25th September 2012
UKIP approves internal LGBT campaign group 40
7:59 PM — The UK Independence Party’s National Executive Committee has officially given approval to an affiliated LGBT campaign section of the party.
UK: Christian anti-gay activist acquitted over Tesco leaflets 26
1:46 PM — A Christian activist has been found not guilty of a public order offence after he handed out leaflets for the group Christian Voice that criticised Tesco’s decision to donate £30,000 to this year’s World Pride.
Video: Hugh Grant comes @Out4Marriage and says ‘love is the same for everyone’ 23
12:15 PM — Hugh Grant, star of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, About a Boy and the Bridget Jones films, has recorded a video in support of the Out4Marriage campaign to make same-sex marriage legal in the UK.
UK: Muslim anti-gay cleric Abu Hamza’s US extradition approved 38
11:30 AM — Abu Hamza had previously said AIDS had been sent as a curse on gay people and he also claimed that transgender people were cursed too.
Manchester: Vigil for PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes
10:19 AM — A vigil in memory of PC Fiona Bone, a lesbian police officer who was murdered in Greater Manchester along with her colleague PC Nicola Hughes, is taking place today.
24th September 2012
UK: Study shows high drug use in gay community 27
2:58 PM — New research suggests gay people in England and Wales are seven times more likely to take illegal drugs than the general population, with one in five of those surveyed showing signs of drugs or alcohol dependency
Scottish bishop criticises Green Party over gay rights 33
12:45 PM — A Scottish Catholic bishop has condemned the Green Party for expelling one of its councillors for breaking rank over the issue of equal marriage.
22nd September 2012
David Laws: Coming out as gay earlier would have ‘made my life a lot easier and happier’ 26
11:51 AM — Education Minister David Laws has said that coming out earlier, rather than being forced to out himself by the newspapers would have made "my life a lot easier and happier — and that of those close to me."
21st September 2012
UK: Cardinal Keith O’Brien nominated for ‘bigot’ of the year, by Stonewall 32
8:03 PM — Stonewall, Britain’s largest gay rights charity, has nominated the UK’s most senior catholic, Cardinal Keith O’ Brien for the title of Bigot of the Year as part of its annual awards ceremony.
London: Gay former Tory AM Brian Coleman arrested over assault allegation
4:35 PM — Brian Coleman, the former Conservative London Assembly Member and ex-mayor of Barnet, has been arrested on suspicion of common assault.
Hertfordshire: Council branded ‘rotten’ over HIV charity decision 15
3:04 PM — Hertfordshire County Council has been placed in Private Eye’s “Rotten Boroughs” section of local authorities over its decision to withdraw funding to the Crescent, an HIV charity based in St Albans.
UK: Medical students told to act ‘less gay’ and walk ‘straight’ 63
12:11 PM — According to the Independent, Dr Una Coales made the recommendations in a guide setting out ways in which minority candidates can “neutralise bias”.
Manchester: Man charged with killing lesbian PC and her colleague
10:09 AM — A man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with the murders of a lesbian police officer, her colleague and two men in Greater Manchester.
20th September 2012
Video: UK athletes promote safe sex in THT campaign 3
7:04 PM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has released a short film clip, in which an assortment of British and international athletes talk openly about sex and condoms.
Rupert Everett branded ‘gay dinosaur’ by Coronation Street star 21
6:23 PM — Gay Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou has criticised Rupert Everett after he said that he couldn’t think of “anything worse” than having gay male parents.
Manchester: Murdered police officer had been planning civil partnership ceremony
4:36 PM — It’s been revealed that one of the two female Police officers murdered in Greater Manchester earlier this week had been planning a future with the woman she loved and the child she was helping to bring up as her own.
London Assembly launches World Pride inquiry 4
3:32 PM — As part of its investigation, the Greater London Authority Oversight Committee will look at the role of the organisers, Boris Johnson’s involvement in World Pride and the impact on London’s reputation of scaling back the event.
Video: Culture Secretary Maria Miller comes @Out4Marriage and defends record 39
1:24 PM — The new Culture Secretary Maria Miller has once again signalled her full backing to the coalition’s policy on equal marriage by recording a video for the Out4Marriage campaign.
CPS: New Twitter abuse rules following Tom Daley case 16
11:54 AM — The Director of Public Prosecutions is to issue new social media rules on abuse, after Team GB diver Tom Daley received offensive Twitter messages about his late father – and of a homophobic nature, earlier this summer.
Former adviser to Nick Clegg criticises ‘bigot’ apology 17
11:00 AM — Nick Clegg’s former director of strategy disagrees with the decision of his former boss to apologise for appearing to brand equal marriage opponents as “bigots”.