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  • 14th May 2010

    Police drop charge against ‘homophobic’ street preacher 14

    The charges against Dale McAlpine were dropped

    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’

    The trial continues

    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’

    Ian Baynham died last year

    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

    David Cameron gave his support to Philippa Stroud

    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

    Brighton has a large gay population

    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

    The priest was blackmailed for £5,000 (Photo: runneralan2004)

    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

    Chris Grayling is the shadow home secretary

    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

    Nigel Price had been attacked before

    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

    James Parkes was seriously injured in the attack

    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

    Gay animals are not unheard of (Photo Flickr Monkeywing)

    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

    Leicester could have a gay village

    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

    Chris Grayling is shadow home secretary

    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

    Chris Grayling is the shadow home secretary

    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

    GFEST is looking for artists

    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.

  • 22nd March 2010

    Anti-gay street preacher escapes charges 13

    The case was dismissed

    12:38 PM — A street preacher who ranted at shoppers about the "evils" of homosexuality has escaped charges. Paul Shaw, 62, of Colchester, was arrested last month.

  • 19th March 2010

    Gay hustings reveals more laughs than policy differences between parties 48

    Chris Bryant provided the most laughs at the debate

    2:03 AM — An audience of around 200 almost exclusively gay men attended the Village Drinks LGB election hustings hosted by Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill. A panel representing the four largest political parties in Britain consisted of the openly gay Europe minister Chris Bryant; Liberal Democrat Young people and Equality spokesperson Lynne Featherstone; Conservative shadow environment secretary Nick Herbet and Green Party candidate Chris Smith.

  • 11th March 2010

    Photo of murdered teen Michael Causer used on gay dating site 10

    Michael Causer was killed 18 months ago

    1:12 PM — The mother of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer has spoken of her shock after discovering someone was using his photo on a dating website.

  • 4th March 2010

    10-year-old on hate register for calling a fellow pupil ‘gay boy’ 338

    Schools must record all incidents by September

    4:54 PM — A ten-year-old boy has been placed on a hate register for calling a fellow pupil a "gay boy". It is one of the first publicised examples of how the government’s required hate registers are being used in schools. From this September, children as young as five risk being placed on a hate register if they make homophobic playground taunts.

  • 2nd March 2010

    Man ‘wore mask to execute gay couple’

    Ernest Wright is accused of murder and attempted murder

    11:40 AM — A man has gone on trial for "execution-style" murder of a Bradford gay man and the attempted murder of his partner. Newcastle crown court heard yesterday that Ernest Wright, 68, took a sawn-off shotgun to the home of Neville Corby, 42, and Craig Freear, 31, last March.

  • 15th February 2010

    Documentary maker admits the mercy killing of his gay lover 74

    Ray Gosling (photo: Channel4)

    11:43 PM — A British broadcaster has admitted the mercy killing of his same sex partner in a programme broadcast this evening by the BBC. Nottingham based film maker Ray Gosling, 70, told the BBC's 'Inside Out: East Midlands': "I killed someone once... He'd been my lover and he got Aids."

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