has said his support for civil partnerships is proof the party backs gay rights.
13th February 2009
David Beckham subjected to homophobic abuse during England match 6
12:52 PM — An international match between Spain and England on Wednesday was marred by homophobic chanting, according to the Gay Football Supporters Network.
God Hates Fags church threatens to picket Basingstoke 93
12:33 PM — A small religious community from Kansas notorious for picketing funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq have said they are to protest in England.
10th February 2009
Teenager tells murder trial he lied about attack on gay friend
5:41 PM — An 18-year-old has admitted that he lied to police about how his gay friend suffered serious head injuries. Michael Binsteed, of Prescot in Merseyside, has already pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.
Homeless gay teen charity appeals for long-distance runners to raise funds
4:31 PM — A charity that works with young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are homeless or living in a hostile environment is appealing for entrants in this year’s BUPA Manchester Great Run.
9th February 2009
Catholic leader who attacked gay families wants union with Church of England 15
5:31 PM — A Roman Catholic Cardinal who has repeatedly attacked gay adoption and civil partnerships has addressed the legislative body of the Church of England.
‘Torgay’ businessman aims to draw pink pounds to seaside town 4
3:41 PM — The gay owner of a holiday rental property business in the resort of Torbay has said the local authority should advertise in the LGBT press and win more of the "pink pound."
Christian charity’s funding restored after after row about gays 8
3:01 PM — A charity that runs an old people's home in Brighton will have its funding restored by the local council after it promised to ask future residents about their sexual orientation.
6th February 2009
‘So Macho’ preacher hits back with bus adverts claiming God exists 35
3:17 PM — A fundamentalist preacher who unsuccessfully stood for public office has paid for adverts to be placed on London buses proclaiming the existence of God.
5th February 2009
Witness tells murder trial that gay teenager was kicked in head 2
4:38 PM — A gay teenager who was allegedly beaten to death in Merseyside was called a "queer faggot" during the attack, a witness has testified. Michael Causer died from serious head injuries on August 2nd.
Home Office is failing HIV+ asylum seekers claims charity 4
1:07 PM — A leading charity has said the government is not doing enough to help asylum seekers who are living with HIV or AIDS.